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The Phantom's Fixation

The Phantom's Fixation [Kindle Edition]

J.J. Paul , Studio To ON ©
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Torn from her dream of marine biology and shattered by the recent murder of her father, Nina finds herself ensnared by the increasingly strange clientele of the family private eye business—a mystery that begins to unravel when Lakeisha Wells terminates her contract with Nina to find her missing son, Terrence.

Somewhere in Brooklyn , an anomalous silver locket said to bring misfortune to all who possess it is the key to solving this crime.

Now connected to the case in a way she doesn’t understand, Nina slips into a strange world of phantoms and fanatics in what should've been a simple case of kidnapping, if Lakeisha didn’t think the kidnapper was already dead.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 339 KB
  • Print Length: 268 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1456344013
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004FEFH3M
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2.0 out of 5 stars Potential not fully realized 20 Mar 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
After her father's death, Nina Davidson takes over his private investigation firm. As she struggles through the grieving process, trial comes in the form of a series of supernatural cases, culminating in the kidnapping of a child by a ghost.

This novel had a lot of potential. The supernatural component was interesting, and the layers of deceit were stacked quite high. Unfortunately, the support was rickety, resulting in an unwieldy tower in which I was unable to place my trust. While the "great reveal" proved that the links between people and circumstances were less tenuous than initially suspected, there wasn't enough foreshadowing or randomly scattered hints to give me any any sort of satisfaction. Nina's supposedly logical conclusions were difficult to follow, and I eventually gave up.

It is rare for me to experience actual ire towards a novel, but I found the wording of this novel pressed all of my literary buttons at once. Sentences were oddly written, without continuity of subject or structured patterns. In every other paragraph, I was rereading to make some sense of one phrase or another, or I was glazing over a blatant grammatical error for the sake of my own sanity. It took me forever to decide whether the "I's" instead of "I'm" were intentional or accidental. My conclusion was that there are better ways in which to spend my time.

There was also a movement carried out by a character that is described by "ethnic", which is not only unclear but also carries with it the potential to be unintentionally offensive. With a bigoted protagonist, that sort of comment makes sense, but Nina does not seem designed to be racist. Or perhaps she was, since she found it necessary to mention the race of nearly every person whom she observed or confronted.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting premise with potential 7 Nov 2011
By GraceKrispy (MotherLode blog) - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This mystery has an overlay of paranormal. I liked Nina's character. She's a strong female lead who's determined to get to the bottom of this mystery. Not a lot seems to throw her off, and that makes her interesting. I wasn't as fond of some of the other characters in the book, however. I felt some were inconsistent in their speech patterns and in some of their actions. I did feel like I could get a grip on many of these characters to some extent, which speaks to the details used to describe them, but they still didn't feel very "real" to me. They felt more like their ghostly cohorts; visible, but somehow not quite tangible. The relationships between them struck me as similarly amorphous. Characters that had just met seemed to already have a familiarity, and it sometimes felt like I was supposed to already have additional information to make all the connections Nina was able to make.

In spite of what I felt were shortcomings in the story, I wanted to keep reading to the end. I wanted to find out how the story would come to a conclusion. I can't say I loved the ending, but I didn't hate it either. It just left me a bit befuddled, like the rest of the book. I didn't have really strong feelings about the book one way or the other. It was interesting and kept my attention enough to get me to the end, but I wasn't really engaged in it. When I factor in the need for further editing for typos/substitutions as well as some sentence structure revisions, I give this:

2.5 /5 stars - Full review at GraceKrispy's MotherLode review blog
4.0 out of 5 stars Phantom's Fixation 17 May 2011
By sparky52984 - Published on
The Phantom's Fixation is a unique and highly entertaining supernatural thriller/detective novel. The story begins with a young woman who has inherited a PI business from her late father. She decides to honor his legacy by taking on his last open case only to be drawn into circumstances far beyond anything she had anticipated. She begins by attempting to solve a simple mystery and ends up investigating the kidnapping of an infant by a poltergeist.

While this is obviously an oversimplified plot synopsis, it gives the curious reader a good sense of what to expect. There are twists and turns throughout the story that make it very suspenseful and will leave you on the edge of your seat, wondering what will happen next.

One of the potential drawbacks to the story is the amount of detail given. While I was able to grasp the importance of the almost overly minute details, given that the protagonist is a Private Investigator, I could also see this being a stumbling block to some readers, as it can sometimes interrupt the flow of the narrative. In addition, there are a few typos/editing errors that can force you to have to reread sections to grasp what has just happened. As such, this novel requires a certain level of indulgence by some readers.

