War of the Sons (Supernatural #6)

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Title: War of the Sons

Series: Supernatural #6

Author: David Reed & Rebecca Dessertine

Rating: 2.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Media tie-in

Pages: 238

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Sam and Dean are played by Abaddon, sent into the past and used to try to wipe out some End Game Strategy God had setup to defeat Satan in the final battle.

 

My Thoughts:

Poorly done and poorly thought out, even for a Supernatural event.  Anyone who reads ANY Biblical text knows Abaddon is a badguy, period. Stupid Winchesters.

A list of bloodlines outlining who the vessels of the angels will be in the last battle is the Big Secret? That is not a strategy, that is a weakness to hide. It is NOT a prophecy that deserves to be in a “War Scroll”. Unless you’re a writer with no ideas to work with.

Then the girl from the past ends up dying alone and old in a rest home? She was a hunter through and through. She wouldn’t have lived to BE old. It was mawkish,  sentimental and shallow.

Not sure how many more of these books there are, but I’m done with them. It just isn’t worth the time to read them.

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Heart of the Dragon (Supernatural #5)

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Title: Heart of the Dragon

Series: Supernatural

Author: Keith DeCandido

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Media tie-in

Pages: 243

 

Synopsis:

The war between the Angels and Demons for control of the coming Apocalypse continues.

One demon has thought long term and is trying to bring into a play a fallen spirit of great power, a corrupted Samurai.

Said Samurai has been banished, but reappears every 20 years. Sam and Dean’s grandparents successfully banished it, as well as their father and now it is their turn. But this time, that banishment must be permanent or the Samurai will tip the odds in favor of the demons and it will be Hell On Earth.

 

My Thoughts:

Best Supernatural book yet. It was split  30/30/30 between grandparents, father and then the brothers. For me, that worked real well, as the epic emo’ness of this arc in the tv show was largely cut out and we could focus on Hunters being bad ass hunters.

There was a lot of action, with everything from vampires to humans to demons and angels. Everything I liked about the first 2 seasons was in force in this book. It was simple research, hunt and kill. No whining about this, that and the other. No crying over their forsaken feelings. Just good clean hunting.

My only concern is now the remainder of the books will be compared to this one.

The Unholy Cause (Supernatural #4)

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Title: The Unholy Cause

Series: Supernatural #4

Author: Joe Schreiber

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Media Tie-in

Pages: 231

 

Synopsis:

Sam and Dean head down South and get involved with a demon that is trying to use Judas Iscariot’s Noose for some nefarious plan that will further the Big Plan of Lucifer making Sam his vessel.

Castiel is searching out Judas himself to find out the Truth about God [because talking to the guy who betrayed the Son  of God is SUCH a good idea].

 

My Thoughts:

When it comes to Supernatural, I really have to turn off my Theology’ometer because it is so mixed up and silly. It isn’t serious enough for me to take the time to pick out all the stupid bits.

But there are times when something makes it buzz so loudly that I just have to.

Overall, the book was just a typical Supernatural episode. Sam and Dean ride into town, fight demons and then take off. Castiel is all powerful and still whining about searching for God. And there is a LOT of action. Would have been a good episode.

So, this bugged me in the show, as well as this book. Cas’s ‘search’ for God. They are angels, His messengers and are, according to the Bible, right in God’s Presence. Kripke, the creator of the show, sidesteps all this by making God an absent god. It just pisses me off. And Cas keeps asking the badguys about God for goodness sake.

It was just one of those things that I really can’t overlook, unlike much in the show 🙂

Bone Key (Supernatural #3) DNF @30%

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Title: Bone Key

Series: Supernatural #3

Author: Keith DeCandido

Rating: 1 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: DNF

 

My Thoughts:

Due to personal and religious reasons, I will not be finishing this book.

Witch’s Canyon (Supernatural #2)

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Title: Witch’s Canyon

Series: Supernatural #2

Author: Jeff Mariotte

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 274

 

Synopsis:

A 40 year Killing Cycle has begun and this time, the body count will be catastrophic. Only Dean and Sam have the knowledge and the ability to stop this cycle, for good.

 

My Thoughts:

Even though I gave this the same rating as the previous book, I enjoyed this a bit more and it definitely felt “more” like a Supernatural story.

First off, the body count/violence was WAY higher than the previous books. People are being offed left and right. No rhyme or reason at first and I loved being confused. The title obviously gives away who the main antagonist is, but even that is layered in mystery.

This really did remind me of an episode, it felt like it was scripted by Kripte. It gives me hope for the next couple of books. Whooha!

Nevermore (Supernatural #1)

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Title: Nevermore

Series: Supernatural #1

Author: Keith DeCandido

Rating: 3 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 318

 

Synopsis:

Dean and Sam, the [in]famous Winchester brothers, are doing a favor for Ash, the computer genius who hunts demons online. Ash’s friend is being haunted by a ghost and it is escalating.

Along the way, the boys come across a series of murders that seem to tie in to a resurrection ceremony based on the stories and poems of Poe.

 

My Thoughts:

This story takes place during Season 2, I believe, which needs to be taken into account since that is all the author has to deal with when it comes to characterization.

This would have been a typical 2 part tv episode. 2 storylines that aren’t related except by location.  This story was nothing special, the Poe aspect felt very tacked on. It felt like it was added for the “Urban Fantasy” side of things, like a ghost haunting a washed up bar rockstar wasn’t enough? But at the time, the tv show was focusing on urban legends, etc, so it makes sense.

If this had been my introduction to Supernatural, I wouldn’t be bothering with any more. But like most novelizations of movies and shows, the books never live up to the show. So if you like Supernatural then I do recommend this. I did like it enough to put the next book on my TBR list.