Monday Book Review: Messages


Messages (The David Chance Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

by: John Michael Hileman

Book Description

December 16, 2013
The David Chance Series: Messages, Voices, Lies

David Chance can see messages in the sea of words around him, messages that warn him of future events.

Words are everywhere– on labels, magazines, sign posts, t-shirts– everywhere. And as much as David Chance would like to hide from them, he can’t. Words keep leaping off objects around him, forming messages in his mind. But how is this possible? Has his brain suddenly taken an evolutionary leap forward, or are the mysterious messages proof of divine intervention?

Driven to answer a question he’d long ago abandoned, and stalked by the killer he’s trying to stop, David risks everything to follow the messages to a dirty bomb set to go off in the heart of Boston. But can he trust the author of the messages to protect him from a terrorist who seems to know his every move.

My Take:
Unique perspective on the Paranormal
In Messages, Hileman creates a real world set in today’s city landscape, where the main character, David sees words, phrases, numbers that are relevant to his current situation. We aren’t beaten over the head with over-the-top christianity that some author are wont to do that are such a turn off to read.  However, we get the feeling there is so much more behind the messages and the Universe is readily helping David find the truth to the mystery.
Hileman’s characters are fully developed, as are time and place, he doesn’t spend too much time going over the same thing again and again, moving scenes along at a nice brisk pace. I couldn’t find any issues with the plot, subplot or characters. Hileman has created a  niche in an already narrow paranormal mystery niche market, kudos to him. He knows how to write, obviously has editors/proofreaders/cover artists and so forth, which all work together to create this easy read. That is no small feat.
I easily give 4 1/2 stars to Messages.
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