Crusade (Saint Tommy, NYPD #5) ★★★✬☆

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Title: Crusade
Series: Saint Tommy, NYPD #5
Author: Declan Finn
Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Pages: 171
Words: 53.5K


From the Publishers & Me

Still working abroad, Detective Tommy Nolan has a hot tip that leads him to Germany. Women and children are disappearing from Catholic Bavaria. The local police have their hands tied. Tommy is the last hope for answers.

Yet again, Tommy is in over his head. What starts as a sex trafficking ring turns into a terrorist conspiracy to unleash Hell on Europe. To stop it, Tommy must fight Nazi vampires, terrorists, and a swarm of succubi who want him as their next meal.

With the help of a local german police officer, a jewish rabbi with the secret of the golem at his fingertips and a group of bavarian special forces armed with paintball guns filled with holy water, it’s up to Tommy to put a stop to the rite that will raise Asmodeous the demon. Unfortunately, Tommy doesn’t get there in time and a hell gate is opened. This allows Jade, the succubus who ran the sex trafficking ring to gain incredible amounts of power and become a low level demon herself. She and Tommy duke it out, Tommy wins and they find Asmodeous trapped within a circle. The battle exorcist from the previous book is left to deal with him.

Tommy adopts one of the girls rescued from the sex ring and it turns out she has some sort of psychic powers. With his wife just having given birth to his own biological daughter, Tommy’s family is growing by leaps and bounds,

My Thoughts:

I think the first thing I need to say is that this book doesn’t shy away from some very tough subjects. Sex trafficking is not only happening in Africa or the Middle East or South America. It is happening here in the United States and in all of Europe as well. It is pervasive and evil and Finn doesn’t sugar coat it. He’s not graphic nor describing the horrors in detail, but one woman is raped to death off page as an object lesson to the other prisoners. With that said, lets talk about the more pleasant aspects of the book.

Tommy gets to fight nazi vampire muslim terrorists. No joke. Vampires, unfortunately, play a very small part. They simply crumble to dust when touched by Saint Tommy. The author does go into speculation about pre-history, much as he did in the previous book about the stone and vampires are grouped into that era of lore. There are some seriously cool fight scenes but that leads into the one thing that made me knock half a star off the rating.

Finn is constantly making pop-culture references throughout this book. It was apropos and funny but those things have a very limited shelf life and I don’t like them in the books I read. I find it cheapens them. Most of it was John Wick related this time. I love the movie John Wick and got it all, but in several years, even if the movie has cult status sticking power, people simply aren’t going to know what Finn is referencing. Then there was the golem mecha vs the dragon succubi and I had to roll my eyes at that fight. It was just to over the top for my taste.

I’ve got one more book available to me in this series then I have to decide if I want to continue or not. Finn is up to book 8 and from the reviews I’ve seen he does have an end game plan, but it won’t be for several books after 8. Upon reflection it would seem that my best option is to stop after book 6 and let him finish the series. Good thing I had this little conversation with myself!

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

17 thoughts on “Crusade (Saint Tommy, NYPD #5) ★★★✬☆

    1. Indeed. I suspect many an author has stumbled on this very issue and quite possibly lost their way.
      But those kinds of writers should go back to working at MacDonald’s anyway….


    1. Do you know what a golem or a mecha is? I’ll assume you don’t so this might be longer than normal.

      A golem is a creature created out of clay/dirt/earth by jewish mystics. It is animated by a scrap of paper in its mouth with one of the letters of God’s name written on it (the tetragrammaton, also known as YHWY, from which Christians derive Jehovah). The legend is that this happened during one of the pogroms during the 16th century.

      A mecha is a japanese term for a giant robot piloted by a human, like the robots in the movie Pacific Rim.

      So a golem mecha is a mecha made out of golem bits. I’m sure that’s pretty clear, right? 😀

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  1. Ive not even watched Jhon Wick, or i have up untill the part where they kill his dog, the person i watched it with put it off and started crying so i have not gone back to watch it alone yet…

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    1. Well, I would highly recommend you watch it by yourself at some point. That scene pretty much fuels the rest of the movie.

      John Wick is in my Top 5 of all time movies. Don’t bother with the sequels though :-/

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      1. Jeez. That makes me feel old hahahaha Speaking of John Wick, with a 4th and 5th film confirmed, it’s only a matter of time before we get more of Keanu Reeves in our lives. I think I saw some recent news regarding the spin-off TV series that will focus on the Continental. I guess they plan on milking it to the max… Or at least to try and create their own… cinematic universe. 😛

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        1. sounds like they are going down the Transporter road. Except the tv show wasn’t a spinoff, so we’ll see what happens. I don’t think it will be good though.


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