#Review: The Terminals: Spark – Michael F. Stewart
Ever since she witnessed the deaths of her colleagues, Christine Kurzow has yearned for death. She’s tried to take her life many times, but each instance has failed her. Her current try was almost successful, but the attempt was thwarted at the last minute. She now finds herself recovering from the ordeal, aching for the moment when she can finally end things all-together.
When an unexpected request lands in her lap, Christine isn’t sure about what to make of it. According to what she’s been told, she has the chance of saving lives in the midst of such tragedies, but she’s not sure how such a thing is possible. Most especially when those recruited for this cause are almost on Death’s doorstep to begin within. Still, the thought of achieving the very goal she was recruited for is tempting. So much so, that’s she’s willing to give things a try before she slinks to the other side, once and for all.
Determined to do the best she can, Christine immerses herself in the task at hand. In her mind, by encouraging others to die for a good cause, she’ll be able to gain the freedom she’s sought for some time now. Granted, getting people to comply isn’t that easy, but at least things give her the needed momentum to do what’s necessary, for the time being. She has a job to complete, and she’ll do whatever is necessary to make sure things fall into place.
As time continues to dwindle, and the location of the missing kids is still unknown, Christine soon realizes just how difficult things have become. Not only for herself, mind you, but for those giving their lives to right wrongs committed by others. Deep inside, she’s no longer sure as to what is right or wrong. She’s stepped across an invisible line, taking her in a direction she never expected to take. Part of her wonders if things will actually go as planned. Will she be able to find her own brand of redemption once everything is said and done?
A thought-provoking story, Michael spins a tale that will definitely draw you out of your comfort zone the farther along in reading you get. He takes the theme of using death as an advantage in order to gain information from those who have already crossed over. Information that’s to be used for the greater good, supposedly. I think he’s done a remarkable job with the beginning of this series. It’s certainly piqued my interest, and I look forward to more of it in the future.
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Sometimes the dead don’t want to talk.
You need Terminals to make them.
Terminals solve crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.
Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, fresh from a failed suicide attempt after she cost 11 of her soldiers their lives, is recruited into the covert unit of Terminals as a handler. It’s an easy sell. If she’s really determined to die, it’s a chance to give her death meaning.
But her first case—convincing a monk to chase Hillar the Killer into the afterlife to find the location of a missing bus and the children it carried—has her wondering how to make a dead psychopath talk.
Christine must follow the clues sent back by the shotgun-toting monk, who tracks Hillar through the seven deeps of hell, so she can find eleven kids before it’s too late.
Maybe this time killing a man will give Christine a reason to live.
“If you think you’ve read it all in the genre of mysteries and thrillers, think again. By adding a dose of supernatural sci fi, The Terminals Episode 1: Spark leads thriller readers on quite a different journey: one with no prior guideposts and no predictable paths.” D. Donovan, eBook Reviewer, Midwest Book Review.
“THE TERMINALS: SPARK provides a combination of emotional power, adrenaline-pumping action, and thought-provoking philosophy.” IndieReader, 4.5 stars.
About The Author:
Foreword Book of the Year Award finalist for Assured Destruction!
Michael F. Stewart is the author of the Assured Destruction Series, which sprawls across 3 books, 2 websites, 1 blog, 7 Twitter accounts, tumblr, Facebook, and 6 graphic origin stories. He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. He has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s award winning Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights published by Rubicon Publishing as well as early readers with Pearson are all forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.
For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS—a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. This series has already been optioned for film and television.
Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he runs free writing workshops for teens and adults. To learn more about Michael and his next projects visit his website at www.michaelfstewart.com or connect via Twitter @MichaelFStewart.
Michael is represented by Talcott Notch
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