Breach Of Consciousness
By Peter Castillo
Genre: Thriller, Horror
Edited by Michael Garrett, Stephen King’s first editor.
From the mind of new horror author Pete Castillo, comes a story about an age-old paranormal phenomenon.
Marco Torres was a boy when his parents noticed something unusual about him. The scare wasn’t long, but little did they know, it was just the beginning.
Eventually, Marco becomes aware of his abnormality, so he searches for answers. Around the same time, ghostly psychic visions of a crazed homeless man appear to him. When the visions and the defect subside, Marco thinks he’s in the clear until he’s almost killed by the same crazed man.
As Marco gets older, his affliction intensifies. He tries to become a writer, and does a quick stint in the Navy. Eventually, he flips when his path crosses with a mystery couple who have the same abnormality as him.
After the couple gain Marco’s trust the hard way, the new friends go on several adventures including a murder investigation. Will Marco learn to harness his ability without getting himself killed in the process?
About the Author
Since before he knew it, Pete Castillo had a foot in the paranormal door since he was a boy. He has memories of being captivated by reruns of the original Twilight Zone. At the time, he may not have had a complete understanding of the story lines, but there was something about the genre that held his interest. The imagery of Star Wars and the rock band KISS also added to the beginnings of his creative thinking.
As an adult, he dabbled in writing. He learned from “How To” books on sculpting fiction, feedback from various editors, as well his favorite books and films.
Later, as another urge to write crept up on Pete, he decided to sit down and follow through with a project, no matter how many rewrites. The result is his first published novel called Breach Of Consciousness. He lives in Chicago, Illinois.
We start this story with a young Marco Torres. He starts having severe headaches, brain farts, and hears voices. He has a vision of a homeless man killing him and sees the man a couple times. He even receives an unspoken message from the man telling him he is going to go crazy. He then has a period of just brain farts but nothing really serious.
Marco goes into the Navy and decides to retire and write. But he can’t seem to get into the groove. One night on the beach he receives a message that someone has been watching him and wants to meet. He learns that he is a level three telepath that can send messages but can’t really receive them. He starts training to use his abilities and goes on the hunt for the person that murdered a childhood friend.
This story easily draws you in and gently takes you through Marco’s story. You do follow along at a slower pace but that makes this story better. I loved when Marco meets Danny and Rebecca Santiago and they have to prove they are telling the truth. But learning how to control his powers is tougher than he thinks and will push him to the limits.
This is a great story and one that everyone will enjoy. I will definitely be checking out other books from Peter Castillo.
I received Breach of Consciousness from Sage’s Blog Tours for free. This has in no way influenced my opinion of this book.