Reviewed by Dan
TITLE: Soul Seekers
AUTHOR: Jake C. Wallace
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 321 Pages
RELEASE DATE: June 22, 2016
Nineteen-year-old college student Levi Reed has spent his life with hollow emotions and a darkness so deep that he’s convinced he’s losing his mind. He’d give anything to feel something, anything, real.
When a mysterious stranger appears, Levi is convinced the man is trying to kill him. When he’s near, Levi experiences head-crushing pain and something surprising—real emotions for the first time. Jeb Monroe is arrogant, self-assured, closed-off, and handsome, but he isn’t the harbinger of doom Levi assumed. Jeb’s mission: help Levi find his missing soul.
Levi is pulled into the secret world of Seers and Keepers, those born with the innate ability to manipulate souls and tasked with balancing the negative energy they can produce. Levi learns he possesses a rare gift, and he’s in danger. As Jeb and Levi grow closer, they discover a group of zealots who want to harness Levi’s power to cleanse the world of damaged souls. Everyone Levi cares for is threatened unless he agrees to become their tool of death. But agreeing could spell the destruction of humankind. With no one to trust and nothing as it appears, it’s up to Levi to save them all.
This was a great example of how to write a novel, with a core mystery, that you don’t figure out until almost the end of the book. I had NO idea who was allied with whom, and doing what until I was most of the way through.
Levi Reed has some psychological issues. He has been on medication for most of his life, and feels dead inside. One day he gets up and decides he is sick of feeling numb so does exactly what doctors yell at you for doing (I know this from experience), and just stops taking his meds…all his meds.
Within a couple days, Levi is having feelings like he has never had before and he is convinced he is losing his mind. He keeps seeing flashes of a dark stranger, but only out of the corner of his eye.
Then he meets the dark stranger, a young man by the name of Jeb, who is arrogant, rude, and just all around not nice to Levi. To make it worse, when he touches him, there is mind numbing amounts of pain.
But Levi soon learns there is more to Jeb, and more to Levi’s own life and family than he has ever suspected. Soon both men are careening down the road towards a showdown with magical sorts who think they have the ability to remove peoples’ souls, and have the proof to back themselves up. But they want Levi. Can Levi, with Jeb’s help outwit the bad guys?
I really enjoyed this story. It kept me entertained right up until the end and kept me guessing on who the bad folks really were. I would happily recommend the book. I think you’ll all enjoy it!