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- Print Length: 799 pages
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- Publication Date: November 30, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00QFEYVCI
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,972 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
SPECTR: The Complete First Series Kindle Edition
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I caught sight of this fantastic Jordan Hawk series when it was marketed as a bundle—the first six volumes, weighing in at 600 pages. Goodreads friends told me to read it. I resisted committing to such a large undertaking (what if I hate volume 1?); but once I started in, I tore through these six novellas in less than a week: Hunter of Demons, Master of Ghouls, Reaper of Souls, Destroyer of Worlds, Eater of Lives, Summoner of Storms.
Jordan Hawk’s work has long appealed to me. Her ability to create a plausible world populated with characters who make you care is exemplified in her “period” paranormal series, “Widdershins.” I note that not everybody likes this sort of thing (my husband, for one), but if paranormal action gay romance holds any appeal, then the tiny epic saga of John Starkweather and Caleb Jansen will ring all your bells.
I say tiny, because the action over the course of these six books happens in about a month and a half. Each book takes place over a few days, but the impact on the main characters’ lives is, well, epic. What makes the entire series so excellent is Hawk’s attention to detail; she keeps all the threads of the plot carefully in control, weaving the story together until its harrowing, cataclysmic finale.
The entire series is, of course, a metaphor. In a contemporary America where gay people seem to be accepted, it is those with any sort of paranormal abilities who are marginalized, discriminated against, and registered by the government. Thus John Starkweather, turned over to the state as an adolescent by his fearful family, has grown up believing in the mission of SPECTR, a government agency that hires paranormals to control the demons summoned by folks who think they can handle it. On the other side of the equation is Caleb Jansen, an aspiring artist who has hidden his minor paranormal skill all his life to avoid the social stigma. Having been raised with total mistrust of authority in general and SPECTR in particular, Caleb gets drawn into a splinter group’s amateur exorcism that turns his world inside out.
But it is the third major character, Gray, who is the real catalyst for the story. A 5000-year-old drakul, or vampire spirit, he has drifted through countless lives, hunting demons and seeing the world in black and white, through the fragmented, meaningless memories of the dead bodies he inhabits. When he wakes up in Caleb’s body, staring into the intensely blue eyes of John Starkweather, it is the first color he has ever seen. The first pain he has ever felt. The first living human emotion he has ever encountered.
For all three characters, John, Caleb and Gray, the journey is earth-shaking. This is a violent, bloody, exciting action story in the contemporary millennial vein; but it is also a love story of grand proportions. It is a tale of heart over mind, of doing what is right over doing what is legal. There is a profound moral foundation to this story, rooted in the intertwined souls of its three protagonists. There is a certain “X-Men” or James Bond cartoonishness that is only to be expected in the genre, but Hawk gives her characters—almost all of them—a palpable humanity that keeps the reader locked into the narrative.
How I wish that all my millennial gay geek friends would stop trying to find a reflection of themselves in Hollywood nonsense like “Batman v. Superman,” where the only winner is the straight movie-going audience. Jordan Hawk gives us gay superheroes. I may be an aging baby-boomer, but I’ll never have enough of this. Can’t wait to start on the second SPECTR series.
Jordan has had me as a follower with her Wybornne and Griffin series, and SPECTR is a series that has me reeling. These 6 novels could be purchased individually, but this six story package is an unfolding serial as each story begins where the other ends. So what could be bad with a wonderfully long book ????…For this series it is WONDERFUL!!
This story is truly paranormal, epic horror. It is set in our time, in a time where Things That Go bump in the Night are real and SPECTR (Strategic Paranormal Entity ConTRol) is in charge of handling and registering the paranormals.
Caleb Jansen holds a dark secret and because of it he is an unregistered paranormal. Since childhood his family and he hides his special telekinetic powers wanting to stay under the radar. When his brother Ben dies and then his body walks out of the funeral home, Caleb is called by his brother’s wife Melanie to help to retrieve his body. What happens at this point changes what he is and the very foundation of his beliefs; about God, Life and Love.
John Starkweather has the life. He is an exorcist extraordinaire. When he is called to help remove an entity that has entered Caleb, life changes for him as well.
Gray is a dracul a vampire who drinks the blood of the demon possessed. Gray has entered Caleb and never before lived inside a living host. The first thing he sees is color, and the blue of John’s eyes. Then he feels lust, and then love. What will happen if the entity is not removed? John only has 40 days. Let me warn you, this story is not for the faint of heart, in both horror and sex ….. BEST. SERIES. EVER.
Review by Gloria Lakritz
Sr Reviewer and Review Chair for the Paranormal Romance Guild
I thought the plot was really interesting and the world that the author created here was really fascinating. She did an awesome job incorporating the fantasy aspects into the modern world, and was able to convey these differences without ever making me feel overly confused. I also really liked that 1. Not everybody we met was gay (which is an annoying trait of many m/m romances) and that 2. We not only had good side characters, but well rounded women and POC characters.
I really liked Will, Caleb, and Gray (though Caleb/Gray's long-hair is actually kind of a turn-off for me, so I had to kind of ignore that). But I thought all of the characters were really came together well. I'm not much of a threesome person, and to be honest, even this case didn't totally convert me. I get that Gray/Caleb share a body and there is a deep love there, but it still felt too uneven, and it made me feel a bit uncomfortable when Gray and Will were together, especially at first. I think by the end of the book, the author had managed to get the dynamic closer to equal (in my opinion), so I was less bothered by in by the end, but it still wasn't my favorite aspect.
The books really are short, which is why I'm reviewing the big one instead of them individually. I'd recommend getting the first book free, and then if you like that one, purchasing the "box" set all together. I'm definitely planning on reading the next series, but I may try and wait until it's finished, because reading the books individually isn't very satisfying.
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