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B&H Books / 2009 / ePub
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"Bury me standing. I must be buried standing."
Powers, the follow-up to John Olson's Shade introduces a sheltered Gypsy girl named Mariutza. Her grandfather utters a mysterious last request before dying in her arms after being shot by ten cloaked men. Those same men die before her eyes, but strange powers continue to pursue Mari through the swamps of southern Louisiana where she has always hidden from "the Badness."
The whole world seems to join in the chase-helicopters, soldiers, government agents, and the police are all trying to kill her. Mari's only hope of survival is to find Jaazaniah the Prophet, the mythical hero of her grandfather's bedtime stories. But she has never been outside the swamp or known other humans besides her grandfather and one teacher. How can this lone girl survive the bewildering world of men long enough to find a prophet who might not even exist?
A mysterious Gypsy girl and her grandfather's dying request ("I must be buried standing.") electrifies the plot of this book, giving Powers a unique momentum. A diverse group of characters struggle to figure out an ancient prophecy while keeping alive in real time. As the sequel to Shade, this novel advances the supernatural dangers of the Mulo, while digging a little deeper into its past.
Mari grew up in the swamps of southern Louisiana, hiding from the Badness. But when her grandfather is murdered by ten cloaked men, she left her home to get help from Jaazaniah the Prophet, the hero from her grandfather's stories. "Jazz" wasn't exactly expecting a Gypsy girl to show up and tell him he's the person mentioned in prophecy; he was just trying to scratch out a living as a piano player in cheap bars. But when he starts having visions, he realizes he's either going crazy or Mari might be right. When he decides to look a little deeper, he finds himself face to face with his worst nightmares.
An exciting combination of action and aberrations takes the reader inside a unique story line. Good versus evil is showcased in a different type of arena, one that includes both the physical and spiritual world. The clash of these dimensions shoots out supernatural sparks, illuminating a powerful trail of possibilities. Danger is as close as the next heartbeat and shadows could be either friends or enemies.
While the plot was engaging, the character interaction fell flat at times, making some of the relationships seem contrived. But for readers who are looking for something unusual with a twist of the spectacular, check out Powers. - http://www.inthelibraryreviews.net
Olson, a biochemist turned novelist of the paranormal, introduces a new charactera young gypsy girl from the swamps of Louisianato a return cast from his previous thriller, Shade. A mysterious inheritance letter leads Jazz, a musician who can see the future, on a treasure hunt, chased by dark forces and an FBI agent who believes he's a terrorist. Olson's writing has the power to levitate the reader to another dimension and suspend disbelief as cons, tricks of the mind, prayers, ancient codes and spiritual forces coalesce into a fascinating yet sluggish story with good dialogue that's difficult to follow because of sparse attribution. Readers who enjoy books about vampires, gypsies and prophecy will gravitate toward Olson's rich descriptions of imaginative creatures drawn from biblical storiesthe Badness, the Standing. With this man vs. mysterious powers story, the author continues making his mark in futuristic and paranormal fiction in the CBA market. (Dec.) Copyright 2009 Reed Business Information.
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