Wednesday, April 2, 2014

The Terminals by Michael F. Stewart

The Terminals
by Michael F. Stewart

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Published: 2014
Genre: Mystery, Paranormal, Thriller
ebook: 229 pages
Rating: 4

Sometimes the dead don’t want to talk.

You need Terminals to make them.

Terminals solve crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next.

Lt. Col. Christine Kurzow, fresh from a failed suicide attempt after she cost 11 of her soldiers their lives, is recruited into the covert unit of Terminals as a handler. It's an easy sell. If she's really determined to die, it’s a chance to give her death meaning.

But her first case—convincing a monk to chase Hillar the Killer into the afterlife to find the location of a missing bus and the children it carried—has her wondering how to make a dead psychopath talk.

Christine must follow the clues sent back by the shotgun-toting monk, who tracks Hillar through the seven deeps of hell, so she can find eleven kids before it’s too late.

Maybe this time killing a man will give Christine a reason to live.

**The Television and Film production rights have been sold to Jim Donovan (Best Director 2013, Canadian Screen Awards) and on to his partners of Sudden Storm Entertainment.

My two-bits:

Brrr! this one gave me the shivers at times.

This new series has a premise that mixes crime, mystery and paranormal elements which caught my interest at the get go.

The idea of contacting killers in the afterlife makes this particular tale dark and creepy. And, how the characters go about in extracting info from a killer was quite a process - hard enough to get them to talk when alive.

A perspective and folklore of hell and a couple of its creatures are revealed which I found scary.

The main thing that I liked about this story are the strong female characters, especially main character, Christine, who proves to be one tough cookie even in a weakened physical state.

I am very curious to see how this gets adapted for TV or film. I definitely want to watch it.


About the author:
Michael F. Stewart is the author of the Assured Destruction series, which sprawls across 3 books, 2 websites, 1 blog, 7 Twitter accounts, tumblr, Facebook, and 6 graphic origin stories. He likes to combine storytelling with technology and pioneered interactive storytelling with Scholastic Canada, Australia and New Zealand’s, anti-cyberbullying program Bully For You. He has authored four graphic novels with Oxford University Press Canada’s award winning Boldprint series. Publications of nonfiction titles on Corruption and Children’s Rights published by Rubicon Publishing as well as early readers with Pearson are all forthcoming in 2014 and 2015.

For adults, Michael has written THE SAND DRAGON a horror about a revenant prehistoric vampire set in the tar sands, HURAKAN a Mayan themed thriller which pits the Maya against the MS-13 with a New York family stuck in the middle, 24 BONES an urban fantasy which draws from Egyptian myth, and THE TERMINALS—a covert government unit which solves crimes in this realm by investigating them in the next. This series has already been optioned for film and television.

Herder of four daughters, Michael lives to write in Ottawa where he runs free writing workshops for teens and adults.

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