Soul-eating tattoo. Check
Self-replicating knife. Check
Two-hundred-year-old score to settle. Double check.
Meet the immortal Doc Holliday.
Lying on his deathbed, Dr. John Holliday was offered a choice: Let the tuberculosis finish its work or accept immortality. Doc chose the latter, knowing full well that such "gifts" don't come cheap, but damned if the last 200 years haven't been a blast. Partying, playing, fighting, killing; yes, eternal life's been good.... But the time to get serious has finally come, and the task he's always known he was saved for is at hand.
Now in modern-day Denver, Doc will be pushed to his limits to keep his promise and save the missing descendent of the beautiful shaman who gave him everlasting life. The trouble is things aren't going as planned, and it's becoming clear that there is far more at stake than Doc bargained for....
Fans of edgy urban fantasy look no further! If you're into badass, morally ambiguous antiheroes who don't flinch at killing bad guys (and stealing their souls), then this is the audiobook for you! It has the perfect blend of supernatural action, humor, and mystery that you crave!
Listen to this first book in the ongoing series today! (Do it now.... Don’t fight it.... Just let it happen).
Note: This version of Doc is a knife guy rather than a gun guy. Fun historical fact: The real life Doc's first confirmed kill was done with a knife; he only switched to guns because of his failing health. Enjoy!
Moments from death: choices
Doc is dying. He has barely begun to live. A powerful shaman gives him a choice of the death he faces or virtual immortality on one condition. As probably all of us would, Doc chooses life, and for that gift, he takes on a single task. It is time to pay for the favor. In a world with spiritual magic, anything seems likely to be possible. M. M. Crumley has created a fantasy world with two different magic systems, a world beyond the sight of normal humans and a plethora of sentient life that boggles the mind. Hidden is the first book in the series; it is up to this novel to do the world-building, and it does not disappoint.
Doc rarely gets to take a breath, and the action in the story keeps pace with him. Doc rushes from one activity to another with only the most minimal downtime. Awakening from a long sleep, he finds a world that has significantly changed. Not in the grand concept of politics or technology but in more subtle changes that any person is likely to ignore until they are aware the changes are more pervasive and darker than folks are willing publicly to acknowledge. As Doc moves about his task, these changes become more apparent, more nefarious, and more aimed at preventing his success. The story keeps you involved from beginning to end and is an easy and quick read. Hidden is a standalone novel, but it sets up the next book, and due to Doc’s virtual immortality, the series can cover enormous periods as settings.
I would have liked a little introduction to Doc’s life before his impending death by what was then called consumption. The shaman offered life to Doc because of his skill set. I would have liked to see some of this skill set before his choice. Yes, I have already purchased book two and the first in a series featuring one ancillary character in this book: Andrew Rufus (Dark Awakening).