Monday, November 21, 2011


Book Title: "Devil's Hand (Drawing Thin)"
Author: M.E. Patterson
Published By: Digimonkey Studios
Age Recommended: 18 +
Reviewed By: Kitty Bullard (Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community)
Raven Rating: 5


Review: Usually when one thinks of Las Vegas the phrase, 'city of sin' comes to mind. But after reading this book by M.E. Patterson it is easy to see how that phrase doesn't cut it. In this phenomenal piece of work Matt Patterson has turned Las Vegas into hell itself. When Trent Hawkins and his wife Susan return to the 'city of sin' they find themselves the guardians of a young girl named Celia with mysterious powers. What's worse is the demon that's after her and willing to take out anyone that gets in his way. In the guise of an old man named Salvatore he chases Trent and his wife through the streets and sewers of Las Vegas with only one goal in mind, making Celia his once and for all.

As I began to read this book I had to wonder how Trent and Susan could make sense out of the wacky weather they run into just a few miles outside of town. Though when you take into consideration Trent Hawkins' strange streak of good luck, you can somewhat understand. The man somehow survived a plane crash that took out all other passengers on board with him. He has always had the ability to win every game he ever played in any of the casinos in town, hence the reason he was banned from the state, and later in the story he somehow dodges bullets without even moving a muscle. By the time you get into the thick of the story you realize it seems that Trent's luck is running out and he must choose his path... whether to fight the war against darkness to win, or allow the entire world to fall into darkness.

This story literally had me on the edge of my seat, at times I felt as though I were watching a movie instead of reading a book. Matt Patterson has the ability to turn phrase in a like manner with some of the best horror masters around, such as Stephen King, Dean Koontz, and John Connolly. I highly recommend this book and I'll be looking for more to come from this up and coming new master of horror fiction. Bring it on Matt! I'm ready for more!

Kitty Bullard - Great Minds Think Aloud Literary Community

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