Surprisingly well-written and copy-edited for a self-published novel, this book has an interesting story and a good cast of characters. Volpe could be an Indy author to watch, and I plan to check out more of his work.
That being said, this book would greatly benefit from a firmer editorial hand. The balance between the self-contained plot and the set-up for future installments feels a bit off and relies too much on as-yet unexplained phenomena and backstory infodumps... with a possible mythological Native American connection (blech, I hate when books use that as a catch-all for paranormal happenings). It's also quite jarring that the multiple points-of-view swing so extremely: the majority of the point-of-view characters are teens and preteens, and the overall tone and writing level would lead one to think this is solidly a YA novel, but then there's also a creepy adult pedophile in whose rather graphic sexual thoughts we spend a considerable amount of time. This makes it hard to figure out who the intended audience is supposed to be. Certainly a limited one.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)