Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Review - “Any Given Doomsday” by Lori Handeland

Elizabeth Phoenix once used her unique skills as a psychic to help in the Milwaukee Police Department’s fight against injustice. But when Liz’s foster mother is found viciously murdered—and Liz is discovered unconscious at the scene—her only memory of the crime comes in the form of terrifying dreams...of creatures more horrific than anything Liz has seen in real life. What do these visions mean? And what in the world do they have to do with her former lover, Jimmy Sanducci?

While the police question Jimmy in the murder, Jimmy opens Liz’s eyes to a supernatural war that has raged since the dawn of time in which innocent people are hunted by malevolent beings disguised as humans. Only a chosen few have the ability to fight their evil, and Jimmy believes Liz is among them. Now, with her senses heightened, new feelings are rising within Liz—ones that re-ignite her dangerous attraction to Jimmy. But Jimmy has a secret that will rock Liz to her core…and put the survival of the human race in peril.
Any Given Doomsday is the first in a new urban fantasy series called the Phoenix Chronicles. Many of you may already have read a review of this book as it was very heavily promoted with giveaways and advance reader copies (I actually bought my copy). Nevertheless here is my take on this popular fall release.

Any Given Doomsday is a dark tale - not surprising given its’ title. Early on we realize this is a good versus evil struggle and the stakes are considerable. The battle for supremacy is fought by supernaturals whose existence and actions are hidden away from humanity.

The book opens with the following foreboding line from Liz our heroine –
“On the day my old life died, the air smelled of springtime…”
Liz has been psychic most of her life, her ‘visions’ setting her apart and ultimately ruining her career in law enforcement. At the beginning of the story she is merely coasting, working in a bar – her life in a holding pattern. Then in a series of cascading events, her life is turned upside down; her foster mother is murdered and she learns that she was no ordinary women, but a seer, who in death passes on her responsibilities and knowledge to Liz.

A fellow orphan and former lover from her past reappears to guide her entrance into this new supernatural world and the fight against evil. Jimmy is full of secrets and Liz is conflicted over her feelings, especially as she comes to learn more of his true nature and role in her new life.

Demons, vampires and nephilim are the enemy and Liz is told it is her duty to use her seers abilities to guide a cadre of DK’s (Demon Killers), but first must undergo mentoring. But Liz has to learn what she needs to know on the run as the enemy provides no breathing space. Other seers and DK’s are dying and it appears the enemy has infiltrated their ranks.

Action is plentiful in Any Given Doomsday and the opposing demons and vampires are especially creepy and sinister. In keeping with the apocalyptic nature of the story even the sexual interludes involving Liz are disquieting – not your typical paranormal romance.

Any Given Doomsday delivers a strongly plotted thriller with tortured characters. For those that like their urban fantasy dark and dangerous, this is the ticket. The book resolves the principal story line but clearly positions the Phoenix Chronicles for two sequels due next year.

AUTHOR AND BOOK SHOWCASEOfficial Lori Handeland Website

Read an excerpt.

St. Martin's Press
Published: November 2008
ISBN #: 9780312949198
Format: Paperback
Pages: 346

The Phoenix Chronicles Series

  1. Any Given Doomsday (2008)
  2. Doomsday Can Wait (2009)
  3. Apocalypse Happens (2009)

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  1. What a coincidence this is the follow up book that I'm going to read after I finish Bite The bullet today..

    I can't wait to read your review for Bite The Bullet..

  2. I liked this one too! Looking forward to the books that follow.

  3. Tanya you and I seem to be reading these in opposite order :) Review of Bite the Bullet will be up later today.

  4. Hey Patricia. I like the Liz character. Nothing comes easy to her and it makes her a better and more interesting character.


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