This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Author, Neil Carstairs. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Creator by Neil Carstairs
Series: Scarrett & Kramer #1
Genres: Action, Fantasy, Horror, Thriller
Release Date: September 9, 2016
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Author, Neil Carstairs
Purchase at: Amazon
Ben Scarrett spends his days drinking coffee and writing analyses of the phenomena known as 'The Appearances'. That is until his reports cross the desk of a clandestine military agency fighting an undeclared war against an unknown enemy.
Pulled from behind his desk, and partnered with Joanne Kramer, Ben finds himself in a desperate race to save the life of ten-year-old Emily DeForrest.
A girl who may just be the key to keeping the Gates of Hell locked.
Do you love military action fiction? How about military action fiction with a whole lot of paranormal suspense and then some straight up horror?? If that sounds like something that you love to read, then this book, The Creator, is absolutely for you. Right from the start there is a military operation sent in to investigate an area where there may or may not be survivors from an unknown cause. No one knows for sure what to expect because the team was sent there after a psychic had a vision that directed them to that site. What they saw once they got there was nothing that they could have ever have prepared themselves for and many of them went to the grave with that secret. Something was happening with creatures that were seeming to appear out of nowhere, causing destruction and mayhem, and then disappearing without a trace.
The opening was straight out of horror fiction and the spine-chilling thrills just continued as the story progressed. Ben Scarrett was brought in as a field analyst and he was going to help Captain Joanne Kramer gather intel of “the appearances” as Ben had called them. Ben and Kramer were an unlikely pairing as they were as different as night and day but somehow, they made it work. There was a little romance element in the story but it was just a natural coming together. It did not take over the story by any means. I think that the teaming up of Ben and Kramer was a good fit as they balanced out each other’s strengths and weaknesses.
In addition to a great partnership of Ben and Kramer there were also many great characters that made up HUMINT – the human intelligence unit as they were called. This was a group of scientists and paranormals that were essentially a think-tank that was brought together to help figure out where the creatures that were appearing were coming from and what exactly they were. There was a nice representation from the paranormal community within this team which included a Clairvoyant, a Precognitor, a Lucid Dreamer, an Intuitive, a Pyschometrist, and a Psychophoner. These talented people were working together to uncover the mystery behind the appearances and to see if they could put a stop to them. These were not cardboard characters, they each played a role in the overall plot and in their company was also a child who was very talented psychically.
Speaking of children, there were scenes where there were possessed children and that was super creepy! Children as evil characters is just the ultimate in creepy because they should be innocent, not unfeeling perpetrators. There was definitely a lot about The Creator that creeped me out and kept my imagination in overdrive. One thing that I wish I could have changed about the story was that towards the end there were characters introduced that had names such as Delta One, Delta Two, Delta Three and so on, and those were character names, not platoons. It made the narrative a little confusing and made them feel like space fillers to me. I could not properly feel for them because they did not seem to be “real” to me. Overall though, The Creator was an action packed paranormal thriller that is the kind of book that once you start you just can’t put it down!
*Thank you to Author Neil Carstairs for this complimentary copy of The Creator*