“Declan Finn is a New York City native, but requests that you not hold this against him. As a teenager, Finn got into fan fiction for a space opera, and by the time he was done playing in the universe (4,000 pages and several volumes later), he had been hooked on writing. But as there are no meetings for writing addiction, he decided to make a career out of it. He even majored in history in college because of the stories. This has led to one series of books called “The Pius Trilogy” (which is five books long — including an anthology and a nonfiction volume on the footnotes). His trademarks include Catholicism, at least one romance subplot, and enough explosions and martial arts to make Michael Bay say “That’s too much.” His reviews tend to praise both his close quarter combat scenes and development of his vivid characters.
Finn has been nominated for a Dragon Award three times since the awards were started 3 years ago. Two nominations were for books in his “Love at First Bite” series — namely Honor at Stake and Live and Let Bite (books 1 and 2 respectively) — from Silver Empire books. The books were Urban Fantasy novels that used communion wafers as suicide pills for vampires, Thomistic philosophy for supernatural monsters, as well as throwing Stars of David.
Finn can be found ranting at his blog (declanfinn.com), or occasionally on his “Catholic geek” podcast on BlogTalkRadio.”
…. 2000 pages later, I was addicted.
This month—yes folks, it’s October already—Declan Finn launches his latest novel, Hellspawn
What makes Hellspawn different?
If I have one running theme in my books, it’s that “People sleep peacefully in their beds at night only because rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.” Probably the most true thing Orwell ever wrote.
Sean A.P. Ryan in Pius? Dark. Marco Catalano in Love at First Bite? Darker. Then there’s Tommy Nolan, a saint.
But then, just because I made him a good guy, a saint, didn’t mean that I made him an angel.
Over the course of the novel, I was surprised at some of the darker choices he made, but he made them all for practical, prudent reason. And prudence is also a gift of the Holy Spirit.
But no, some of the decisions surprised me. For example, there’s a shoot out in front of the police station, an attack on the precinct house by MS-13. Now, I have been not-a-fan of MS-13 for nearly years.
Around the time I learned that they were a “street gang” with RPGs, automatic weapons, and trafficked women and children for sex. We won’t even go into their drug trade. Even Vince Flynn (RIP) made them a villain well over a decade ago. They are not nice people, and they need to be put into the ground whenever possible.
Other books by Declan Finn
Vicki’s Final Comments
It looks as if Declan is in the fast lane with his long list of publications and frequent releases. This new novel promises to be just as popular as the earlier ones.
One of the things I find attractive about his books is the gorgeous professional cover art in a unified style—his brand.
On a more personal note…
The disaster with my website continued and now the domain appears to have vanished altogether. My substitute for a web page can be reached by hitting “Author’s Page” on the menu bar at the top of this page.