Book Review: The Terminals: Spark by: Michael F. Stewart

Rating: 5/5

Publication Date: April 15, 2014

Origins:  From Tribute Books Blog Tours for Review

Synopsis: Sometimes the dead don’t want to talk. You need Terminals to make them.

Terminals solve crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, fresh from a failed suicide attempt after she cost 11 of her soldiers their lives, is recruited into the covert unit of Terminals as a handler. It's an easy sell. If she's really determined to die, it’s a chance to give her death meaning.

But her first case—convincing a monk to chase Hillar the Killer into the afterlife to find the location of a missing bus and the children it carried—has her wondering how to make a dead psychopath talk.

Christine must follow the clues sent back by the shotgun-toting monk, who tracks Hillar through the seven deeps of hell, so she can find eleven kids before it’s too late.

Maybe this time killing a man will give Christine a reason to live.

Series: The Terminals: Spark

Review: When we first meet Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, she’s recovering from a suicide attempt. When she is approached to join the Terminals program, she decides to join to maybe do some good through her death. Meanwhile, Hillar the Killer has taken a bus full of children and hidden them away for later tortures. When Hillar is killed by an overeager police officer, the Terminals are called in to communicate with Hillar and learn the location of the children. As Hillar is Gnostic, Christine must find another Gnostic and convince them to go Terminal to speak with Hillar in the afterlife. Will the Terminals find the children before it’s too late?

THE TERMINALS: SPARK is the first book in The Terminals series. The characters and plot are well-developed in this gritty and complex book. There are many aspects of the book which will spark heated debate – the nature of the soul, potential for an afterlife (or afterlives), suicide, and if there is such a thing as a worthwhile death (dying for a good cause/reason). I loved the uniqueness of this world and the strong characters. THE TERMINALS: SPARK is a stand out book with a novel premise which was thoroughly enjoyable.

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