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Reviewed by Ruffina Oserio for Readers' Favorite
Judas the Hero by Martin Davey is an urban fantasy novel with hints of the supernatural and mystery. Detective Inspector Judas Iscariot is a cursed man. He is cursed for the crime of all crimes; cursed with immortality, but things aren’t looking good for him. He may be about to lose a second chance at redemption, and this might be his last chance. He has been, so far, up to date with his caseload, working in a special division at Scotland Yard called the Black Museum, the division responsible for keeping London’s underworld in check. When the hacked wings of an angel are delivered to his division, his full attention is caught. His investigation brings him face to face with the macabre and most dreaded mysterious enemies that want him dead, including werewolves in U Boats, the WWII black magicians, and the mysterious 10. Follow this intriguing protagonist through mysterious underworld passages where angels and supernatural beings are found in strange and unusual places. Can Judas become the Hero for some and gain the support that can save him or is he headed for an ultimate catastrophe?
Here is a novel that I’d love to see on screen. From the streets of war-torn Europe to an underworld of crime in modern London, Martin Davey takes his readers on a journey of a lifetime. It begins on the 7th of May, 1945, and the description of the inky black water of the Golfe de Saint-Melo, heaving gently under a night full of white, wispy clouds — an omen of sorts — quickly offers sights and situations that catch the reader's attention and makes them want to discover more. I got hooked from the very beginning and couldn’t stop reading until the last page. One of the books you finish reading and get the feeling of waking up from a strange dream. Judas the Hero is skillfully written, and even though the protagonist isn’t your run-of-the-mill detective, he is so real it’s easy to connect with him.