The Seers

Love and Terror on the Fourth of July

Fiction - Short Story/Novela
53 Pages
Reviewed on 06/28/2020
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Author Biography

J.R. Wirth is a native of Southern California. Raised in Azusa, he now hails from San Bernardino. J.R. is recognized for his extensive work in the helping field. He is a licensed psychotherapist with a long list of accomplishments, including a 15-year stretch as a domestic violence counselor and trainer, and head of a disaster response team. J.R. had a stint as a university professor, and even spent time as a child abuse investigator. J.R. has several pieces published—including a poem and several short stories in online venues. Among his traditionally published works is the bestselling series: “Twisted Family Holidays Collection,” which is a highly rated collection of short stories that surround popular holidays, and are loosely based on real life situations. The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July is book three in the series. J.R. recently released "The Christmas Town Calls," which is the 4th book in the Christmas town series, preceded by: The Town Beneath the Christmas Tree; The Town Around the Christmas Tree; Return to the Town Beneath the Christmas Tree: Jacob’s Story.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite

The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July is a paranormal novella of suspense written by J.R. Wirth. If it was the Fourth of July, Jess and his daughters would either be traveling from their Southern California home to visit his brother, Jim, and his family in Las Vegas, or they were already there. The two families had grown ever closer through the years, so much so that seventeen-year-old Dylan, Jim’s son, had spent that last summer with Jess and his daughters, seven-year-old Jade and sixteen-year-old Brandy. And, as is usual with most savvy travelers, Jess’s plan was for the four of them to get an early start to beat the California traffic. Unfortunately, he was the only one of the four who actually was any good at getting up early. Still, they did manage to leave fairly early and proceed on their journey to Vegas. It would end up being a most unusual journey, one that would leave them forever marked by the experience.

J.R. Wirth’s The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July starts out as your usual problem-filled road trip, but then the author abruptly pulls the rug out from under his readers’ feet as the plot turns infinitely more mysterious. Why was Brandy suddenly compelled to open the rear window of the car and reach her hand out toward the lightning and rain? What happened to her and Jess, and was it a gift or a curse? Wirth’s plot works quite well, and his characters are well-defined and believable. The Seers: Love and Terror on the Fourth of July is well-written and definitely fun to read; it’s most highly recommended.