Powers: A Novel

Powers: A Novel

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by John B. Olson

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A Gypsy girl isolated in a Louisiana swamp believes the only escape from strange powers chasing her is through a mysterious character she knows from her late grandfather’s bedtime stories.

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A Gypsy girl isolated in a Louisiana swamp believes the only escape from strange powers chasing her is through a mysterious character she knows from her late grandfather’s bedtime stories.

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Olson, a biochemist turned novelist of the paranormal, introduces a new character—a young gypsy girl from the swamps of Louisiana—to a return cast from his previous thriller, Shade. A mysterious inheritance letter leads Jazz, a musician who can see the future, on a treasure hunt, chased by dark forces and an FBI agent who believes he's a terrorist. Olson's writing has the power to levitate the reader to another dimension and suspend disbelief as cons, tricks of the mind, prayers, ancient codes and spiritual forces coalesce into a fascinating yet sluggish story with good dialogue that's difficult to follow because of sparse attribution. Readers who enjoy books about vampires, gypsies and prophecy will gravitate toward Olson's rich descriptions of imaginative creatures drawn from biblical stories—the Badness, the Standing. With this man vs. mysterious powers story, the author continues making his mark in futuristic and paranormal fiction in the CBA market. (Dec.)\

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Powers 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
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dorieppes More than 1 year ago
POWERS I really enjoyed this book. It has a mixture of romance, mystery, suspense and a bit of paranormal/supernatural that would appeal to most any reader. It is also categorized as Christian Fiction and I hope any non-believer won't let it deter them from reading this book. While it has biblical nuances, and includes some references from the Bible which is the basis of the story line, it is a work of fiction and you won't be disappointed when you read it. Mariutza, aka Mari, is a naive young woman that was raised in the swamps of Louisiana as a gypsy, having never lived in a structured building or even been outside the swamp, but is also educated to some degree as well as trained in fighting techniques. Jazz, is a musician that seemingly has no place to call home and suffers from nightmares that he thinks are drug induced and visions of a beautiful girl he has yet to meet. The two are drawn together as Mari is sent on a quest from her dying grandfather to find a legendary hero, Jaazaniah, the prophet. I love trying to figure out the where's, why's and who's of a mystery and this book was not disappointing in my attempts, but the author keeps you guessing until the very end before he reveals the answer. I loved that!! He does however leave some questions unanswered and it is my hopes it was because he has another book coming that will reveal them. I like following characters in a series as they are developed into the core of the story line. While Powers can be a stand alone book, it is a follow-up to Shade and is also built upon a passage of scripture in the Bible. I gave this book 4 out of 5 stars simply because of questions left not dealt with, but I think you will enjoy this book and will be anticipating a follow-up to it.
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ChristysBookBlog More than 1 year ago
Powers by John B. Olson is the sequel to Shade, but you don't need to read that volume to be completely hooked by this compelling thriller. Mariutza has been raised in seclusion by her grandfather, taught to fight, to use her mental abilities to outwit the enemy, and to fear the outside world. But when he is killed by mysterious hooded figures, she flees from the swamp that has been her only home to the city of New Orleans to seek the mysterious prophet Jaazaniah. Jazz Rechabson is just trying to make enough money to make the rent playing piano at a music club when he has a vision of a man surrounded and killed by strange beings. When he comes to, he finds himself being pursued by those same beings and the emergence of strange abilities he has no idea how to control or use. The two must pair up to find out the secret that binds them both and just may hold the key to their survival. The first 50-75 pages were a bit of a rough read for me. While the action was intense, I couldn't figure out if this was our world or a world similar to ours and just what was going on. Then I relaxed and just let the story flow, and pretty soon the hours flew by, and I couldn't put it down. The reader is much like Mariutza : in a strange world, disoriented, with no grasp of the circumstances. Olson dribbles out the information in enticing tidbits that keep the pages turning. A sure-fire hit with fans of urban fantasy or the supernatural, as well as regular thrillers, this weird, astonishing read is a true treat.
tweezle More than 1 year ago
Mariutza's grandfather, Purodad, and beloved teacher, Miss Caralee were murdered while Mariutza stayed helplessly hidden. Before her grandfather died in her arms, he told Mariutza what she must do. She had been kept hidden in the swamp and cared for by her grandfather, but now she was alone, and being chased by the Badness. She had to get out of the swamp and find Jaazaniah the Prophet. He was the only one that could help her now.... As soon as the book arrived, I was eager to start reading. Between the cover art and the blurb on the back, it looked like a fantastic read. I was not disappointed. From the first few paragraphs, I was drawn in, and had a hard time putting it down. I loved the characters of Mari (Mariutza) and Jazz (Jaazaniah) and found myself cheering them on. This is truly a page turner full of suspense and surprises, twists and turns, and even some conspiracy thrown in. "Powers" is the sequel to "Shade", but could easily be read as a stand alone book. Highly recommended!!
KathyIde More than 1 year ago
I'm a professional freelance editor, so I have a very hard time finding a novel that I can really get into and enjoy just for pleasure. With most books I read the first one to three chapters and put them down. But not this one! John Olson has written a captivating story with characters I cared about in intriguing situations, and lots of great plot twists. Can't wait to read the next John Olson novel!