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When the Heart Defines the Destination
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2020
What the Hell, the latest and the 5th book of the Preternatural Chronicles by Hunter Blain, had me reeling with emotion. Once again, Blain weaves a story that grips you emotionally and mentally. After the end of Mouth of Madness, I was ready to dive into this tale to see what would happen next. This next chapter in John Cook’s unlife was not what I expected.
This book was full of action, but it was more about John and who he truly is. It was about his deep seeded love for his friends and what those relationships have meant to him, and deep seeded sadness of mistakes that could not be changed. It was about making choices that left John reeling with regret and pain. More than ever, Blain reveals John’s depth of character to give the reader the insight to his heart. And soul.
A trip to Hell was only a tip of the iceberg, or more like a glimpse into the abyss where souls suffer and burn. Even in Hell, things do not go as planned for John to reach his two goals, he only touches the hem. As a result, John comes to the realization that he must make another trip to finish. With additional weight on his shoulders and even with understanding of what to expect, John knows there is no choice, despite the fact he may not return home again.
Thankfully, Blain filters the heavy tale with humor and lightness. Throughout the book, you find yourself laughing at ridiculous lines and offbeat scenes that are perfectly timed. One of the funniest parts was the “manly” trip to Waffle House that made you think of Abbott and Castello, filled with silly gags, literally.
Another thing that makes Hunter Blain’s books so intriguing is the fact that the author appears in the story with his usual snark and sidebars. The more I read his books, I can detect the times that Hunter is speaking instead of John. Which when you think about that, it is quite strange.
Hunter Blain’s ability to develop a story, create lasting characters, and write insightful content in rich imagery has captured my imagination. In a short time, he has become one of my favorite authors.