Dead Matter by Anton Strout
• Paperback: 336 pages
• Publisher: Ace (February 23, 2010)
• ISBN-10: 0441018440
• ISBN-13: 978-0441018444
When the paranormal raises its ugly head in New York City, the Department of Extraordinary Affairs executes a flawless smackdown. That’s the idea anyway, and Agent Simon Canderous can usually count on help from his mentor, Connor Christos. But Connor’s left Simon to handle a double case load as he cashes in on five years worth of saved vacation time. Simon suspects that Connor isn’t Club Medding so much as Club Deading it up — using his talents as a ghost whisperer investigating the disappearance of his long lost brother.
The spirit populace of Manhattan doesn’t appreciate its well-deserved R.I.P being disturbed, and Simon is sent in to do damage control. Connor is in a sorry state, and he tells Simon that each night he’s being haunted by visions of his brother at his window. Simon is worried that his partner may be going crazy — or worse, maybe he’s not…
After being surprised by some unknown creature while grocery shopping for Taco Night with Jane, Simon realizes there is something fishy going up in town [again.] And with Connor having certain visions at night and being in such a deplorable state, Simon begins to worry. Thinking that his partner is loosing his marbles, he decides to go and do some researching [and spying] on his own. From that moment on, action ensues and all sorts of surprises come to light. What happened to Connor and his brother all those years ago finally is explained; and after quite some time of not seeing vampires in New York City, our dear Simon is up for a shocker that will turn his life around.
With a beginning that deludes us into thinking that things might get easier for our lovely hero, Simon Canderous, but Anton Strout is quick to erase that notion. Starting with a “BANG,’ the book keeps going that way with good pace, and never disappoints. We can see how much better Mr. Strout’s writing has gotten, making Dead Matter his best book by far!
Here we get into Simon’s head more than before, knowing more about him, and how he has grown to be such a responsible man. This, without getting rid of the wittiness and snark that characterizes him, and keeping up the humor at all times. We also get to meet a lot of new characters that make the story even more enthralling. Furthermore, Connor’s weakness comes to light, and due to some mishaps, Jane does not appear much in the story. Though the fact that their love is enough to conquer it all shines through with no cheesiness.
I can safely say that flirting with the guy in Costumer Service at B&N, to get Dead Matter the day before it came out, was totally worth it. I kept reading all night even when my PM medicine was knocking me out, and sneaked the book into my Italian class to finish it. This book exceeded all my expectations and, like I said, it is the best one so far. It kept me laughing most of the time, and if not, it was because I kept biting my nails wondering what was going to happen. Loved the book, and love Simon even more now! *grin*
Take it from me, this book is going to blow your brains… So, why not go and get it? NOW!!
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