11326685We stumble and fall constantly even when we are most enlightened. But when we are in true spiritual darkness, we do not even know that we have fallen.Thomas Merton

Light thinks it travels faster than anything but it is wrong. No matter how fast light travels, it finds the darkness has always got there first, and is waiting for it. – Terry Pratchett

This is certain, that a man that studieth revenge keeps his wounds green, which otherwise would heal and do well. – Francis Bacon


Revenge. Kal Hakala has sought revenge since childhood – a childhood where his much loved sister, his sister who smelled of sunshine and summertime, who radiated joy – was ripped from his life, slaughtered by Iku-Turso – a Finnish god. Now, Kal searches out monsters, protecting those of us who have no idea of the World Under from the things that go bump in the night. Most agents don’t last two years before they get very dead in very ugly manners. Kal has lasted ten years – longer than any other agent.

His visit to Denver started out as a zombie hunt. No big deal, in the overall scheme of things. But something is more wrong than he thought, when a serial killer, the Organ Donor, shows itself to be a lot more than your common-and-garden psychopath. Now, Kal and his team are in more danger than they possibly expected – danger that will cost team member lives, and possibly destroy the Unit itself.

Kal is one tough guy, as is to be expected from someone who is eight years past his “use by” date. Still, he has a streak of funny, and a wider streak of snark, a soupcon of literary quotations and no patience whatsoever with any small recklessness. Well, the team is his responsibility – and after ten years, the number of remorseless losses is enough to ascertain that he indeed has no patience – no patience at all. You can’t help but respect that fact. He is broken, brittle and furious. But for all that, he is worthy. And worthy of your reading time.

Anger is a killing thing: it kills the man who angers, for each rage leaves him less than he had been before – it takes something from him. – Louis L’Amour

I listened to the Audible.com version of Things To Do In Denver When You’re Un-Dead narrated by Damon Abdallah. Mr. Abdallah is brilliant – his voice is perfect for Kal, and his female character voices are very well done, something that is hard to find in audio narration.


Overall, there is darkness in the story, but I completely enjoyed it.