Review: Shadow Memories by Nicholas Erik

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Publisher: Tinderboxed Press
Publishing Date: September 2014
ISBN: 9781940708331
Genre: SciFi
Rating: 4.5/5

Publisher Description: Kurt Desmond and Cassie Atwood are private investigators in the ramshackle town of Seaside Heights. It isn’t quite the California pictured on the brochures, but the pair manage to eek out a living chasing down stray dogs, errant husbands and other small game. Life is peaceful, if boring – until a strange man comes to town, asking the pair if they can track down an ancient cave drawing. With an offer of forty grand dangling in front of them, Kurt and Cassie take the job.

Review: That cover art is just awful. Some kind of 35mm moiré’ nightmare.

This novel was a really fun read. Full of acerbic wit, comedic sarcasm and engaging characters. Kurt has this funny take on life that is constantly at the forefront of every scene. His glib internalizations ride shotgun to his outer expressions. This novel had great movement and an engaging story-line.

This work was a mystery/thriller until aliens were introduced. Cassie, Kurt’s live in GF is a tough gal with a lot of secrets, including banging rich millionaires. She is one of the guardians, a group working for the aliens and against the machinations of “The Singularity”. The ending is really just the beginning of this story and I can’t wait for the continuance.

A short read for sure, but turn the pages slowly so you can savor it.

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