Caller Unknown

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Kendrick is a city alive in more ways than one. Its borders contain a hidden world composed of secret societies, the supernatural, the lost, and the unexplained. It is the world that Karen, a 911 operator, is thrust into. It begins with a phone call. A stranger begs Karen to save a young woman’s life, opening Karen’s eyes to the world beneath the surface of the city she thought she knew. People are dying. Artifacts are being stolen. The streets are filled with rumors of a city-destroying ritual. Karen is ...
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Kendrick is a city alive in more ways than one. Its borders contain a hidden world composed of secret societies, the supernatural, the lost, and the unexplained. It is the world that Karen, a 911 operator, is thrust into. It begins with a phone call. A stranger begs Karen to save a young woman’s life, opening Karen’s eyes to the world beneath the surface of the city she thought she knew. People are dying. Artifacts are being stolen. The streets are filled with rumors of a city-destroying ritual. Karen is determined to figure out what is really going on and protect her city, whatever the cost… Caller Unknown: Book One of the Karen Wilson Chronicles, is the first of four collections following the trials of Karen Wilson as she delves into the secret side of Kendrick. With enemies on all sides, unknown allies, and a baby gargoyle, what she finds will change her life forever.
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http://amandapillar.livejournal.com/188225.html - Amanda Pillar
This collection isn't really a collection. It's a novel told through a series of short stories; very much like a mosaic work. In general, it's a very effective way to tell Karen's story. Each chapter is punchy, fast-paced and action packed. Sometimes, though, I wanted to know more about what was happening - the stories that occurred between each chapter. Fortunately, the collection had a bonus story at the end, which helped sastify some of the questions I had developed.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780985532345
  • Publisher: Apocalypse Ink Productions
  • Publication date: 10/17/2012
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Meet the Author

Jennifer Brozek is an award winning editor and author.
Winner of the 2009 Australian Shadows Award for best edited publication, Jennifer has edited nine anthologies with more on the way. Author of In a Gilded Light, The Lady of Seeking in the City of Waiting, and Industry Talk: An Insider's Look at Writing RPGs and Editing Anthologies, she has more than forty-five published short stories, and is the Creative Director of Apocalypse Ink Productions.
Jennifer also is a freelance author for numerous RPG companies. Winner of both the Origins and the ENnie award, her contributions to RPG sourcebooks include Dragonlance, Colonial Gothic, Shadowrun, Serenity, Savage Worlds, and White Wolf SAS. Jennifer is also the author of the long running Battletech webseries, The Nellus Academy Incident.
When she is not writing her heart out, she is gallivanting around the Pacific Northwest in its wonderfully mercurial weather. Jennifer is an active member of SFWA and HWA. Read more about her at her website: www.jenniferbrozek.com or at her Twitter account: @JenniferBrozek
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  • Posted November 19, 2012

    A Little Unknown Leads to A Lot of Excitement

    I live in Ohio. Over the last few months, I've been trained to not even pick up the phone if there's not a caller ID number that I recognize, unless I wanted to hear a political party rant about the other candidate.

    Now, though, we're back to normal. And there's something slightly exciting about an unknown caller. It's a departure from the normal, the expected, from the everyday mundane existence of our overinformed lives. And unlike answering an unexpected knock at your door, answering a call without knowing who's on the other end isn't really risky.

    Unless you listen.

    In Caller Unknown, the new collection of stories from author and editor Jennifer Brozek, a 911 operator named Karen does listen. That unknown call is not merely an interruption in her mundane day, but a gateway to a whole side of her city that she never realized existed.

    This urban fantasy (with a little bit of a dark edge) collection is a series of connected and related short stories, but each one is complete in itself. There are gaps of time between them. Characters allude to events that have taken place in those gaps, without actively spelling any of them out. This is actually a strength of the work - we get to skip to the "good bits" without having to sacrifice the sense that there's a larger world out there where things actually take time to happen. While there's a lot of worldbuilding and some really interesting twists on classic genre themes, it feels like there's even more going on. It feels like there's a world beyond the page.

    The way the stories were originally written does expose the book's single (sort of) weakness. Ms. Brozek wrote the stories over a period of time, and the stories get better as you get further into the book. I say this is a "sort of" weakness", though. The even the weakest story in the book is still pretty darn good, and they only get better from there.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading this collection of stories and seeing the way the storyline (and author) developed through the book. This is a solid first collection of these stories, and judging by the strength by which it finishes, I'm really looking forward to the rest of the series.

    [Full Disclosure: I got a review ARC of this book. I've worked with the author on other projects both as an author and a publisher. That said, I review all books as impartially as I can and I've even panned my friend's books before.]

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