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September 7, 2013 / minusbar

Book Review: Soulstream, by Geo Ivery

Book Review: “Soulstream” by Geo Ivery

The jacket description really doesn’t do it justice. I picked up Soulstream, by Geo Ivery, not knowing quite what to expect. Would it be a “big brother” book? Would it be paranormal? Was I going to be completely confused? I’m happy to report that I was not confused (much), and that I found the book to be interesting and engaging.

The Mancer Epic is the first of a nine-book epic series, entitled Soulstream. It is about ordinary teenagers who discover that they were worshiped and revered as gods in an earlier lifetime. Unlocking the mysteries of the universe, they race against time to save others like them from being hunted and killed by a secret society, OZONE, that wants them only to exist in mythology. Using uncanny powers from the Soulstream, which humans call Heaven, these characters, known as Mancers, prepare for an inevitable war that could end the world as we know it.

The book is centered around a varied cast of characters ranging from about twelve to older than dirt. No seriously, some of the characters lived on Pangea at one time. Still, I would probably keep this one in the Young Adult category, if only because the main characters…are a bunch of teenagers. That doesn’t mean that someone older couldn’t enjoy the book, because they can. Age isn’t really important in this book except when dealing with maturity levels. The point of view switches between third person (for the action scenes) and first person (for the introspective scenes). It’s pretty effective.

The setting is modern, with the addition of ancient supernatural beings who’ve been around for a very long time. OZONE is a government organization who sees these supernaturals as a threat to society as they know it, and so makes it their mission to hunt down and eliminate them. Ooooh, suspenseful, right? It works well as a typical save-the-world plot, only I wish Ivery had developed the “why” a little more. Obviously, OZONE is evil. Yet what exactly would happen if they took over? Would the destruction be limited to supernaturals? Or would there be greater consequences?

There is plenty of action for those readers who enjoy a bit of violence, including (but not limited to) kung-fu-esque fights and giant boulders raining from the sky. THey are entertaining, but a little too well-written. Sometimes they seem a little dry, but fun nonetheless.

My only other comment would be that the chronological order of events in the beginning of the book is a bit muddled, but it straightens itself out in short order. Well done, Geo Ivery, and I look forward to reading the rest of the Mancer series.

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  1. Geo Ivery / Sep 14 2013 2:08 am

    Thank you so much for this awesomely relevant review. I really enjoyed it.

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