About Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device
Pandemonium: a twilight dimension of nightmare creatures, mythical beings, the undead, and everything in between. To Dead Jack, it’s hell sweet hell. In the first book of the series, the tortured, drug-addicted detective stumbles upon his most dangerous case yet, and the fate of the world hangs in the balance. Can the zombie P.I. and his associate, the homunculus Oswald, save the day? It won’t be easy. The duo must face rogue leprechauns, ghost pirates, a sex-obsessed shark woman, an insecure fire demon, and a goateed maniac who calls himself the Duke of Pandemonium. Good thing Jack’s getting paid in a ton of fairy dust!
Reviews for Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device
Dead Jack is the best zombie detective in ShadowShade, possibly all of Pandemonium. It doesn’t hurt that he’s the only one around. It also doesn’t hurt that he’ll do anything for fairy dust. No job is too big as long as the price is right, possibly right up to saving all of Pandemonium. That is, if he can survive leprechauns with a grudge, a mad bat-god, and his own ideas.
So, James Aquilone’s Dead Jack and the Pandemonium Device is kind of an odd critter of a book. I’m left feeling simultaneously like I have very little to say about it [...]
Blending the tropes of an Everyman hero walking the mean streets with a world where the average is the only thing that isn’t present, Aquilone creates a narrative that offers much to both fans of detective fiction and humorous horror.
Dead Jack is Pandemonium’s best (only) zombie P.I. Mostly, he keeps the mindless hunger for flesh at bay with fairy dust and just tries to make an honest living. However, after an unfortunate circumstance leads to him eating his dealer, he ends up on the run and holding the fate of the world in his hands. Fortunately, Oswald, shapeshifting homunculus and [...]
The first installment in the Dead Jack series is an adventurous romp through a parallel universe with an undead detective, his tiny mystical sidekick, and a large cast of quirky characters.
Aquilone works swiftly, turning a row of slapstick misadventures into a bigger plot with the whole world at stake. Now, it is, of course, a bit tiring to have the world in danger in every other novel you read, but it's not like the book itself takes the world-ending crisis too seriously. That is mostly dictated by our protagonist's perpetual state of drug high/drunkenness/endless cynicism. Jack is an abrasive bastard [...]
This funny mystery will help to capture the reluctant readers attention. Hoping for more in this series to recommend to young fans of mysteries.