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on Jan. 27, 2012 :
I love me some action and suspense, and boy does this book have it. Close quarters fighting, bullets flying, creeping around in abandoned warehouses, bodies piling up… the only thing it was missing was a high-speed car chase, but that doesn’t exactly work so well in book form so I’ll let it slide. (Jason, you should totally put a car chase in your next book) AND it’s set in alternative universe/futuristic Phoenix to boot. I’m totally lovin’ that.
I absolutely recommend. If you’re into action movies (I LOVE action movies) and/or cop shows (hells yeah) and/or alternative universe/futuristic novels… well, you’re totally in luck.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 03, 2012 :
Check out the Pure Textuality review of The Lost Girls ---> http://puretextuality.com/2011/12/29/review-the-lost-girls-by-jason-halstead-booksbyjason/
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Oct. 19, 2011 :
When girls start disappearing, they call Katalina Wimple. They know, she will not give up until she finds out what is happening to them and who is behind it! Katalina is in a class all her own! Both as a person and, especially, as a cop! She is a tough bad ass cop, but she has a softer side. Though she only allows a very select few to catch a small glimpse of it every now and then. She is smart, fearless, a smart ass (which I love) and a bit self sabotaging. But aren't we all a bit self sabotaging, to some degree or another?
This book pulls you in and makes you feel like you are right there with Kat, every step of the way. And you can't wait to see what Katalina is going to get into next. I lost several hours of sleep, because I couldn't put it down. When you read this book, be prepared to run the gambit of emotions!
Jason Halstead has a way of capturing the female psyche that VERY few men can even imagine; much less be able to put on paper. He is talented and has "fierce" writing skills!
The only complaint I have is that, eventhough the book stands alone in the series, I wish I had read Dark Earth first. It would have been good to have some more insight about Katalina, the VDI and the portals.
If you want a book that combines almost every emotion, with action, humor, fantasy, sci fi and a bit of romance, then this is the book to read!!
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Oct. 14, 2011 :
Jason Halstead writes women well. I don't know about you, but I'm sick of reading novels where the women seem to be written by a man who has never met one.
Katalina is a believable woman - strong, driven, vulnerable, and flawed. She's also the first person I'd want on the case if I went missing. Mr. Halstead puts Katalina in the worst situation imaginable on page 1, and then makes her life get worse, much worse. Instead of pitying her, we root for her to make it through the next challenge and find the lost girls.
I was immediately drawn into the action of the novel and with that, I didn't put it down until 2 am when I really had to go to sleep. You'd better believe that I was back to reading over my oatmeal in the morning!
This novel is first a hard-boiled mystery, but the science fictional elements were fascinating as well. I'm not telling you about them, you'll have to read for yourself (I hate spoilers, don't you?).
Why did I give The Lost Girls 4 stars instead of 5? I thought it was a little on the short side - it's definitely novel-length, but I wanted to read more about Kat and her world.
(reviewed the day of purchase)