Undertow



PI Ethan Banning Is A Desperate Man He S Desperate To Rid Himself Of The Demon Possessing Him He S Desperate To Stop The Nightmares And The Evil Urges It Fills Him With He S So Desperate, He S Agreed To Quit Smoking And Drinking In Exchange For Help Professor Benedict Walters Thinks He Can Exorcise Ethan With Clean Living And Ancient History, But He Won T Do It For Free Ethan S Got To Track Down Heather, A Missing Colleague Of Walters In The Quaint And Creepy Seaside Town Of Beacon S Point It Should Be Simple But The Locals Are Hostile And Heather May Not Want To Be Found Even If Ethan Can Crack The Case, He S Still Got To Deal With A Trainee Necromancer, His Own Fading Self Control, And An Ancient Entity That Terrifies Ethan S Own Personal Demon Crack The Case He May Not Even Survive It.Undertow

Naomi Clark lives in Cambridge and is a mild mannered office worker by day, but a slightly crazed writer by night She has a perfectly healthy obsession with giant sea creatures and a preference for vodka based cocktails When she s not writing, Naomi is probably either reading or watching 80s cartoon shows, and sometimes she manages to do all three at once.

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  • Paperback
  • 235 pages
  • Undertow
  • Naomi Clark
  • English
  • 01 December 2018

10 thoughts on “Undertow

  1. says:

    Nothing like a good anti hero to brighten up one s day And in the army of anti heroes I ve met in my life, Ethan Banning is, without doubt, one of the very best He is private detective who constantly struggles with what he calls the Voice and what is in fact a demon that possessed him during one of his cases The Voice isn t taking it easy on Ethan It constantly whispers into his ear, telling him to hurt people and even kill them The two are in a constant battle and make no mistake, Ethan is not winning There are times when his plight is so terrible, so utterly humiliating, that we get a sudden ad strong urge to step in and put him out of his misery Just imagine and evil creature living inside of you, able to use you as its mouthpiece and speak impossibly vile things with your very own lips Poor Ethan, is he not There is just enough shame and regret in him to make our guts clench in sympathy, although Ethan sometimes makes even that extremely hard But even demon possessed and miserable, Ethan must do his job to survive, and his strength lies in finding missing persons When a case lands on his table, a sort of quid pro quo arrangement, Ethan sets out to find a missing college professor The investigation takes Ethan to Beacon s Point, a small town by the ocean with a very xenophobic population Beacon s Point makes an extremely claustrophobic setting, and even though Ethan fi...

  2. says:

    4.5 of 5 Stars Review CopyI am not a fan of jumping into a series of novels mid stream That being said, I was well into Undertow An Ethan Banning Novel before realizing this was book three in an established series But, by that time I was having so much fun, I couldn t put it down.The previous books in the series are Ungrateful Dead and Demonized, just in case you want to start at the beginning I will say this, it s not necessary to read those books first, as Naomi Clark does a nice job in getting the reader up to speed, it s just that every once in a while, I found myself wishing I had on Ethan Banning s back story.Undertow An Ethan Banning Novel is told in a first person narrative with a super snarky attitude and very colorful language Ethan Banning is a Private Investigator and he s possessed by a demon who is constantly telling him what to do, sometimes out loud.In this story, Banning and his dog, Mutt, take a job from a professor who may be able to help rid Ethan of his unwanted guest, but first he must find a missing person The trail leads them to Beacon s Point and an apprentice necromancer who guards a portal to the other side and there are people in this town who are trying to bring over a sea demon to demon to do their bidding Corey was young and shiny and full of idealism It was kinda sweet Me, I waswell, not young, rusted, and full of antipsychotics, so I figured my opinions on anything, never mind necromancy, ...

  3. says:

    Take noir classic P.I Sam Spade, mix in Lovecraft s The Shadow Over Innsmouth, and add a dash of The Exorcists, and you ll have an idea of what Undertow is like.Here we meet Private Investigator Ethan Banning Ethan is a down on his luck P.I., which means he s strapped for cash, drinks too much, and demonically possessed The Voice, as Ethan calls it, is a nasty little demon that wants nothing than to destroy him Banning has tried and failed to rid himself of this horror and his newest case, to find a missing woman, promises to pay him with a successful exorcism.The flow of the novel is very quick Clark pulls no punches in bringing in the horror and Ethan Banning is a flawed and tortured hero or anti hero to but it honestly The Voice is delightfully ghoulish, and we get to follow Ethan s decent into madness as he struggles to suppress the monster inside him I was a bit worried that The Voice might be cute or serve as some comic relief,...

  4. says:

    Originally published at Risingshadow.Naomi Clark s Undertow was a nice surprise for me, because it turned out to be good entertainment It s a surprisingly good and entertaining urban fantasy novel.I ve often mentioned to people that I m difficult to please when it comes to urban fantasy I confess that I tend to be very skeptical concerning the quality and style of modern urban fantasy novels Fortunately every once in a while I ve come across a few interesting and well written modern urban fantasy novels that have had quality and style in them Undertow is one of these novels, because in my opinion it proudly stands head and shoulders above what has become the norm for modern urban fantasy novels There s enough style, brutality, surprises and dark humour in it to please even a jaded and skeptical urban fantasy reader like me.I ve heard that Naomi Clark has previously written two stories about Ethan Banning These stories are called Ungrateful Dead and Demonized I haven t read them, so I can t say anything about them, but I m tempted to take a look at them, because I liked this novel It s good th...

