The Advance Guard

Rated 4.00/5 based on 2 reviews
Over the course of history, a team of four supernatural agents has been assembled for a Black Ops team unlike any other.Both separately and together, these agents will face down an enemy of immense evil, rising above their differences and individual traumas and coming together to face a demonic matriarch hiding within one of the holiest sites in Europe. More

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About Don Martinez

The son of two 20-year Navy vets, Don A. Martinez spent much of his formative years around the Pacific Rim before settling in the continental U.S., first in Michigan and New York before finally reaching Texas.
He has been writing all his life, getting his start in elementary school as a two-time Young Authors selection in Oak Harbor, Washington. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Writing and a Master of Arts degree in English from SUNY-College at Buffalo (Buffalo State College), where his academic focus was mythology and folklore, particularly how it is applied in modern storytelling.
Currently, he lives with his wife and four cats in northeast Texas, where he works as a college writing professor.

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Jerome Brooke reviewed on Feb. 16, 2014

Martinez paints the picture of a Black Ops team and the demonic foe they must face down. The reader may escape into an alterative reality, and vicariously wield a sword of honor. The book is crafted with care. Good work !
(reviewed the day of purchase)
nymeria reviewed on Dec. 10, 2012

Something was just missing here, and I think it was background. There's more than enough background on Ken, but unless I read the blurb, I couldn't understand that he was really a Paladin. Just a knight with a really cool sword. Cyrus, there's no background on him. I'm hoping I get more background on him in the future books. He's just a weird magical guy who shrinks (which begs the question, when will he shrink to nothing?). Kitty and Ariel were the best characters. I felt most for Ariel, and while in the beginning I started to really like Kitty, I got no real feel for her afterwards.
I'm holding out hope there's more character development in the next books.
(reviewed 14 days after purchase)

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