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Carpe Demon: Adventures of a Demon-Hunting Soccer , by Julie Kenner Book Review | SFReader.com
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a DemonHunting Soccer , by Julie Kenner Genre: Modern/Urban Fantasy Publisher: Penguin Published: 2005 Review Posted: 6/12/2005 Reviewer Rating:
Reader Rating: 7 out of 10
Carpe Demon: Adventures of a DemonHunting Soccer , by Julie Kenner
Book Review by Susie Hawes
Have you read this book?
Kate Conner, stay at home mom, has a four year old son, a teenage daughter,
a husband with political aspirations and a suburban lifestyle. She also has
a hidden past. Born an orphan, Kate was trained from childhood by the
Vatican to hunt and kill demons.
She's retired now. At thirty-eight, she's immersed in a world of potty
training, carpooling and cocktail parties. Her dangerous life is well behind
her. Kate's husband, Stuart, doesn't know about her supernatural exploits.
Her two children, baby Timmy and high school freshman Allie have no idea
that Mom used to kick demon butt.
Well, they may be about to find out. Kate just had a little visit. On the
eve of a last minute dinner party for a few judges and lawyers, a homicidal
octogenarian crashed through her bay window and wrapped his bony hands
around her windpipe. She managed to kill the possessed corpse, but the brie
is in the oven, she can't find the cocktail napkins and there's a demonic
corpse cluttering up her kitchen.
Talk about your supermoms. Kate's always been better as a Vatican hit woman
than she was a suburban housewife. It's so easy; you get a call, kill the
demon and let the clean up crew dispose of the body. Next case, please.
Now, she's on her own. The lure of demon hunting just can't compete with
playing an hour or two of Doom. Who wants to spend a lifetime training and
then risk life and a really messy demise when you can zap them with a push
of the button. Nintendo Rawks!
With a dearth of trained demon hunters, the Vatican just can't spare one to
send her way. It's up to Kate to save the world.
As long as she's not late picking the kids up for the car pool. Oh, and she
has to find a babysitter. Four year olds and rabid demons don't mix. The
neighbors just wouldn't understand.
As we follow Kate's adventures we get a list of do's and don'ts for basic
demon hunting. We meet her mentor and find out what's at stake. We get a
feel for this town and some of its people. Mostly we bet a feel for Kate.
Her hopes, dreams, regrets and conflicts are examined. This book has a lot
of personality. Kate's trapped into playing a dual role and into hiding
this. She secretly loves demon hunting, yet fears the danger it represents
to her family and to her carefully built, "normal" lifestyle. She wishes her
husband, Stuart, to see her as a normal housewife, and fears losing her
marraige. She misses her first husband, who died. She fears her life is
about to become unraveled.
This book has a few problems. The plotting could be tighter. We're led
through a random encounter to the conclusion that this town is infested with
demons, yet Kate didn't have a clue until they attacked. The mentor knew
they were infesting her home town before she did. The main character's
family should have been more realistically portrayed. They are too out of
touch with Kate's moods, her past, and too ready to accept the most unusual
of occurrences. Kate brings home an eccentric old man, introducing him as
her father in law from her first marriage, yet all along she has told them
that her husband was an orphan. There's little backlash, in spite of the
fact that he's spouting demon hunting lore and discussing his adventures. No
one questions his identity, or why she kept him a secret. Her daughter, who
should be angry, bonds with the old man, even though he seems demented.
Kate's husband is suspected of consorting with the demons. This part was too
cliché, and the novel's ending too predictable. The plot twists didn't
surprise me. As I read the last pages, I found myself wanting to read the
sequel, yet hoping the author worked less on voice and attitude and more on
basic plotting and character development.
I give this book a three, for its tongue in cheek treatment of the story,
fast pacing and in your face action. It's a good read. Give it a try. Kate's
a fun character, and keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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