Hey all, Dani here.
Welcome back to Signal Boost, my weekly segment where I share about books, movies, TV shows, Kickstarter campaigns, graphic novels, authors, or anything else I would like more people to know about. I can’t take the credit for coming up with this, though. I was inspired after watching Signal Boost on Geek & Sundry.
Today, I want to talk about an author I discovered a couple months ago, and I’m really enjoying his books. The third one in the series just came out and the fourth one is scheduled for next month, I think. Can I say that I’m jealous of how prolific he is? Because I am, but I’m also proud that other writers can keep up with that kind of writing pace. I need to get better about being more focused and writing on my novels more.
Anyway, today I want to talk about Adam J Wright and his Harbinger P.I. series.
First, I want to share the summary for Lost Soul, the first book in the series.
Alec Harbinger is a preternatural investigator, a hunter of things that go bump in the night. When his employers, the Society of Shadows, banish him from his Chicago office to a small town in Maine, Alec thinks his career and life are over. How is a preternatural investigator supposed to find work in a sleepy town in the middle of nowhere? But when a local teenager comes back from a weekend at the lake with an altered personality, Alec is hired to investigate a possible demon possession. A young man turning up at Alec’s office insisting he’s been bitten by a werewolf adds to the caseload. And just to make his first day at the office perfect, Alec discovers that someone in the Society of Shadows is trying to kill him with ogre assassins. No work for a preternatural investigator in a sleepy Maine town? Yeah, about that…
These are quick reads, just over a couple hundred pages each. I would somewhat compare them to books like the Dresden Files. Alec is an interesting character and he works with his assistant Felicity, and there are regular appearances by Alec’s friend Mallory who is absolutely amazing. I could just as easily follow a series about her adventures and struggles with her past and such.
I’m enjoying the story and the jobs Alec is hired for, and I can definitely see how Adam J Wright is improving in his writing and storytelling the further he gets into the series. I gave Lost Soul a 4 star rating, and Buried Memory earned a 4.5 star rating. My only issue with both books really is the length. When it comes to investigators trying to solve something I expect for there to be a wrong turn to a dead end, and for there to be a couple red herrings thrown in for good measure. For the most part these books are fairly straightforward.
But obviously I keep coming back to read them. So while they aren’t complex, they are fun and interesting enough. I wouldn’t place them in my series reading category, more like light reading or guilty pleasure reading. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. We readers all like to have those books we can read for a quick fun adventure, and the Harbinger P.I. series definitely does that for me.
I’m placing my order for Dark Magic, the third book in the series today, and Adam Wright already did a cover reveal for book 4 and I so love these covers. They are awesome.
This is a slightly shorter Signal Boost but I don’t want to risk spoiling parts of the books. Just, if you’re a fan of series like the Dresden Files or you like urban fantasy that follow a supernatural investigation team, then this is probably something you’ll want to pick up.
Plus you would be helping out a self-published author, and I think it’s awesome to support other authors in their creative endeavors.