Unfortunately, the fun and war games are interrupted by a pack of creatures summoned up from the very depths of hell by an entity Jesse prayed he'd never see again. With the lives of his friends and a teenager's soul on the line, Jesse's only hope may lie with an even more dangerous enemy--his personal demon, Axel...
Second books in a series are hard. Those that attempt them have the problem of maintaining a world and the characters that have already been created, as well as the added struggle of furthering the story arc into that of a series, while at the same time creating a new and exciting adventure/mystery to solve until the overarching story arc can be established.
That said, K. A. Stewart does a fantastic job doing all of these things in her second book in the Jesse James Dawson Series, A Shot in the Dark.
A Shot in the Dark takes place a few months after the events of A Devil in the Details. Jesse has been experiencing PTSD from his missed assassination attempt, and has been having constant nightmares of an old foe coming back from the dead to tear him piece by piece. To help try to calm him down he and his friends decide to go on their annual camping/paintball trip. Unfortunately this trip soon changes from a happy-go-lucky trip with the guys into the literal nightmare that Jesse’s been experiencing for months. Now with the unexpected help from Axel, the Order of Saint Silvis (a rival demon hunting group), and his friends Jesse has to take down the demon of his nightmares, literally.
A Shot in the Dark is fast paced, fun, and exciting. The characters are interesting and filled with good dialog. And the story itself is fantastic. But what I was most impressed with was the way Stewart has developed the overarching story arc for the books in the future. I’m thoroughly intrigued and personally can’t wait for the next in the series.