Damage Inc, starts by introducing us to Link a fellow plagued by the remnants of a lost love, a bad decision and co-workers who forget to clean equipment properly following its last use of the day. In order to get the best pick of the day’s scheduled appointments its necessary to start early, but on this particular day Link encounters a house with an area to be cleaned that’s much larger than he was expecting, an invoice he has to ‘haggle’ and an occupant whom he just can’t seem to remove from his thoughts.
From this point on the story explodes in both pace, breadth and scope. Apparently love isn’t always quite what it seems in fact in this case it requires the services of otherworldly forces to be fully realized for what it is. There you see I did it, a synopsis that sounds more than interesting, somewhat vague though intriguing with minimal spoilers.
I digress. With all that in mind I’m pleased to report that this was a tome I couldn’t help but race through. The action is brisk, vivid and exciting. It doesn’t hurt in the slightest that Brett’s writing style is easy to comprehend and to the point without the use of too many details getting in the way of the narrative a feat that appears easy though in essence is actually a rather difficult feat to successfully achieve (trust me on this I attempt to scribble on occasion).
The story itself in part put me in mind of an older book by Graham Masterson (also the name of an oddly ‘diverse’ track by NWOBHM practitioners Venom) which has since been made into a movie featuring Tony Curtis. As well in part a movie featuring Ron Perlman as a large crimson fellow who wields a unfathomably huge demon fist and a gun that would overshadow any number of cannons on any given number of battlefields again any more details and I would be spoiling the story and I try not to ‘roll like that’.
The characters are well written, principally Link whom the reader will instantly like and associate with especially if they’ve ever had to clean any carpets for paying customers before (*raises hand). His plight is interesting (to put it mildly) and he remains humble and strangely humorous the entire time.
Other characters include a pairing of detectives with nothing but respect for each other’s abilities and several nefarious back-stabbing types you would never wish to meet regardless of how well lit the alleyway is. And I haven’t mentioned the otherworldly element yet suffice it to say this would make a very ‘interesting’ and bizarre movie that would demand outstanding effects (both practical and CGI) and a legion of artists/technicians in order to effectively showcase the lurid dimensions of the novel itself.