Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title "Phantom Ninjas" by the media, are leap...

Review of Seeking Dr. Magic

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Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title "Phantom Ninjas" by the media, are leaping off tall buildings and somersaulting back up without any scratch - and then disappear. There follows more spontaneous acts of magic, confounding the world. Who - or what - is responsible? In the middle of the mystery arrives Detective Hetfield, a private investigator just recently released from the FBI due to an on-the-job injury. Hetfield, accustomed to fame as a star witness in the murder trial of a beloved actress, uses the media to put forward the theory that a person of extraordinary magical powers is behind all the incidents, and labels him Dr. Magic. Hetfield gets much more than what he bargained for when that powerful being does exist - in the form of a young man long disillusioned with his past - and cruelly takes him up on his offer.

For lovers of light-hearted and fun novels involving magic.

Dr. Magic follows Detective Hatfield, who has been forcibly retired from the FBI due to an injury. While the case gave him notoriety and almost movie star status, he now works as a private investigator, riding the coattails of his previous popularity. Suddenly, all over the globe, reports and videos pour in of figures jumping off the tops of buildings only to spring back up unharmed. Detective Hatfield takes an interest in the mystery of a man he proclaims to be Dr. Magic. Refusing to play nice with his former FBI compatriots, he takes apart the mystery and identification of Dr. Magic. 

Seeking Dr. Magic is a fast read of mystery and magical pandemonium. Even though Detective Hatfield takes enjoyment out of his new found star status, he's a likable character. Dr. Magic, however, is not. He's a perpetual child, with a dangerous ability and no regard for using it for his own nefarious purposes. He has the world at his fingertips and the power has gone to his head. It was interesting seeing how Detective Hatfield's sense of duty and community instilled by working for the FBI eventually influences Dr. Magic into making more responsible choices. The ending was a bit unsatisfactory, abruptly switching from a fast-paced adventure and wonder, into the mediocrity boringness of restraint and obligation. 

Overall though, Seeking Dr. Magic was an enjoyable read, leaving the reader to ponder "What If?".  What would you do if you discovered magic existed? What if you were the only person in the world who could wield it? 

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About the Author

Scott Spotson

Scott Spotson is a Canadian novelist who excels in imagining scenes of intrigue and adventure within ordinary lives while daydreaming, then pulls together various plots to create a compelling story. 

Scott has written eleven books: "Life II," a time travel novel; and its sequel, "Bridge Through Time," "Seeking Dr. Magic," a novel that imagines what happens when a powerful wizard comes of age as a young man, and wreaks his havoc on the world, which is yet unaware of his existence; "Delusional," in which a woman in love suddenly experiences hallucinations and resolve to track down her tormentor before it's too late; "The Strange Life of Brandon Chambers," in which a young man suffers from hallucinations throughout his life, but others also see them and these illusions contain clues to a deeper meaning--or do they?; "Wizards Rising: The Cataclysm," in which four arrogant wizards take over North America and thrill the populace with deadly wizard games; "Alia Tero: The Many Lives of Darren Datita," in which a bewildered young man must deal with the strange rules of an Earth-like society in an alternate universe; "My Wizard Buddy" series, children's books in which Tyler has a boy wizard as a real friend, not as an imaginary one, and "You Know You're Thin When...," a humor book using large single panel cartoons.