Category Archives: paranormal

Review of “The Fallen”

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Book Reviews – “The Fallen” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Eric Van Lustbader (https://www.ericvanlustbader.com). Mr. Lustbader has published more than 45 novels. This is the second in his “The Testament” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in Europe with the primary character being Braverman “Bravo” Shaw, head of the Gnostic Observatine sect.

A series of events take place that seem to herald the End of Days. A man finds the long hidden Testament of Lucifer in a remote Lebanese cave. Shaw, along with his blind sister, Emma, and Fra Leoni begin the chase to retrieve the Testament and stop the End of Days.

I enjoyed the nearly 11 hours I spent reading this 352 page Paranormal Thriller. I have been a long time fan of Van Lustbader, but this novel seemed to fall short for me. It felt a little “raw’, in the need of “polishing”. While the second in a series, this novel stood well on its own. The cover art is OK, but doesn’t really give a feel for the story. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).

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Trailer for “The X-Files, Season 11”

Trailers – I was a fan of The X-Files when it originally aired (1993-2002), and it was generally well received with 8.7/10 on IMDB. The synopsis:

The secret lies in the X-FILES folder. Find out the truth when the X-FILES returns all-new in 2018 on FOX.

This looks interesting and the answers, or at least the questions, are always found in the X-FILES Folder. I’ll be looking for this 10-episode installment in the series sometime in 2018.

Review of “The Delphi Effect”

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Book Review – “The Delphi Effect” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Rysa Walker (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rysa_Walker). Ms. Walker has published seven novels and some short stories. This is the first of her planned “Delphi Trilogy” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Situations. The story is set mostly in the contemporary Washington D.C. area. The primary character is 17 year old Anna Morgan.

Morgan has been in one foster home after another and is now in a group home. Morgan has never had much of a chance of being adopted. She has a history of absorbing the ‘ghost’ of someone, usually by touching something they touched before they died. As a result she has spent time under observation for mental issues.

She recently acquired “Molly” the ghost of a young girl. Morgan is trying to contact Molly’s grandfather so that Molly can finally rest and leave her. Soon Morgan and her 15 year old best friend Deo, also living in the group home, are dragged into a life and death situation.

Morgan discovers that Molly was murdered. Now the killers are after her and Deo. She also finds that there are others with mental skills. They are all being sought by those associated with the killer. Morgan must let herself be captured in order to free one of her friends that have been taken. She finds that her new friends each have some mental ability, and she is attracted to Aaron. Aaron and his grandfather are private detectives who have been working to discover who killed Molly.

I thought that this was an interesting 9.5 hour read of this 380 page Thriller. The story is mostly about Young Adults, but it is dark. The ending is more of an intermission between parts of the same story. There is a wrap up, but only in a minor way. There is certainly both a minor Romance as well as a significant paranormal aspect to the story. The cover art is OK, but really does not relate much to the story. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Lammas Night”

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“Lammas Night” eBook was published in 2016 (original paper edition published in 1983) and was written by Katherin Kurtz (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Katherine_Kurtz). Ms. Kurtz published nearly 40 novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the early days (1940) of World War II. The British Expeditionary Force has barely escaped the continent through Dunkirk ahead of the German army. All of England fears that an invasion is soon to follow.

The primary character of this story is Colonel John “Gray” Graham of the British MI6. Not only is he working within the espionage community to defeat Germany, but he is also a practitioner of the occult arts. England is not only facing Germany’s military strength, but their occult assault as well. Graham and his close occult comrades want to organize as many of the occultists in England to rise up on Lammas Night to resist the pending invasion. But this must all be done very carefully as the hint to the public of involvement in magic would be devastating to any of the involved families.

