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Book Review of “Paradigm Lost”

“Paradigm Lost” was published in 2014 (December) and was written by Ryke E. Spoor (http://grandcentralarena.com). Mr. Spoor has published 11 novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG13’ as there is some Mature Language and Violence. This Fantasy Paranormal Mystery novel is written in the first person and is set primarily in New York, though not exactly on our Earth. The primary character is Jason Wood, a private investigator/information specialist.

Wood is involved in one after another of investigations that gradually draws him and his girlfriend Sylvia Stake, into the heretofore unknown world of the paranormal. They soon find that our world is home to vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures. Some of these are friendly, and others very deadly.

There is a bit of Mystery as Wood and his friends pursue various investigations. There is a significant portion of Fantasy and the Paranormal as we discover the strange tale of where the vampires and werewolves came from.

This is not the typical novel that I read. Even though I watched every episode of “True Blood”, stories with vampires, werewolves and other paranormal creatures are not my usual selection. This book is more of a tightly connected set of short stories than it is a novel, and from the preface, these were originally written between 1987 and 2001. The basis of the book is Spoor’s story “Digital Knight”.

I thought that the plot was interesting. I liked the origin story of the vampires and other paranormal beings. The characters though, seems a little thin, they do not have the richness I have found in other novels. Overall I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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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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Book review of “The City”

“The City” was published in 2014(July) and is written by Dean Koontz (http://www.deankoontz.com). Mr. Koontz has written around 100 books, as well as some graphic novels. This eBook is available on Amazon.

I was provided the manuscript for “The City” for early review through NetGalley (https://www.netgalley.com). “The City” is written in the first person and is set in an unidentified large city. It is a mystery/thriller with a little supernatural thrown in. While there is some violence, I would say that the book rates no more than PG13.

Jonah Kirk is the main character. The story starts with him at age 57, but he then tells his story about what happened to him when he was eight years old beginning in 1967. The story continues for about two years of his early life.

Sylvia and Tilton are Jonah’s parents, but his father isn’t around much and they soon get a divorce. Sylvia is an aspiring singer, but she still needs to work the lunch counter at Woolworth’s to make ends meet. Sylvia’s parents, Anita and Teddy Bledsoe, live in the suburbs. Teddy plays the piano on a regular basis at a hotel restaurant and in a department store. Anita works in a church office. They, other than Tilton, are a close family.

Jonah meets a young woman “Pearl” who tells him that she is the spirit of the city. She visits him from time to time and guides him. Pearl also shows Jonah a frightening dream where he sees a young woman dead. A short time later that same woman moves into an empty apartment on the sixth floor of his apartment building. At first Jonah thinks the woman is pretty, but quickly she shows a sinister side. That starts a string of events that play out through the rest of the story. Jonah makes new friends and looses people that are close to him. He finds aid and comfort from Mr. Yoshioka who lives upstairs in the building. Together they delve into the mystery of the young woman on the sixth floor and find much more, including a potential murderer and a conspiracy, than they had expected.

I have long been a fan of Mr. Koontz and have read several of his other novels. I enjoyed this novel, though I do not believe it is as good as some of his others. The story seemed to drag along slowly for the first few chapters, but then it did pick up. Once I got into the story, it was easy to keep reading. Unlike most of the other novels by Mr. Koontz that I have read, this one did not keep me on the edge of my seat. I would give this a 4 out of 5.

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