Published by Self published on Mar 25, 2013
Genres: Adult, Fantasy, Mystery
Format: eBook from Author
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Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title “Phantom Ninjas” by the media, are leaping off tall buildings and somersaulting back up without any scratch – and then disappear. There follows more spontaneous acts of magic, confounding the world. Who – or what – is responsible? In the middle of the mystery arrives Detective Hetfield, a private investigator just recently retired from the FBI, who is accustomed to fame as a star witness in the murder trial of a beloved actress. Hetfield, seeking ever more celebrity to boost his profile, uses the media to put forward the theory that a person of extraordinary magical powers is behind all the incidents, and labels him Dr. Magic. Hetfield gets much more than what he bargained for when that powerful being does exist – in the form of a young man long disillusioned with his past – and cruelly takes him up on his offer.
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.
This was a unique read about magic, with a healthy dose of detective work thrown in. Neither of the two main characters were classic good guys. Each had a dark side, and at times, it wasn’t easy to tell who was the hero and who was the villain. This didn’t hinder the story at all, but instead, added depth to the characters.
The magic work was very in your face and showy. Yet it was still believable, in a fantasy story way. The detective work that Hetfield does while investigating Dr Magic was top notch. Detailed and realistic, yet not in a take-over-the-story kind of way.
I was disappointed in the ending though. Everything seemed to wrap up too quickly, and too neatly. While it’s not a typical ending, it still felt rushed, almost like there was a big build up to nothing.
Overall, this was an enjoyable read, other than the ending. The characters were multidimensional, even if I didn’t like them personally. The magic was unique and specific. With a more detailed, exciting ending, this would be a great book.