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Agent Kal Hakala, who has been running the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation as its temporary director, has his hands full. First there was the windigo crisis that threatened humanity with extinction. Now he has received an anonymous challenge from a creature calling himself Maydock: “Come to Omaha within the next five days, or every day thereafter I shall kill ten humans in many inventive and disturbing ways.” Maydock has infiltrated BSI Security and can monitor Kal’s every move, so until Ghost can repair the breach, Kal has no choice but to travel to the Heartland with no team backup and only those items he can carry. While Kal dances to Maydock’s tune, Canton and his team covertly follow as close as they dare, realizing that if they are caught, they will trigger Maydock’s epic murder spree. Even as Kal is put through his paces, he uncovers corruption so insidious it tears at his fragile sanity. With the odds stacked so heavily against him, how can Kal possibly vanquish the most powerful being he has ever encountered? Book 5 in the From the Tales of the BSI series.
This action-packed urban fantasy follows the brooding Kal Hakala, human head of the Bureau of Supernatural Investigation in an alternate contemporary America, to what promises to be the first of many confrontations. After reading a message from someone that wants him dead, Kal decides to trek to Omaha for the decisive first and final meeting with the letter writer. Concerned, Kal's BSI buddies decide to rescue him before he can fall prey to this deranged killer. Stone (Things to Do in Denver When You're Un-dead) writes in a brisk, conversational style that livens up the portrayal of his rather clich d lead and villain. The setting fuses magic and technology in appealing ways that will hopefully be developed in future installments. Heavy-handed exposition and pop-culture references can drag down the story, and while Kal's frolic through a nifty supernatural world is enjoyable, it does not attempt anything particularly new.