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I really enjoyed reading this book. It’s marketed as a “paranormal, romantic, spoof thriller” and at first I wasn’t quite sure how he was going to pull all that off without going too far into the realm of ridiculous, but I was quite impressed at the balance he found. The characters are all just a little bit exaggerated (hence the “spoof” aspect of the book) but what I liked is that this was not taken too far as to become silly. They maintain a human-ness within their over-the-top personalities. This is part of what made this book such a fun read!
The hero is dashing, the villains are evil (and a bit bumbling…also it’s not always clear which ones the actual villains are, which is part of the fun). There are Russian spies and American CIA agents. There are not one, but two beautiful heroines. And of course there’s the mystery of why one man seems to possess magical powers, almost as if he has too much iron in his body…
As an American I appreciated the humor of how the CIA agents were depicted, and I’m not ashamed to admit that I spent a lot of time looking up terms like “Proper English Breakfast,” “Mews,” and “Marmite.” I ended up learning a lot!
Finally, as someone with a family member with hemochromatosis, I appreciated all the “inside jokes” and details that were clearly added into the book by Mr. Minter as a wink to those who know about hemochromatosis. Parts of the main characters childhood, diet, and origins all were clues to his story that weren’t obvious if you aren’t familiar with the disease.
Mr. Minter is a really good author and I highly recommend this book to anyone who is looking for an enjoyable read (plus, you might just learn something, too!).
I won't go into the plot details as they've been covered by another reviewer. Suffice it to say that Mr. Minter has created an interesting character whose condition makes for some very unique circumstances. They involve two women, agents of the KGB and the CIA, the paranormal, and a variety of complications. The novel combines humor, sci-fi and something of a love story. Thoroughly enjoyable.
Author of "Mad Dog House."
This is a novel full of humour with a fascinating storyline of romance, spies and totally crazy events.
It deals with a very common and life-threatening condition called haemochromatosis. Author, James Minter personally knows the details, as he lives with it's consequences. In his Preface, he outlines the condition and gives a schoolboy reminder of some basic facts about iron and magnets. This is important, as his story brings out imaginary consequences of the disease in a very light-hearted way.
A really good read - but don't ever imagine that haemochromatosis could ever bring these results! - and, yes, I have iron overload, like 1 in 300 people in my race, most of whom have no idea they also have it and that it can kill them prematurely if it isn't treated!