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Guy Quintero
A Whisper In The Dark
Guy Quintero, author
The U.S.A. (Unholy Slaying Agency) are hunting a powerful voodoo priest who is performing dark rituals, leaving a gaping wound in the etheric layers. The agents must rely on their combat training, knowledge of the occult and one another as they are led into a dangerous trap. Ghost Team spearheads the operation, led by Emmerich Steiner. What was meant to be an investigation leads them into a web of terror run by demonically possessed individuals and their willing servants. Em, along with his brothers Badrick and Fredrick, his fiancée and second in command, Callisto, and the rookies Calvin and Evan, battle the forces of darkness in a brutal life or death struggle.
Quintero kicks off the Unholy Slaying Agency with bullets, fangs, and wickedly fun horror. Despite its title, A Whisper in the Dark roars with full-throated paranormal military action horror, as the Ghost Team, fresh from lycanthrope-stomping, takes on a deadly new mission involving cult rituals, demonic possession, the possible enslavement of humanity, and possibly a plot to create human hybrids with animals and machines. Even worse, for some of the squad’s amusing cranks and loudmouths, who give the book its heart: saving the world means going to Los Angeles. Woven into this tale of supernatural combat is a broader conspiratorial bent, as members of the Unholy Slaying Agency—the U.S.A.—consider the possibility that the government has been compromised by the likes of the Brotherhood of Blood.

The action starts quickly, with a heavily armed U.S.A. squad raiding a squalid den of beasts. “A hunched mountain of hair and muscle rattled with a frenzied growl,” Quintero writes, as his soldiers fire off rounds and sharp bursts of dialogue, their chatter—all tactics, jargon, and inside-joke camaraderie—as exciting as the firefight. Quintero is adept at mixing humor, tension, character, and inventive action into vivid scenes. Readers who love clever scares, splatter, and squad dialogue like “Bravo section move with me” will relish the team’s descent into forgotten tunnels beneath L.A. or its shivery exploration of an asylum where “a mountain of shadows writhed in the background.”

Also strong: team briefings, the unsettling sense that Ghost Squad might be betrayed at any moment, and the suspense of a “Scryer” reaching out into a demon’s essence to communicate. Quintero’s full-length debut is fast-paced almost to a fault, as at times its revelations and world-building might benefit from more discussion or time for readers to process. But the world of the story is rich and surprising, and Quintero ties the villains’ evil to Biblical apocrypha and urgent real-world issues. Most importantly, the scenes are strong, hair-raising, and driven by engaging characters.

Takeaway: This blend of horror and military action is splattery fun, full of demons and character.

Great for fans of: Myke Cole’s Shadow Ops series, Larry Correia’s Monster Hunter International.

Production grades
Cover: A-
Design and typography: A
Illustrations: N/A
Editing: A-
Marketing copy: A