The Spirit Clearing by Mark Tufo sees what I believe to be the third incarnation of Michael Talbot. This time the book is very much a stand alone effort so we do not have to have the continued stalking of his website and Facebook page to check for the next installment. There is no need to have read any other Michael Talbot novel before reading this one (although you should have).
This effort sees Mike as a much more downbeat character, rather than getting out of the scrapes in earlier life the consequences of his actions hit him squarely in the face (literally). The results lead Mike on a journey of loneliness and grief until he finds the love of his life. As the story unfolds we twist and turn through circumstantial events with the normal humor and color that Mark Tufo brings to his books, mother in-law hatred is taken to a whole new level and brutal events show that Mark is more than prepared to make sacrifices to take a story forward. Characters are pulled from his previous work and as always, even though you have a mental picture of how they physically look the personality is always different to some degree.
The second half of the book see Mike drawn more and more into a dark world which he cannot comprehend and leads to an astounding ended which had been done before but you will not see coming!
With this book Mark has shown that he can delved into even more areas of the horror genre and I for one cannot wait to see what he comes up with next (although I would like to see another ZF and/or IH first!).
If you like Mark Tufo's other work, I do not need to tell you to buy this book as you probably already have bought it. If you like ghost and supernatural stories you should buy this book, if you like it make sure you check out the authors other work to explore the characters which you met here more.
(reviewed 46 days after purchase)