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{June 10, 2013}   {Review} The Power of Stones by John Miller

12259643From Goodreads: Life has always been a little strange for Noah Morgan, an ex-con working below the radar as an unlicensed private detective in San Francisco, but strange doesn’t begin to describe the goings on as he is hired to investigate the disappearance of a priceless Guarneri del Gesu violin. At the same time, his name keeps cropping up in the oddest places in connection with the thirty-year-old heist of a fabulous trove of jewels, the centerpiece of which is a spectacular 40 carat green diamond. Sought after, in quick succession, by the FBI, an energy mogul who brings new meaning to the word evil, and an urbane East Bay gangster, all of whom believe that he has the diamond, Noah discovers that he is also the focus of intense—and at times deadly—interest by various and sundry denizens of a previously unsuspected spirit world. An amorous faerie, a beautiful but murderous Ukrainian vampire, the demonic leader of the 18th century Haitian slave rebellion, and a scarily powerful dark entity named Mildred are but a few of the characters Noah encounters in his efforts to not only find the missing violin, but also, and most importantly, stay alive.


This novel has a very interesting concept, and I enjoyed the seedy underworld Miller creates, especially as it focuses on the spirit world within the human realm (that which we mere humans don’t notice).  It reminded me of The Godfather, but filled with vampires, faeries, demonic entities, and the like—all vying for one precious green diamond and willing to do anything to obtain it. 

Overall, the story itself was a lot of fun, and I thoroughly enjoyed Noah’s character.  He’s a very good Private Investigator that fell on hard times due to drugs and drink, but now free again, he’s working to get his life back.  I think my favorite part of the entire story is his pet tarantula, Josephine, whom he rescued from a bee and allows to live under the kitchen sink.  He’s also trainer her to be an attach Tarantula, and it’s the little quirks like this that made me really like Noah all the more, as well as his cluelessness when it comes to why all these people seem to be after him, both human and non.  While Noah can see auras, this is a new phenomena for him, developing within the last few years, so he’s not 100% in control and he doesn’t always know what the auras mean, but he’s a great investigator with fairly adept instincts that help keep him grounded and one step ahead of the crazies.  Overall, you never know what’s going to happen next in this novel, and I thought it was very well written.  Three stars.

3 stars

I received this novel from the author in exchange for an honest review.


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