Author: Stephen B. Pearl
Genre: Paranormal Fiction
Publisher: Dark Dragon Publishing
At the start of this book I knew I would love it. Ray, a Wizard and lifeguard by trade, and Cathy, a Mystic who is an exotic dancer to earn money for her doctorate in psychology, are in an apartment trying to get rid of a poltergeist. Cathy and Ray have a friends with benefits relationship since Cathy can't commit. Furniture is flying all around and Ray and Cathy are trying to get rid of it. In spite of the flying furniture, knives and dishes it is really funny. I knew I was in for some laughs in addition to the seriousness of the story. When Cathy breaks her ankle due to the poltergeist throwing her across the room, she is upset about having to see her mother who is a nurse. Ray's remark to her is tell her the truth about the Poltergeist after all "you came out of the broom closet" with everyone but your mom. Classic remark, have to love it.
There is a new drug in Toronto called Terror causing panic, since it is deadly. Cathy has asked Ray to do her a favor. He is to go to the strip club and get the money her friend Jessy owes her. While there, he encounters one of the dancers running through the street screaming. As he attempts to help her he is face to face with a headless being leaving her body. It is a Nukekubi, Japanese Goblin, who feeds off the fear and energies of its victims. The the new drug that has been killing people, Terror, is appropriately named since the Nukekubi feeds off the terror of those infected. This is no ordinary drug.
It would be impossible to explain to the authorities what Terror actually is without him being considered insane. Ray realizes that he is the only one that can destroy the Nukekubi; he can't let it just continue to kill. Hit in the head and captured by the one he believes responsible for the drug, he wakes up to find that he has allies in his fight instead. Kunio and Toshiro from Japan are searching for the Nukekubi and have been fighting it in Japan for years. Both men had lost family to the Nukekubi and enlist Ray's help. At least now there are three people aware of the danger willing to fight together.
The battle between good and evil begins. There is danger for the three soldiers who are fighting against an enemy that is not human and has mystical powers. Will they succeed? Is there hope that three mortals can defeat an enemy such as the Nukekubi?
I loved Ray. He is such a funny character and many times speaks in the first person as if he is talking directly to the reader. This is a great paranormal book it has witches, mystics, violence and amazing heroes.
Reviewed by: Linda Tonis
Member of the Paranormal Romance Review Team