Joe Kader, not his real name as real names are prone to misuse, is an adept. He has control over various powers and those powers are enhanced by talismans. He is arrogant and thoughtless about lesser, those who have no magical abilities. Adepts seem to be above mundane law and among themselves might makes right. I enjoyed the way Townsend developed the character of Kader. He showed a progression in the character that was enjoyable to read.
The book covers a lot of ground and every bit is enjoyable. The characters are interesting and don’t smack of comic book origins. The mix of magic and technology was well done. The potential for a Jim Butcher type series is obvious.
A little more polish and I think Townsend will be a major force in this type of book.
I recommend the book.
Body of work of S. Evan Townsend