However, if you are capable of such indulgence, you will definitely find a good read here. I greatly enjoyed the intense and suspenseful way in which the narrative was woven and the plot twists left me coming back for more. This is definitely a book worth reading and I hope that the author will see these criticisms and take them to heart, because he has the potential for a blockbuster franchise here.
4.0 out of 5 stars A unique supernatural thriller... 15 April 2011
By Kisha Green - Published on
The Phantom's Fixation is a supernatural detective thriller based in New York. The story has the basics of most private investigator novels: murder, betrayal, confusion, fear, and mystery. By adding the ghostly element, it gives the story a unique touch that keeps the reader intrigued to the very last page.

This cliffhanger is centered on Nina Davidson, the successor of S.D. Investigations. Everything starts off simple enough with her attempting to solve an open case left by her deceased father. The mention of occult related details with the case causes her to question if she is being toyed with. However, her intuitive and precocious nature unveils a world of trouble that she is not prepared for. Nothing is as it seems and what she does see, she is not quite sure if it is real or all in her mind. Things become even more unsettling as she finds unexpected pieces to this deadly case that could implicate her in several murders. The action kicks up several notches when it is made clear that her life is at stake, just as her father's was. Once things become personal for Nina, the chase for all the answers begins and a detective story is revealed that makes you not want to set the book down.

The Phantom's Fixation, Nina Davidson, could be compared to Laurell K. Hamilton's, Anita Blake. I could definitely see a series of books being written about this character fighting metaphysical crimes that others do not have the courage to tackle. While there were apparent key characters mentioned throughout the story, a few people were randomly sprinkled in that made it difficult to understand why they were there. Some relevance could be attached to them but it was a bit of a distraction to the story. Other than that and some editing that was overlooked, it was a good fictional novel and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a good read.
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good modern day detective story 6 April 2011
By Paul Lappen - Published on
This is a present-day detective story with elements of the paranormal included. Can a ghost really kidnap a baby?

Nina Davidson took over her father's investigation business after his death. He and a woman named Mylika Evans simultaneously shot each other to death. The incident (Nina was there at the time) is a source of frequent nightmares for Nina.

A woman named Lakeisha brought her baby, Terrence, to an adult party, and was less than diligent about keeping an eye on him. The baby disappears, and Lakeisha claims that an ghost is the culprit. Nina is very skeptical. Nina receives a couple of phone messages full of strange noises that can't be easily explained.

For Nina, a much more likely suspect is Maurice, Lakeisha's ex-husband, who spends most of the year in the Caribbean. The divorce was not amicable. What makes this more than the usual kidnapping is that notes from the kidnapper mention Nina by name, and mention a locket that the kidnapper very much wants returned (what locket?).

Suddenly, Terrence is returned, safe and sound. Case closed, right? Not for Nina. Tracing the locket, she meets a man who attacks her in his basement apartment, thinking that she is out to get him. After Nina disarms him, she finds that he has covered his walls with crosses made of lamb's blood. He is very scared of the locket, and refuses to leave his apartment. Soon after Nina leaves him, something literally frightens him to death.

As Nina gets closer to the truth, people involved in the case start turning up dead. Can a ghost be a kidnapper and murderer? Is the explanation actually something more down-to-earth?

This is a really good modern day detective story with just a touch of strange in it. The reader will certainly be kept guessing until the end. On the negative side, it could probably use a trip to a proofreader or copyeditor. It's not a major problem by any means. Overall, this novel is certainly good enough to be bought and published by a legitimate publisher.
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply Spellbinding! 22 Jan 2011
By bigbrian76 - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
A more riveting book I have not read - once I started reading, I just could not stop until I reached the end. Jamel J. Paul is masterful in his web of mystery, building up the suspense that leads to a stunning ending. "The Phantom's Fixation" worked on me - I was spellbound and glued to the book from beginning to end, not wanting to let it go or even pay attention to what was going on around me. Mr. Paul has a very eloquent flow to his writing, which to me ranks up with some of the best mystery writers I could think of - being a fan of mysteries myself, his books remind me a lot of Sue Grafton's detective series. "The Phantom's Fixation" also reminded me a lot of one of my childhood favorites - the Three Investigators, influenced by Alfred Hitchcock.

There is a complex talent that goes into creating a story that rivets the reader and sucks them in such that you keep turning page after page after page - Mr. Paul has achieved that in "The Phantom's Fixation". With each passing chapter, you are drawn more and more into the mystery and the suspense - and like any great mystery novel will do, this novel also includes a surprise twist in the ending, which definitely was unexpected. By the end of the book, all loose ends were wrapped up - no cliffhangers, no feelings of "I wonder what happened..."

I simply cannot speak highly enough about this novel - you are very quickly drawn into the world of Nina Davidson, who investigates a mysterious child abduction that turns out to have a personal connection to Nina herself. The story is very tastefully written, with an epic climax and resolution at the end that is simply not to be missed. If you are in any way a fan of mystery, suspense or the supernatural - this is most definitely the book for you! Kudos to Mr. Paul for developing a masterpiece worthy of becoming a best-seller!
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