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In Obscura [Kindle Edition]

Kay Reindl
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Book Description

Twenty-something Jordan Cole doesn't seem like a viable recruit for a magical spy agency. She takes guilt money from her estranged father, works an undemanding data entry job and glides along the surface of her life.

But magician Magnus Wynter knows that there's more to this world than what our five senses can grok.

Jordan has magic, and Wynter needs her for an important job. Jordan's terrified but also exhilarated when her world begins to open up. If only her handler, Max Carlisle, would stop being so hard on her. But then Max has his own issues: He doesn't want what happened to his former partner to happen to Jordan. And the cult leader Jordan’s recently met activates Max's spider sense.

When the job leads Jordan to an isolated mansion on Catalina Island, Max discovers that Wynter has been keeping secrets from him - big secrets that threaten the existence of the world. Deciding to betray his powerful boss, Max will uncover the truth about Wynter, Jordan, Catalina and an ancient, esoteric power. Ultimately, he will learn that only Jordan can make the decision that will stop the bad guy. But that means Jordan has to become who she was truly meant to be. Can she do that in time?

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  • File Size: 451 KB
  • Print Length: 232 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005E8YYT6
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Magical Secrets of Los Angeles October 17, 2011
By Kira S.
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
LA is full of disaffected young women, but only IN OBSCURA's Jordan Cole has a crucial role to play in an ancient conspiracy, with the magic and good sense to avert the ending of the world.

In vivid and visual prose, Kay Reindl takes the reader on a magical mystery tour of Los Angeles, literally. A high-tech intelligence operations center hides behind the façade of a Valley ranch house. A sinister figure does his recruiting in a tragically hip Silverlake club. The snatch and grab of a magical asset unfolds at the Santa Anita racetrack. At the center of all of this is Jordan, who starts the story as a bit player in her own life. She's got a lot of emotional ground to cover before she can become who the world needs her to be, and Reindl grounds her heroine's journey in a solid authenticity.

My one quibble with IN OBSCURA -- and it's a minor one -- is that the centuries-old plot that Reindl weaves is so dense and interesting that I wish it was paid out over the book for the characters to discover piece by piece, rather than captured in just a couple of revelation scenes.

Reindl evokes some of my favorite authors with her deft pacing, wry sense of humor, and rich attention to detail: the magic-is-all-around-us urban fantasy of Neil Gaiman and China Mieville; the deep conspiracies and contemporary observations of Neal Stephenson; and the tense spy thrills of John Le Carre. Fans of any and all of these writers should definitely pick up IN OBSCURA.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Spies, Magic And Secret Histories October 6, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
In Obscura is an urban fantasy by Kay Reindl that mixes magic, history and a strong espionage plot to weave together a fun and entertaining debut novel.

The story centers around a young woman, Jordan Cole and her sudden role at the center of a centuries old plot being investigated, and in some ways, guided by Magnus Wynter, the head of an independent intelligence organization.

Reindl is an experienced television writer and it shows in her use of dialog and pacing. The plot is reminescent of some of Tim Powers secret histories and Emma Bull's Shadow Unit.

A fun book and well worth your time.
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Kay Reindl is a professional television writer who writes horrible things on her blog and funny things on the Twitter. She fell in love with secret histories and Knights Templar thingies while working on MILLENNIUM. IN OBSCURA, her first novel, is partly inspired by that research. She is on the quest for the perfect conspiracy theory.


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