Windstalker: Awareness is a fantasy and book #1 of a series set around a biblical story, fallen Angels and their descendants.
A very promising prologue sets a scene from 1975. Everett Langan visits a cave near Mount Ararat, Turkey, a place his archaeologist father discovered, before he disappeared. Robert Langan believed he’d found evidence of people, other than Noah, who survived The Great Flood.
2015 introduces us to Mitchell, vice-president of a New York energy company who are looking for alternative sources of electricity. Mitchell is attracted to Chelsea who lives with his sister Gina. Sadly for him, she loves Drew.
Chelsea has had an abusive upbringing and Drew has always been there for her, but he is associated with gangsters. One night he reaches breaking point when his drunk father attacks his mother; killing him, he ends up on death row.
Strange things begin to happen: a new company CEO begins working at Mitchell’s company and introduces plans to move the future energy supplies forward. Mitchell’s sister, Gina, is attacked in her department by a mythical being, and Chelsea believes she sees Drew, who should be dead. Devastating winds are causing havoc in New York. Decomposed bodies are piling up and battle lines are being drawn beyond the veil.
I had hoped that there would have been a good portion of the book dealing with the cave, Robert Langan’s discoveries and lots of details about the descendants of the Grigori, perhaps how they had evolved over the centuries and developing the archaeology theme, but in fact only tit-bits were given and Robert’s son Everett had only a minor role later in the book.
There was room for deeper development of the story lines and main characters. I wanted to get to know the characters better and the see the themes like the cave discovery and the alternative energy threads evolve. I felt these parts were rushed.
I would like to see this book have another run through both editing and proofreading. At times my reading experience was hampered, particularly by missing punctuation, meaning I had to re-read sentences to understand them.
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Facing the elevator door in his company’s parking lot, Mitchell Geathers feels compelled to pinch himself for being elevated from the fear of gunfire in his childhood neighborhood. Now that he’s in control of his life, he won’t let anything take him back to the helpless existence of his youth. He approaches his love interest with the same zeal he does his career but isn’t as successful. Her heart belongs to Drew Royce, a bad boy from the same streets he wants to forget. When Drew is executed for patricide, Mitchell sees an opportunity to connect with her, fueling unexpected retaliation from a much more powerful – and undead – Drew. After receiving an eerie message, Mitchell is made to bear witness to a disturbing attack on his youngest sister by a ferocious “wind beast.” When Mitchell learns the source of her infection is a group of invincible, shape shifting Windstalkers, no measure of protection, logic or reason is enough to keep her from slipping further into an inhuman fate. Blind and vulnerable to their attacks, Mitchell must put his own life on the line to track the creatures and discover a weakness – or lose his sister forever.
Fueled by a familiar fear, Mitchell is running out of time in an unending nightmare – one in which he ultimately becomes the hunted.
Rehumanized Drew is book #2 in the Windstalker series of fantasy novels, I suggest reading book one first to understand the background and be introduced to the characters.
This book focuses on Drew. At the end of book one he’d been turned into a supernatural being with magical abilities, feeding on fellow humans and selfishly infecting Gina, in an act of revenge, and joining the group named Windstalkers.
Now Drew needs to convalesce and go into hiding from his sire, Sam. We learn that Sam is planning to move freely through other time dimensions to locate the Watchers, fallen Angels and brothers of Samyaza, leader of the Grigori Angels.
Drew is given a home by Nathan and his family on a farm in Indiana, where he learns to appreciate living, and falls in love with Amelia, Nathan’s daughter. But when Sam discovers Drew is still alive he comes to take back his protégé.
This is a slow paced book, I felt the story deserved less of the mundane everyday activities and more time spent giving depth and development to the themes, characters and their stories which make up layers of a good story. As with book one I would like to see this book have another run through both editing and proofreading.
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Drew Royce was a lot of things he didn’t want to be. A murderer, rapist and ex-Windstalker. His humanity was poorly spent; and all he has after his taste of the supernatural is a battered and ignored soul. The weight of his actions visit him each night as proof he must still be alive. But now, even as an abducted criminal, kept ward by an evolved Nephilim race and used as a weapon against their enemy, he still has to defeat the beast who stole his humanity – himself.
About the author
When not teaching science to middle-schoolers, K. M. Baginski enjoys reading and writing fiction. It was not always her dream to write but she believes serendipity likes to dwell with dreamers and the hyper-imaginative.
Since childhood, she can remember entertaining helfself and family with tales extended from television or movies. She was also quite the vivid-dreamer, recalling episodes she’d only seen in dreams as if she were present in a different dimension. So when enough of those experiences added up, she decided to commit them to pen and paper.
Windstalker began as a vivid dream she had as a new adult. In it were shapeshifting, wind creatures who, quite beautifully, were filled with expressions of longing, loneliness yet embodied the anger and bitterness that come with condemnation. They were destined to be misshapen, powerful and fearsome, while wishing for the opportunity to become fragile humans. While it may not be a story for everyone, it was certainly one she wanted to share with other hyper-imaginatives, like herself.
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