The Supernatural Enhancements

The Supernatural Enhancements

eBook - 2014
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What begins as a clever, gothic ghost story soon evolves into a wickedly twisted treasure hunt in The Supernatural Enhancements, Edgar Cantero's wholly original, modern-day adventure. When twentysomething A., a mysterious man of "European descent" inherits the beautiful but eerie estate known as Axton House set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, he is both skeptical and curious. After all, he never even knew he had a "second cousin, twice removed" named Ambrose, much less that the poor man had recently committed suicide on his 50th birthday'the very same night, in the very same room, and in the very same manner as his father had before him . . . A. is joined by his companion, Niamh, a mute teenage girl with shockingly dyed hair, and together they quickly come to feel as if they have inherited much more than just a rambling home and a cushy lifestyle. Axton House is haunted, they know it, and that's just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the secrets they slowly but surely uncover. Why all the suicides' What became of the Axton House butler who fled the day his master died' What of the garden maze's closed-off section' The secret rooms in the house with no entry' And what of the rumors in town that, every winter solstice, there is a mysterious gathering at Axton House that can only take place under cover of moonlight' Told vividly and mysteriously through a series of journal entries, scrawled notes, recovered security footage, letters to a mysterious "Aunt Liza," audio recordings, complicated ciphers, and even advertisements, Edgar Cantero has written a dazzling and original supernatural adventure with glimmers of Carlos Ruiz ZafOn's Shadow of the Wind.
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2014
ISBN: 9780385538169
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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When twentysomething A., the European relative of the Wells family, inherits a beautiful yet eerie estate set deep in the woods of Point Bless, Virginia, it comes as a surprise to everyone--including A. himself. After all, he never knew he had a 'second cousin, twice removed' in America, much les... Read More »

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KungFuAndrew May 13, 2018

I'm still trying to figure out what I think of this book. I found it a bit slow, but yet intriguing in the concept of combining letters, diary entries, cryptography notes, and transcripts of video & audio recordings as the method to tell the story of a strange, perhaps haunted house, the two new occupants and the mystery of the previous owner's secret society.
(Somewhat spoiler ahead) But what has me scratching my head is the change to a violent direction in the last 30 pages or so. I think a different path toward the (another spoiler) somewhat surprise ending could have been better approached.

SkokieStaff_Steven Oct 19, 2017

While waiting for Edgar Cantero’s new novel "Meddling Kids," I decided to check his earlier title "The Supernatural Enhancements." I’m so glad I did. Readers who enjoy complex gothic tales will find much to occupy their minds here including an X-Files loving protagonist, a haunted house setting, and a plot involving a secret society with a truly convoluted mission. There’s quite a lot of fiendishly difficult cryptography to decode, and the house naturally includes a garden labyrinth. If all this isn’t puzzling enough, the story is told entirely through documents such as diaries, letters, and transcripts. This is a book to get your head spinning in a good way.


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