Being half dead isn’t all bad. Carlos Delacruz is an inbetweener, half resurrected after his death, with no memory of it or his life before. Now, he works for the New York Council of the Dead doing their dirty work. Except for a few friends, his existence is pretty lonely. After all, he is one of a kind… right? When Carlos runs into another inbetweener, its sets off a chain of events that starts to unravel his life-after-death and uncover his past. Will he emerge unscathed or will he find out how it feels to be completely dead?
Half-Resurrection Blues is a gritty, urban fantasy that totally took over my life. I couldn’t put it down-desperate to find out what was around the next corner. Daniel Jose Older is a magician, slowly revealing each new secret and keeping this reader riveted. Carlos is a very sympathetic character, likable and so wonderfully flawed. Bobbing along in his half-life, he never stops to question who he really is, why he was chosen, why he works for the New York Council of the Dead. That is, until, he finds another person like him and suddenly he is awakened, driven to understand what is really going on. The underlying energy of the city of New York is like another character in this novel. A pulsing beat, a background hum that infuses every page. I enjoyed every moment spent in this twilight world and can give it no less than 4 and ½ stars!
Because I’m an inbetweener and the only one anyone knows of at that the dead turn to me when something is askew between them and the living. Usually, it’s something mundane like a suicide gone wrong or someone revived that shouldn’ta been.”
Carlos Delacruz is one of the New York Council of the Dead’s most unusual agents an inbetweener, partially resurrected from a death he barely recalls suffering, after a life that’s missing from his memory. He thinks he is one of a kind until he encounters other entities walking the fine line between life and death.
One inbetweener is a sorcerer. He’s summoned a horde of implike ngks capable of eliminating spirits, and they’re spreading through the city like a plague. They’ve already taken out some of NYCOD’s finest, leaving Carlos desperate to stop their master before he opens up the entrada to the Underworld which would destroy the balance between the living and the dead.
But in uncovering this man’s identity, Carlos confronts the truth of his own life and death.