4 out of 4 stars
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Adrian Kahler is a computer-proficient psychologist who possesses extrasensory abilities. He owns a detective agency with Barry Sandler and Stanley Egor as his employees. Stanley is a massive, seven-foot-one-inch, 325-pound engineer, who was formerly a professional wrestler and a U.S. Navy SEAL. Barry possesses an extraordinary ability—he is an empath. He sometimes experiences what other people are feeling or thinking; however, the ability to control it has escaped him thus far.
Cuba is in the process of constructing a nuclear power plant; the NSA has intercepted a message that indicates someone is planning on blowing it up once it goes online. If that happens, both Cuba and the southern part of Florida would be affected by the radiation. The two countries need to work together to find out if the threat is credible and, if so, prevent it from happening. Kahler becomes convinced that The Collective is involved. The Collective is an evil group of people capable of linking together to increase their inherent paranormal powers. After Kahler’s group killed the leader in the past, they had temporarily disappeared. Stanley and Barry venture to Cuba on a fact-finding mission and to prevent the possible destruction of the power plant.
The Kahler Files #4: Dream a Little Dream by Eric Safflind is the fourth book in the series. This book is a standalone novel with the majority of the questions answered by the end. I read The Kahler Files #1: More or Less than Human and loved it. Subsequently, I was eager to read this book. Once again, the author demonstrated an exceptional writing ability, and the book certainly lived up to my expectations, being immensely imaginative and unique. The tale is woven in such a fashion that it is practically impossible to predict where it will head next. Told from Barry’s first-person point of view, the action begins promptly with Barry having sex with Marta, a Cuban female, and watching her turn into a tiger and feeling her killing him. Then, the action slows as the background and the setting are constructed. This may drag a little for some people’s taste, but if they continue reading, the suspense will make it difficult to put down once the momentum increases.
One thing I didn’t expect was the inclusion of some of Cuba’s history and the conditions that led to Castro being able to overthrow the government. The Santeros (priests) and religious beliefs of the people were woven into the story as well. This was relayed in such a way as to add depth to the story and make it even more interesting and believable. It also helped build an understanding of the Cuban people.
The author’s writing is very descriptive. I appreciate books that allow me to picture everything that is happening. This is his description of Kahler: “His perfectly combed white hair and unruly white eyebrows generally drew more first-glance attention than his small, sharp nose; tight mouth; and pointed chin. He had bright-pink skin pulled taut over a hard, angular face.” With this, the reader has received enough information to be able to construct a precise mental picture of Kahler’s face.
As there was absolutely nothing about this intriguing book that I disliked, it achieves a rating of four out of four stars. I enthusiastically recommend it to readers who enjoy spy novels, thrillers, and paranormal stories with a dash of romance. Sensitive readers need to be aware that sex, violence, and profanities are all encountered in the story.
The Kahler Files #4
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