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The Delphi Effect (The Delphi Trilogy Book 1) Kindle Edition
It’s never wise to talk to strangers…and that goes double when they’re dead. Unfortunately, seventeen-year-old Anna Morgan has no choice. Resting on a park bench, touching the turnstile at the Metro station—she never knows where she’ll encounter a ghost. These mental hitchhikers are the reason Anna has been tossed from one foster home and psychiatric institution to the next for most of her life.
When a chance touch leads her to pick up the insistent spirit of a girl who was brutally murdered, Anna is pulled headlong into a deadly conspiracy that extends to the highest levels of government. Facing the forces behind her new hitcher’s death will challenge the barriers, both good and bad, that Anna has erected over the years and shed light on her power’s origins. And when the covert organization seeking to recruit her crosses the line by kidnapping her friend, it will discover just how far Anna is willing to go to bring it down.
About the Author
Rysa Walker is the author of the bestselling CHRONOS Files series. Timebound, the first book in the series, was the Young Adult and Grand Prize winner of the 2013 Amazon Breakthrough Novel Award.
Rysa grew up on a cattle ranch in the South, where she was a voracious reader. On the rare occasions when she gained control of the television, she watched Star Trek and imagined living in the future, on distant planets, or at least in a town big enough to have a stoplight.
She currently lives in North Carolina, where she is working on the next installment in The Delphi Trilogy. If you see her on social media, please tell her to get back to her Writing Cave.
- ASIN : B01EFRSAE6
- Publisher : Skyscape (October 11, 2016)
- Publication date : October 11, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 3822 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 382 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #104,847 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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[Full disclosure: I received an advanced reviewers copy from Netgalley for an honest review.]
The inevitable comparison to X-Men will come to mind. This is grittier, with no Professor Xavier or estate to save the day (at least, not yet). Their abilities are not writ large with any purely physical differences – this is a largely mental game with some physical consequences. So no bright spandex outfits or funky hairdos (OK, there’s Deo but he’s “normal”), but lots of inner turmoil.
I’ve previously reviewed Risa Walker’s Chronos Files series, and as you can see from my reviews, they were outstanding. I honestly think her writing has become even better. There’s a sense in which I feel enveloped in the story. I’m not outside of it, enjoying the story but as a spectator. Somehow, I feel like I’m a part of The Delphi Effect. It’s like Anna, if not a friend, is at least an acquaintance for whom I care.
In The Delphi Effect, we have a gripping story with an empathetic heroine, a well-done setting, with the compelling characters and powerful, wicked bad guys. We also have a well-completed phase of this series, but it’s definitely a series, which is to say there’s a bit of a cliffhanger at the ending. I highly recommend The Delphi Effect for your reading pleasure. It’s available tomorrow, October 11th! [A note about the audiobook version: while I haven’t heard the book yet, Kate Rudd is one of my favorite narrators, who always give an admirable performance. So, if audiobooks are your thing, I’m confidant in recommending this one despite not having heard it yet.]
Full review at Joe's Geekfest on Wordpress
Anna Morgan is a seventeen year old who is jaded by the foster care system. She also has the ability to communicate with the dead. However in this story her communication is facilitated by a dead person attaching him/herself to Anna inside her mind. She calls them "hitchers". And typically it's one at a time.
At the beginning of the story Anna is playing host to Molly, a young girl who had been murdered and wants Anna to communicate with Molly's grandfather, a retired police officer, in order to provide him with information that will hopefully catch her killer.
But there's more going on here than a simple murder mystery. Molly's murderer was tied to a much larger scheme involving kidnapping and experiments. And Anna's contact with Molly's grandfather brings her, and her gift, to the attention of this nefarious group.
Anna, along with her younger former foster brother Deo, are both in danger. Along the way they do have some allies, including Anna's therapist and Molly's grandfather.
I'll admit the basic plot isn't terribly original, although I did really like how Anna's gift was handled and the way it worked. But it's much better and more engaging that it may sound. What takes what might have been well-worn ground in another's hands and turns it into an interesting story is Ms. Walker's skill in writing a well paced story with believable characters and likable protagonists.
And while there are occasional hints of attraction between Anna and another character, it remains infrequent and very slow burn. There's no insta-love or teen angsty romance here. Something I very much appreciated.
If the name, Rysa Walker, sounds familiar to you it's because she already has one really great trilogy of books under her belt: The CHRONOS FILES. I loved that series. Each installment got a full five start rating from me; however, with the new book, the first in a planned NEW trilogy, it's almost as if Rysa Walker has raised the bar for herself. The story, especially in the second half, is taunt as any thriller I've ever read and the story surges towards its "TO BE CONTINUED" conclusion like a runaway train rocking to a pretty killer soundtrack. Yes, DELPHI is a science fiction thriller, but don't let that scare you. It's not like reading Crichton, where sometimes I felt like I was reading a textbook. There's nothing cardboard here, in fact the book has tremendous heart and humor, which I believe are its best qualities. Several times I laughed out loud.
Oh, and that "TO BE CONTINUED"... Wow. I'll definitely be lined up for the next one.
I received a copy of this book from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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Her plots are intricate and well-crafted; her characters are strong and appealing (or appalling in the case of the villains); but what I really enjoy is her very clear, coherent and compelling writing. There's no flashy prose and the writing seems 'simple'. But the next thing you know you're several chapters down the line without even being aware of the passage of time. There's nothing 'simple' about that kind of writing. It actually puts me in mind of Stephen King, the absolutely master of clear, compelling writing.
So keep up the great work, Ms. Walker. I'll be right there waiting.
Slightly reminiscent in places of X Men but definitely an engaging page turner, I'm looking forward to reading more of the story in following books. The way Anna finds to 'build walls' in her mind is fascinating and interesting and her relationship with the younger Deo is very touching and shows her gentler side.
The story is very well written and the characters are very well rounded. I found myself holding my breath at some parts and even shedding a tear at others. It is a fast paced story with a cliffhanger ending. Looking forward to what's next