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Book Blog Tour: Bleak History by John Shirley

August 18th, 2009 by Debbie's World of Books


Thanks to Pocket Books for arranging this book tour!

Description: In near-future New York City, bounty hunter Gabriel Bleak, a man blessed and cursed with the ability to communicate with the dead, is relentlessly hunted by a clandestine government organization with mysterious links to his past. Now Bleak and other members of the Shadow Community–a slowly growing underground group who all have supernatural abilities, and who all considered a threat to national security–must uncover the looming danger brought about by those at the upper echelons of power–a return to the dark ages…and quite possibly a capitulation to the demonic.

I will have to admit I thought this book was just ok.  I wanted to like it because the concept really grabbed me and I loved the idea of this underground community of people who had supernatural abilities fighting to remain free from the government.  It reminded me of the X-Men.  The main reason I was not pulled into the story was Gabriel Bleak was a bland character for me.  I did not dislike him but there was not much there to make me really feel sorry for him, admire him or want to get to know more about him.   I did like Agent Loraine Sarikosca.  You could really feel herself feeling torn between doing what she thinks is in the best interest of her country and the suffering they have to put these Shadow Community members through in order to safeguard the country.  The ending of the book does leave you wanting to know more about the Shadow Community and what will become of it so I am still holding out hope that Gabriel will be back and hopefully draw me in next time.

About John Shirley:

John Shirley is the author of numerous books and many, many short stories. His novels include Crawlers, Demons, In Darkness Waiting, and seminal cyberpunk works City Come A-Walkin’, and the A Song Called Youth trilogy of Eclipse, Eclipse Penumbra, and Eclipse Corona. His collections include the Bram Stoker and International Horror Guild award-winning Black Butterflies and Living Shadows: Stories: New & Pre-owned. He also writes for screen (The Crow) and television. As a musician Shirley has fronted his own bands and written lyrics for Blue Öyster Cult and others.

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