Title : Unseen World
Author : Sean Cummings
E-ARC provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.
Unseen World book trailer :
Someone is murdering the good people of Greenfield, and there's talk of a serial killer on the loose. Finding him should be an easy job for a guy with super-powers: too bad he falls out of the sky. If Marshall Conrad has any hope of ending the killing spree, he'll need a little help from a morbidly obese shop keeper who just happens to be a witch, and a hard drinking senior citizen with a penchant for lifting heavy objects... like automobiles. Corrupt cops, ogres, thirty six-year-old Siamese cats, and of course, the netherworld. All in a day's work when you're trying to save a city from a baneful and simmering evil that's about to be unleashed.
First off, I have to say that I've been a huge fan of Sean Cummings since I read Shade Fright and Funeral Pallor, books 1 and 2 in hia Valerie Stevens series. I was really excited when I found out he has a new book coming out. Unseen World is the first book in the Marshall Conrad series.
The first chapter of Unseen World is a blog post written by Marshall Conrad. The main character is claiming that he wants to explain the strange events that have been happening in Greenfield. From that post, we get a very small glimpse of what will be happening in the rest of the book. It's a very original way to start the book. I was definitely intrigued and hooked. No need to say that I knew from the first chapter that Unseen World was going to be a very enjoyable read and it turns out I was right.
Marshall Conrad is a crime-fighting middle-aged guy with a few unusual abilities. He can fly...most of the time, he has super strength and psychic abilities. He's also a self-described hermit living with his thirty-six-year-old Siamese cat with secrets of its own.
In order to save Greenfield and survive the summer solstice, Marshall needs the help of an obese shop keeper who also happens to be a witch, an old drinking lady and a young upstairs neighbor who is also Marshall's love interest despite that he's old enough to be her dad and she sometimes annoys him. All the characters are very fun and diverse.
One of the things I particularly enjoy with this book is that it's not your typical urban fantasy novel. There's no vampires or shape shifters like we're used to read about these days in this genre. Unseen World is very unique and refreshing.
The book is written in a first person narrative and it's packed with humor, witty dialogues and action. Unseen World does not disappoint. It's a great book for readers loving urban fantasy novels. For those of you who've read the Valerie Stevens series (I sure hope you did, if not you're really missing out on some awesome reads!), I think you'll find Unseen World to be as fun and enjoyable.
So if you're looking for a great read to start the new year, pick up Unseen World which comes out in January.