I've been a fan of Caitlin Diggs' intelligent, spiritual and compelling, kick-ass style since I started reading the series (which includes "Blood Web," published in 2007).
I was super eager to see what Starta did with his character, FBI agent Caitlin Diggs, when she traveled to a parallel universe.
Well, I certainly wasn't disappointed, as it's one step beyond the "Fringe" episodes, in my opinion, as the characters aren't as similar to their counterparts in the other dimension that Starta created. For instance, in the protagonist Caitlin's universe, Celeste is her domestic cat, who happens to be attuned to protecting Caitlin; whereas, in the other universe, Celeste is Bastet who is able to morph into a big, non-domestic cat, who actually attacks Caitlin at their first meeting.
Also, Starta has done a great job of showing different values in his alternate universes. For instance, in the universe the original Caitlin we're introduced to is not from, about six out of 10 beings is a demon.
Demons are classified as vamps, lycanthropes, incubi, goblins, etc. and most of them mind their own business, without causing harm to others. So, full-blooded humans are certainly the minority there, and therefore so are their values to some degree.
Aside from interesting plot lines, there is the attention to detail in his descriptions that Starta always manages to bring to the plate--even in a fictional world, and I can't help thinking that this may spring from his having been a journalist at one point. It probably also aids in his writing of believable, non-stilted dialogue.
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From the Author
Age - 38
Eyes - Sapphire
Hair - Black
Ht - 5'11'
Wt - Negotiable
Disposition - Inquisitive, Suspicious, Doubtful
Work History: LA Field Office FBI, FBI Washington DC Bureau
Private Investigator - Salem, MASS
Fashion Sense - Conservative
Goals - Deal with my newly acquired paranormal abilities, decrease junk food, catch more villains, get over death my partner/boyfriend, make a new home in alternate universe...
BASTET - The Tonkinese Cat
AKA Celeste in other universe
Eyes - Blue
Fur - White
Wt - 1 lb. of fury
Favorite Food - Salmon
Conversation Starter - 'Food's Ready'
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Review of Demon Inhibitions by Gary Starta
A delightfully engrossing novel with much more than a hint of paranormal, "Demon Inhibitions" proved to be much more than I expected, and happily so. I enjoyed the book, but a few of the characters I found myself wanting to shake senseless; amazing our protagonist put up with them! Guess that's what makes for tension in fiction, though, and makes it more believable-certainly in real life everyone doesn't mesh smoothly. My irritation stems from these individuals' desire to hold their cards close and not reveal too much, in effect tricking protagonist Caitlin into situations that might otherwise have been potentially avoidable.
Author Gary Starta weaves multiple sub-genres into this story, including paranormal (witches-demons-off in the backstage, lycans and vamps) and science fiction (parallel universes, doppelgangers, alternate dimensions), plus mystery-but keeps it all balanced as he juggles several subplots and many characters. I appreciated the novel's revelation of bigotry as rooted in the human condition-as characters in the alternate reality both experience and discover, bigotry simply means denigration of any other group-including divergent species (including, in this case, demons).
Caitlin Diggs is a former FBI, her partner and love of her life was killed in her last active operation. She is now trying to earn a living as a private investigator. She soon finds herself in another dimension working with the other Caitlin Diggs to recapture an escaped felon from her dimension. As her powers emerge she starts to form a plan to protect everyone and catch the felon. Her other selves cat turns out to be a panther shifter (very cool) and saves the day more than once.
If you are a sci-fi mystery fan you will most likely enjoy the book.
Caitlin Diggs had worked as a topnotch special agent for the FBI for fifteen years. Five months ago she resigned from her job; a job that she loved it was her life. She never planned on quitting but she lost her lover and partner and started seeing visions when she came in contact with people and it was hard for her to keep her emotions under control. She was afraid that people would start to figure out what was going on with her and she would end up in a straight jacket. So she left DC and moved to Salem, Massachusetts where all the paranormal was said to be.
She left DC because she couldn't continue living a lie; she had to tell people about her abilities. She moved to Salem to become a private investigator where she could use her abilities to help people. She was hoping that moving to a town like Salem, being the most celebrated town for paranormal activity, maybe she wouldn't end up in that straight jacket. She thought hey you know maybe she was called to Salem for that very reason to help people by using her abilities.
Someone was killing women in Salem and Caitlin believed it to be a demon, Mollini. She followed him to another realm an alternate world from the one she lived in. She met a man Manners there that she had met in her world. In this alternate world Caitlin had a twin of sorts, a double. There was not another Manners in this world. Not everyone had a double in both worlds. Caitlin had to try and stop this demon from killing women in her world. It was her job to stop demons from harming humans. Someone had to do it as they say but Caitlin loved her job or she loved working for the FBI. Caitlin cared about everyone humans and demons alike. It didn't matter to Caitlin if they were demons or humans, to her there was good and bad in any one of them. Caitlin was on the side of what was right no matter who you were. All she cared about was doing the right thing.
Demon Inhibitions had you on the edge of your seat the whole way through wondering what was going to happen next. There were so many twist and turns with just the right amount of mystery to keep you hanging on right up til the very end. You never knew what was happening. When a writer can keep you in the dark where you don't know what is going on until the end now that is what I would call a great writer.
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