Complicating this is a close friendship with Prince William of the British Royal family. The Prince soon convinces Graham to involve him more in the effort to organize the occult resistance to Hitler. The Prince and Graham soon realize that one of them may need to make a personal sacrifice to save England.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 10.5 hours I spent reading this 448 page novel. This was not a fast paced novel, but the intriguing story kept me very interested. I have read other novels by Kurtz and I have liked them all. I am a fan of World War II stories and really enjoyed this one, even thought it was more of a fantasy than most. I guess I would classify this as an Alternate History novel as the world in which it is set parallels ours, but allows for magic. I also think that the new cover is better than the one used on the original paper publication. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “The History Major”

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“The History Major” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Michael Phillip Cash (http://www.michaelphillipcash.com). Mr. Cash has published 10 novels.

I received a galley of this novella for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novella as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and is very strange. The story is set on a small college campus. The primary character is college freshman Amanda Greene.

Amanda wakes up hung over. But that is not all. Her dorm room looks strange. Her room mate is strange. Even the campus grounds outside the dorm window looks strange. Things do not improve for Amanda as her day progresses and she tries to attend her first day of classes.

She finds her schedule has been changed and she is in history class. She hates history. She tries to get the class changed, but the women the registrar’s office just tell her to go to class. When she gets to class, it is the strangest thing yet.

So . . . I spent less than 2.5 hours reading this 132 page novella. I almost called a Rule of 50 on it, but kept reading until the end. I should have quit. I am not sure what to say about this story. It is strange. It also seems to ramble along without a clear point. There is a point in the end, but the route to that end really did not set well with me. I think that this is best classed as a Psychological Paranormal story.

The cover wasn’t very informative as to what you will find within the pages. The story was last paced, but almost frantic. Did I mention that this story is strange. I give this novella a 2 out of 5.

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Review of “A Time of Torment”

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“A Time of Torment” eBook was published in 2016 (August) and was written by John Connolly (http://www.johnconnollybooks.com). Mr. Connolly has authored or co-authored more than 30 novels. This is the 14th novel in the “Charlie Parker Mystery” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, and Mature Situations. The story is set mostly in West Virginia. The primary character is Private Investigator Charlie Parker.

Parker has a history of violence. He is currently working in an advisory capacity with the FBI. This story has nothing to do with the FBI connection though. Parker is approached by Jerome Burnel who was recently released from prison. Burnel claims he is innocent and that he was set up. He fears that he will soon be killed.

In any case, he wants Parker to investigate. Parker is unsure at first, but soon comes to believe Burnel. Not long after, Burnel disappears. Parker and his close associates Angel and Louis begin to dig deeper.

There is an area of West Virginia known locally as The Cut. Those that live there live isolated lives, resisting any intrusions into their property. Not only are they reclusive, but they are thought to pursue more than one criminal activity. Before long Parker has his first encounter with men from The Cut. He skirmishes with them, but ultimately knows he must go to the heart of the trouble, The Cut itself.

Concurrent with all of this, the local Sheriff has been having his own encounters with The Cut. People have gone mission for years, but there has never been sufficient evidence to take action. Recently though, bodies have been discovered in a shallow grave. He hates The Cut. This brings him into all but open conflict with the leaders of The Cut. Because of the fear that The Cut instills in the locals he has few who are willing to support him. Then he meets Parker.

I enjoyed the 12 hours I spent with this 480 page Paranormal Mystery. I had not ready any of the prior books, but this one read well stand-alone. It is a dark story with a lot of violence. I liked the character of Parker, but did not really get to know him well in this novel. While there is definitely a paranormal aspect to the story, it is only a minor thread. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Ink and Bone”

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“Ink and bone” ebook was published in 2016 and was written by Lisa Unger (http://lisaunger.com). Ms Unger has published 15 novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. This novel is set in a small town in upstate New York. The primary character is Finley Montgomery, a tattoo covered, twenty year old college student.

Finley left the city to move to rural New York. There she lives with her grandmother while she is attending a local university. She is also there to learn from her grandmother how to control her ability. She has prophetic dreams and can see ghosts.

Her grandmother has occasionally helped a local Private Investigator, Jones Cooper, with her psychic insights. He has recently been handed the case of a missing girl. Cooper wants the grandmother to assist him again with the new case, but she defers it to Finley.

