Thursday, June 9, 2011


Title: RetroCog
Author: Marie Harte
Publisher: Loose Id
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ISBN: 978-1-61118-403-7
Genre: {M/F} Paranormal, Series
Rating: 4.5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Dragon Minx 

When funding for the Defense Department-sponsored Psychic Warfare Program is scrapped, a few of its members transfer to other agencies, while others leave the government behind. Knowing they need to keep a low profile, Noah First and several of his fellow agents settle into life as civilians working at a gym while they do investigative work on the side. Noah gets assigned the job of tracking down a stolen painting and ends up in the middle of a murder case. His power of seeing into the past lands him in an historical mining town-turned-tourist-destination that’s filled with ghosts, who have an agenda all their own. 

Almost every step Noah takes brings him face to face with the past, including the room he’s renting in the old bordello turned bed and breakfast. And the inn’s manager, Lara, a woman he’s increasingly drawn too, bears a striking resemblance to the sexy woman in the stolen painting.  The question is are his feelings real or are they only an echo of the past and the feelings of a man long dead? Can he find the painting and what about the murderer who seems intent on killing anyone who stands in his way of getting to Lara? 

RetroCog is release two in Marie Harte’s new Power Up series and while I’ve enjoyed the two previous series, this one is definitely my new favorite. There’s just something about the different psychic abilities that each member of the team possess that I find appealing, and the retrocognition that Noah deals with is especially unique and interesting. Ms. Harte did a wonderful job with the multiple episodes where Noah found himself pulled into the past and the descriptions of the costumes, sounds and sights made it all seem very real.  

Noah’s a bit gruff, a rough around the edges kind of guy who doesn’t relate well to others, yet he and Lara have a special chemistry…a spark from the first moment they meet. It seems natural and not forced, making the beginning of this unusual new relationship easy to believe. Lara’s another interesting personality. She’s likable, a little unsure of herself and uncomfortable with having a spirit constantly talking to her. These two are perfect for each other and the desire and passion swirling between them is hot.  

The murderer/killing aspect of this story is well handled. He’s a vile, angry person and the scenes where the killings take place are chillingly creepy. It’s also nicely integrated into the overall plot, making for a nice balance with the growing relationship of Noah and Lara. Look for the next book in the series, Whispered Words, in the coming months.

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