Occult Assassin: Ice Shadows by William Massa, Critical Mass Publishing, Kindle, £0.99, Author’s website
Reviewed by Dave Brzeski
This one intrigued me right from the start. It seemed to be a cross between the men’s adventure paperback genre, which thrived in the 70s and 80s, and the currently popular occult detective genre.
This impression proved to be pretty close. Mark Talon is an ex Delta Force operative, who, following events which led to the death of his fiancé, has embarked on a crusade against those who threaten mankind by dabbling in occult practices. Aided by a billionaire with his own reasons to hate practitioners of the dark arts, he tracks down and eliminates these threats.
This time, young women are going missing in Norway, and the locations and times of these disappearances tie in closely to the tour schedule of Ice God, a Norwegian black metal band.
The first thing I noticed was how well-written the story was, with no typos, or grammatical errors that I could find. William Massa paces the action nicely, building the reader’s excitement with great skill.
‘Ice Shadows’ is a short piece, just 16,000 words, and it does drop us right into the middle of the action, but it’s the literary equivalent to those pre-opening credit teasers we get on US TV shows. The author has promised a full-length Occult Assassin novel will follow soon, detailing how Mark Talon became involved in this world. My order is in already.