on March 25, 2013
Genres: Fantasy, Urban Fantasy, Young Adult
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Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title "Phantom Ninjas" by the media, are leaping off tall buildings and somersaulting back up without any scratch - and then disappear. There follows more spontaneous acts of magic, confounding the world. Who - or what - is responsible? In the middle of the mystery arrives Detective Hetfield, a private investigator just recently released from the FBI due to an on-the-job injury. Hetfield, who is accustomed to fame as a star witness in the murder trial of a beloved actress, uses the media to put forward the theory that a person of extraordinary magical powers is behind all the incidents, and labels him Dr. Magic. Hetfield gets much more than what he bargained for when that powerful being does exist - in the form of a young man long disillusioned with his past - and cruelly takes him up on his offer.
For lovers of witty and light-hearted wizard stories involving magic.
Seeking Dr Magic had a very comic book feel about it, where two arch enemies are pitted against each other. Like the relationship between Joker and Batman, these two need each other like fire and water.
The protagonist is Tony Hetfield, Ex-FBI and self-made private investigator who has a thirst for fame. He gets more than he bargains for when his media interview is interrupted by a strange occurrence; Phantom Ninjas who somersault off tall buildings without a scratch. Hetfield deduces that a man called Dr Magic is behind this work of magic, and he begins his trial of tracking down Dr Magic and finding out who he is. The two begin a quid pro quo as Dr Magic uses his magic to transport Hetfield from Chicago to New York at a blink of an eye, and then begins their strangely co-dependent relationship.
Throughout the book, Hetfield believes that Dr Magic is not an evil man, and he hides the identity of his nemesis from the FBI and US Government. Dr Magic is a 21 year old boy who just wants some recognition and fame for his amazing powers, which Hetfield relates to throughout the book. How Hetfield deduces who Dr Magic is and how he came to be is true of his PI caliber, as he learns how to side step Dr Magic’s threats and uses his investigative skills to get to the bottom of the mystery.
The way the media, FBI and general population responded to Hetfield, in his celebrity status as the man who named Dr Magic, reminded me of a comic book. These characters are blown out of the water by several traits, especially the villain and his thirst for power and Hetfield and his need for fame. While the whole world is in awe of Dr Magic and fears him, it’s Hetfield that breaks him out of his pattern and believes in him.
Overall, I enjoyed Seeking Dr Magic, it’s a story that pretty much shows you that anything is possible if you set your mind to it. It’s a story about believing in yourself and taking responsibility for your actions. I’d recommend this story to readers of all ages, with it’s mystery, suspense and action.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. Thank you so much for sending me this book!
Rating: 4 out of 5