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Phase by Adam Hamby

5 stars

(Excerpt from Author) Thomas Schaefer is haunted by a memory. He has devoted a large part of his adult life to finding his kidnapped daughter. Since Amber’s disappearance ten years ago, Schaefer has become an expert in the recovery of missing people – his particular specialty is rescuing young adults from cults.

Schaefer inhabits a dark world populated by sinister characters. His obsession with finding Amber draws him down a desperate path. His only seeming sources of succor are Doctor Harry Gilmore, a renowned cult deprogrammer, and Ellen Ovitz, a psychic Schaefer once consulted in his desperation to find his daughter. Gilmore and Ellen represent different approaches to life – the rational and the spiritual – and Schaefer finds himself torn between the two.

Against his better judgment, Schaefer takes on a case that Gilmore brings him – the disappearance of a young girl, Katie Blake. The case shares many similarities with Amber’s kidnapping – the two girls even look the same. Schaefer meets Katie’s mother, Sally Blake and says he will find her missing daughter. Schaefer starts by shaking down known pedophiles, but has little success. He also asks a police contact to investigate an occult symbol found at the scenes of Amber’s and Katie’s kidnappings.

As he encounters events he cannot explain, Schaefer turns to Ellen Ovitz, who tells Schaefer that there is a dark cloud around him – that he must give up the search for his daughter if he is to have any hope of salvation. Alistair Mathers, a distinguished occultist, discovers that Schaefer is at the heart of a dark conspiracy. Schaefer cannot give up the search for his daughter, and finds himself struggling with the challenge of an increasingly macabre world. When he is used to kill an innocent man and implicated in the murder of his police contact, Schaefer goes on the offensive and tracks down the people who are manipulating him.

Schaefer discovers that he and his daughter are part of an occult ceremony that goes back hundreds of years, and that there is much more at stake than their lives: their souls face the prospect of eternal damnation.

Thomas Schaefer had his daughter kidnapped ten years ago. Ever since then he has been hunting her down. Since an occult symbol was found in Amber’s room, Thomas has made cults his specialty. Over the years he has helped may people get loved ones back from cults but he is driven by an obsession to find Amber. This has lead to the destruction of his health, mainly drinking until he passes out.

Thomas has a quick temper and prone to beating the truth out of people. Although he thinks he is firmly set in reality, he does have to depend on a psychic and an occult bookstore owner to give him advice on different parts of The Collective. But that just keeps him fighting for the truth.

This is a great book. Thomas is wracked with guilt about the loss of Amber and will to do anything to find her. But things are not going his way but The Collective keep finding ways to stop him at every turn. They even frame him for the murder of a cop. The worst part is that he doesn’t realize how this is doing nothing but eating him up and leaving a shell of the man he used to be

In all honesty, I have not heard of this book and couldn’t find anything except the press material from the author on what this book was supposed to be about. But I’m so glad that I read this book I got sucked in right away and couldn’t wait to find out what happens next. And when it looked like Thomas was getting close, the story would take a turn for the worse.

This is a great book. There may not be a lot of information out on it at this time, but it is one to add to your list.

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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