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Book Review: The Longest Con by Michaelbrent Collings

Imagine living in a world where some of the most feral and bloodcurdling creatures dwell, in secrecy, among the human race. In The Longest Con, author Michaelbrent Collings conjures up a cryptic tale of fantasy, mystery, and humor that will leave you spellbound. Acting in a dual role as both the author and protagonist, Collings gives his readers a sagacious view into his life as an unassuming author to most but warden to the demonic creatures of the ‘other world’. Hired by a magical council, Collings’ job as a warden is to keep the supernatural bad guys in line. There’s just one problem. Everybody wants him dead, perhaps even the ones that hired him.

Set amid the International Comic-Con, the story’s suspenseful and multidimensional plot follows Michaelbrent’s character as he spends what turns out to be the longest weekend of his life at Comic Con trying to solve the mystery behind the death of a monster princess. The princess’s death leads him into the royal courts of two dangerous factions of evil creatures. These two clans (vampires and werewolves) are on the verge of a peace treaty but the mysterious death threatens to bring about an all out war among demons. As warden, Michaelbrent has to keep these two clans at bay long enough to unravel the mystery but things become more complicated as he uncovers a sadistic and twisted underworld that involves the humans he is suppose to protect.

If you are a fan of the supernatural, you will love this title. A cross between Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight, The Longest Con can best be described as fantasy fiction on steroids. Granted you will have to be prepared for the main character’s off-witted humor, that at times will leave you exhausted, but it is well worth the mental investment. Due to some of its contents, I would recommend this as an adult read.

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