Monday, December 16, 2013

Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

Release Date: October 22, 2013
Publisher: 47North

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars.

Halloween is not a favorite time of year for Dimitri Petrov. Between the death of his parents and his own brush with death on the holiday, he attempts to steer clear of it all together. When given a last minute assignment by his boss at the local newspaper, Dimitri soon learns there's a lot more to the holiday, and the location, than he ever thought possible.

After waking up in the morgue, Dimitri is thrust head long into a world filled with ghosts, exorcisms and buried secrets. Even the deepest buried secrets have a way of working their way to the surface. To save himself and those he loves, Dimitri will set aside his preconceived notions of good and evil, demon and seraph. But will it be enough?

I'm so happy that NetGalley had this book available for reading. Right off the bat, the descriptive blurb piqued my interest and I couldn't wait to start reading. From the first sentence, it's plain to see that Dimitri is going to have a hard road in the story. We, the readers, are along for the ride but we're as blind as he is with no map or seat belts for the journey.

The story has a lot of layers to it. There's also a lot of action that provides more depth to the layers and highlights both the strengths and weaknesses of the characters. In the case of Dimitri, we are given a few clues as to his way of life before the fateful Halloween night and then the drastic change after. As the story is written in the first person point-of-view, I found it easy to step into Dimitri's shoes and feel/see what comes his way.

It was interesting to see how the author used the small town setting to show how the people were more connected with one another than they would have been in a larger, more metropolitan city. That also gave the story a realistic feel, especially when it came to the mass influx of people whenever something bad happened. In reality it tends to overwhelm the small town and its people - something that caused more friction for the main characters when it occurred in the story.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this book. It took a story from the history books and tweaked it enough to give it life as something new and updated. I'm excited to see if there is more to the story that the author will reveal later or leave the ending as it is. Either way, if you're looking for a book filled with quirky characters mixed with a dash or two of the paranormal, I would certainly pick up a copy of this book.

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Poe by J. Lincoln Fenn

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