Aric Davis is the author of A Good and Useful Hurt, a horror novel releasing in February, and the mystery Nickel Plated, which released earlier this year. Married with one daughter, Davis lives in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he has worked for the past 14 years as a body piercer.
The Beast Within (Dead Man #7), by James Daniels, is a quirky ride through Northern Michigan, following protagonist Matt Cahill on yet another totally insane and violently fun adventure in this seventh book in the Dead Man series.
After meeting and then defending a beautiful woman named Roma from a gang of thugs, Matt is brought to the home she shares with her husband, brothers, and legion of secrets. Finding himself caught in the middle of a Neo-Nazi civil war between different factions of the Michigan Militia, Matt is forced to not only pick sides, but also to deal with his own demons.
The Beast Within never comes close to answering all of the questions the reader may ask of it, nor does it need to. Mr. Daniels has written a book that compares favorably to a 1980's action film, and just like those Hollywood hits, this book comes out swinging and never stops driving for the fences, even in the face of reason. Hilariously funny at times, and weird enough to remind the reader of southern fried author Joe R. Lansdale, this is a book that is not afraid to be violent, grotesque, or even a little bit sappy.
If you're the type of reader that likes the guns blazing, women gorgeous, and blood all but dripping from the pages, this was written with you in mind.
The purpose of these novels has been described by series creator's Lee Goldberg and William Rabkin as being, "the male equivalent of harlequin romance." At this task The Beast Within succeeds wonderfully, and one can only hope that the series will continue this trend of hard-hitting, fast-paced, eminently entertaining books, typically for the kind of audience that doesn't mind dog earring a book or stuffing it in their back pocket, even if they've long ago graduated from turgid paperbacks to an Amazon Kindle.