Arms Dealers

Claw and Warder Episode 2

Fiction - Fantasy - Urban
Kindle Edition
Reviewed on 04/15/2020
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Reviewed by K.J. Simmill for Readers' Favorite

In Erik Henry Vick's Arms Dealers, werewolf and coffee addict Leery Oriscoe had his work cut out for him when an unlikely pair of supernaturals team up to dismember a couple of mundanes. Hot on their trail, he and his partner, Dru, have no idea what they are being dragged into. Beyond these seemingly innocent attacks is something more dastardly than they could have imagined. They thought they were dealing with some small-time villains, but come to discover just how high up this runs when their investigation leads straight to the leader of the zombie mafia, and she has her own story to tell.

Arms Dealers is episode 2 of Erik Henry Vick's Claw and Warder series. I enjoyed the amalgamation of so many types of supernaturals, from the Norwegian forest trolls to Japanese demon spirits, and all these amazing creatures were found in the same locale, under the watchful eye of Lieutenant Van Helsing. The banter between the characters was brilliantly executed, portraying different levels of complex relationships. Sometimes I couldn't help but grin at a well-spun conversation, let alone how the creatures' unique traits or weaknesses are evoked to further the investigation. I enjoyed the third-person narrative and how the high-pressure roles were portrayed, including the clashing of heads over things like jurisdiction and unwanted pressure from those higher up. The characters were brilliantly portrayed and really enhanced this investigative tale as they dig themselves deeper into trouble and paint more than a few extra targets on their backs. With fresh enemies being made at every turn, a possible mole in the department, knowing who to trust is but one of their many building problems, and one of many things that will keep a reader engaged in this suspenseful investigation.

Edith Wairimu

A riveting fantasy urban book and the second episode of the Claw & Warder series, Arms Dealers by Erik Henry Vick features a group of determined detectives set on apprehending the criminals behind two ghastly murders and maintaining a peaceful coexistence between the magical world and that of humans. The story begins with an agitated Katy Costello constantly checking her watch as her friend Michelle is late again. After texting her thrice, Katy finally decides to call. The voice on the other end sends Katy into a panic. She begins racing as she tries to find Michelle. The plot moves to reveal a death-dealing gang of zombies that targets ordinary people. Detectives Leery Oriscoe and Dru Nogan have to move quickly before more humans fall victim to these powerful magical beings but the closer they get to the truth, the more dangerous things get.

The work opens with a gripping scene. What begins as an ordinary meet-up swiftly moves to a murder scene. Fraught with suspense, the novel continues to absorb readers as the detectives question possible culprits. Realistic dialogue between the main and supporting characters adds flavor to the story. The fantasy elements in the novel, which include terrifying monstrous magical beings, make the plot more entertaining. The action scenes are equally captivating. The plot moves forward easily as detectives begin questioning suspects, only for them to unravel a dangerous powerful gang. Arms Dealers by Erik Henry Vick is an imaginative fantasy mystery that fans of this genre will love for its gripping scenes and captivating characters.

Liz Konkel

Arms Dealers by Erik Henry Vick is the second episode in the Claw and Warder series. Leery Oriscoe and his partner Dru Nogan are back with an all-new mystery! After tackling their first case together, Leery and Dru now face their most dangerous case yet. This witty duo and the rest of the Supernatural Inquisitors Squad are drawn up against a dangerous family. When the remains of two bodies are discovered, the two detectives are led into the world of the Zombie mafia. The newest case comes with a shocking appearance from a mysterious being with a surprising connection that could lead to answers while a variety of suspects sends Dru and Leery in all directions as they make drastic moves to solve two murders.

The next episode in Claw and Warder delivers more humor, murder, and continues to build fun banter between the dynamic duo of Leery and Dru. The two detectives have a witty and playful connection as they’re still early on in their partnership and still building trust between them. They spent the first episode searching for a rhythm between them and now they have a nice harmony where they respect each other while also teasing each other, which helps keep the tone light. Erik Henry Vick explores more of the world by introducing different aspects of the crime elements with the inclusion of the mafia and crime families. Vick puts a delightful spin on the mafia through the existence of zombies in the role of a crime family. The use of zombies gives the story a humorous angle that blends humor and banter with bodies, murder, and supernatural creatures. A mysterious creature provides the story with the opportunity to see more of Leery’s wolf side, which opens into a deeper look at his personality. Arms Dealers is a fun and exciting second episode in Claw and Warder that can’t be missed, with humor, murder, and a unique blend of supernatural adventure and crime drama.