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* Release Blitz & Review * Never Again (A Paranormal Detectives Novel) by Lily Luchesi

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

release blitz, book review, Never Again, Paranormal Detectives Series, Lily Luchesi
A standalone spin-off of the Paranormal Detectives Series, we discover the true horrors during Hitler's reign.

In World War Two, not all monsters were human.

Male siren Sean Wireman was ostracized from his small village in Israel in the sixteenth century, forced to wander the world until he settled in America in the 1920's. Since he doesn't age like a normal person, he was fit to fight in World War Two, to defend the heritage he spent his whole life running from.

Seventy years later, after he has lived a whole other life since Hitler was defeated, from attending law school to becoming a bona fide rock star, the monsters the Nazis released upon the Jews in concentration camps have returned, and he is the only one who can destroy them.

But can he save his people once again, or will this fight take a deadly toll?
Never Again, Paranormal Detectives Series, Lily Luchesi, release day, book review

Source: I received a free copy of this book with the option of leaving an honest review.
Publisher: Vamptasy Publishing
Cover art: Rue Volley
Edited by: EAL Editing Services
Genre: Paranormal/Supernatural
Format: eBook, Print
Publication Date: December 5, 2017
Series: Paranormal Detectives Series

Review

In an emotional letter to his former lover and friend, Angelica Cross, Sean Wireman shares the story of his life. After his true nature as a siren was revealed in an unfortunate accident, Sean escaped from his home village in Israel and the family he knew since childhood to wander around the world until finally settling down in Chicago in the 1920's. As a siren, he didn't age like typical mortals and joined WWII to fight against the Nazis and their extermination of Jews.

During his time as a soldier, he is captured and thrown into a concentration camp where he discovers the Nazis have unleashed monsters upon the Jews. After escaping from the concentration camp, his commission as a soldier ends and he returns to Chicago to become a brilliant lawyer who is well-known for his ability to get his clients off the hook. When a modern-day Nazi wants to retain his services, he leaves the law firm and decides to become a rock star; which is how he meets Angelica Cross.

Seventy years later, a rash of gruesome murders bring back past memories of the concentration camps. It appears that the monsters he encountered during WWII are back and still hunting down Jews and sirens. Can Sean put an end to these monsters once and for all, or will these monsters succeed in killing the Jews and any remaining sirens in the world?

Never Again is a shining example of how spin-offs should be done! For those of us who have followed the series, we're presented with an opportunity to learn more about Sean Wireman, a siren who played a significant role in Angelica Cross' life. If you haven't followed the series, this is a wonderful opportunity to get a feel for Luchesi's writing style.

I try to avoid spin-offs because the plots are liberally sprinkled with appearances by favorite characters who seem to appear out of context, or the context is forced. However, in the case of Never Again, I found that Sean is a very charming and likable character, with a captivating and rich story that stands on it's own without the need for gimmicks or guest appearances by popular characters from the series to lend it credibility. The plot maintains the continuity of the "Paranormal Detectives Series" and, for those of us who have read the entire series, it provides us with a new perspective on some of the events that took place in the series.

Sean's story is exhilarating, heart-wrenching, emotional, and terrifying at times. He has survived a lot, and he has the scars to prove it. The narrative surrounding his triggers and flashbacks is nothing short of brilliant! They are explained in such a way that people who do not suffer from mental illness can understand and relate to. Since Sean is such a likable character, his story is a great means to raise awareness without cramming it down people's throats. On a lighter note, I particularly liked how Luchesi tied Sean's escape with Israel to a legend about an encounter with a siren. I thought I recognized it as part of a legend I had learned about in school and my suspicions were confirmed later on in the story.

If you have followed the "Paranormal Detectives Series," you'll enjoy Sean's perspective and learn a little more about Angelica. If you haven't had the chance to read the books in the series, Never Again is a great introduction to Luchesi's writing style. I loved Sean's story, and I think you will too!

