Subject: Gabriel Bleak. Status: Civilian. Paranormal skills: Powerful. Able to manipulate AS energies and communicate with UBEs (e.g. "ghosts" and other entities). Psychological profile: Extremely independent, potentially dangerous. Caution is urged....
As far as Gabriel Bleak is concerned, talking to the dead is just another way of making...more
Anyone who has read my blog knows that John Shirley (Co- Screenwriter of the crow) is one of my all time favorite authors. An underrated trailblazer in both science fiction and horror, Shirley's cyperpunk pre-dates William Gibson and his psycho-sexual splat punk horror pre-dates Clive Barker. While Shirley doesn’t have the sales they do he has the respect and blurbs of his peers. I suspect in this culture where TV and movies carry more weight than cult novels, one great adapatation is all it wil...more
Set in some parallel dimension of New York City, Bleak History describes a world where a subset of the population have special powers. A top secret division of Homeland Security has been monitoring the growing emergence of human supernaturals. Capturing and co-opting them for military purposes, the CCA has seemingly limitless power. At the start of Bleak History, CCA has set agents to capture Gabriel Bleak, one of the strongest of the supernaturals. CCA believes that Gabriel Bleak is th...more
The CCA considers him dangerous and he has appeared on their radar. The CCA’...more
Gabriel Bleak is a “skip tracer” or bounty hunter. He has an above average ability to draw power from the Hidden...more
The near future, after a magic-aided terrorist attack kills thousands in Miami. The gov't is heading towards a true police state, while a secret group--the CCA--hunts down people with special abilities, incarcerates them, and tortures them to perform tasks. The CCA want Gabriel Bleak, skip-tracer...more
Gabriel Bleak has quite a few supernatural abilities that have distanced him from the people around him. He is able to create energy bullets do defend himself when in a bind, and can even see and talk to ghosts that have not passed to the After. He lives in New York City, and there are others like him, although they have their own specialies. These others are apart of a community of supernaturals, called the ShadowComm,...more
The main story was pretty basic. What I wanted was more about the background. There are references to a terrorist action in Miami, but no explanation of what it was or who was behind it, and if this is an alternate universe where the terrorists hit Miami in...more
I've never really been into occult/demon stuff, and while there's no hit-you-over-the-head theology involved, there's also no specificity or motive. Just evil things that do evil stuff, which I don't find compelling. Suspense factor was very good; despite not being very interested in the storyline, the action moved fast enough that I stuck with it. The physical descriptions were go...more
Gabriel can communicate with the dead and uses this talent to help him get what he wants, when he wants it. Soon Gabriel is going to come face to face with reality and realize that nothing is free. Everything has a price and sooner or later, someone or something, is going to come along to collect.
The government has had their eye on Gabriel for a while. As they try to determine the extent of his abilities, they are also thinking of all the ways they can use Gabriel to their advantage. Pretty soon...more
I think the story would be more suited as some kind of a cheap television series but as a book it doesnt really get to me. The characters alone are too flat and one sided, there is no connection between them and me as a reader. For the story, well... its some...more
It is overall an enjoyable story with a well defined characters, strong exciting plot and a good sense of reality when dealin...more
I think that Shirley has created a unique world with an interesting cast of chara...more
Bleak is a bounty hunter who doesn't do well with authority, which is why he's no longer in the military and is doing his best to stay out of the clutches of CAA, a secret government agency. Any time a secret government agency is inv...more
He plays a symphony to celebrate its defeat. Maybe there's champagne; maybe not. But the music is sweet, mathematical, warm, and sears your heart with all the rhythmic brutality of heavy metal and the tonal subtlety of Miles playing Porter.
And when it's over you wish he'd left you at the station so you could still be looking forward to the ride.