Rating: 5 stars out of 5 ★★★★★
They’ve lost friends, and learned the painful lesson that nothing good comes without a price. Now, Artie’s unwitting part in an insane plan to destroy all supernatural beings has pulled him front and center into a battle for survival.
When Ben becomes a pawn in the scheme, Artie must decide what he’s willing to risk to protect his family. It’s a question that must be asked when the devil finally demands his due.
Four books have seen Artie Middleton and Ben Nelson come together in love and devastating loss, find a new family in a strange group of supernatural friends, along with their human families that remain alive. Now everything they have, their love, their lives, everyone’s future has been threatened and they must destroy it once and for all. Now we find out how high the cost will be.
Parker Williams has the ability to wring the emotions out of a reader by the end of a story. It didn’t matter that the last one, High Stakes, was only 40-some odd pages, I felt limp as a dishrag from all the sobbing and loss. This story makes it all worthwhile. This is the grand finale and Williams makes all the heartbreak, all the angst that has gone before not only palatable but, I can’t believe I’m saying this, meaningful and right.
Wonderful, absorbing plots need equally great characters and here we have a marriage of both. Williams has developed the characters of Artie and Ben over four books, giving each man more interesting layers and depth to him, letting the readers watch them grow together and sort of grow up as the relationship developed. We committed to them as they committed to each other. And that made the danger and pain that happens to them far more real and heartbreaking.
Terrific characterizations extend past the main couple to stellar secondary ones such as Tempeste and even a flatulent ghost dog who hogs the bed. There are so many here to give your heart to, including a new one at the end of the story.
No details (as much as I would love to reveal them), that wouldn’t be fair. But the author sets Ben and Artie on the road to finally confront the demon behind all the fiendish events and deaths that have been happening all over New Orleans. But nothing goes as planned. With all their friends involved, strategies are hurriedly devised, and moment by moment the suspense and absolute horror is ramped up until you are sure all is to be lost…
I was tucked into my bed with the popcorn, and dogs, and yes, glass of wine and didn’t touch any of it until the book was done. What a thrilling ride of a story! Yes, the devil got his due and then some.
And then there was that ending. How I loved this story and series. Artie and Ben, and yes Tempeste too. They stole my heart. Pick up this series and let them steal yours too.
Need a new addiction? Grab up Parker Williams’ Four of Club series (Pulp Friction 2015). Read them all at once in one major binge read or one at a time, either way, you will find yourself hooked. I highly recommend this book and series. Happy Reading.
Cover art is lovely and perfect for the story.
Kindle Edition, 66 pages
Published November 13th 2015
About Pulp Friction 2015
Lee Brazil ~ Havan Fellows ~ Parker Williams ~ Laura Harner
The Pulp Friction 2015 Altered States Collection.
One supernatural finale.
Spend a year with the creatures that go bump in the night…fighting for their rights to exist and protecting the innocents of The Big Easy. A diverse group of friends trying to find their place in a world they never had to “fit” into before.
Although each series can stand alone, we believe reading the books in the order they are released will increase your enjoyment.
Drawing Dead ~ Blind Stud ~ The Devil’s Bedpost ~ Diamonds and Dust
Dead Blind ~ Stud Player ~ Up the Ante ~ Diamond Draw
Dead Button ~ Blind Man’s Bluff ~ Devil’s Playground ~ Diamond Edge
Dead Man’s Hand ~ Blind Hearts ~ High Stakes ~ Diamond Flush
Dead Money ~ Under the Gun ~ Devil’s Due ~ Diamonds Down and Dirty