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Review – Drake: The Burned Man #1 by Peter McLean

October 25, 2016

About the book

Meet Don Drake. He’s a demon-summoning hit man who’s badly in debt. He doesn’t like his job. He’d rather have a drink and stay away from murder and the supernatural, but he’ll have no peace before he’s cleared his debt.

Hitman Don Drake owes a gambling debt to a demon. Forced to carry out one more assassination to clear his debt, Don unwittingly kills an innocent child and brings the Furies of Greek myth down upon himself.

Rescued by an almost-fallen angel called Trixie, Don and his magical accomplice the Burned Man, an imprisoned archdemon, are forced to deal with Lucifer himself whilst battling a powerful evil magician.

Now Don must foil Lucifer’s plan to complete Trixie’s fall and save her soul whilst preventing the Burned Man from breaking free from captivity and wreaking havoc on the entire world.


My thoughts

Any self-respecting adult fantasy reader will want to read Drake: The Burned Man #1 by Peter McLean. Don Drake is not a likeable character, but in this dark world of shadows, monsters, demons and death he is the only one likely to save you—provided he has no other choice.

Drake is in trouble, big trouble. He owes a lot of money and the only way to get out from under the local mob-boss is to take a simple assassination job. Should be same old, same old. Next thing he knows he is being hunted by one dangerous woman, is being followed by another mysterious woman and he’s in risk of losing the only woman who truly cares about him. Really, what does it matter anymore, right? He’s going to quit the game. Problem is, the game won’t quit him.

A supernatural noir full of demons, magic and angels, Drake is stuck right in the middle of it all and what’s worse… it’s all his own damn fault. Peter McLean has written a gripping tale full of action, mystery and death. A gritty noir, I could almost see the black and white images, smell the cigarette smoke and hear tinkling piano keys. All of Peter’s characters feel real and deeply flawed in many ways. The atmosphere is electric and brutal.

And then there is Trixie.

A great read. And book two, Dominion, is just around the corner!



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