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Book Review of “A Vision of Fire”

“A Vision of Fire” was published in 2014 and was co-authored by Gillian Anderson and Jeff Rovin. This is Ms. Anderson’s first novel, while Mr. Rovin has published more than 15 other novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. The novel is written in the third person and is set mostly in contemporary New York, New York. The primary view point is from Caitlin O’Hara a well known child psychologist. India and Pakistan are on the brink of what many feel will be a nuclear war. Ganak Pawar the UN representative from India is a prime driver in the the on going peace process.

After a thwarted attack on his life, Ganak’s teenage daughter begins to have violent and strange visions. Dr. O’Hara is called in to quietly treat the girl. Discretion is required in order for the peace negotiations to not be disrupted. Soon Dr. O’Hara discovers that there are other young people in far flung locations around the world who are suffering in similar ways to Ganak’s daughter. She also finds evidence of strange behavior by animals in various locations.

As you may recall, Gillian Anderson played a significant role in the ‘X Files’ TV series and movies. This story fits rite into that vein. There is intrigue, suspense and and the touch of unknown powers throughout this story. I found the plot to be very engaging and I liked all of the characters. The way the books ends, I would be surprised if there was not a sequel. I thoroughly enjoyed the 6 hours I spend with this novel and give it a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Broken Monsters”

“Broken Monsters” was published in 2014 (September) and was written buy Lauren Beukes (http://laurenbeukes.com). This is Ms. Beukes fifth novel. The book is available on Amazon.

I obtained this novel for free through https://www.netgalley.com for review. This is written in the third person and set in Detroit, Michigan. I would rate this novel ‘R’ as there is Mature Language and Violence.

The primary characters are Gabriella Versado a Detective with Detroit Police Department, Jonno Haim a writer, Layla Versado, Gabriella’s High School age daughter, Thomas ’TK’ Koon a homeless ex-convict, and Clayton Broom an artist.

Gabriella gets handed a strange homicide involving a young boy. The case is particularly odd and upsetting as he has been cut in half with his bottom half replaced with the bottom half of a young deer.

Jonno is a failing writer who comes to Detroit for a fresh perspective and opportunities. He meets up with a young woman, Jen, who convinces him to start producing video blog pieces about Detroit, particularly the art scene, instead of trying to write.

TK is a scavenger on the streets of a crumbling Detroit. He helps out in a church soup kitchen, but makes a living combing through the many abandon homes in a deteriorating Detroit.

Layla has few friends in school. She and her friend Cas try to catch a pedafile, but that only gets them both into more trouble.

Clayton is an artist, but has strange tastes in his art. In spite of his oddities, he is considered brilliant in some of his works.

The story winds around these five principals, eventually bringing them together. There is a supernatural element to the story that is reminiscent of novels by Dean Koontz. I enjoyed the 10.5 hours I spend with this novel (I am a fan of Dean Koontz) but it did seem to start off slowly. I was 40% of the way through the book before I began to see how these separate characters were tied together, other than the obvious relationship between Gabriella and Layla. The suspense level picked up substantially during the last third of the book. I give this book a 4 out of 5.

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