Digital Knight by Ryk E. Spoor

Published: 2003

Genre: urban fantasy

Length: 378 pages

Setting: mostly Morgantown, a fictional town near Albany, NY, present day

Interest: It was a random, not too long book I picked off my Kindle to read on our annual bike trip

Summary: Jason is an information specialist. He’ll digitally clean up photos or get data together through his mad hacking skills. One night, his world is turned upside down when a bum he knows turns up dead on his doorstep. His girlfriend, Sylvie, gets one of her “feelings” that things aren’t quite right. Turns out, a vampire killed him. Jason gets involved with an Elder Vampire, Verne Domingo, who lives in the area (he was framed for the murder by a vampire cop). Verne is then targeted by the Werewolf King, who he thought dead millenia ago. We find out Verne is actually a High Priest from Atlantea, trying to keep the Great Evil that destroyed Atlantea from winning dominion over the Earth. In the last story, Jason and Sylvie get married and take their honeymoon in Venice Beach, Florida. Turns out, most of the of the  residents have been replaced by werewolves. Now something is hunting the werewolves, and they need Jason’s help to stop the monster.

Final thoughts: Not the greatest writing, and yet I couldn’t put it down. The dialogue in particular was very problematic – stilted, clichéd, and overwrought. There were many times I thought to myself, “No one would actually say that out loud.” Even the action involved a lot of telling, rather than showing. But, it was a fun bit of urban fantasy, with most of the urban fantasy monsters showing their faces at one time or another. The author even managed to shoehorn in a backstory involving Atlantis for good measure. The book actually felt like six novellas strung together into one novel. One monster/problem would be taken care of, and the next chapter in the book would pick up weeks later with a new big bad to fight. There was a bit of a throughline of big agencies in the occult world battling it out and bringing in different operatives to fight their battles, but each story was very self-contained.

Title comes from: One of Jason’s skills was hacking computer, technology, and software. (There were several times he bragged to the reader about how awesome the custom computer programs he developed for his information technology business were.) The knight part probably comes from the fact that he stood up for the underdogs and fought lots of monster bad guys, even when there was nothing in it for him.

Reading challenges fulfilled: #47 in my Maybe 100 This Year Challenge

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