Review of Deadlight Jack by Mark Onspaugh

December 30, 2016


Deadlight Jack, the second book in Mark Onspaugh’s The Faceless One series, follows Jimmy and George as they return to George’s childhood home in Louisiana where his grandson has gone missing. Jimmy has suspicions about the circumstances regarding the boy’s disappearance, but George is not telling the whole story. Deadlight Jack, a terrible evil who lurks in the swamps, has a deeper connection to their friends than either of them realize.      Although the novel is the second book in a series, the majority of the story reads like a standalone novel, the beginning is a tad confusing without some prior knowledge of the characters

and what happened in the previous novel, The Faceless One. However, most of the missing details present themselves through dialogue later in the novel.

Fans of the CW show Supernatural or even NBC’s Constantine should try out this series, as it is set in a very real world inhabited by demons and spirits of varying Native American and Cajun mythologies and beliefs. George is from the southern states and Jimmy is from an Alaskan tribe known as Tlingit, and their diversity brings a new approach to the supernatural investigator genre – a genre that I have found strongly lacking in terms of diversity. Of course, the biggest thing that stands out about this series is the fact that Jimmy and George are in their seventies. The advanced age of the protagonists seems a little far-fetched in places, but it also adds a different kind of banter between them from dated literary references to the way they see the world around them.

In terms of being scary or not, I would go with or not. Deadlight Jack, as a character, is fantastic but at the end of the day, he is a southern version of the Pied Piper. That said, it was a really fun read and if ‘supernatural investigators’ is your sub-genre of choice, I recommend adding this to your list.

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