#4 Rowan Gant investigation, featuring the Wiccan computer geek who lives in St. Louis, MO. Rowan is once again stalked and terrorized by religious nut Eldon Porter in this book. Eldon thinks of himself as God's helper and is on a witch-hunt, and Gant is a self-professed Witch. When a member of Rowan and Felicity's coven is found dead--tortured and disemboweled with a personal note for Rowan, he once again goes into high gear to try to figure out Porter's next move and prevent any more loss of life. With the help of his good friend Ben Storm, a St. Louis detective on the Major Crimes Squad, Rowan has a leg up--however, Ben is teetering on the edge of respectability himself, especially with his new boss, "Bible Barb," a right-wing Christian who, like the crazy Mr. Porter, has no knowledge of Pagan beliefs and thinks Rowan is a devil worshiper.
With plenty of fast paced, edge-of-your-seat action, this book definitely classifies as a thriller and was hard to put down. Where it falls down is with believable dialogue and character development and a certain repetitiveness of themes. Much of the conflict and dialogue seems to be a re-hash of previous books and the dialogue always manages to sound somewhat stilted to my ear. And the constant and frequent descriptions of Rowan's migraines and 'seizures' wore thin after awhile. I was a little confused (since I'm a nurse) as to why no one suggested Rowan have a CT scan and get himself on some anti-seizure medication at some point. That, coupled with his crippling headaches, could easily signal a brain tumor or other serious physical abnormality--yet it's always written off as just part of his psychic abilities manifesting itself. Still, it is refreshing to find at least a somewhat realistic picture of Pagan belief and practice portrayed. I give this one a B and will continue to read on in the series.
This was a very fast paced ride that has some very unexpected turns. I literally read this in a day and thoroughly enjoyed it. Rowan Gant returns in this novel to take on his old antagonist and serial killer Eldon Porter. Porter is a self styled and self proclaimed witch hunter and executioner and Rowan is still his prime target.
There is much suspense, sit on the edge of your chair thrills, and a few loose ends which seem to dangle at the end of this book to be left as cliff hangers for his next book.
The usual list of characters are here: Felicity his wife, Ben Storm, his friend and St. Louis PD Detective, and a few others with whom we are familiar. Also we find a few new players who really do keep us guessing.
As a mystery writer, Mr. Sellars has presented us with well thought out, well researched and developed stories with excellent character development and first-class story plot. There is believable interaction between his characters and they are not always predictable, which provides good `keep you wondering' material. He also provides a first-rate level of thrill and chill, so necessary to make these kinds of books work. This book is no exception. He continues to provide outstanding entertainment in this installment of the Rowan Gant series and has not `worn out' the players or the medium