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A new case comes up, a vicious murder, and Adam is tasked to determine if there is some psychic evidence that he can add to the investigation. When Adam and Detective Cherabino get to the scene of the crime, Adam is stunned to find that the victim is Emily, one of his former students. Adam had destroyed Emily's psychic abilities through negligence while he was in the throes of his addiction and still an instructor for the Guild.
Mirroring reality, the city budget for law enforcement is facing serious budget reductions and lay-offs are imminent. Contractors and other non-essential staff are all being strongly scrutinized during this process. For Adam, losing his job and the essential mechanism that it provides for him to function with the challenges of his addiction is a terrible threat. Despite the lingering weakness of having over used his talents, the need to excel so he can keep his job is pushing him hard.
On top of all this the Guild has sent an investigative Agent to monitor Adam. Even though he is no longer affiliated with the Guild, this oversight is not only invasive of his privacy, but also represents a real threat. Adam's choices, while not a real threat to the Guild, are not always exactly in the best interest of the Guild. There is a real pull between his loyalty to the police force and the increasing expectations of the Guild that he will provide them insight into issues that they consider in their purview.
There is so much going on in Sharp and it's interesting for sure, but the best part of this story is the characterization of Adam. Alex Hughes does such a great job of really letting you feel the stress and anxiety that Adam is enduring. His guilt over having permanently damaged two gifted women as a side-effect of his drug addiction, his desire to protect his functional lifestyle as an addict who is staying out of trouble, and his desire to earn the trust and friendship of Detective Cherabino make him so real. I could really feel just how hard it was for him to cope with all of this at once and not just give up and dash into the oblivion that his addiction promises.
Sharp is so much more than just a paranormal detective novel. The worldbuilding is good, the complexities of the plot, while predictable, are interesting and the development of the main character is awesome. I haven't been too excited about any other urban fantasies I've read recently, but Sharp was fantastic.
1: The character is better in this one not a great deal but better in this instance I am talking about the fact that he at least has learned to talk back every now and then.
2: His powers come back in fits and starts by the end he gets it back only to lose it again but I have hopes that he will regain it before the next book comes out.
3: The world is built upon and some new characters are added. I liked the new characters especially Stone but again we get the weird schizophrenic thing going where he is likable one minute and completely different person the next willing to threaten children. I get where the writer wanted to go but the transition is way to rough. I did like the character concept and thought if only the main could be more like this guy.
4: There is one instance of him actually using his power to stop someone. I know it amazed me just amazed me when he did it.
5: Plot is much like the first one but still is fun to go through you can kind of figure it out half way through but you will still be hooked enough to finish the book.
6: The writing is solid with a good turn of phrase and the dialogue is good.
1: Okay I did not like that he lost his power if you are going to have a character with power then let him have it otherwise write a book about normal's. And to use the same plot device of him losing his power again is sloppy and lazy. I know it is easier to write books with weak characters but this is only going to drive readers away.
2: Following on number one start spending some time actually on what he can and cannot do flesh his powers out give him for pity's sack something interesting. The level 8 thing gets thrown around all the time make it mean something that he is supposed to be that strong. How did these psychics do anything to secure their future when this guy is such a weakling?
3: This book is much like the first as we get a plot filled with him being bullied into situations such as the whole in debt to the Guild thing. I could start a list of those that bully him or degrade him but that would be every character in this book.
4: The interactions with other characters are very hard to read and weird. Cherberno beats him down because she thinks he might be working for the Guild again? Really? Just like the first one whenever something comes up she hits him, yells at him so my question is I guess it is okay to hit people if you have a misunderstanding then when you are found to be wrong not to apologize? Or is it just because he never fights back that is the reason it is okay to hit him and demean him?
5: Lets talk about Kara you know the ex fiancee that turned him in? They have scene in the book all of 1 page dealing with the past. First maybe she was right to do what she did I don't know. But she never came and tried to help in rehab or after. I would never desert my fiancee like that in there time of need. That part made her out to be a good guy for betraying what was supposed to someone she loves and although I could see her point the fact that she just cut him out of her life after shows exactly how much she really cared for him even as a friend she would of tried to help him instead of abandoning him right when he needed her the most. The bad part is she keeps it up if you have someone you know and used to at least like maybe love "tho I doubt she is capable of the emotion" who is about to be confronted by a person who can kill, imprison or lobotomize you then decide well I can't tell them I might get in trouble, then you are a piece of s*** person. He used to be someone she said she loved. She would kill a dog for peeing on the floor.
There is a pervading sense that Adam deserves all the bad things people do to him through out this series. Why would it be all right to treat people with rampant distrust? Why would it be okay to hit people for doing something wrong? Why is it okay for people to not give him credit for doing more to solve a case than anyone else? This series has more potential than alot of series out there right now but it is hampered by a main character that is unlikable with a cast of characters that treat that main character like a child or a rabid dog depending on mood. Would I recommend this to a friend? Maybe. I am giving it one more book then if the issues are the same I will just leave. Which is sad because this has a ton of potential.
I read everything in the fantasy/sci-fi genres from top-dollar to independent authors and it's always refreshing to turn back to a well-written novel like this that keeps you guessing on the direction of the story and development trajectory of the characters.
A suggestion for readers though: pick up the novella between this book and the first as it serves as an enjoyable/helpful transition.
Some light spoilers/suggestions:
*Wouldn't hurt to do a bit more world-building in the next book. As mentioned, this is a character driven novel but there is a great opportunity to throw in an extra paragraph or two to anchor the reader into the futuristic landscape painted by the author.
*Keep up with the character progression. Adam's addiction wasn't a driver for this story and I'm glad for that (at the same time, it remains there which fortifies the realism). Keep the ball rolling on his development as I think a strength of this series is the characters.