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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Sleeping Bear by Mark Rigney [4.5 stars]



From the Description:

Let sleeping bears lie.

When an unlikely visitor brings Reverend Renner a cryptic warning that, “The bear is waking up,” he must once again partner with retired investigator Dale Quist in order to quiet the supernatural forces suddenly threatening their peaceful corner of northern Michigan.
Faced with sudden earthquakes, a toxic fog, a bloodthirsty inhuman creature and two very frightened teenage runaways, Renner and Quist discover their adversaries care nothing for their concern, or their logic. They will also learn that the best of intentions and the best-laid plans are no guarantee of success.

I received a copy of this novella in exchange for an honest review. This is in no way reflected in my opinion of this book.

Sleeping Bear, the second book in the Renner and Quist series, is a great read! The story centers around an Ojibwe legend about Sleeping Bear Dunes. The plot is much darker than in the previous book, The Skates, but just as well written. I was laughing out loud in some spots and terrified in others. The end of the story really got to me, it was shear perfection. I absolutely love the characters in these books! Renner is slightly pretentious and absent minded, but means well while Dale Quist is a bumbling good ol' boy who's a bit rough around the edges. The two of them are what I imagine it would be like if Barney Fife and Larry The Cable Guy got together to hunt ghosts. Megan, a socially awkward Ojibwe woman, is also a great character. I can't recommend this series enough!! A fast, fun and thoroughly enjoyable 4.5 star read.