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In Golden Blood by Stephen Woodworth
Review by Gayle Surrette
Dell Paperback  ISBN/ITEM#: 0440242525
Date: 25 October, 2005 List Price $6.99 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Official Info /

While this is the third of a series, I didn't have much problem following the story or getting to know the characters. You can pick up on the Violet's and the problems Natalie has had with the NAACC (North American Afterlife Communications Corp) as you read. It seems that people with Violet eyes can channel the dead particularly if they have a touchstone, something that belonged to the person you want to contact. There is even a machine that can verify that the conduit is actually channeling rather than making it up. The problem is that if the conduit isn't careful and guarding their mind a spirit can possess them and take over their body. The things that bothered me may be in the other books like if touching something that belonged to a dead person can allow that person access to your mind why doesn't Natalie wear gloves at all times. The financier Nathan Azure does because he doesn't want anyone to have access to his previous actions. If he never touches anything then a conduit can't read him as a touchstone for any dead person. It seems a simple precaution that everyone BUT the conduit takes in this world. However, since some of the plot revolves around this contagion via touch it would end the book if Natalie didn't go around shaking hands and touching people and things.

Otherwise the action is rather slow at first but picks up once they get to Peru. The information about Pizzaro, the Incan civilization, Peru, and the people is interesting. The descriptive passages make you almost feel like you're there. Several of the minor characters were strongly defined and I wished we could have learned more about them but in context more information wouldn't have worked.

Recommended. It's a light read but action packed with a strong female protagonist who doesn't give up and doesn't whine or wait for someone to rescue her.

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