by Timothy W Long & Tim Marqitz:
Damaged have had the music career people sell their souls for, it turns out that Wex, Michael, Seth, and Sunny may have done just that; but Satan always has a price and the question is “do they want to pay it”?
The members of Heavy Metal band Damaged are rock gods and they certainly take full advantage of the sex, drugs, rock and roll lifestyle their fame has brought them.
Each character is quickly and easily introduced, showing a back story which speeds through to present day. Whilst all wonderfully fleshed out into 3D characters I found I did not like one of them! They all had a nasty or spiteful streak a mile wide.
This was a really seamless writing collaboration and it hard to tell which author fully wrote what piece, however as a huge fan of Marquitz I can tell his fight scenes a mile off, and his characters always have that “human” unpolished element to them.
In my opinion it was Long that provided all the technical music stuff (not the songs) and as I am not a fan of “Metal” I can’t comment on how brilliant that was, but I’m sure it will appeal to many.
The deal is hinted at early on and then fully explained as both authors drag you through the multiple deaths, drugged out visions and dreams. The splatter, gore and sheer bloodiness of it all was rather awesome and certainly cathartic.
The slow build of tension through to the reveal, and finale, is brilliant it’s like trying to look through dusky glass, you know what’s there, you just want a cleaner view, and there is no holding back when it comes. The scene with the priest made me go green around the edges.
There is the odd mistake, a missing letter or name change but these hardly distract from such a riveting book, however I know some people want to pick holes in things they don’t like or understand. Be Warned! this is a very graphic read.
Throughout I found some underlying, subtle humour and some very groovy one liners.
Overall this is the best book I have read in ages and I do hope they co-author again as they clearly bring something naughty and gross out in each other!