Monday, March 24, 2014

Attack the Geek: A Ree Reyes Side-Quest Michael R. Underwood

Ree Reyes is working her regular barista/drink-slinger shift at Grognard's when it all goes wrong. Everything...

Gallery, Threshold, Pocket Books and Net Galley allowed me to download this novelette for review (thank you).  It was published April 7th.  I've never read any of the Geekomancy urban fantasy series so this was an opportunity to taste the series and see if I liked it.  I do!

Ree works at the bar and is amused by the various patrons.  They are game playing fiends and use magic here and there to make the games more exciting.  That's normal.  What's not normal is to have the guests get attacked in the alley in when they leave.  It's also not normal for the bad guys to be  trying to take down the door and get inside.  Good thing Grognard knows how to place strong wards.

Ree can watch video clips on her phone and then assume the talents of the fantasy characters, like Spider Man.  The old man in the bar can use his collector cards to throw magic at the enemy.  The other men are strong and mean in their own right, and use brute force with a bit of magic.  However, the battle isn't calming down.  The opponents are just getting bigger. When they attempt to escape, they find themselves in a labyrinth and soon get lost.  Ree's a little too busy paying attention to a male she can't have (he's her girlfriend's boyfriend) and almost gets killed.

This is a busy story with lots of action, all kinds of monsters (even some human ones) and it keeps you reading.  I like fantastic adventures and this fits the bill.  I'll be watching for more by this author. 

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