Jeffrey Allen Davis
Jeffrey Allen Davis writes from a suburb of St. Louis, MO, where he lives with his wife Vickie, two step-children Jayson and Breeanna (yes that's really the spelling of her names), and his daughter Kaitlyn (part-time). An ordained minister, Davis’s writing tends to take place within a Christian worldview, even if the story isn’t overtly religious.
Davis spends his time watching Christian and martial arts movies, hanging out with his family, studying the Word, and contemplating the joy of Reformed Theology.
In his day job, Davis works as a loyalty travel agent. He is slowly learning the industry and has finally gotten most of the airport codes committed to memory.
He is also a very political person who enjoys discussing his conservative views. On top of that, he will gripe--to anyone who will listen--about how Marvel Comics ruined Spider-Man by ret-conning his marriage to Mary Jane. That and how Wizards of the Coast ruined D&D with the 4th edition of the game.
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Gateway to Thera
Half of the martial arts team known as ADVENTURE are spirited to another world to save Shawna Weston from a dark wizard.
A group of teenage martial artists come into conflict with racists in a small, Missouri town.
Invasion of the Ninja
A team of teenage martial artists defends a Southern Missouri school from an invading ninja army.
Novelist Thomas Bradford has lived with his young daughter, Melissa, in Central Missouri since the death of his wife. He is surprised when feelings begin to stir in his heart for Kassandra, a new attendee of his church. But a man from her past threatens to destroy the peaceful life that Thomas has worked to build.
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Smashwords book reviews by Jeffrey Allen Davis
- Apocalyptic and Dystopian Tales
on Aug. 12, 2013
The stories are really flash fiction, as they are mostly a few pages each. A couple of them deal with environmental issues. Some of them have a "Twilight Zone-esque" quality about them. Many of them have Biblical undertones with characters who test their faith and sacrifice for others. All are very entertaining, although I was a bit confused by the ending of "Hope." My favorites: "World War Four," "White," "Count to Ten," and "Escaping Darkness."
- The Darkness of Shadows
on Feb. 08, 2015
After having read three short stories about J.L. MacDonald’s Nightcat, I felt that it was time to delve into the character’s first published novel. The Darkness of Shadows was a treat to read. It kept me interested throughout with Nightcat’s origin story, no easy feat for a novel written in the first person. I don’t normally like to read longer works in the first person but I really wanted to give this novel a shot. And I’m glad I did.
The book read like a comic book miniseries. I’m not sure if MacDonald was trying to do that or if the story line just lent itself to it. I could almost formulate points in the story where a good cliffhanger would have ended one issue. The prose, as I’ve come to expect from Ms. MacDonald, was crisp and easy to read. The characters’ interactions seemed so realistic, you could expect to meet Trinity at the coffee shop or Dana at the Chinese restaurant. She skillfully gave Dana and Nightcat distinct personalities, with Nightcat being a bit more extroverted.
The novel had a few swear words in it. I would like to point out that MacDonald could have easily gone over the top with sensual description, considering the subject matter. However, perhaps knowing that some of her readers may be girls who are looking for a good role-model, she didn’t. We see that Nightcat can be a flirt, but sex is left out of the novel (she and, separately, Dana kiss David, and he accidentally sees her naked with no description of her body). The short stories imply that Dana and David are sharing an intimate relationship but don’t describe it. Even comic books these days go farther. I appreciate the author in this.
I definitely recommend this book to any superhero fan out there.
- Where the Devil Dwells
on Feb. 08, 2015
I try to keep up with the writing of J.L. MacDonald on Facebook. She has a witty personality that endears her to her readers and that wit translates into her written work. Thus is the case here.
Where the Devil Dwells is the second Nightcat novel. The story picks up a month after the last book. Dana and Detective David Rayner have moved their relationship along. Dana is back working at NyTech when she finds out that the man who was responsible for her mutation somehow survived the first novel. Paige, Kurt and Trinity return, along with Dana’s brother and his daughter. We are introduced to Dana’s parents. Old characters are nicely fleshed out.
We also see the man-bat, Raphael, go from a villain to more of an anti-hero, ala the Punisher. Well, sort of.
But Nightcat still has her moral core. Unlike Raphael, she wants to help people and uses her powers to do so. She has become so accustomed to her alter-ego that she becomes melancholy when she thinks she’s lost it. On the other hand, when she begins to lose control of her ability to change, she worries that her intimacy with David could put him in danger as she could get a little . . . too excited.
The book, like the last one, reads like a comic story arc. Several plot points are touched on and I could almost point out places where issues of a comic would end and begin.
Though I loved the book and feel that, as usual, the author uses an easy to understand style, I must comment on the maturity level. Unlike the other stories, the sensuality level is pumped up a bit in this book, though the sexuality between Dana and David almost needed to be in the novel in order to work in the plot point of her losing the ability to control her transformations. There’s also an F-Bomb at one point. It’s not a children’s book. However, if you watched the Blade movies and enjoyed them, then you would be comfortable here. But it’s a bit more mature than the Avengers or any of its component prequels.
Other than that comment, I would say that the writing is definitely five-star