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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
Call of the Conjurer by Ryan Grimbly is a paranormal thriller about an underground military force, Hidden Government Army, whose job it is to fight ethereal enemies and maintain the current structure of the world order without being discovered. Captain Calbert Mason, an experienced Combat Instructor is a Conjurer; one who can summon and control ethereal beings. As new recruits are brought together from across the world, Mason and his lieutenants, Baker and Rosenwich, must ensure that they can produce new, much needed additions to their specialist army while ensuring the recruits’ safety throughout the training program.
There are several lead characters who contribute to the depth of the story line. Readers are introduced to an ensemble of recruits, such as Ace Mcdagger (I won’t reveal his power), Shimon Arkasone who has telepathic and psychic abilities, Gregory Levy who could manipulate his body to survive harsh environments, and other remarkable soldiers that have their own gifts as well. Yet the vital lesson for the recruits is to learn magic, harnessed as weapons by Hidden Government scientists for the army to manipulate ethereal properties in the world of magical modern combat.
On the whole, Call of the Conjurer is slow to start but engaging once the story progresses. The premise is interesting and the plot is significantly solid. Grimbly has put a lot of thought into his story. The characterization and execution of the plot are very clean. It is an entertaining enough read to entice readers to read its sequel.