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Reviewed by Chris Fischer for Readers' Favorite
Whoa! That's exactly what I thought when I finished reading Soul Census, the first book in a planned trilogy by author AJ Vega. This absolutely epic read is one that will engage readers from the very first page and keep them obsessively reading all the way to the end, not exactly an easy feat with a book this size, but definitely worth the effort! Following Willem Maddock, a man who has survived World War I and is looking to return to peace and happiness in New York, this story line twists and turns in the most unexpected of ways. What Willem finds on the streets of New York is anything but welcoming. Poor and on his own, he's not sure where to turn next. And when he's approached by a mysterious man who recruits him to be an agent of "Census," an organization charged with controlling the reincarnation of souls, he at first thinks the man must be crazy, but then realizes he has nothing to lose. What he finds is nothing like he's ever experienced before, and is possibly nothing like readers have either. Battling demons, fighting for souls, and hanging in haunted houses is now his daily work, and readers will often wonder if he has a chance at all of making it!
I so enjoyed Soul Census. Author AJ Vega has done a truly amazing job with this book, creating characters that are both fantastic and realistic, and ones that his readers will be able to connect with, care about, and continue to think of long after the story is done. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. The book is long, but the story line will keep readers engrossed throughout. As a big reader of paranormal fiction, this book is one that I found unique and creative, getting to be quite a rarity in the genre. I highly recommend this book to any reader who enjoys paranormal works, or someone who is just looking for a good read in general. I look forward to reading more from the obviously talented author, AJ Vega, as soon as I can!