A big welcome to Kim Fielding as part of her blog tour with Other Worlds Ink for Convicted.
I love this series, with each new story giving a glimpse of a different time period, and cameos from characters from earlier stories. The set up of an organisation tasked to investigate the paranormal is fabulous. I like how the stories aren’t black and white, with the Bureau being always the good guys, and the paranormal being bad. The Bureau agents are a mix of human and other, and they have given many a second chance in life.
Des and Kurt both have their own demons. One of the first things that struck me reading this book is how much they have in common because of their pasts. Kurt found a way out of his downward spiral through the Bureau, while Des ended up where Kurt might have. I thought Des was an innocent in a lot of ways, and naïve, and given his background, I could understand why he followed Larry, and believed his lies. I liked the idea of redemption being a journey, rather than one incident, with Kurt further along that road than Des. I also liked the way they slowly connected with each other, and Des managed to get through Kurt’s defences.
The secondary characters felt very three dimensional too. I particularly liked Kurt’s ex wife, and Townsend, the Bureau chief. While this is a supernatural road trip story, it also comments on human society in the 1990s. I liked how Des, who has been locked away from the outside world for seventeen years, has no clue about racism and AIDs.
I love the Bureau gadgets. Many of them are a lot of fun, as are their methods for exorcising ghosts. The boxes are totally nasty, and far too powerful to be in the hands of one person. I liked the way the author used magic in the story, and especially the twist with the boxes, and how she tied Des into that.
I’d recommend this story to readers who enjoy a mix of paranormal and science, with fabulous world building, interesting gadgets, and flawed characters who are on a journey to redemption. I’m very happy that this isn’t the final story in this series. 5 out of 5 stars.
Kim Fielding has a new MM paranormal book in her “The Bureau” series out – “Convicted.”
Vietnam veteran Kurt Powell’s addiction almost cost him everything, but a job as federal agent with the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs helped him find sobriety and purpose. Now he tracks down dangerous paranormal creatures as well as humans who abuse their magical powers in illegal ways.
Sent from Belfast to the United States as a boy, Desmond Hughes later fell into a disastrous relationship that led to horrific murders. He’s spent seventeen years in a bleak prison with few comforts and no hope of release.
A new mission throws Kurt and Des together in a desperate attempt to prevent disaster. Sometimes what’s long been lost can still be found, but the road to redemption is never easy—and a mutual attraction may not ease the way.
For many years the United States government has been aware that Homo sapiens is not the only sentient species inhabiting the country. Some other species were native to the continent, while others immigrated along with humans. Early on, these nonhuman species (NHS) were largely ignored when they lived peacefully within human communities. At other times they were deemed a threat and local efforts were made to eradicate them. The federal government was not involved in these early efforts.
By the early 20th century, some local law enforcement agencies expressed frustration with their inability to deal effectively with the special needs of NHS. Localized incidents of mass violence occurred in several locations, most notably the Omaha Zombie Epidemic of 1908, the Manchester (New Hampshire) Melusine Drownings of 1911, and the Eugene (Oregon) Sasquatch Riots of 1915.
In response to these incidents, as well as a heightened desire for increased federal control, President Wilson created a new federal agency in 1919 called the Bureau of Trans-Species Affairs. The mission of this agency was to communicate with NHS, to control them, to investigate reported dangerous actions committed by them, and to bring them to justice or eliminate them when necessary. Since then, the Bureau has been quietly active throughout the United States. Its jurisdiction has expanded to include humans who engage in magical or paranormal activities.
Over the decades, a great many dramas have unfolded among the people who work for the Bureau. The Bureau stories are a collection of these tales. Each involves different protagonists and is set in a different era, yet all focus on the adventures and struggles of the Bureau’s agents. These novellas can be read in any order.
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KIM FIELDING is very pleased every time someone calls her eclectic. A Lambda Award finalist and two-time Foreword INDIE finalist, she has migrated back and forth across the western two-thirds of the United States and currently lives in California, where she long ago ran out of bookshelf space.
She’s a university professor who dreams of being able to travel and write full time. She also dreams of having two daughters who fully appreciate her, a husband who isn’t obsessed with football, and a house that cleans itself. Some dreams are more easily obtained than others.
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