Genre: Paranormal, Romance
LGBTQ+ Category: Gay
About The Book
Agent Dash Cooke likes simple assignments: annihilate the dangerous monsters and move on. He likes a simple life too: a furnished apartment that he switches out for a new one every few years and no messy personal connections.
Then his boss gives him an assignment that’s not simple at all.
Reports claim that a beautiful old house in Sacramento is haunted by a poltergeist, but Dash soon discovers a very different type of spirit. Henry will be destroyed if Dash evicts him. And suddenly Dash’s life has become very complicated indeed.
Chambered is book 10 in ‘The Bureau’ series. I’ve read a few of the earlier books and this one fits in nicely.
Dash goes on a mission to deal with a poltergeist, and finds Henry instead. Henry is an undocumented paranormal creature / trans-specie and not a threat to anyone. Dash finds himself wanting to protect Henry at any cost, and he does just that.
The story follows the two as they negotiate threats and the modern world. Henry hasn’t left his house in a hundred years, so everything is new to him. In addition to the external threats, there are Bureau politics and machinations to weather in the form of the Bureau’s chief, Herbert Townsend.
Henry reminded me of the creature from Book 3 (Creature) of the series, not that he is a similar species otherwise. There is happy ending here too. An enjoyable read with both main characters getting saved from an uncertain future.
Tony is an Englishman living amongst the Welsh and the Other Folk in the mountains of Wales. He lives with his partner of thirty-six years, four dogs, two ponies, various birds, and his bees. He is a retired lecturer and a writer of no renown but that doesn’t stop him enjoying what he used to think of as ‘sensible’ fantasy and sf. He’s surprised to find that if the story is well written and has likeable characters undergoing the trails of life, i.e. falling in love, falling out of love, having a bit of nooky (but not all the time), fending off foes, aliens and monsters, etc., he’ll be happy as a sandperson who has just offloaded a wagon of sand at the going market price. As long as there’s a story, he’s in. He aims to write fair and honest reviews. If he finds he is not the target reader he’ll move on.