Title: Harvester of Bones
Series: SPECTR Series 3: Book Four
Author: Jordan L. Hawk
Length: 86 Pages
Category: Paranormal, Fantasy
At a Glance: As we SPECTR series loyalists expect, Jordan L. Hawk once again digs into his big box of horrors and introduces us to an NHE that ties into the Louisiana setting and its deep well of lore, all while we watch John Starkweather slowly unravel.
Reviewed By: Lisa
Blurb: Federal exorcist John Starkweather is consumed by the search for the truth about his past. A new lead takes him away from New Orleans, to confront the twisted man who experimented on him as a teen.
Left behind yet again, Caleb and Gray throw themselves into the hunt for a murderous demon lurking deep in the swamp. But they can’t shake their growing fear that the more John’s memories return, the further he pulls away from them.
As John digs deeper into the secrets surrounding the Center where he was held captive, the danger around him grows. Because someone wants the truth buried—and they’re willing to kill to keep it that way.
Review: Jordan L. Hawk’s Harvester of Bones should be subtitled: The Little Book of BIG Secrets, because that’s what this episode of the SPECTR series encompasses. Such secrets. So much deceit and betrayal. And so much sympathy for John Starkweather.
We got to know John as the buttoned-down, dedicated, loyal SPECTR exorcist. He was the company man through and through, starched and by-the-book . . . until Caleb and Gray came into his life and gave him a reason to begin seeing things through a new lens and questioning authority juuust that little bit. Confronting the people John had always known as his parents introduced a whole new facet to his story and raised its own set of questions in what is now a search for answers about the Center where he and other kids were used as human guinea pigs, much to the perverse gratification of one of the doctors who held them captive.
Harvester of Bones packs a real wallop on the emotional front as we watch John set out to discover the truth about who he really is and who was behind the horrors at the now-defunct Center. As he’s offered parts and pieces of a story he didn’t even realize he was the protagonist of, the John we know—the John who loves Caleb and Gray, the John who always believed in SPECTR’s mission—is slowly dissolving and, along with it, is his need for Caleb and Gray’s support. Caleb and Gray being left behind again does not sit well with them, even knowing that fellow agent Zahira Noorzai is with John to support him. They feel John pulling into himself all the more as his grasp on any sense of Self slips away, something even Gray can’t dub mere mortal nonsense.
As we SPECTR series loyalists expect, Jordan L. Hawk once again digs into his big box of horrors and introduces us to an NHE that ties into the Louisiana setting and its deep well of lore, all while we watch John Starkweather slowly unravel. Caleb and Gray, along with Night, stay behind to dispatch a predator. There is no question, however, that Caleb and Gray’s concern about John and the growing distance between them is their focus; even the thrill of the hunt can’t quell their fears.
This installment of the SPECTR series is the fork in the road for John, Caleb and Gray. Getting them back on the same path is sure to lead readers through suspense, surely more danger, and more conflict as the mystery of John Starkweather deepens.
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