Pestilence Rising is a chaotic journey filled with thrilling possibilities. Hunter is a ravager, someone that can spread disease to those around him, and struggles to keep his powers in check. His brother, Michael, is a healer. As kids Micheal tested the limits of his powers by killing animals and brining them back to life, and even drowning Hunter at one point so he can see if he can bring him back to life. But Hunter is still the black sheep of the family. He killed his mother when he was born, his brother can heal people while Hunter can only kill people, so there is no wondering who the favorite child was. Eventually Hunter grows up and keeps his distance from his family and to support himself he works for a government agency called The Center that locates and quarantines anomalies such as Hunter and Michael. The book opens with Hunter searching the internet for anomalies to report to The Center when an angel climbs into his window and immediately lays a life changing decision on him. He must turn away from The Center and the life he built for himself and go in search of his estranged brother. Reluctantly, and with a shove from the angel, Celeste, he begins his run from The Center and towards Michael to save him from an unknown fate. While on the run, Hunter learns about a looming threat to all anomalies that is bigger than The Center. It’s a threat that has the potential to destroy all life on the planet. There are people with other powers than just ravagers and healers, some people can see into the future and there are still others that have been left unexplained, but they all essentially have super powers that they are struggling to cope with. The story starts to take on the feel of the TV show Heroes where these are characters with special powers that are on the run from a government agency, they must use their powers to escape and overcome the challenges ahead, but they must also find the human element in their non human powers and decide what kind of a future people like them will have. The story, overall, is well developed, but there are finer points that have connections that are missing. A few examples: The reason why the anomalies have super powers is because of two deities that lived long ago that had the same power of healing and ravaging and their powers were dispersed among a few people, but then, why are there some people that have powers other than healing and ravaging? Why was Michaels girlfriend not more concerned with Michael’s disappearance? At one point Hunter was shot, suffering from withdrawal from his medication and was just in a terrible car accident, but he gets fixed with a night of sleep and some over the counter vitamins and pain killers. The story could have been fast paced if a lot of the fluff was edited out as there is an overabundance of character placement and contextual detail. I enjoyed the story overall and the authors passion for the story really shines through. The story ends with a slight possibility for a sequel where, I hope, the adventure continues.
Look for this book coming out September 2013.