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Grim, Sons of Darkness, Book 1 (by Matt Spencer)


Author: Matt Spencer
Cover Artist: Dawné Dominique
Length: Novel
Genre: Paranormal / Thriller / Crime / Horror
Violence: 5
Heat: 1

eBook: 9781615727520

Print:  9781615727537


Sons of Darkness, Book 1

Who is the man behind the mask? When everything is taken from him, Detective Adam White must choose what’s most important. Does he stick to the heroic ideals which made him a famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman? Or does he give in to his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife’s murder, and become the type of killer he’s hunted for so many years?

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    GRIM review

    I read about this book in the Centralia Sentinel that is printed in Centralia, Illinois. I knew that I had to get the book as I like this kind of story. Thanks for having the book. ~ Mary Barrett, Amazon Review


    Is the Line Between Good and Evil Always so Clear When Innocents Are Harmed?

    Heath Grim is a man of mystery, always careful to hide his disfigured face behind a black mask which he has worn since his return home from Iraq two years before. As the son of Armand Reapentier – the Enforcer for the Marino Family, known only as ‘The Reaper’ – Heath has sought vengeance against his father’s killers for the past two years with no sign of success.

    Detective Adam White is a man known to follow his own strict moral code, incorruptible and a seeker of justice. Known by the press as the ‘White Knight’, Adam can always be counted on to make sure that the criminals are punished and that the innocent are protected at all cost. What the public doesn’t realize is that Adam White has spent the past decade trapped within his own private hell, trying to track down his wife’s killers to no avail.

    When a series of ritualistic murders targeting the rival Black Family and credited to ‘The Reaper’ – a serial killer who has been dead for two years strike the populace, all signs point to the reclusive, mysterious Heath Grim. However, when everything he values is suddenly taken from him, Detective Adam White will face a choice – does he maintain the heroic ideals which have made him the famed paragon of justice and take down a murderous madman, or will he give into his vigilante impulses, avenge his wife’s murder, and become the type of killer he has hunted for so many years?

    I enjoyed this book very much, because I like stories which deal with paranormal themes. I will say that Grim by Joseph Spencer is perhaps not to everyone’s taste – I must admit that I wasn’t always sure whether certain characters deserved the punishment that they received. The plot was realistic in that it shows that the desire for righteous justice can often be tainted by the very human desire for vengeance. I give this book an A! and will certainly be on the lookout for more books by Joseph Spencer in the future.

    Full Disclosure: Grim by Joseph Spencer read and reviewed by Mareena McGirr, an avid reader and book reviewer from Albany, New York. Many thanks to the author and Dorothy at ‘Pump up Your Book’ virtual book tours as I received a copy of this book for free from them. ~ Amazon Review


    Gory and good!

    Overview: Grim is a story about bad guys fighting bad guys. There’s a couple of innocents who either get corrupted or killed or [can’t say…spoiler], but the majority of the story is about the bad guys. The deaths are very descriptive and this is not a book I would suggest to someone with a week stomach. At times, the descriptions seem to be so extreme in the gore and horror that I found it humorous. This happened more in the beginning of the book as I was still trying to gain emotional attachment to the characters. As a lover of horror, I was thrilled that no two deaths were alike in this book. With dozens of deaths, that was no small feat.

    Characters: I was overwhelmed at the beginning of the story. There are quite a few characters introduced and it isn’t the typical bad guys vs good guys. Good guys are in short supply in this book. After I sorted out who was who around 25% in, I really liked how diverse and complex even the minor characters were in the book. The cast is primarily male, yet it didn’t seem off balanced The female characters are more “off screen” but they still have big impacts in the story.

    Plot: Heath delivers “justice” under the whims of Abbadon. Cryus runs a mafia that controls most of Prairieville; all opposition is eliminated Adam is dubbed the “White Knight” and is Prairieville’s only hope to solve the endless murders that happen in this town. The three men’s dark lives collide and there’s no guarantee that any of them will survive. I wasn’t a fan of the beginning, but the middle and end of the book were deliciously perfect. I had no idea what to expect until it happened. I don’t think the psychological horror was as strong as it could of been, but the descriptions and gore were amazingly done.

    Ending: Perhaps I’m slightly morbid, but I found myself cheering at the creative ways certain characters died…particularly in the big stand off. I loved the humor and appropriate song choices. I was hoping for a different ending, but I can’t say that I’m disappointed or surprised. It had a nice little twist that made me wish there was at least another 50 pages. Then again, I’m not sure there would be any characters left at the end. ~ Lizzy Lessard, Amazon Review


    Gory, gritty, and very dark. A must read, but not for the faint of heart.

    Goodness gracious, I enjoyed the hell out of this. I am such a fan of Joseph Spencer. I am so glad I stumbled onto this tour. I love how this book flows from one character to the other. Spencer has introduced us to a lot of them. It may seem a bit overwhelming at first, but it all goes together beautifully. Our main character, one of them anyway, is Heath Grim. He is quite the character to say the least. He is very mysterious and hides his face behind a black mask due to scars he received while at war. But the mask is not the only thing he hides. He is possessed by something that makes him do things he doesn’t want to do, but can’t help.

    Another character I loved was Adam, the White Knight. He is a detective in the lime light. He is incorruptible and everyone loves him. He is always crowned a hero. He is the face of justice. But he has mysteries of his own. He is on his own mission to find the person who murdered his wife. He is lost without her. But he always makes sure he does the right thing no matter what. I loved this character a lot along with Grim. Spencer has given us so much depth with these characters even with the obvious bad guys. I love it when an author takes us into the mind of the bad guy.

    But to be fair, with the exception of Adam, you can’t tell who is the bad guy really is. There are various degrees of bad in this book and that just added another level to this book. I loved how Spencer did this. We have the obvious gangster villain, Cyrus, who pretty much controls everyone (cops and all). But what about Grim? He is intimidating and scary, but it isn’t intentional. I won’t give it all away. But it is fascinating being in his mind. What a character he was. I would love a whole movie on nothing but him. Just incredible. I loved his story. You will be captivated. Guaranteed.

    I love how this book is all about pushing someone to their limits, specifically Adam. He is trying to crack a murder and can’t shake the feeling that a certain politician has something up his sleeve concerning his investigation. It pushes him because can he really stick to his moral code when everyone around him is being manipulated, coerced or bribed by the bad guy.

    Now if you are like me and love The Dark Knight like no tomorrow, this should sound familiar. From the get go, that was the only thing I could think about when reading parts of this. Grim is the bloody, gritter version of The Dark Knight. Now mind you, that doesn’t take anything away from this book, but it is hard not to notice the similarities. But where The Dark Knight is okay for everybody, this is strictly for adults. That just made me love it more.

    This is a must read. This is a great mix of paranormal and mystery. Fans of either genre would love this. I didn’t expect that mix, but I loved it. This book is a raw, in-your-face, fast-paced read. You need to prepare yourself for this one. These characters will stick with you long after it is over especially Grim. I am a new fan of Joseph Spencer and you should be too. I can’t wait to see what else this man has up his sleeve. ~ Diana (@ Offbeat Vagabond), Amazon Review

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