Shades

The Gehenna Dilemma

Fiction - Science Fiction
330 Pages
Reviewed on 04/20/2015
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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite

In 2039, the government turns dead debtors into shades (zombies), and they will do all types of work until their debts are settled. To prevent his dying mother from becoming a shade, Jonah Adams joins the IRS as a ghoul, an agent that collects recently deceased debtors. The pay is good but with a high cost, especially when others come to reap what Jonah has sown. As in this kind of story, the plot ultimately provides for a satisfying read. And the plot of The Gehenna Dilemma is certainly shot through with intrigue.

The story starts with Jonah and his partner Spenner on the hunt in Louisiana. The Devereux clan plan to bury one of their family members before the government turns him into a shade. After the bayou job, Jonah returns to New York City and parts ways with Spenner, who promises to turn in the shade to the IRS receiving station. Spenner never did, and Jonah finds himself disoriented in an interrogation room, trying to remember what has happened to him. From there on, the plot becomes increasingly twisted into unpredictable situations.

Eric Dallaire’s Shades: The Gehenna Dilemma is a great debut for its series. Protagonist Jonah is a calm and tactful ghoul. With his aide Sasha, a resident artificial intelligence program embedded within his specially created wrist-com, I personally think he doesn't need a partner, especially one such as Spenner – a reckless ghoul who gets results but with a lack of empathy. The Gehenna Dilemma is a sci-fi novel with a morally distorted theme that would challenge your sense of ethics. Dallaire manages to create an appealing web of intrigue out of this. This is a great read, engaging from start to finish, and with a keen sense of narrative drive that ensures the plot moves on at an excellent pace.