No Hero by Jonathan Wood

So here we are halfway through 2011, and what a year it has been for discovering new authors, the last six months has been extremely rewarding from a book reading point of view.  Fantastic books by D.M Youngquist, Ade Chamberlin Darren J Guest and  Serenity J Banks, have really made my year. Can  this debut novel from Jonathan Wood keep the ball rolling?

Say hello to Arthur Wallace, an Oxford police detective on the trail of a serial killer, with a very large and sharp pointy sword. When he finally tracks the killer down he soon finds himself at the wrong of the the big pointy sword.After being  stabbed through the chest and left for dead Arthur is rushed to hospital, whereby a visit from the shadowy government group MI37, Arthur soon finds neck deep in tentacled monsters, inter-dimensional beings, super powered killing machines, and a plot to invade our reality.  Just what would Kurt Russell do?

This is one hell of fun ride, the action starts on page one and never lets up, I really  enjoyed this book.  It’s fast paced, thrilling but with it’s tongue placed firmly in it’s cheek.  Jonathan Wood,     has crafted, and I hate to use the term, an Urban Fantasy that is truly worth your time and money.

Wood has populated the novel with both lovable and believable characters, from Arthur Wallace, who in many ways reminds me of his namesake Arthur Dent, an Englishman out of his depth and comfort zone.  To the fantastic Scottish red headed sword wielding Kayla.  You’ll end up caring about these characters, and there are numerous moments where you will literately be on the edge of your seat, wondering what’s going to happen to them.

There are references aplenty to many great films, comic books, and TV shows, this feels like a love letter to the 80’s, a decade where Kurt Russell ruled.  If H P Lovecraft and Robert Rankin wrote a book together this is what you would get.  A thrilling and at times shocking (there is one scene involving a Mexican Stand Off) read with a twist of quirky English humour, no mean feat indeed.

Here’s hoping we haven’t scene the last of Arthur Wallace and MI37

NOTE, THIS BOOK DOESN’T SEEM TO BE AVAILABLE THROUGH AMAZON UK YET, ONCE THE BOOK  HAS BEEN RELEASED AND IS LIKE ON AMAZON, I’LL POST A PURCHASING LINK 

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