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Curse of Kali, a Jason Dark supernatural mystery [Kindle Edition]

Guido Henkel
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Book Description

Beheaded by a statue that came alive?

In Victorian London, the head of a rich writer in the hands of Hindu goddess Kali would certainly indicate so and raises some peculiar questions.

Trying to find out whether the killer was even human, Inspector Lestrade decides to consult two detectives -- one, the premier authority in the crime field, the other, famed ghost hunter Jason Dark.

Despite the overwhelming evidence, Dark and Siu Lin reckon there might be an even more sinister force at work than they originally suspected -- and a nemesis returns!

Filled with enough mystery, drama and suspenseful action to transport you to the sinister streets of gaslit Whitechapel, the digs of Jack the Ripper, your encounter with the extraordinary awaits.

"Curse of Kali" is a 24,500 word novella, the equivalent of about 95 book pages.

REVIEWS

"Why didn't I think of this?" -- Arthur Conan Doyle, creator of SHERLOCK HOLMES

"A briskly paced pulp fiction throwback full of gothic dread and shivery intrigue." "A cult of sophisticated fiends who like their terror full of elegant dread and Victorian charm." -- Chris Alexander, FANGORIA

"What amazed me, as I dug deeper into the series is the sheer, joyous brilliance of the project" -- Mirek Lipinski, FANTATERROR


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  • File Size: 277 KB
  • Print Length: 64 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Thunder Peak Publishing (April 12, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004WOW68Y
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spookiest one yet! May 3, 2011
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A man us dead, and the scene is set to make it look like a statue of an ancient Goddess has killed him. With both Jason Dark and Sherlock Holmes on the scene, it is not long before the mystery appears to be solved. Or is it? Holmes concludes it is an open and shut case of murder, but as Jason Dark digs a little more, it is clear this crime has a supernatural element. So, the question is, who is behind it, and why?

I was so excited to learn that Sherlock Holmes would be making an appearance in this Jason Dark book. His arrival has long been hinted at, throughout the series, and I am happy to not only see it happen, but to see the interesting twist Henkel put on the interaction of the two investigators. I personally liked seeing Holmes being trumped by Dark.

The story in this novella, like all of the Jason Dark novellas, is a fresh, unique look at what can be scary. Henkel skillfully combines the Victorian gothic setting with universal horrors to make for stories that still are frightening to modern readers, but also appeal to those who like classic horror. I personally found this to be one of the spookier stories, since the idea of a murderous statue would never have occurred to me, thereby making it a new terror.

Now that we are quite a few books into the series, Henkel is able to weave bits of the histories of past tales into the book, while also hinting at what may come in the future. I find this to be incredibly engaging as a reader (and it makes me want to go re-read all the past novellas), yet it is done in a way that should someone choose this book as their first foray into Jason Dark, they would not be confused. That is the sign of a skillful writer in my opinion.

So, my question for you is, why are you still reading my review, when you could be reading this fantastic book?

I received a review copy of the book courtesy of the author.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another great effort April 18, 2011
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Henkel gives us another great Jason Dark short story. Inspector Lestrade calls in two detectives, Sherlock Holmes and Jason Dark, to investigate the murder of John Balderston. But, the murder is not as elementary as Holmes might believe.

This time Dark battles with a foe (or is that two?) from his past.

I liked the introduction of Holmes into the story, but I would liked to have seen more of him. I really expected (hoped for) a twist at the end with Holmes included. Lestrade was given a good part of the story and I enjoyed every minute of it.

While the villains are from earlier stories, I had no trouble keeping up with this novella. This is the tenth novella of the series, but all of the stories, that I have read, stand alone.

Another great effort by Henkel, I give it 5 Jiang Shi vampires out of 5.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook free from Guido Henkel. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255 : "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Curses, Killer Statues and Vampires, Oh My. January 23, 2012
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For a fun romp through a pseudo-Victorian England murder mystery, you can't go wrong with The Curse of Kali.

There's enough tension and fast paced action, I read the book in a single afternoon. A gothic feeling pervades the story and just to alert parents, violence is involved. It is a murder mystery, after all. "Kali" will especially appeal to teens or adults with a taste for supernatural horror, but think "X-Files" rather than "Friday the 13th."

There's a heroine who literally kicks more butt than the hero detective, Jason Dark, a revenge-driven not-quite-ghost, a murderous Hindu statue, hopping vampires (a true Chinese legend and ultra creepy) and more.

For instance, there's the somewhat gratuitous appearance of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson. By "gratuitous," I don't mean I didn't enjoy their cameos. I did. I would have preferred that the characters continued to put in appearances throughout the book, which they don't. Yet it was still delightful to see them and agree with the other characters' assessments of Holmes.

The book does have some minor points to quibble over, though most readers won't care. There were a few moments when I stubbed my reader's eyes on anachronisms, but hey, there are vampires. There is no reason to expect total historical accuracy in a story when you know to expect supernatural or science fictional elements.

If you or your teens enjoy mysteries or the supernatural, this is a must-read and I can't wait to read the sequel, "Fu Man Chu's Vampire."
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Curse of Kali: A Jason Dark Supernatural Mystery by Guido Henkel is another very enjoyable novella about the 19th century London ghost and demon battling detective and his strikingly beautiful partner, Siu Lin. This mystery has Jason and Siu Lin working with a very pompous Sherlock Holmes, and his sidekick Dr. Watson, to help Inspector Lestrade solve the beheading of John Balderston in his large aristocratic London home. Holmes quickly declares that there was nothing supernatural about the murder and identifies the murderer. However, Jason Dark, Siu Lin, and Inspector Lestrade take another look at the Balderston house later that night and find themselves under attack by murderous supernatural entities. This is the ninth novella in this series that I have read and I recommend all of them to readers who like supernatural mysteries. I like the nineteenth-century-London setting of these novellas. I like the occasional inclusion of other well-known nineteenth-century characters like Sherlock Holmes. I particularly like the engaging characters of Jason Dark and Siu Lin and the creative stories that Mr. Henkel crafts in these novellas. What could be more enticing than a detective team that pursues supernatural villains and monsters in nineteenth-century London.
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