I liked the heroes:
Steve Soto: an American gangster on business on the island of Magdalena. He’s strong and smart and once weird things begin to happen he takes the correct arms.
Dorian: a beautiful young woman who lives with her “uncle” in the high class society.
The Zombies: they aren’t particularly evil, they’re just doing their job (eating brains) and are featured in one of most chaotic- read, fun- sections of the story. Their role is larger than I had imagined when first reading it, but I’m not complaining.
Wilfred Glendon III: he takes the role of the Wolfman from his grandfather after Lawrence Talbot is shot and killed. He’s a good man, a scientist, finally introduced in the second half with a powerful psychological role and history that was thrilling to read.
Countess Mayra Zaleska: woo-boy, this lady is evil in its purest form. The scenes revolving around her are usually always bloody or frightening in some sense of the word. Her madness starts slow in the beginning. As it goes on…
Major Quantez: asshole, asshole, asshole all the way. There is nothing good about this ruthless warlord who rules the Magdalena islands with a harder-than-iron fist.
Dracula: oh man is he back alright; fun all the way. His dialog needed work but he doesn’t speak much. He just kills, and kills some more. I’ll get to him later.
Frankenstein’s Monster: he’s only there for a short period (like Dracula and Glendon) but his scenes are impactful. Don’t think he’s the sympathetic beast of Mary Shelley’s story. He plays out more like something Bram Stoker would have created.
Frankenstein’s Bride: forthcoming, soon-to-be-revived, but she has a part in one of the most thrilling scenes in the book.
David Jacob’s writing style can be a bit repetitive. Words (like blood, or table, or room, for some examples) would be used more than once in the same sentence. He’s devilishly good at setting a scene though. The violence is clear and drew me in. It wasn't obscenely gory but Marya definitely has the dirtiest job. There is some nudity and a little sex, but nothing too graphic. If made into a movie this would still be a very heavy R.
The pace is quick and the dialog- while a bit stunted around Dracula and Mayra (jeez guys, come on, it’s the 21st Century) witty. The Devil's Brood reads off like a pulp novel from the forties and fifties. I can’t really describe it. At only 316 pages long it goes into a lot of detail and history but I never got bored.
Again, the pacing and violence is great. The writing itself needs some work. The story had mystery, thrills, genuine characters, and horror. This is the first time a story has really spooked me. That freaking Drakon… The dialog for the more human characters is good but the monsters can’t seem to get out of their respective ages. They dress like they’re in the 1800s too, which in Mayra’s case, is pretty hot. I enjoyed this. I’m moving on to the sequel, The Devil’s Night.
**** of *****