The Illumination Query is starting a funding campaign this month and with it kicking off I was able to get a sneak peek at the book. This is the first in a planned series that focuses on supernatural creatures and a strange and shady agency. Sarah Baethge creates a story that combines three voices into one piece.
We are initially introduced to Joel Shine, who has collected the stories of Ronald Carpenter and Dr. Hunter. These two men are both attached to the organization known as The Eclipse and find themselves going through some unexpected changes. Ronald has been working in a zoo and with his synesthesia finds himself with a job offer. His ability to see colors based on sounds helps him in finding an escaped batch of bats, which The Eclipse has an interest in. When he is hired by the agency he finds himself taking care of not animals, but Dr. Hunter. When he collects the doctor from his lab he learns that The Eclipse not only harms animals, but supernatural beings.
We watch as he continues his work with the group and waffles with some elements of guilt, but ultimately continues working with them. Dr. Hunter had freely given himself to The Eclipse. First to indulge his scientific inquiries, but eventually he makes himself into a test subject. Following a surgical choice Dr. Hunter sees the other side of the work The Eclipse does. This is an interesting introduction to a world of supernatural beings existing within the United States and Baethge presents a number of surprising elements. The two primary characters in The Illumination Query are cast in shades of grey and they go through unexpected arcs in their journey of discovery. The Illumination Query is available on Smashwords.
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