Title: The Eidola Project
Author: Robert Herold
Genre: Paranormal Mystery, Paranormal Romance
It's 1885 and a drunk and rage-filled Nigel Pickford breaks up a phony medium's séance. A strange twist of fate soon finds him part of a team investigating the afterlife.
The Eidola Project is an intrepid group of explorers dedicated to bringing the light of science to that which has been feared, misunderstood, and often manipulated by charlatans. They are a psychology professor, his assistant, an African-American physicist, a sideshow medium, and now a derelict, each possessing unique strengths and weaknesses.
This was a great book to read just before Halloween. The author tells an excellent tale of ghosts, spirits and haunting. The pretty accurate portrayal of the fraudsters who bilked people at that time was great too. The author also has the ability to create feelings for characters quickly. I hadn't known Sarah's parents very long when I wished them to meet the north end of pitchfork while running south.
The variety of characters brought together in the team was done in a fashion to create a team rarely seen. The best character, for me, in the whole book is Annabelle. She’s just superb in almost every fashion. The interspersing of the conflict between the two society members seemed a touch overdone but that is neither here nor there.
My one issue really stemmed with flow. it almost seemed like someone other than the author set up the flow of certain chapters as they, at times, seemed out of sync.
The book conveys a terrific grasp for horror writing and the ghost stories presented are eerie and well done. The book has a solid core and is recommended to everyone who likes a good ghost story.
Overall a great read and I look forward to reading book 2.
My Rating: 4.75 stars
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The supernatural always had the allure of forbidden fruit, ever since Robert Herold’s mother refused to allow him, as a boy, to watch creature features on late night TV. She caved in. (Well, not literally.)
As a child, fresh snow provided him the opportunity to walk out onto neighbors’ lawns halfway and then make paw prints with his fingers as far as he could stretch. He would retrace the paw and boot prints, then fetch the neighbor kids and point out that someone turned into a werewolf on their front lawn. (They were skeptical.)
He has pursued many interests over the years (among them being a history teacher and a musician), but the supernatural always called to him. You could say he was haunted. Finally, following the siren’s call, he wrote The Eidola Project, based on a germ of an idea he had as a teenager.
Ultimately, he hopes the book gives you the creeps, and he means that in the best way possible.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N