Book Review: Calling All Angels

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Calling All Angels by John G. Hartness


From the pages of Quincy Harker, Demon Hunter comes this thrilling new dark fantasy series! They are humanity’s defense against the supernatural. They are the light in the darkness. They are the guardians that walk in the night. They are The Shadow Council.

Joanna Harrison is a freelance editor, working mother, and loving daughter. She is also the great-granddaughter or legendary steel driving man John Henry, and she has taken up his hammer to fight against the monsters that threaten her family and her world. She is Jo Henry, and she packs one hell of a punch.

Jo is fighting like the devil, looking for an angel. She’s on a mission to find the Archangel Michael, give him back his holy sword, and bring his memories back. But first she has to stay alive. Through underground cage fights and demon hunts in the desert, Jo will need all the help she can get to wake up the angel. And when a demon kidnaps her mother and daughter, it’s time to come out swinging.



A new year, a new four-novella group for Quincy Harker, only this year (year 3) introduces the Shadow Council. First up, Joanna Harrison.

I was not expecting that. I’m so used to Mr. Hartness strong large male bachelor characters, I did not expect a female to be a POV character with a child. Yet it works, very, very well.

Joanna inherited the hammer from her great-great John Henry with a couple twists passing the hammer down the woman line, giving her the last name Harrison, but most of the old members (and some of them are really old) of the Shadow Council call her by the hammer’s lineage – Jo Henry.

Glory lost her wings at the conclusion of last year’s story. Now the council needs to find the archangels to see if they can get her wings back. Jo’s mission is to find the first one.

It won’t be easy. Might break her body. But one thing the Henry steel-drivin’ line doesn’t do is give up.

Well-structured and interesting story. An excellent addition to the Harkerverse.