Jon F. Merz

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A Man of Honor

A Man of Honor

I’m still enjoying Jon Merz’s fascinating character, Lawson, the Vampire Fixer. Think Ray Donovan with fangs. In fact, I would be delighted to see Liev Schreiber play Lawson in the film adaptation of the series. Jon, you with me? Last time, I wrote about Lawson’s absolute discipline and my extreme envy of this—admittedly fictional—quality. Today I want to turn my attention to Lawson’s abiding sense of honor. He is an honorable man, or, more accurately, vampire. He says what he means and he does what he says. He follows through on commitments no matter how difficult or inconvenient. Or even dangerous. He can be counted on. He has honor. Honor is a characteristic I admire.  I spent a bit of time researching the difference between honor and integrity and it appears the lines are blurred. Honor can seem to be an anachronistic concept, particularly when we talk about a code… READ MORE

My Date with Discipline

My Date with Discipline

People tell me I’m a disciplined person. “Are you on drugs?” is my usual response. I feel like the least disciplined person in the world. I’ve broken every resolution and promise I’ve made to myself again and again. I succumb to every temptation. I’m constantly trying to trick myself into following a routine, sticking to a plan, practicing discipline. Today, I’m thinking about discipline through the lens of a new author, Jon F. Merz, and an exciting new series featuring Lawson, the Vampire Fixer. I finished the first book, called, appropriately, The Fixer, and am enjoying the second, The Invoker, with no discipline at all—ravenously devouring page after page. Lawson is an exceptional character. The cover of the book has a quote calling Lawson “Jason Bourne with fangs.” I think he’s more like John Rain or Jack Reacher—with an affinity for O neg, or “juice,” as Lawson calls it. These books are the… READ MORE

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