Reaping Wind: A Montague & Strong Detective Novel Paperback – August 19, 2019
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- Publisher : Independently published (August 19, 2019)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 258 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1687231125
- ISBN-13 : 978-1687231123
- Item Weight : 9.4 ounces
- Dimensions : 4.25 x 0.65 x 6.87 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,029,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Unfortunately, there were more things that I didn’t like:
Ok … so Peaches gets kidnapped. Peaches – this amazingly smart and powerful supernatural creature, who can bring down buildings with a single bark, possesses powerful magical abilities that are radically different from that of other supernatural magic users, and can literally teleport not only from place to place, but even between plains of existence - somehow manages to get kidnapped with ridiculous ease and we’re just supposed to buy that in order to help push the narrative of the main character’s “vulnerability.” Ok, I’ll give you this one Sanchez, but in exchange, you could have at least given us a paragraph or two of Simon overhearing a few battered and bruised Blood Hunters whining about how dangerous and difficult it was for them to be guarding a hellhound. There’s no way that a meat-starved Peaches would have been a cooperative hostage, and hearing about his antics could have been hilarious. Real missed opportunity there.
Then there’s Monty … Simon’s partner, best friend, supernatural guide, self-proclaimed protector, and the only person that Simon truly seems to trust completely, came across somewhat OOC in this one. His insistence that the best and only chance they had to survive and achieve their goals was for Simon to ingest “dragons blood” just didn't seem right, especially considering that the stuff was supposedly so strong that it could literally kill an immortal (or at best leave him permanently deranged). I know Monty's gambled on Simon's immortality before, but this just seemed a bit much. I just think there were other options they could have considered instead (like maybe enlisting help from Hades, who just might take offense at the idea of one of his precious hell hounds being kidnapped and tortured?)
Then there’s Chi … Sigh! So, in addition to being a lying, controlling, manipulative, and deceitful harpy, who Simon has repeatedly admitted to being literally afraid of, we now find out that when she gave Simon Ebonsoul, a dangerous supernatural sword that he absolutely hates to wield, she did so knowing full well that it would bind their energies together eternally, guaranteeing that Simon would forever be compelled to serve and protect her and just generally be her man-bitch, and like everything else, she did so WITHOUT HIS CONSENT!!! I’m sorry, she can have “premonitions of love” all she wants until the end of time (yes, I Googled the phrase), but there is no getting around the fact that this is some seriously messed-up behavior. Chi is not a love interest, she’s a VILLAIN, and their ill-conceived, toxic “romance” has grown extremely tiresome. If you flipped the script on these characters and Simon was a woman and Chi was a man, the extreme “wrongness” of this relationship would be much clearer. [Note to author: Replacing toxic masculinity with toxic femininity is not progressive storytelling!]
I had hope after the last book, where it seemed like Simon finally realized he had a pair and stood up and defied his “ancient and powerful” vampire overlord, that his attitude toward her would change, but this book erases almost any and all character growth that he appeared to have made regarding his relationship with Chi, and that's really a shame. I could go on, but I’ll stop here. My BP while on this topic has gone through the roof.
Despite my complaints, please believe that doing this review really hurt. With the exception of Chi, I love these characters and the insane world they live in, but this book, while somewhat amusing, mostly left me feeling sad and frustrated. I know that the author has a lot of side writing projects that he works on (most of which I’ve thoroughly enjoyed) and the pace of keeping up with all of them must be exhausting, but these M&S stories are the main branch of the mother tree and deserve a lot more thought and attention to detail than what was on display with this book.
When it comes to Simon, Monty & Peaches, I’m still “ride or die,” but I really don’t want to see the remainder of this series become the literary equivalent of a “Benioff & Weiss” production.
If you’re a newbie to Montague & Strong, this is not a stand-alone, and I suggest you read earlier books or short stories. Orlando Sanchez writes fun, exciting, quick-read books that are serials. Each book has a denouement of sorts—for a major thread or two—but other threads are left “to-be-continued.” Plus, in the last chapter of M&S novels, author Orlando Sanchez adds a twisty-teaser—or two—that leads to the next book. This time, it’s a doozy!
Just a tiny buggy thing that seems out of place with the personality of the protagonist.
It’s so damn good just like a good cup of perfectly made coffee is.
Once you start this book everything becomes a blur
and tunnel vision all at once.
Simon & Chi’s relationship truly echoes so many others around the world that’s for sure.
Koi No Yokan truly epitomises that reality only too well.
I’m hoping for an arc involving more of the Ten and Dex (TK is so cool in a badass John Wick/Baba Yaga type of way, for some reason I see Keanu Reeves portraying her husband and better half TK perfectly as for TK, Rebecca Ferguson would be perfect!)
Simon has truly grown and so has Monty, the dynamics between the is truly over 9000 in the bromance scale.
Time to re-read all the other previous books while patiently waiting for the new one after this amazing read ;)))
More power always to Orlando Sanchez and his dream team for delivering us another great read!
Simon, Tristan, and Peaches are the three horsemen of destruction, presaging the apocalypse. And I can’t wait.
I enjoyed my visit to Nippon, and seeing Simon grow in power and ability. I look forward to seeing what he becomes.
So if you are undecided on whether you should buy this book, let me assist you. Buy it! See how easy that was?
Top reviews from other countries
Dive into Montague & Strong and be prepared for a wild, fun-filled adventure.
What could be worse?
Oh yes, let's go visit a deranged Dragon, you know, just for funsies.
Definitely worth waiting for.