This is Finley’s first time to use her abilities and she very unsure of herself. There have been several missing girls over the years, but no leads as to who kidnapped them or their fate. Finley finds herself drawn into the woods and is able to ‘see’ murky images of the kidnapping.

Just as a winter storm moves in with lots of snow, Finley finds herself compelled to go into the woods to look for the girl and her abductors. Finley feels there is little time left for the young girl and she must take action regardless of the danger.

I enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this 352 page paranormal Mystery Thriller. It reminded me a lot of books written by Dean Koontz. Finley is a character that is facing many challenges: learning to control her ability; dealing with a mother who wants nothing to do with the paranormal; coping with the boyfriend who has followed her across the country; . I could easily see this turned into a series of novels, which I would read. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Escape from Witchwood Hollow”

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“Escape From Witchwood Hollow” eBook was published in 2014 and was written by Jordan Elizabeth Mierek (http://www.jordanelizabethmierek.com). Ms. Mierek has published four novels.

I received a copy of this novel for review from the publisher. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. This Young Adult Fantasy novel is set in rural New York. Some takes place in 1670, some in 1850 and the remainder in 2001.

The primary character is Honoria, a High School student in 2001. Her parents had died in the September 11 attack. Her aunt and uncle had relocated with her and her brother to rural Arnn, New York to get away from the memories within the city.

Honoria is taken to Witchwood Hollow by some girls in her class, a place with a dark legacy. She is told that over the centuries since the area was colonized, people have disappeared into the hollow never to be seen again.

The story jumps to 1850 when 17 year old Albertine disappears while trying to walk from town to her father’s farm. She wonders about the hollow meeting other who have become lost, but never able to find her way out.

The story also covers 1670 when Lady Clifford escapes into the hollow. After poisoning a woman, she has been chased into the woods. She stays there using the magic she has learned to keep hidden and young. She becomes the witch in the hollow.

I spent about 4 hours with this 200 page book. It was interesting, but not a genre (Paranormal) that I typically read. Young Honoria struggles with the loss of her parents, with the move to the new school, with leaving the city for a rural town and with her growing feelings for Leon. In spite of her fear of the hollow she is drawn to it. Honoria wonders if the magic of the hollow might reunite her with the ghosts of her parents. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Sherlock Holmes and the Tangled Skein”

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Sherlock Holmes and the Tangled Skein” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by David Stuart Davies (http://www.davidstuartdavies.co.uk/home). Mr. Davies has published more than a dozen novels, with this being his sixth Sherlock Holmes novel.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The novel is set in 1888 London and surrounding areas.

The primary characters are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. This is a follow on to the well known Hound of the Baskervilles story. While not involving any of the Baskervilles directly, it does primarily take place in that area of England.

An odd package arrives at 221B Baker St. and it turns out to be a device intended to kill Sherlock Holmes. This prompts Holmes to investigate its origin. Inspector Lestrade comes to ask for Holmes and Watson to help with murders that have happened on Hampstead Heath. These deaths seem somehow tied to a strange phantom lady seen in the area at night.

The investigation take a turn for the paranormal when Holmes and Watson, while pursuing the phantom lady, are rescued by Professor Van Helsing. It is his theory that the phantom lady is a vampire. Not only that, but that Count Dracula has come to England to create a local vampire colony.

As expected Holmes and Watson are skeptical of Van Helsing’s claims and continue with their investigation. That leads them to the area of the Baskerville home and their attempt to save a young woman from falling to an evil illness. Watson and Holmes face danger and death more than once in this tale of mystery, facing one of their most clever adversaries.

This was a quick read taking less than five hours for me to complete this 192 page novel. It was a well written story and matches the style of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. I somewhat regret reading it only because the genre (vampires) is really outside my interest area. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

Further book reviews I have written can be accessed at https://johnpurvis.wordpress.com/blog/.

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