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The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker / Review by Danny Lindsey

The Delphi Effect

By Rysa Walker

Skyscape
$9.99
ISBN 978-1503938823
Published 10/11/2017

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Killer Nashville Reader’s Choice Award

The Delphi Effect

Killer Nashville review by Danny Lindsey

The Delphi Effect by Rysa Walker is the first installment in a new trilogy detailing the life of Anna Morgan.  Anna is a seventeen-year-old girl with a gift.  At least some would consider it a gift. But when she inadvertently “picks up hitchhikers” from touching piano keys, a No. 2 pencil, or from sitting on a porch swing, the gift becomes a burden. Personalities of people long dead hitch a ride inside her consciousness, each with the sole purpose of finding their specific form of closure.  This can range from the mundane (finishing a crossword) to telling family members or beloved pets goodbye. This type of possession is referred to in Hebrew as ibbur, a positive transmigration form of the soul.

Anna’s latest inhabitant is Molly, a young girl who was kidnapped, tortured, and murdered. Anna’s attempts to satisfy and quiet this spirit lead her into a dangerous, high-level conspiracy. She meets others who possess paranormal abilities, albeit their gifts differ from her own. Unsure of whom to trust, or which actions to take, Anna seeks to escape the nightmare her gift has become.

This book is best begun with plenty of time for once started, you will not want to be interrupted. With fast paced action and plenty of suspense, The Delphi Effect is a spellbinding stand-alone novel. Knowing that it is but the first in a trilogy will leave the reader impatient for Book 2 – The Delphi Resistance (October 2017) and Book 3 – The Delphi Revolution (October 2018). There will be waiting lists at the library for those that have burned through volume one.

Danny Lindsey keeps trying to retire. After a 20-year Army career and a 25-year second one in the private sector, he’s finally settled down. His current gig is as the Veteran Employment Services Manager for a Huntsville, A.L.  based non-profit, Still Serving Veterans. Both full careers were characterized by numerous writing assignments, from war plans to operating policies and procedures, then on to white papers, analyses of alternatives and competitive contract and grant proposals. Now his writing consists of blogs for the website www.ssv.org, podcasts for the local NPR affiliate, and a half dozen Pulitzer-worthy, albeit unpublished novels.