  5. says:

    Undertow is the first novel in Naomi Clark s Ethan Banning series, published by Ragnarok Publication It s a fast paced and stylish mix of Urban Fantasy and Lovecraftian horror, with a hint of Supernatural the show in it The setting is well realised and authentic, and the characters are charming enough to win you over and keep you turning the pages The novel s most memorable feature Mutt the Dog hands down Undertow follows Private Investigator Ethan Banning as he struggles to find a way to rid himself of the demon possessing him He has already tried everything from an old fashioned exorcism through voodoo to witchcraft and nothing has helped He s desperate to stop the nightmares and the evil urges that fill him Professor Benedict Walters thinks he can exorcise Ethan with clean living and ancient history, but he won t do it for free Ethan s got to track down Heather, a missing colleague of Walters in the quaint and creepy seaside town of Beacon s Point It should be simplebut Heather may not want to be found.Even if Ethan can crack the case, he s still got to deal with a trainee necromancer, his own fading self control, and an ancient entity that terrifies Ethan s own demonic denizen To be perfectly honest, Undertow left me feeling a little conflicted Ther...

  6. says:

    I didn t know what to expect from Undertow when I picked it up I d heard it was a well regarded urban fantasy novel but knew nothing about the premise, characters, or setting Much to my surprise, it turned out to be one of the better ones I ve read this year It s easily up there with Dan and some of the mid level Dresden Files books I think this is a series I ll follow and review as I do so The premise is Ethan Banning is a private investigator who, through some fault of his own, has gotten himself possessed by a demon This is not a suave or charming tempter but a disgusting beast which constantly encourages Ethan to torture and murder Ethan, being a working class stiff, usually manages to tune him out the same way I do the offensive background noise of my life Which ticks the demon off something fierce Despite the fact he s a got a handle on keeping it from killing people randomly, Ethan still wants it out of his head To that end, he seeks out a university professor who is an expert on the occult The professor wants Ethan to do him a favor first, however, and that ticks the whole ball rolling for our plot A plot which will involve ancient sea gods, lovable teenage necromancers, and virgin sacrifice Ethan is a likable enough lead as we see how his condition is a curse rather than a blessing in disguise He suffers...

  7. says:

    This is fun story while also being incredibly dark Ethan Banning is a PI trying to do the right thing I say trying because his copilot reading around with him is a nasty demon straight outta the bad place telling him to do all sorts of bad things He wants to be rid of the monster inside of him, but exorcism has failed To keep this thing at bay, he self harms, abuses smoking and alcohol and watches porn that goes beyond what is fun.So when one of his only friends suggest that a professor might be able to help him in exchange for a job to find a missing colleague, he takes the job He needs the money and if he can stop this demon, it ll be worth it all.Reading this book felt like something Lovecraft would have tackled in the modern day The story has a sleepy town that is run down, but everyone seems to be doing fine They don t take kindly to strangers and Ethan isn t exactly the most pleasant of people But there is going on here than a simple disappearance Here lies something sinister, evil and perhaps even SUPERNATURAL It was hard to put this book down, I finished it in a few hours I grabbed it after reading about it on the publisher s website and it seemed pretty cool It definitely is cool, but I was not prepared for how dark this is The demon riding in Ethan s head is not a funny guy He is evil and he gives visions of disgusting, deplorable acts and Et...

  8. says:

    A natural follow up to the Sandman Slim series of books by Richard Kadrey for readers who aren t sure what to read after that, Undertow by Naomi Clark is urban fantasy that s heavy on the world building, the monsters, and the characterization and less on the romance which, to my delight, was pretty much non existent, especially considering the kind of whackjob Ethan Banning is Ethan Banning is an honest, self deprecating, self loathing main character who is upfront about his shortcomings and his struggle with the cacodemon stuck inside his head that interferes in his every waking moment and in his dreams He s also hilarious, like an edgier version of John Taylor from the Nightside series by Simon R Green, so fans of that will like Banning.The plot and pacing were great, and although the book is heavy on the dark humour, the story is compelling and will keep readers turning the pages to unravel the mystery of what the heck is going on with this unusual missing persons case.Ethan s troubles with the Voice demon could function as a metaphor for people who struggle with thoughts of suicide as well as extreme self doubt taken to dangerous proportions, something I think everyone struggles with but especially creative types.Although I m a reader who prefers neat resolutions and for loose ends to be tied up, the author leaves the reader hanging on a few details that leave the potential open for unresolved conflict to come th...

  9. says:

    I will occasionally venture into Urban fantasy for an easier read, straightforward plot, and a nice change from epic fantasy Undertow did not disappoint About halfway through I found out that there are previous Ethan Banning related novels but Undertow is so self sufficient that it made no difference by not reading them Undertow is Book 1 in the new Banning series and it weaves the story well It follows a PI on a case to find a missing person in some eerie town near the ocean What makes things interesting is that Ethan is possessed by a demon One that tries to make him do the most incomprehensible things you could imagine Without giving away spoilers suffice it to say that Naomi Clark delivers a fine UF that makes the reader yearn for Banning It, of course leaves the plot wide open at the end to make one anxious to venture back into Ethans distorted mind Naomi expertly details the environment without making it slow down the plot You could almost taste the sea or f...

  10. says:

    This is my absolute favorite book by Naomi Clark Ethan Banning is one of my favorite anti heroes of all time and Mutt is the best fictional dog on the planet This novel has everything you could ask for demonic possession, dark humor, monsters and bloodshed I ve been a fan of Naomi s works for a long time and she seamlessly weaves a fascinating tale of a private investigator literally tortured by his demons, trying to stay above water while fate keeps dragging him down The one liners are golden and the coastal setting gives the novel a Lovecraftian vibe Also, the optimistic necromancer, Corey Decker, was a nice contrast to Ethan s jaded personality Undertow was an ente...

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