The thrilling and unpredictable sequel to Hand of Chaos, the second volume of the Chaos Theology Series, is here!
Nathaniel is a man of many gifts. First and foremost is the power of Prophecy. Whenever he sleeps, he dreams of triumphs and tragedies alike, and how to either make them happen or prevent them. With that knowledge, he’s thwarted the world-shaking schemes of Angels and Demons alike. Not surprisingly, every elite agent of both Heaven and Hell are always hunting him, wanting to be the one to take down the notorious man known to most as The Prophet. He’s spent most of his life as a homeless drifter: hiding, dreaming, and passing along the intel from his revelations to those who can take actions, be they government agents, freelance wizards, or less savory occult figures.
Recently, he’s been plagued by a series of recurring visions that threaten to force him out of his shadowy life and into the spotlight. He’s seen the world ready to plummet into a new dark ages. A Senator with presidential aspirations is on one side, backed by the most ruthless of Heaven’s forces and seeking to transform the world into a brutal theocracy. A church of Demon-worshipping terrorists also stand ready to launch a bloody revolution through mass murders, demonic possession, and civil war that will literally bring about Hell on earth. Nathaniel stands in the middle, struggling to stop both sides from realizing their chosen versions of humanity’s future with everything in his mystical arsenal. And he can’t do it alone.
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Praise for Hand of Chaos:
"In this rollicking debut novel, Hamlet successfully transforms bureaucratic infighting into an apocalyptic struggle between good and evil." - Kirkus Indie Review
"This book is chock full of yes. The main character, Anna Wei, is a brilliant combination of punk, sorcerer, and exhausted bureaucrat trying to have a second life outside of her job, one that clashes completely with the secret government agency she works for. She is likable enough instantly to root for out of the gate . . ." - Awesome Indies Reviews
"I've been a fan of urban fantasy ever since I read the first book in the Dresden Files series, and Hand of Chaos is a great addition to the genre. It took off from the beginning, and didn't let up through the whole way through . . . As far as the characters, wow. Anna Wei was a great female lead. She was strong, tough, and determined. It was easy to like her and the other members of her team . . ." - Platypire Reviews (5 out of 5 Platypires)
"Hand of Chaos by J. Hamlet really grabbed my attention with the action packed mission Anna and her crew was on. Flawed, supporting characters made the story even better with their colorful personalities. I can honestly recommend this book to lovers of a good, dark fantasy." - Savannah Mae, Blogcritics
"Hamlet weaves a successful story featuring realistic issues, true-to-life personalities and he uses fantasy, science fiction and paranormal genres to turn “Hand of Chaos” into a uniquely riveting read." - Charline Ratcliff Reviews
"The vast array of characters are creative and well written. The lead, Anna Wei, is tough and gritty - someone well worth her salt. She possesses arcane powers, fascinating to become involved with if you are unfamiliar, and isn't afraid to use them!" - Masquerade Crew (4.0 out of 5.0 on the Masq Scale)
“On my way over,” a gruff male voice said on the other end. “ETA about five minutes. We’ve got an emergency, the violent kind. I think we’ve got a big body count already, and it’s growing. You awake?”
“Definitely not awake,” Anna groaned. She rolled out of bed, grabbing a pair of jeans hung over a nearby chair. “For fuck’s sake, it’s five thirty, Roy. I don’t usually report for another three hours. Remember, some of us actually need sleep.”
“Right,” Roy said. “I forget sometimes.” He would, Anna thought. Roy's otherworldly qualities were many, and not needing sleep was a big one. “Can you be ready anyway? This might be huge.” Anna stuck her palm to her forehead and rubbed the sleep out of the corners of her eyes. She exhaled in a deep breath and tried to feel whatever currents of magic she could.
“Yeah,” Anna mumbled irritably, pulling her jeans up and looking for a bra. “What do I need?” She fumbled with her keys, unlocking the jewelry box on her dresser with a few carved glyphs and finished with a veneer of obsidian and silver. The wards around it reacted to her special key with a hum. A collection of arcane rings, earrings, assorted other piercings, amulets, and bracelets shined back at her. Anna’s abilities were all about turning these enchanted trinkets into deadly weapons. A swirling orb in the center of her jewelry box recharged them.
“By the sound of it, you’ll need a lot, and we’re going to be first on the scene,” Roy barked. “Looks like Flamers, by all indications. We have word of a hit apartment building, a bunch of strange 911 calls—police and firefighters coming to the scene in waves. The Churchies wouldn’t do something like this. It’s not their style.” Flamers, Churchies. It didn't matter that much. To Anna, they were two sides of the same depraved coin.
Exhausted, cynical, and confused, Anna is always there to report for duty. She's part of a clandestine government team that defends the nation against supernatural terrorism—a job that understandably leaves her life in shambles and drives her to drink a little more than she should. Toss in a fear of intimacy with a desire to have friends and lovers like a normal person and, well, Anna is a troubled soul wrapped in a special agent with arcane, magical powers. Waking up hungover at five-thirty in the morning with a zombie-infested apartment building in the heart of DC to deal with, she knows she's got the makings of the worst morning possible.
Her team is its own challenge. A battle-scarred Nigerian shaman, a bookish shape-shifter, an inept summoner, and a brilliant but cantankerous wizard round it all out. Her partner, an immortal and cursed Paladin, is the only person she knows more jaded than herself. Getting them all to work together is never easy, with Anna often caught in the cross fire.
Their target, Ethan Morgan, is one pissed off necromancer. His brother was KIA by his own government, the victim of an experimental magical weapon they decided to test on the battlefield. Now bent on revenge and sponsored by one of hell's most powerful demons, Ethan has a plan of his own to make us all pay. Anna and her team are fighting against the wake of destruction, but Ethan is always one step ahead. With the number of bodies he leaves and reanimates growing exponentially, Anna's wondering if they'll stop him before he engulfs everyone in an undead horde.
Proving once again that revenge is best served cold, usually with reanimated corpses, J. Hamlet’s genre bender is the kind of seat-of-your-pants thriller that changes your view of what is possible in literature. This jaunt into a dark reflection of our world of the blends dark fantasy and surreal horror with a spy thriller to create an extraordinary new genre all its own, riding the rails at breakneck speed as heaven and hell throw out every villainous creature they can. Hand of Chaos is a no-holds-barred action fest full of imaginative horrors and inspired satire.