Abduction

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Where do I begin with the Alex Caine series? Abduction is the third in the series, and I highly recommend following this story from the beginning, as Alan Baxter has crafted an excellent, modern urban fantasy that is laced with a fantastically dark sense of humour. 

I am reminded of an old website called They Fight Crime, which randomly generated a crime-fighting duo. In some ways the main characters Alex Caine and Silhouette feel a bit like one of those random pairings. He's a martial artist with the ability to anticipate his enemies moves, she's a half Fey who likes to eat things, they fight crime!

Silhouette discovers that someone has abducted Alex from his home, and launches a rescue operation that is just the start of a battle against enemies who will stop at nothing to succeed in their dastardly plans. I think that a hero is only as good as the enemy he is pitted against, and the great thing with Alan Baxter's novels is that - honestly - the really bad guys don't fuck about. Baxter does a great job of developing his bad guys as credible threats, and they are in keeping with the dark and gritty nature of this novel.

It is hard to talk about this novel without going into the details of what has come before in the series, but I cannot recommend this author highly enough. It is easy to draw comparisons to authors like Jim Butcher and Benedict Jacka, and this is series which would be enjoyable for fans of those authors. However, the Author has brought his own unique take and taste to this genre. New readers should start at the beginning, but this is an excellent edition to Alex Caine series.

I received a review copy from the publisher through NetGalley.
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This is the third book in the Alex Caine series. Alex is in bed one night and is abruptly abducted by the Fey. When Silhouette returns home to find Alex gone, she calls in Armour to help retrieve him. In the meantime, Claude Darvill is on the hunt for his father and wants revenge on Alex. Will Silhouette find Alex in time and save the world, or will his enemies be the death of him? I must admit upfront I’ve wanted to read this series for a while and jumped on the chance to read the third book even not having read the previous two. My thinking was that if the author was any good, I could for the most part jump right in. I am pleased to say he is good! I really enjoyed the characters, and I really liked how Alex was feeling down about previous events, something that made him more human and likeable, if you will. I enjoy characters that aren’t invulnerable. This book was very well-written, and I loved the plot. I do have to admit the book was a little darker than I was expecting, but that was OK. As soon as I have time, I’m going to read the first two to catch up. If you are a fan of this series, I can’t see how you wouldn’t love this latest installment. Highly recommend! Thanks to NetGalley and Ragnarok Publications for the e-copy which I voluntarily reviewed.
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