Sunday, July 27, 2014

*Gizmos Book Reviews* Premonitions by Jamie Schultz


It’s the kind of score Karyn Ames has always dreamed of—enough to set her crew up pretty well and, more important, enough to keep her safely stocked on a very rare, very expensive black market drug. Without it, Karyn hallucinates slices of the future until they totally overwhelm her, leaving her unable to distinguish the present from the mess of certainties and possibilities yet to come.
The client behind the heist is Enoch Sobell, a notorious crime lord with a reputation for being ruthless and exacting—and a purported practitioner of dark magic. Sobell is almost certainly condemned to Hell for a magically extended lifetime full of shady dealings. Once you’re in business with him, there’s no backing out.
Karyn and her associates are used to the supernatural and the occult, but their target is more than just the usual family heirloom or cursed necklace. It’s a piece of something larger. Something sinister.
Karyn’s crew, and even Sobell himself, are about to find out just how powerful it is… and how powerful it may yet become.

*My Thoughts*

Premonitions is the story about a group of thieves thrown to together to steal occult items from their supposed owners. Having made their share of enemies over the years, the group agrees to work for crime lord, sorcerer, and billionaire Enoch Sobell. Sobell's mission may be the most dangerous of their lives, and it will be a major surprise if anyone survives what's coming next.

Karyn Ames is the presumptive leader of the group which also includes Anna Ruiz, and DeShawn "Nail" Owens. She sees future events, and warns her crew if they are in danger. Her premonitions have pretty much saved the group from some hairy situations. Karyn experiences a heavy load of hallucinations that cause her to question reality. The only thing that apparently works for her is an expensive and rare drug known as Blind which isn't exactly cheap. I truly felt for Karyn as a character. She has a whole lot of things on her plate, and every day things get much less clear. Can she continue to lead, or will darkness swallow her whole?

If Karyn is the leader of the group, Anna Ruiz is its heart. She's stood by her best friends side for 10 years. After Sobell approaches the group about a job and offers them $2 million for a successful result, his one condition is that they also take on Genevieve Lyle, a person who is more than familiar with the occult. Knowing the risks and dangers involved, Anna still gets involved with Genevieve, but the relationship isn't a major part of the storyline. Anna and Karyn's friendship has covered a plethora of situations and dangers. Will it last, or will it implode the more they get involve with the darkness of Sobell's world?

I love when villains are much more than they appear. Sobell is a determined crime lord that has plenty of secrets in his closet. He moves people around like chess pieces, and plays them off against each other without caring about their welfare. Schultz has only touched the surface of who Sobell really is, and where he's been, and why he is so determined to keep ahead of the demons he sold his soul to. I'd love to know more about his past, and how he came to making deals in order to find immortality.

I read a recent interview that Jamie Schultz did for the Quillery. He mentioned that Premonitions is the first book in the series, and that three were currently under contract with Roc. The sequel, Splintered, will be released July 2015. I will be looking forward to seeing if Schultz can continue his creative world building and characters.

Premontions is a hodge podge of different genre's thrown together. The characters are far from being truly good or bad and they face the ultimate test of survival. They are an eclectic bunch that straddles the line, and does what needs to be done in order to survive. I would definitely lean towards Premonitions being a dark urban fantasy novel because there are plenty of situations that are bloody.

Author - Jamie Schultz
Title - Premonitions
Published by ROC
Released: July 1, 2014
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Format: Paperback 384 pages

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