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Abe 'Sarge' Griffin served in WWII 60 years ago. His squad was responsible for finding more unusual (meaning supernatural) threads. After destroying a polish madman's weird ritual and taking the arcane pieces with them, so he could not try again, they went home, but Abe was never the same again. He has not aged a day, is faster, stronger, tougher then any human ought to be. Being on the verge of killing himself from ennui and loneliness he is visited by the granddaughter of his old squad-mate Paddy. Paddy is old and demented, but Anne, the granddaughter, tells Abe that Paddy has not been himself for days, trying to flee the home crawling, trying to reach Abe any way he can. Abe agrees to come with her to visit Paddy and trying to reassure him, but as it turns out, things are far from fine. The past they left behind in Poland has caught up with Abe and the left-overs of his old squad, and they have to figure out a way to end it, this time for good. I enjoyed this book very much. It's a mixture of superhero action scenes (though Abe is not actually wearing a costume, he displays typical abilities and powers of a classic superhero) and lovecraftian horror, with some military bits thrown in. The Action is varied, engaging and fun. The scenes are described well, so I always had a good sense of what's going on even in more complex tussles. There are monsters, fanatics and people driven crazy. The author managed some pretty disturbing images and scenes, but it never felt like too much, if you know what I mean. It always fitted well within the story and did not seem to be purely for shock value. I liked the characters. Abe tells the story from his perspective, but there are also a bunch of other support characters. Abe, for all his old demons and problems is a pretty sympathetic character and I like his thought process, tough deviance, rough nature and protective instincts, but I also could understand his deep flaws. Anne is a pretty awesome character too, though, understanding and independent, weak only when the action is up. I simply gobbled the book up and am very happy to know there's still one more part out there, because I'm not quite done with this author yet.
Can anyone recommend a YA romance novel with paranormal or supernatural elements? Something like "The Ghost of Buxton Manor" by Jonathan L Ferrara (about a ghost boy trapped in his childhood home that falls in love with a human boy that moves in) or "Teeth" by Hannah Moskowitz (About a boy that travels to an island with his family to cure his sick brother, but ends up meeting a damaged 'fish boy') or even something like The Raven Cycle by Maggie Stiefvater (which I cannot describe sufficiently in a sentence and for that I apologise.) It doesn't have to be all romance- it can just have romance in it. I just love books with supernatural characters, things like Ghosts, Merpeople, Vampires/Demons (not Twilight) and others. Any recommendations?
Just finished reading Contact by Carl Sagan, just wondering if anyone else had? It is about a message received from space and when decoded it is instructions to build a machine of unknown capabilities. I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it, it is quite heavy on the physics and astronomy which is certainly not an area of interest to me. The language he uses throughout is sophisticated yet easy to understand. The characters are fantastic and diverse, all the possibilities and implications of the message and machine are examined at every stage. I'm going to try and buy his other books as well.