Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Paradigms Lost-Ryk E. Spoor

Paradigms Lost
Ryk E. Spoor
Baen, Dec 2 2014, $15.00
ISBN: 9781476736938

In April 1999, Wood’s Information Service owner and solo operator Jason Woods currently works on clarifying digital photos for Police Lieutenant Klein when he hears a loud bang outside his shop.  At about the same time his BFF Syl Stake, the psychic owner of the Silver Stake shop, arrives through the front door.  They check the noise only to find the battered corpse of big displaced Lewis with two bites on his neck.  Police Lieutenant Reisman leads the homicide investigation in which the M.E. reported the victim had no blood left in his brutalized body.

Klein explains to Wood that he is staking out Verne Domingo while the photos of this drug lord seem to be missing him even as individuals in the pictures appear to interact with someone.  Learning of Wood’s consultation, Verne invites Jason to his mansion where they chat while he provides a different spin to the photos and introduces his guest to a world he never knew existed over the next twenty-seven months.

Reading more like eight entertaining urban fantasy novelettes that interrelate through the fully developed lead triangle (Jason, Syl, and Verne), subgenre fans will take immense delight in reading Ryk E. Spoor’s “greatly expanded edition of Digital Knight”.  The pulp fiction storylines are filled with plenty of adventures and diverse paranormal species that brilliantly seem natural; while dynamic Jason "is the center of weirdness for the universe" (Eerie, Indiana).  Though my personal favorites occur in a California courtroom and Venice, Florida; all the entries are fun because of how adaptable, quick-thinking Jason uses his head not to knock on Wood but to find solutions to supernatural puzzlers.

Harriet Klausner

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