Thursday, July 2, 2015
Esoterrorism - by C.T. Phipps - From the secret files of the Red Room - Some good old fashioned monster hunting
It took me a while to decide how much I liked Esoterrorism, Overall it seems to lack depth. It seemed things were just there when needed, like a rabbit being pulled from a magician's hat; like a meal that was filling, but lacked substance.
Derek and Penny Hawthorne work for an organization that exists to protect humans and keep them from finding out about all the things that go bump in the night, actually they would like to do much more than go bump, but you get the idea.
It would be interesting to note here that Derek and Penny are twins, their father is a big muckety-muck in this super secret organization and their mother was a dragon. Have I lost you yet?
Derek's been assigned a new partner, Shannon O'Reilly. Shannon is half-Lilin and all Succubus. Throw in a megalomaniacal villain and a power hungry CEO of a huge multi-national corporation bent on taking over the world, and you have everything you need for a rip-roaring urban fantasy thriller.
Esoterrorism is well-written and at times, witty...
"'Where's your home, Derek?' 'Nowhere.' 'So you're making all your nowhere plans for nobody?' I grinned at her reference. 'Way to undercut my angst.' 'Thank you'"
Then there's this gem when Derek and Penny's uncle Ben has them on a magic carpet on their way to an epic battle and Ben gestures...
"...to an 8-track player underneath an M16. 'Hey, do you mind putting in some Steppenwolf? I think we need an appropriate bit of theme music for the last leg of our journey.' 'We're not listening to Magic Carpet Ride while having a magic carpet ride,' I said firmly. ' We're on a serious mission here.'"
In all, Esoterrorism is a fun ride with plenty of magic and monsters. Look for it at Amazon.com on July 6th, 2015, from Ragnarok Publications.