4 out of 4 stars
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Adrian Kahler is a brilliant psychologist with extrasensory abilities and amazing computer skills. He has become a detective, opening his own business. Kahler has two employees: Stanley Egor is a former wrestler, Navy SEAL, and engineer; Barry Sandler is a little more ordinary, but he possesses empathic abilities that are not thoroughly developed at this time.
Kahler ordered Barry to follow Simon Tate, gather information on him, and identify his friends. Simon was a member of a covert organization of paranormal individuals called the Collective. When the immoral members were together, they could use their combined mental abilities and influence the thoughts and actions of others. Kahler accidentally stumbled upon information about the Collective while working on another case and became committed to terminating them.
Barry was observing Simon and Sarah Ravencroft on a date at the Meyerhoff Symphony Hall. It was intermission, and a crowd had gathered outside when an enormous, hairy creature suddenly appeared and quickly sliced off Simon’s head, escaping as rapidly as it came. Although terrified, Sarah seemed eager to flee the scene of the crime before the police arrived. Having had no luck with identifying any other member of Simon’s group, Barry followed her with the hope that she might know something that could be helpful.
What or who is this creature, and why did it slay Simon? Does it have an association with the Collective, or was this a random killing? Will Sarah be capable or willing to help Kahler’s team discover the other members of the Collective?
The Kahler Files #1: More or Less than Human by Eric Safflind is a 254-page, action-packed, and mesmerizing book. It captures the reader’s attention on the first page (when Simon’s murder occurs) and continues to enthrall until the story’s ending. Listed in the C/T/M/H genre, the novel could also have been placed in the science fiction/fantasy genre. An element of romance is also present. The author possesses a vivid imagination, and his prose is clear and easy to understand with believable dialogue. The superb descriptions will help readers easily envision the characters and scenes. I appreciate the development of the characters as they are completely believable and evolve in the story in a realistic way.
Although there was much to love about this thrilling novel, my favorite aspect was the skillfully written, heart-pounding suspense. There were several twists and turns that kept it unpredictable. I was on the edge of my seat several times during the story and had difficulty setting the book down.
Only a few minor errors were detected in the story. Therefore, I feel it is professionally edited.
As there was nothing about this book that I didn’t enjoy, I happily award The Kahler Files #1: More or Less than Human 4 out of 4 stars. It is enthusiastically recommended to readers who enjoy mysteries, crime dramas, thrillers, fantasies, and romance novels. Rather explicit sex scenes are encountered in the book. Several profanities and instances of violence are also seen. Subsequently, it is not recommended for children or sensitive people.
Because this is the first book in the series, a few of the questions are left unanswered. However, the crucial ones have been resolved, and it can be read as a standalone story. I eagerly look forward to the sequel of this fascinating novel.
The Kahler Files #1--More or Less than Human
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