New Treasures: Dave vs. The Monsters by John Birmingham

New Treasures: Dave vs. The Monsters by John Birmingham

Dave vs. the Monsters Emergence-small Dave vs. the Monsters Resistance-small Dave vs. the Monsters Ascendance-small

I’m not sure what to make of this new trend of releasing an entire trilogy in two months. In my day, you had to wait years for all three novels in a fantasy trilogy. And the publisher never told you when the last book was coming out because, hell, they didn’t know. Nobody knew. You just walked back and forth to the bookstore every single week, dutifully checking. In the snow. Uphill, both ways. And we liked it that way.

Kids today, they don’t know what waiting is. Take the new fantasy trilogy by John Birmingham, Dave vs. The Monsters, for example. The first volume, Emergence, was released on April 28, and the second one, Resistance, on June 2. And just in case that five week wait between volumes was too traumatic for you, Del Rey is releasing the final volume, Ascendance, just four weeks later, on June 30.

You’re spoiled rotten. You know that, right?

John Birmingham is well known for his military thrillers, including Weapons of Choice and Angels of Vengeance. His new series is urban fantasy, and features a tough, bleakly funny, down-on-his luck oil rig worker with an unlikely destiny as a monster-slayer and savior of the planet. Here’s the text from the back of Dave vs. The Monsters: Emergence.

“Monsters,” said Vince Martinelli. “There are monsters on the rig, Dave.”

Dave Hooper has a hangover from hell, a horrible ex-wife, and the fangs of the IRS deep in his side. The last thing he needs is an explosion at work. A real explosion. On his off-shore oil rig.

But this is no accident, and despite the news reports, Dave knows that terrorists aren’t to blame. He knows because he killed one of the things responsible.

When he wakes up in a hospital bed guarded by Navy SEALs, he realizes this is more than just a bad acid trip. Yeah, Dave’s had a few. This trip is way weirder.

Killing a seven-foot-tall, tattooed demon has transformed the overweight, balding safety manager into something else entirely. A foul-mouthed, beer-loving monster slayer, and humanity’s least worthy Champion.

All three volumes are being published by Del Rey, priced at $9.99 in paperback and $7.99 for the digital editions. Details are:

Emergence (April 28, 2015, 405 pages)
Resistance (June 2, 2015, 400 pages)
Ascendance (June 30, 2015, 400 pages)

The colorful covers are by Larry Rostant. I got my copy at the Nebula Awards weekend here in Chicago.

See our survey of the Best New Releases in June here, and all of our recent New Treasures here.

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