Special Attraction: M.L. Ryan
Imagine what would happen if someone decided to infiltrate your dreams and control your thoughts and every move. What would you do if you were at their mercy and could not resist their wishes? What if this person was the one you and your investigative group are hunting this very person that seems to have latched on to you? Killing and dismembering hikers in many different areas this person regales and admires his work as those that lay victim to him leave a bloody and horrific scene at each site of his work.
Hailey Parrish, Sebastian Kess and Alex Sutherland are now tasked with the difficult job of finding this person and bringing him to justice. Hailey now thanks to Sebastian and a magical transplant from Sebastian can now transform herself into a hawk. Now, you might say why would anyone want this power? Hailey’s power allows her to explore, hunt, investigate and report back to the others what she sees, finds and learns without the worry of anyone seeing her or knowing that she is there. As she is our narrator and relates the story to us her job is to fly around and hope to get a look at the person that is responsible for the carnage that I have described. She is what she explains a Yterixa, someone who can transform into an animal and is suited for this special reconnaissance job. But, not everyone is happy with her escapades, as you will learn early on as she returns and many different conversations and discussions arise between her boyfriend Alex and Sebastian who used to be more than just her superior. Actually, when and if you read Special Rewards their first adventure you will learn what I mean.
As they discuss this latest situation and mull over why this person is leaving a trail of body parts, Hailey realizes that she does not quite understand the technical possibilities that would allow someone not to show up on Cortez’s radar let’s call it. How can someone be somewhere and yet nothing about them is visible or known? The plot thickens as Karttyx the head of the Coursodon, has decided to make an appearance and here is where things begin to happen as she brings everyone together, discusses their options and decides that Hailey should become now become a permanent part of the group. Learning more about the different dimensions and those in charge we are reminded on page 47 that Alex’s parents are the Royal Family or King and Queen of Alenquai and his brother is would be their next in line. Being King and Queen affords them many rights and powers but as we hear the discussion and learn the gravity of the situation Karttyx makes a bold statement about Hailey and her new role. Not happy and definitely having a tantrum, Alex finds it difficult to contain himself when he learns that Hailey is up for the job. However, first they have to figure out just what makes this killer different, why Karttyx did not want to wait until he strikes again and finally how she would use her new found Courso-human Hybrid powers to their advantage. But, before I forget she did bring something back with her, a dog. But, wait until you learn more about Rufus.
As the story develops we learn more about the Coursodon, their powers and the friction that develops between Alex and Hailey when she decides to assert her independence. But, sometimes tempers flare and things happen that should not as Hailey decides to take on her parents. When her mother hands her a line that she could do without it, Sebastian quickly defuses it with his handsome charm. Finally leaving they all regroup, discuss what the plan might be but something happens that will change it all. Just why is Rufus so attached to Hailey and what happens when she goes missing? Just what happens to her will explain why there are so many bodies that have been mutilated and more to come. As we hear the voice of a killer who thinks he should be revered, honored and worshiped we hear Hailey trying to process what he’s saying amidst the searing pain in her head. A message that he wants delivered would change it all as she returns, relates what happened as they are summoned to meet with the Royal Family.
Finding herself in the Coursodon dimension they wonder just how Rufus, an animal was able to get through the portal, which sends up a red flag about who or what he might really, be. Processing what they plan to do, meeting with the man claiming to be called Doc Martens, Hailey submits to interrogation by many in order to clarify what she has learned and remembers. But, the Royal Family, or Alex’s parents will succumb to this killer’s demand if no solution come to pass before the deadline.
A third dimension that no one told her about or knew it about could that be true? How can someone disappear without leaving his or her magical signature anywhere or anyone one being able to locate any trace of the person in that dimension? But, there is more as Hailey reveals something even stranger as this illusive Doc enters her dream and presents her with a small-egg shaped stone. The significance you will learn when the final reveal is made but first you won’t believe what happens when they learn whom Rufus really is and why he is so protective of Hailey. Enter Hewlyxnathin her mentor who is teaching her more about her powers and ability to transform. Practicing she releases some energy but then someone else transforms too. As the truth about Rufus or Ulut comes to light Alex feels threatened. Thinking he has some feelings for Hailey at times clouds his judgment about him and might leave them vulnerable when danger threatens.
As their plan to capture the killer comes to pass with the help of the small stone and Ulut they learn his true identity and hope to stop him before it’s too late. An ending that will surprise you and more twists and turns than the roller coaster at Coney Island or in a fun park, as Alex and Sebastian face off with a killer leaving Hailey and Ulut to save them but can they?
Special Attraction: is if Hailey changing into a Hawk? Is it The killer who wants attention and will do anything to get it? Is it the entire Coursodon team that you cannot resist? Or is it a special dog or Ulut that can’t seem to stay away from Hailey because he as well as Alex have a special attraction to her? What happens to the killer? What is the fate of Alex and Sebastian? Will the killings stop? Some questions are answered and others will have to wait to be answered when author M.L. Ryan pens Book4. Characters that are sarcastic, humorous and at times take their jobs quite seriously as once again author M.L. Ryan enlightens readers about those that live in different dimensions and whose hopes and dreams are not any different than ours: living in peace, safety, with love and free. Using a special and unique touch of magic, transformation and other special effects that if this were a movie would keep viewers transfixed to the silver screen: Special Attraction: read it you won’t be disappointed.
Fran Lewis : Reviewer