Monday, December 4, 2017

Book Review: 'Ascension: The Chosen' by E.H. James


Canadian author E.H. James is a prolific writer of short stories – stories that test the imagination and call forth ghost like thoughts of the dark world about which we know very little. James is part of that conundrum as there is no biographical information on this gifted author as though that is meant to be part of the mysteries presented. We learn that she has read and researched in the areas of parapsychology and metaphysics, for the past 40 years, and has woven the real and imaginary together into stories of the strange and bizarre. The fruits of her labor show!

James’ mastery of the short story is obvious to those readers fortunate to have been introduced to her craft. In a matter a few pages she is able to conjure an atmosphere that challenges the reader’s courage to enter past the initial page, and the manner in which she quickly sketches lifelike characters and draws us into their interactions with the challenges they encounter is masterful.

THE DEMON SERIES of which ASCENSION: THE CHOSEN is the fifth volume demonstrates James’ mastery of the short story. In a brief 60 pages she elevates the suspense for the entire series even more. The entire Demon Series will cover centuries; the fifth volume opens in New York in 2035.

James’ synopsis covers the story well ‘Jesse returns from India, ten years later, in his arms a Katemara. But he is not returning to the world he left. Demons are possessing humans on a regular basis. Committing crimes and leaving the humans to suffer the consequences, the demons are amassing huge sums of money. Left to wonder what the demons could be plotting, Jesse knows they are after more than just mischief, pain, and pleasure. But when Cole confesses to one of Starke's murders, believing himself responsible for not having stopped Starke, Jesse and the gang have more than just demons to worry about. And when overwhelmed by demons bent on killing them, they must run. Will Jesse take his rightful place as the chosen one, or will the demon occupation prevent the ascension?’

Knowing that the series continues makes the mystery of part 5 a very exciting continuation and growth. E.H. James is a master writer. Grady Harp, December 17







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