Thursday, July 31, 2014

"TOTEM, Book:1 SCARS" by C. Michael Lorion (4 Stars)

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Totem Series, Book #1
by C. Michael Lorion

Genre: Mystery/Horror/Mythology/Paranormal

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**I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review.**

TOTEM: SCARS is a clever weaving of Native American mythos and 1970's New England living. We are introduced to Kimi, a girl displaced in time and hunting down her vengeful brother Achak, both searching for a mysterious source of power known as the Totem.

In Old Wachusett, Mass., it is 1978 and Josh has agreed to give his ex-girlfriend a ride to her mother's grave, thanks to her unreliable father. The man uses his parish as an excuse to keep his daughter away from that grave and the secret he wants to keep his child from discovering, while Josh's parents are growing further apart - from each other and him.

This book follows a large cast of characters living their individual lives as their families decline, lost loved ones are mourned, infidelity lurks, and evil is insidiously creeping. Lorion does a magnificent job of making each character their own person with their own voice, no two sounding a like, and he tells his tale with clear and intelligent web-spinning. It is a wonder in the beginning how these two worlds can come together, and though there isn't a lot of action, there is a lot of character building, mystery, questions not yet answered, with a splash and dash of murder and  a whole lot of dirty laundry needing airing.

If you're leery of all the books out there containing formatting and editing errors, fear not in this case. I can't recall a single flub. And if you appreciate a well-told yarn of good vs. evil, than I think that this is the book for you!


  1. Rebecca, I'm glad you enjoyed the story. Thanks so much for taking the time to read it, write a review, and do the interview. It was all a great pleasure for me. I'll be following your reviews and posting them on my Facebook page. Thanks!

    1. That's awesome, thank you!! Please let me know when I can get my hands on Book 2. =D