On a more personal note... I generally read through the acknowledgments to see if there are any names that I recognize, or if the author has included more back cover blurbs from other reviewers. I was surprised, moved, and extremely flattered to find my name (not the blog's name, mine) in the acknowledgments. I've been going through a rough patch lately and I wonder if what I do makes a difference to anyone, or if I'm really as invisible as I feel sometimes. It's nice to know that who I am and what I do does make a difference. Thank you, Lily! 

About Lily Luchesi

Lily Luchesi, author. 
Lily Luchesi is the award-winning author of the bestselling Paranormal Detectives Series, published by Vamptasy Publishing. She also has short stories included in multiple bestselling anthologies, and a successful dark erotica retelling of Dracula. She was born in Chicago, Illinois, and now resides in Los Angeles, California. Ever since she was a toddler her mother noticed her tendency for being interested in all things "dark". At two she became infatuated with vampires and ghosts, and that infatuation turned into a lifestyle. She is also an out member of the LGBT+ community. When she's not writing, she's going to rock concerts, getting tattooed, watching the CW, or reading manga. And drinking copious amounts of coffee.

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Excerpt

Never Again, Paranormal Detectives, Lily Luchesi, release day, book review

I was freezing. As in limbs numb cold. I woke up in a bed, and dread filled me at the sight around me. I was back in Theresienstadt, and all around me were the frozen corpses of the other inmates. Ice and frost formed on their eyeballs and eyelashes. Their hair was frozen stiff, what they had of it, anyway. Lips blue, skin white as the snow the fell outside.

I got up, and had nowhere to walk. Unless I tread in my bare feet over frozen cadavers, I was stuck, trapped there to freeze to death. Taking a breath that burned my lungs from the cold, I took a step, feeling unmoving, frozen stiff limbs beneath my skin. Brittle, frozen bones cracked under my weight and I felt sicker than ever when I reached the end of the room.

The boy, the one I had given my coat to, was standing in the doorway, still wearing my coat. He was dead, but moving nonetheless. His sightless, frozen eyes stared at me and through me. “You didn’t try hard enough to save me,” he said, his voice naught but a whisper.

Fear made me move, and I shoved the ice-covered zombie aside, only to watch his body shatter like glass when it hit the floor. Blood exploded everywhere from the force of impact, so warm it began to melt the ice that was once a poor little Jewish boy, too young to even shave yet.

I let out a cry and ran out the door, not wanting to see anymore. Outside the door was the old man who had had his skull cracked in by the Nazi that night of the inspection. He was also made of ice, but his head was steadily pumping blood, slowly melting his cold exterior.

“You just watched me die,” he said, his voice sounding just like the boy’s.
“There was nothing I could do!” I protested.

The man lunged at me, but he was too slow and he slammed himself into the wall after I moved out of the way. I didn’t stick around to see if he was still moving or not. I needed to find a way out.

Without any more interruptions, I reached the main hall and opened the door to escape. Standing in the way was my old friend Jakob Edelstein. He was emaciated, but not frozen. His bare arm showed the tattoo that was unique to Auschwitz. His eyes were sunken and blackened, his teeth had mostly fallen out. Oh yes, and one side of his head was blown in, just a large crater like a cracked three-minute egg. Instead of yolk and butter and salt leaking from the crater, though, there was splattered gray matter and blood. Off to one side were three people I didn’t know, but I still knew who they were: Jakob’s wife, mother, and son. All three had identical holes in their heads.

“You escaped, Sean. I didn’t,” Jakob said, his voice low and dark, nothing like the man I knew. “Why did you deserve to live and not me?”

“I didn’t!” I said, tears coming to my eyes. “I didn’t deserve it, but I’m not the one who gets to choose who lives and who dies! Don’t you think I would have traded my life for yours in a second if I could have?”

“Not good enough!” Jakob lunged for me, and I grappled with him. He was stronger than our frozen brethren inside the camp walls. I pushed him down to the ground and watched in mute horror as his head shattered like porcelain, splattering his brains all over the pure white snow.

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