Review: James Osiris Baldwin – Blood Hound: (Alexi Sokolsky: Hound of Eden #1)

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Reviewer: Rich
Publisher: Self-published
Genre: MM Thriller

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Summary:

Alexi Sokolsky is not your everyday hitman. Introspective, intuitive, and fiercely intelligent, he is also a mage capable of murder with nothing but his voice and the power of his will. However, arcane ability comes with a price: The same powers that make Alexi indispensable to the Russian Mafia also make him a social outcast, an object of fear and superstition.

When a high-ranking Sicilian Mafioso is murdered with demonic magic and dumped on Russian territory, The Russians blame the only mage they know – Alexi. Then a key contact in the lucrative cocaine trade disappears, and Alexi is the one sent to play detective. He quickly learns that every mage and his dog are searching for a Gift Horse, a mysterious creature rumored to be made of pure magic who carries the secrets of all creation in her flesh and blood… a creature who is calling to Alexi for help.

If Alexi heeds the Gift Horse’s call, he stands to lose everything and everyone he’s fought and killed for. If he doesn’t, the world will be held hostage by whoever finds her first – and given that a demon-summoning murderous psychopath is in pole position, the odds are not in the world’s favor.

Magic, mafia and mystery come together in the first installment of the Hound of Eden Supernatural Thriller series

Review:

Alexi Sokolsky is a Spook, a hitman and mage capable of killing with nothing but a word of power and the strength of his will. But arcane ability comes with a price: The same powers that make Alexi indispensable to the Russian Mafia also make him a social outcast, an object of fear and superstition.
This very violent and dark book, takes the reader on a journey into the Russian underworld during the 1980’s. Life is cheap, disagreements are solved with murder, money and power is all that matters. Magic is used to facilitate the efforts.
Don’t look for hot sex scenes. There are none. What leas within the story is a character seemingly without redemption, but knowing his life will be fleeting and non-sustainable if he does not change.
Dear reader, if you are seeking a feel-good plot and a happy ending, look elsewhere. If you are wanting a dark compelling story, this is the book.

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