Surviving Demon Island

 
Hunting the Demon
by Jaci Burton
(Dell, 6.99, R) ISBN 978-0-440-24336-6
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Aussies, heat waves, sex scenes, and demons galore. †And, pretty much, thatís it for Hunting the Demon. †Burtonís second in her series chronicling the Realm of Light versus the Sons of the Dark (i.e. good vs. evil) leans more to the side of bad than good.

Dominic Diavolo (cute use of a derivation of ďdevilĒ isnít it?) is the primary target of a group called the Realm of Light, which is a worldwide unit of crime fighters who go after demons. †Nicís demon father kidnapped him away from his human mother at the age of eight, and the Realm of Light needs to know if Nicís demon side controls him - and put him down if it does. †Shay Pearson, a precognitive (although sheís referred to as a clairvoyant in the book), is sent to establish a connection with the pampered so-called bad boy of the Diavolo Diamond realm. Boy, do they ever establish one. †For all that both are supposedly leery of involvement with the opposite sex, they jump right into physicality and having a much-hailed connection.

When Shayís friends - including Nicís brother, Derek, whom Nic doesnít remember due to post-traumatic shock remaining from the kidnapping and ensuing chaos - arrive to take Nic prisoner, Nic and Shayís relationship understandably falters. †Nic isnít buying the Realm of Lightís bull, and as he hasnít been notified of his fatherís death, they really have nothing to back up their story. †Nic and Shay, establishing a pattern early on, make up quickly, aided by the first of many demon appearances. Before long, Nic is a diehard member of the team, coming to terms with the fact that his father was evil, accepting his newfound brother, and having not very exciting yet very explicit sex with Shay on a regular basis.

The team is searching the Diavolo mines for the black diamond, a mythic gem that the Sons of the Dark need for their next ritual. †This rite, if Shayís visions are to be believed, will include Nic - human as well as his demon side. †It seems that Nicís been groomed by his father and uncle to be one of the six Lords of Darkness, and now that Benís seat has been vacated, itís become somewhat urgent to get him initiated.

The plotline to this book - to the entire series, from what I gather - is fairly simple: the fight of good against evil. Simplicity can be refreshing, but not in the instance. †That battle of the Realm of Light versus the demons is described physically over and over again, in between the gory details of Shay and Nicís sex life.

The scenes of this book are so repetitive, the semi-intelligent reader will have the drill down by page 100. †Three hundred pages later, the ending is welcome and predictable. †One doesnít need to read the first book to grasp the simple concepts in this one; youíll pick up pretty quickly on the fact that the first book was Nicís brother, Derekís, story. †If youíve read the first one and wondered if the second would be an improvement, donít bother. †If youíve read this one and wondered if youíd enjoy the series more if you went back and read Surviving Demon Island, I wouldnít do that either. †If nothing else, hold out until the third book, The Demonís Touch, comes out in 2008, and cross your fingers that it has more value to it than either of the others.

--Sarrah Knight


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