Tourists often annoyed Old Ebe–but the bullying outsiders breeding vicious attack dogs on his family’s old land endanger the peace of his quiet mountain town…and the life of his best friend.
When Ebe’s dog, Dipper, goes missing, the widower expects help from his new neighbors. It’s the way of the mountain community. However, when Rabler, leader of the lowlanders, threatens to kill his dog if he sees the animal, Ebe begins to suspect the newcomers hide something more sinister than raising attack dogs. Unfortunately, authorities turn a blind eye to their bullying activities.
Ebe turns to the reclusive Dissenters, a people with magical powers who live deeper into the Sierra foothills, once led by his former teacher, Old Nance. When a young man, Ebe had tried to join the mage community, but he didn’t control enough magic to be accepted. Though Nance tries to help her former student, she only manages to anger the bullies. A gang of them murders her for interfering with their lucrative business.
To regain his self-respect, Ebe must find a way to revenge her against “dog farmers’ with little magic and fewer allies.
Showdown with Demons is a classic fight of good against evil, where revenge and redemption drive Old Ebe into a deadly confrontation against enormous odds. The e-story, along with Night for the Gargoyles, is a prequel to M. K. Theodoratus’ novel: There Be Demons–with the telling of why Britt’s Granny Nan wasn’t there to help the teen fight the demons invading Trebridge.
5***** Reviews: “a strong blend of adventure, magic, and feel-good heroism” & “The writer keeps the reader’s attention and the suspense rolling with a well-crafted solid plot!”
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“A Likable Hero Within a Wonderful Story by Veritas Vincit”
From the outset of this novel, you might not even realize that you’re about to read a pseudo fantasy adventure, as most of the characters, intriguing and captivating as they may be, don’t strike you as particularly unnatural. In fact, the entire plot seems credible until the story turns a corner and suddenly magic seems infused in everything we see and experience. Theodoratus pulled me in with an interesting premise, but I stuck around for the solid storytelling, which was deep and thorough, revealing the soul of a town and the essence of the protagonist’s heart. He is an adventurer, a rebel, and an inspiring new type of hero, one who inspires loyalty in not only an entire town of Crossings, but also in the reader. He’s likable, even though he can be ornery or stubborn, like Han Solo…..with magic. I enjoyed the subtlety of the plot development, how it really did draw you in, rather than bash you over the head with exposition and drama and a denouement. All in all, it was a strong blend of adventure, magic, and feel-good heroism that may not be as intellectual as other fantasy novels, but it certainly has the thrills and addictive narrative style. Nicely done!