Title: Secret Spirit Guardians of Santa Fe
Author: C.A. Masterson
Genre: Paranormal, Horror
After Marissa Tahy returns home to Santa Fe, she is haunted by visions and glimpses of danger no one else sees: Old Man Gloom in his true form. For over a century, people have burned their troubles in the spirit’s effigy at the Zozobra festival, making the spirit angrier and more powerful.
This year, Old Man Gloom demands his due. The vengeful spirit targets those Marissa loves.
Even when Marissa discovers the secret history binding her family to Zozobra, joining their forces may not be enough to prevent the furious spirit from burying Santa Fe beneath an avalanche of misery.
Don't let the genre or the initial premise you read fool you. Pick up and read this book. Secret Spirit Guardians of Santa Fe is one of the best horror books I have ever read in my life! I have a vast collection of horror novels on my bookshelf and someday I hope to add a paperback of this book to that collection. The premise can be summed up in the simple 'be careful what you wish for'. The people of Santa Fe want to get rid of their troubles but accidentally anger the spirit world.
The main character, Marissa, is fantastic. You are so drawn into her thinking and fears and concerns, you are deeply linked to the book. Brilliantly written and flows magnificently. The overarching terror that comes from Old Man Gloom is remarkable. There are scenes that are so gripping, a reader holds their breath while reading (I DID!). I am a huge fan of the late JN Williamson's work. I have been looking for decades for another horror book that would grab me in that way. This is the book.
If you are a fan of horror or the generalistically-titled paranormal, buy Secret Spirit Guardians of Santa Fe. This is an old-fashioned horror novel that is incredible. It is a fast page-turner that never lets a reader catch their breath. One of the best horror books I have ever read, and I recommend it to everyone.
My Rating: 5+ stars
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Multipublished, award-winning author C.A. Masterson loves stories of any genre. Her novellas, short stories and flash fiction appear at various e-press sites and web zines such as The Battered Suitcase, A Long Story Short, Dark Sky Magazine, Cezanne’s Carrot, The Harrow, Flesh from Ashes, Quality Women’s Fiction, Phase, and The Writer’s online edition. In 2010, The Pearl S. Buck Foundation awarded first place to her short literary story, Christmas Eve at the Diner on Rathole Street. Her short literary story, All is Calm, All is Bright, was awarded second place in the annual Pennwriters Short Story contest in 2005. Look for her at http://paintingfirewithwords.blogspot.com/ , and in strange nooks and far-flung corners of the web.
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Reviewed by: Mr. N