The back of this book compared it to lots of other books and it does have elements of them. You can draw comparisons to many medias and stories as it brings ancient myths, legends and monsters to the modern day. They are an abomination and they have to be stopped. Like the Winchesters stopping the apocalypse in Supernatural. Or Crowley and Aziraphale stopping the apocalypse in Good Omens. Or Shadow stopping an apocalyptic type war of Old Gods versus New Gods in American Gods.
This book has slightly more order than the examples given. “The name’s Gideon Tau, but everyone just calls me London. I work for the Delphic Division, the occult investigative unit of the South African Police Service.” Like the Men in Black but for the supernatural rather than the extra-terrestrial. Like Die Hard, London is practically on his own against a group of bad guys trying to save everyone! Things are exploding! Like Taken, he’s a father who wants justice and revenge. All these things make me very happy.
What it does have, like the given examples, is a sense of humour. Everything’s trying to kill us and we’re all going to die but why have we got to be so glum about it? In the words of Roger Murtaugh: “I’m getting too old for this shit.” London isn’t old in his body but he’s old in his heart. He doesn’t have time for your games or your plans to end the world. Neither does his sidekick Dog. That’s his name. And he is a dog. A swearing, booze drinking magic dog. There is a lot of violence and a lot of swearing and I loved it a whole lot. It’s a crime book with sinister plots, seedy dealings and ugly bad guys. But those bad guys are supercharged monsters and that makes for a slight more interesting whodunit.
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