Friday, July 20, 2012

Firecracker by Charles R Verhey review

A team of eccentric psychics who assist local authorities with difficult cases has reluctantly hired Aideen Cassidy, a timid pyrokinetic who has managed to accidentally burn to rubble every building she’s ever worked in. “It takes some real power and talent to melt a slushy machine.” Now, after months of scraping by on the last of her savings and spending every day terrified of her own gifts, she’s being given the chance to prove her worth. To be accepted for who and what she is.

But there’s more happening behind the scenes than anyone realizes, and Aideen soon finds herself caught in a conspiracy of evil monsters and dangerous assassins that dates back over six hundred years.

All she wanted to do was fit in. Now the lives of her new friends depend on her talents for fiery destruction...

4.5 stars

The story of Firecracker follows Cas, a pyrokinetic with a very tenuous control of her powers.  She starts her adventure unemployed, running out of money, and praying that her next job interview goes well so she can turn it all around.

Her last hope for a job is with PsychTeam, a group of psychics that consulate with authorities to help find missing people and solve other crimes.  When she arrives for her interview she meets Li, a mysterious guy who really doesn't seem to like her.  It takes the intervention of Miyuki, who is the head honcho of the team, to get her a job.

The book reveals some interesting psychic powers that the various team members possess as well as having a few story arcs.  The main story involves mysterious shadow creatures that seem to be hunting people with the Zoe blood type (the genetic marker for psychic abilities).  There is also a small story about the relationship between Li and Cas as well as an arc involving Cas finding a missing girl.

The characters were great in this book and I really enjoyed Cas.  It was nice to see someone who had immense power, but had no real control over it.  The difficulties Cas had with wage garnishment due to accidental damage and the constant threat of immolating some random object made her a character it was easy to feel for.  Li was a bit further out there, but hey I might just have trouble relating to world class martial arts millionaires lol.  His tragic past made him a bit easier to come to terms with, he wasn't the perfect example of everything either.

The story flowed pretty well for the most part, although there were a few parts that seemed a little rougher.  The book was a very entertaining read that I finished in two days.  I imagine there will be more books to follow and I will be waiting for those eagerly.

Get the book on Amazon, or learn more at Charles' blog.


  1. Looks interesting enough, I'll take that ;)

  2. It was certainly a good book, I'm looking forward to the next.