Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters
by Angel Martinez
Volume 1 of Offbeat Crimes
Kyle is a policeman in a most unusual precinct. His squad is made up of men and women with paranormal capabilities, although they're not exactly X-men. Everyone's powers are a little ‘off’. There's a firestarter who can't spark if it's wet, and a vampire who gets sick on whole blood, just to name a few. Then we have Kyle's new partner Vakesh, who seems unflappable, but it turns out you don't want to make him angry.
This book, the first in a new series by the same author who gave us the Brimstone books, offers up a similar not-too-serious story, with a little romance mixed in. The humor isn't quite as tongue in cheek in this story. It's a little more dry than snarky, although like Brimstone, the characters are all misfits, of a sort.
Other than their paranormal abilities, Kyle and Vakesh come across as quite realistic characters. Both clearly have a past that got them to where they are as the story starts. We get a few glimpses of their pasts as the plot unfolds. It all comes out very naturally in the course of the two men getting to know each other. However, the author is clearly keeping a little in reserve for future installments of the series, the next of which is due out soon.
One would hope that future installments will not only give us more about Kyle and Vakesh, but also add some depth to the other characters on their squad. They certainly sound like an interesting bunch, but in this first short introduction they're little more than caricatures.
“Lime Gelatin and Other Monsters” is available from Amazon.