Hellraisers (The Devil’s Engine #1) by Alexander Gordon Smith #bookreviews

From the author of the Escape from Furnace series, an explosive new horror trilogy about an ordinary American kid23310749 caught up in an invisible war against the very worst enemy imaginable.

There is a machine from the darkest parts of history, concealed in an impossible location, that can make any wish come true, and the only price you have to pay is your soul. Known as the Devil’s Engine, this device powers a brutal war between good and evil that will decide the fate of every living thing on Earth. When a 16-year-old asthmatic kid named Marlow Green unwittingly rescues an ass-kicking secret soldier from a demonic attack in the middle of his Staten Island neighborhood, he finds himself following her into a centuries-old conflict between a group of mysterious protectors and the legions of the Devil himself. Faced with superpowers, monsters, machine guns, and a lot worse, Marlow knows it’s going to be a breathless ride—and not just because he’s lost his inhaler along the way. – Goodreads.com

Well, the description made me request this book from NetGalley right away and while some aspects were interesting enough, it failed to meet my expectations.

The author did an excellent job of portraying Marlow as a troubled teenager who had his share of problems – difficulties in school, an alcoholic mother, lack of purpose or direction, and living in the shadow of his deceased older brother.  The beginning really pulled me in and the action began almost immediately.  Compared to other demon books I’ve read, this offered a new perspective in that the demons were almost like – transformers.  That’s the first thing that came to mind.  The action sequences were well-developed and creative.

What didn’t work for me was – all the action sequences.  If that’s something you enjoy in a book, this one has plenty to offer, but it seemed as if the characters were either having down time or fighting, and there wasn’t much in the way of character development, so I never really connected with them or felt like I knew them.

From other reviews I’ve read, this author has another series, Escape From Furnace, that is outstanding, but for me, this book fell a little flat.  Hellraisers is scheduled for publication December 1, 2015.

This review is based on a digital ARC from the publisher through NetGalley.

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