Five years ago, it all went wrong for Cason Cole. He lost his wife and son, lost everything, and was bound into service to a man who chews up human lives and spits them out, a predator who holds nothing dear and respects no law. Now, as the man he both loves and hates lies dying at his feet, the sounds of the explosion still ringing in his ears, Cason is finally free.
The gods and goddesses are real. A many-headed pantheon - a tangle of divine hierarchies - once kept the world at arm's length, warring with one another for mankind's belief and devotion. It was a grim and bloody balance, but a balance just the same. When one god triumphed, driving all other gods out of Heaven, it was back to the bad old days: cults and sycophants, and the terrible retribution the gods visit on those who spite them.
None of which is going to stop Cason from getting back what's his...
Philly is a hotbed of supernatural activity in this reissue of Wendig's excellent 2013 contribution to Abaddon's Gods and Monsters series. For five years, former MMA fighter Cason Cole has been the bodyguard for a man named E. Rose, who's actually the god Eros. Cole was pressed into this job after Eros saved his wife, Alison, and son, Barney, from a horrible fate. When Eros is killed by a bomb, Cason is liberated from his service, but Alison and Barney don't recognize him and try to kill him. When Frank Polcyn (aka Cicatrix) claims responsibility for Eros's death and offers to help Cason release his wife and son from the spell they're under, Cason can't refuse, but he may be in for the fight of his life. The goddess Psyche imprisons Alison and puts Barney in a comalike state, hoping to use Alison to find Cason, but Alison escapes and gets help from an unexpected source. Wendig's staccato prose speeds by like a bullet, revealing a fully realized city teeming with gods who are surprisingly human. Under the considerable blood, grit, and gristle of the story lies a warm beating heart. This is Wendig at his bloody, darkly funny, visceral best. This edition includes the novella "Drag Hunt" by Pat Kelleher.