It’s been a while since I have reviewed any of The Dead Man series. I am up to book number seven, The Beast Within, written by James Daniels (who also wrote Ring of Knives). This one has been out quite a while, and I must admit I went to Amazon and read the reviews (hopefully not sock-puppeted), to see what readers had to say. The general consensus appeared to be that this was the weakest of The Dead Man series and could be skipped over.
But as regular visitors to P2K, who have read my reviews of trash exploitation cinema, would know, I am a lover of the unloved. The negative reviews only made me want to read it more. I mean, how bad could it be?
Sadly for me (or gleefully for others), The Beast Within was fine – nothing wrong with it at all. Sure, it branches off and tries something new. Mr. Dark isn’t really in the story – but his presence is well and truly felt. And the story opens up a whole new world of possibilities for The Dead Man series. It implies Matt Cahill’s journey to discover the secret of his power, and his running battle with Mr.Dark, is just the tip of a dark magical underworld that spans the globe.
On top of that, you get the usual mayhem – this time, evil white supremacists, rampaging bears, dangling from a chairlift, exploding trucks, flaming crossbows – of course a damsel in distress – and Cahill’s usual axe wielding form of justice. No complaints from me.
I am looking forward to the next book in the series, Fire and Ice, by Jude Hardin.