Author ~ Caleb James
Publisher ~ DSP Publications
Published ~ 28 June 2016
Genre ~ Paranormal M/M Romance, Mystery/Thriller
Handsome, brilliant, and surrounded by good friends, twenty-three-year-old medical student Miles Fox has a secret—and it’s not that he’s gay. Though he harbors a crush on his straight best friend, Luke. Miles, like his grandmother, Anna, possesses the healing gift, an ability she’s made him swear never to use or divulge, lest horrible things befall those he loves. It happened to her when Nazis butchered her family.
But it all goes to hell when Miles heals a terminally ill man on a New Orleans cancer ward and wakes locked in the psych unit. Worse, news of the healing miracle spreads. For millennia, its carriers have been hunted by those who would steal it. Dr. Gerald Stangl and his teenage son, Calvin, know what Miles possesses. They, like their predecessors, will stop at nothing to take it, including kidnapping, torture, and murder. As the Stangls' noose tightens, Miles and Luke are trapped in a death match with stakes higher than they could ever imagine.
SHEER BRILLIANCE! From the very first chapter my feet touched the ground running with this enthralling paranormal, medical thriller with an M/M story. I loved the whole idea and it reminded me a bit of the medical thrillers by Robin Cook. It had all the elements I love in a good thriller. Miles Fox has a special gift inherited down through the family, but this gift also has its price and as old as his gift is, so are the forces that are trying to discover its secrets and harness it for themselves. After an incident in the hospital where he works Miles now has to run for his life from one Dr. Stangl. The pace didn’t let up until the very end and kept me flipping the pages with a racing heart wanting to know what was going to happen next.
I adored the paranormal side to this thriller too, nothing totally over the top but kept within the realms of plausibility so it didn’t overshadow the thriller aspect. Miles’ grandmother also has the gift and has tried her very best to keep it under wraps from the people who want to take it. When the book started I thought she was a really horrible woman and grandmother, but as we learn that she is only trying to protect Miles in her own way, cruel to be kind, then we discover someone who loves her grandson very much and is only trying to protect him from the evil lurking to take his gift.
Miles however has a secret admirer in his best friend Luke. Luke is playing what I call the straight game, coming from extremely conservative parents. These pressures can be crushing trying to be someone you’re not and when his infatuation can no longer be ignored, he takes the final step and shows Miles his feelings. Luke sacrifices his career and family for Miles so the love is all too evident. The only thing is Miles is on the run and in danger. Covering for Miles is also not easy when the FBI and police think you’re aiding and abetting a criminal on the run. But Luke knows there is no way Miles could have done all the things he’s being accused of. The only evidence he has is the love he knows for Miles and trusting his instincts. Even though all the evidence points to another situation he sets off to rescue Miles. Romantic or what? Just one night of passion and he knows exactly his Miles needs help.
Dr. Stangl also has an accomplice in the form of his teenage son. Now here we have the other creepy side of love and lust. Although Calvin does most of the dirty work for his father he also harbours a kind of pervy crush on Miles. On the one hand the boy made my skin crawl, but on the other I felt sorry for him. If you’ve been brought up by an evil and deranged father what else could you expect. Calvin always being at the receiving end of his father’s anger, has never had a loving relationship with his father ever. In many ways he is to be pitied and I could understand the way he is, but it still doesn’t excuse his actions.
The paranormal mystery I found fascinating and bit by bit everything is revealed about Miles’ lineage and why he has this gift. This book has many facets that kept me enraptured all the way, from Miles and Luke’s love for each other, the thriller side with Miles running and trying to escape the clutches of Dr. Stangl, to Miles’ family and his inherited gift. This book is the first in a series and as I got to the last page, yes the indications were there for the continuation, but it did conclude as a complete story with the cliffy not being too severe and leaving me tearing my hair out. Just enough to keep me interested in the next book and will I be picking up the second book or what? Can’t wait. A new to me author but what a treat this has been.
Connect with Caleb James
Caleb James is an author, member of the Yale volunteer faculty, practicing psychiatrist, and clinical trainer. He writes both fiction and nonfiction and has published books in multiple genres and under different names. Writing as Charles Atkins, he has been a Lambda Literary finalist. He lives in Connecticut with his partner and four cats.