by Tim Marquitz
When the first few lines include a gross out murder followed by some sort of eyeball eating ritual I could not help but be hooked. But this is no out and out horror novel, more a supernatural, dark urban thriller.
Our main “man” is simply named Z but goes by so many other personas and skins!
After he has consumed said eyeball he is now able to become that person, a doppelganger, this allows him to do his day job of finding a piece of stolen equipment and ascertaining why it was even being built as this seems to be a machine designed to pull energy from another plane/world/dimension, and so the fun begins.
I wasn’t too fussed with Jace the other main character simply because her personality was kept so closed and in the dark, although she clearly has “something” for our main man Z to be so enthralled. I really enjoyed the sexual undercurrent, even if it was all one sided! Maybe TM will expand her character in the next book, she obviously has a “history” to be the cold, feisty, uber killer that she is.
The pace is edgy and face and I really enjoyed the new world that TM is building done, which is leaked out slowly as the story progresses, you can’t afford to take your eye of the page for a second or you will miss something.
There was a great fight scene early on before Z and Jace resort to guns and all the chatter that goes along with that! But there were some very visual shape shifting moments too that really cheered me up.
I found less humour in this novella than what I am used to from TM, his other major characters all have a sharp, sarcastic wit to them, Z not so much more of a sad underlying story to him, but then this was an intense story line and apart from the odd one liner there was not much room for humour.
I am really looking forward to seeing how this world/plane/dimension and the characters develop, judging by TMs other “worlds” this should prove to be brilliant!
Just a few more of Tim Marquitz’s great novels.