Afterburn (The American Geological Survey, #1)

Afterburn (The American Geological Survey, #1)

by Karen L. Abrahamson

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Afterburn (The American Geological Survey, #1) by Karen L. Abrahamson

Loner.Bad Girl.Secret Agent.

In this mystery thriller Vallon Drake, investigator and agent of the ultra-secret American Geological Survey, finds her latest partner entombed in the wall of a parking garage that didn’t exist just a few hours earlier. 

The AGS, an arm of Homeland Security, protects America from supernatural terrorists and the psychic population who can use magic to change the landscape with a stroke of the pen.

Borders? They mean nothing.

Earthquakes? They can cause them.

Mountains? They can erase them, too.

With the police eyeing Vallon as a suspect in her partner’s murder and Homeland Security dubbing Vallon a potential rogue agent, she must investigate the mystery of a string of agent murders on her own. When a mysterious, sexy ‘warlock’ with exceptional psychic powers gets in the way of her investigation she accepts his help to unravel clues to the crime—and her past.

The alternative? Leave an uncontrollable dark power to destroy Seattle.

“An exciting and original addition to the urban fantasy genre.” Adrian Phoenix, author of the Maker’s Song Series.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940152710632
Publisher: Twisted Root Publishing
Publication date: 02/21/2015
Series: American Geological Survey , #1
Sold by: Draft2Digital
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 89,468
File size: 3 MB

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Afterburn 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
Laura_Ware More than 1 year ago
Karen Abrahamson's "Afterburn" is an urban fantasy with an original premise: There are people out there who can reshape our world simply with vellum and ink. Many of these "Gifted" work for the GSA and keep the nation's borders in their proper place. The world and the characters are well drawn, especially the heroine, Vallon Drake. Vallon finds herself in the center of a power struggle in the Department of Homeland Security (which wants to control the GSA)and a murder suspect to boot. Along the way, she uncovers a plot to destroy Seattle and must find a way to put a stop to it while dodging those who want to arrest or detain her. The book is fast paced and while the romance was "spicier" then I like, overall the writing is fantastic. I hope this is not the last we see of Vallon Drake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a new author for me. I loved this book and look forward to reading the full series.
syrimne More than 1 year ago
Really fun and original urban fantasy novel, with a tough heroine and one of the most fascinating worlds I've read about in a long time. Once I got past the initial confusion as to Karen Abrahamson's version of Seattle, I was completely hooked on the world and its characters, and read the entire story in 24 hours. The idea of redrawing the "map" of the world in kind of a cold war stalemate occurring between and within countries totally fascinated me. Rather than a "magical" world, this felt very grounded and real to me...I found myself sucked into the power struggles between this off-shoot of Homeland Security and the rest of the agency, as well as between the different characters within the branch itself. The main character, Vallon Drake, is an agent of the GSA and one of the "gifted" tasked with holding the nation's boundaries and correcting accidental changes to the landscape by nascent gifted who are unaware of their abilities. In her world, if one is gifted they can access an ability to remake the physical...erase a house or change a building into a parking lot with some basic tools and their inherent abilities. But woe to the person (or people) who happen to be inside the building being redrawn! The story opens with Vallon looking for a colleague of hers who is caught in just this predicament. While trying to save his life, she ends up a murder suspect, and in the course of trying to clear her name uncovers a wider plot to destroy the NW coast of the United States. It's a fun ride, and I'm really looking forward to more books in this world!
la_reviewer More than 1 year ago
Karen Abrahamson crafts a superb fantasy thriller with a spicy note of romance thrown into the mix. Vallon Drake's one of the Gifted, a woman with the power to 'edit' the world so that buildings, neighborhoods, or entire landscapes can come into - or be erased out - of existence. This gives rise to a fun and entertaining conceit: that the American Geological Survey is in fact the most powerful group in the Homeland Security agency. But Vallon's faith in the agency and her powers are challenged the night that one of her fellow agents - and a recent ex-boyfriend - is murdered. Specifically, murdered by someone with that same awe-inspiring cartographic ability. Afterburn's an original and engrossing take on urban fantasy. It'll keep you reading through the night as Vallon must solve the case...and in the process, put her life and loyalties to the test.
Terry_Hayman More than 1 year ago
Gripping fun. Abrahamson has created an exciting new entry into the fantasy genre with characters who can call on the power of the earth to redraw reality with vellum and ink. And she's got a great kick-ass heroine leading the charge. I was totally into the magic, the characters, the politics of Homeland Security trying to draw the Gifted into their fold. It's an engrossing read with a mind-blowing climax that will have you rethinking just how safe you are if you live in any of nature's danger zones. Looking forward to the next book with Vallon Drake!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A different kind of paranormal gift, a nice change.
JAJB More than 1 year ago
Well written . Main character in the book, Vallon was very interesting and wanted good things to happen to her. The man she fell in love with, is good or bad. Only time will tell. Look forward to reading the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally, a decent story. Well done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
One of the best urban fantasies I've read! Can't wait to read the next one!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Original, great story, intrigue, angst, romance and action. Leaves you wanting.. will read the next book
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Read the whole series to date and found it well written and imaginative. Definitely recommend it.