Sunday, September 11, 2016

The Occupied by Craig Parshall

As a youth, Trevor Black unleashed spiritual forces he couldn’t comprehend. Years later, Trevor is a high-flying criminal defense lawyer in New York City, with a six-figure Aston Martin and a trophy wife. But in an extraordinary turn of events, he receives a burdensome gift: the ability to perceive the invisible. And the dark forces he now sees are all gunning for him.

When one of Trevor’s hometown friends is murdered, the MO is eerily similar to a shocking trail of murders that have already crossed the lawyer’s path. So Trevor must return home to find the killer. . . and face not only his own personal demons, but supernatural ones as well.

I enjoy a good mystery and I enjoy reading a great suspense novel, but put a piece of speculative fiction in front of me and I’ll devour the book.  This is one of those that doesn’t let you down.

Writing a story that breaks the veil between this world and the spiritual realm is not an easy task.  Craig Parshall has done this with the first book in his Trevor Black series.  I’m not a big fan of stories that use a lot of memories to tell a story, but you truly need those memories of Trevor’s as a kid to get the whole depth of this story.  Could there be more back story to the characters and more time spent fleshing them out?  Sure, but I feel Mr. Parshall gave me just enough of the story to still leave some to my imagination.  The story is wrapped up so it’s going to be interesting to see where the next book in this series takes us.

Is this a "Guys Book"?   For me, this is the ultimate type of a guy’s book.  I love the supernatural storyline, the battle between the spirits and demons always reminds me just what kind of world we live in.  It also reminds me that He saved me and protects me from the dark realm.

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for my honest opinion, as part of their Book Review Blogger Program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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