Review: The Harbinger by Mary Eicher

One day Cab and Temmie were taking a break from hiking the PCT in a small town and the next day the town was gone. 

The Harbinger is an award-winning finalist in the Fiction: LGBTQ category of the 2020 Best Book Awards sponsored by American Book Fest!

Synopsis:

In a picturesque California town, the deafening sound of bells brings dozens of people to their knees. Three days later a horrific accident claims their lives. Among the dead is the twin brother of Artemis Andronikos, a beautiful attorney, who abandons the ill-fated vacation and returns home to grieve.

Cover Artist: Natasha Snow

Her mourning is interrupted by Lucy Breem, a reporter who suspects a connection between the strange bell sound and subsequent deaths. Disturbed by the possibility that the phenomenon had presaged her brother’s death, Artemis agrees to join forces with Lucy to investigate the mysterious premonitions. Utilizing her considerable physical and deductive talents, Artemis battles nefarious forces and seeks information from friends in high places. Their research takes them to various global venues. But the solution to the mystery proves elusive and the couple discovers that neither science nor religion can provide an explanation for what has become known as the Harbinger. 

I have a new heroine for you to root for and her name is: Artemis! 

I never really understood a man’s purpose in a lesbian novel until now…laugh. Mary Eicher utilizes the male thought process to introduce the physical beauty of Artemis and when Jake sees Artemis for the first time, I gotta say, “Yeah, it is one of the best ‘How you doin’’ walk on scenes I have read in awhile.” I can be such a hormone ridden pre-teen at times and when it comes to a lady walking into a room I can “sigh” with the best of them. (laugh)

The Harbinger drops us right onto the Pacific Coast Trail and into the mystery pretty quickly. Eicher then keeps the pace up throughout the book as the mystery broadens off the PCT trail to world wide intrigue. The romance happens pretty quickly too. Everything happens fast. Eicher barely lets you process one revelation before you are facing another one.

This can be a very good tool as characters that you come to like may not stick around long as the mystery shows no favoritism. I will warn you that death comes for all ages and in various forms. Eicher spares no one as everyone goes through some process of pain as a result or a symptom of the mystery. 

The premise is an intriguing one and a familiar one as we are living through a pandemic. The story has nothing to do with how we are living today, yet you will see similarities as the human condition reacts the same in most circumstances as history has shown us. Eicher blends this realistically. There are some unanswered questions at the end of the story, but there is a book two. Yay!

Artemis is a character you want to follow because she is just so badass. She can defend herself, others, and looks at the whole versus just the one. I am interested to see where Eicher takes her. I am so looking forward to the ride.  

I received an ARC of this book and I am writing a review without prejudice and voluntarily.

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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Books in the “Artemis” series:

#2 Perceptions set for release 12 October 2020

Further Details:
Publisher: NineStar Press, 9781648900280, 15 June 2020
Series: Artemis #1; Settings: California, Italy, Hawaii
Pages: 345; Sex: Rated R

Published by Mx. Phoebe

They/Them, Writer, Veteran, Activist, and Explorer.

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