About the author: Scott Spotson says about himself “…is a novelist who excels in imagining scenes of intrigue and adventure within ordinary lives while daydreaming, then pulls together various plots to create a compelling story. He likes to invent “what if?” scenarios…mentally insert himself into these situations, then plot a way to “get out” back to reality…He’s still working on dreaming up a situation where he gets to smash a pie in the face of his boss, with no justification whatsoever – how to get out of that one.”
From the dust cover: “Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title “Phantom Ninjas” by the media, are leaping off tall buildings and somersaulting back up without any scratch – and then disappear. There follows more spontaneous acts of magic, confounding the world. Who – or what – is responsible? In the middle of the mystery arrives Detective Hetfield, a private investigator just recently retired from the FBI, who is accustomed to fame as a star witness in the murder trial of a beloved actress. Hetfield, seeking ever more celebrity to boost his profile, uses the media to put forward the theory that a person of extraordinary magical powers is behind all the incidents, and labels him Dr. Magic. Hetfield gets much more than what he bargained for when that powerful being does exist – in the form of a young man long disillusioned with his past – and cruelly takes him up on his offer.”
My Ebook review: This is a book that will appeal to the younger audience and lovers of low-fantasy of any age. When thinking about this book the word romp strikes a chord. In this book magic is both a gift and a curse which leads to disaster as well as tremendous acheivements. There is a fine interplay between the characters and the development of them and their history gives the book a backbone that holds the story. There is a lot of action and there are quite a few surprises along the way.
I find it difficult to write anything more substantial in review because it would be too easy to spoil the plot. What I can say is that some of the essential moral / developmental elements are quite powerful but it took me quite some time to identify the deeper strand to the plot because I was not expecting them during the early stages of this romp.