Soul Census, War of Shadows series

A riveting work of paranormal suspense, the appeal of Soul Census extends far beyond fans of the genre.... A dynamic, mind-bending tale, Soul Census is a highly recommended read.
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After surviving the horrors of World War I, Willem Maddock thinks he will return to a better life. Instead, the streets of New York greet him with only the promise of poverty.

Penniless and without purpose, his life seems to be headed nowhere until he meets a mysterious man in a dark alley who wants to recruit him to be an agent of Census—a secret organization charged with controlling the reincarnation process of all souls.

Guaranteed some coffee, a meal, and a job description that includes dealing with haunted houses, battling demons, and occasionally cracking some heads—it sounds a lot better than what the slums of New York have to offer him.

As he embarks on a mission to round up “lost souls,” a conspiracy unfolds involving soulmates, forces from the Spirit Realm, and a Nazi agenda poised to take over the world.

Maddock will have to let go of what truths he clings to and throw himself into a war waging on Earth, heaven, and even hell itself.
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Maddock is a man who survived the war only to return to the streets of New York alone and homeless. A change meeting in an dark alley sets him on a new path with a job involving souls and spirits. The author has done a great job of painting a scene that you can easily see and spanning the story between worlds and times. I found the journey to be excellent and kept turning the pages to find out what will happen next. Maddock is a great lead character and there are other developed characters that help guide the story. I recommend this one to all the spiritual love fans or those who like reincarnation. Check this one out and get ready for the follow up. I’m looking forward to the next book.

-- Jimmy ray

Soul Census is the first installment in the Soul Census Trilogy, and a fantastic first installment it is. A. J. Vega is another indie author keeping the quality of indie writing at the highest level. He has set himself a huge task in continuing this story. It is that good. It is difficult for me to find a genre with which to label Soul Census. It is fantasy, spirituality, reincarnation, love, suspense, history and much much more. Parts of the story are told in the spirit of 50's noir, part in contemporary suspense, at times humorous, horrific, romantic and redemptive. There is just so much going on here. You are starting to see why it is hard to pigeon-hole. Suffice to say, Soul Census firmly has a place in the category of "darn good book". As for the story itself, we enjoy the eternal conflict of good vs evil, eternal love, eternal creation (are you sensing a theme here?). Soul Census touches metaphorically on spiritual, religious and political topics. A very intricate tale with characters whose existences are intertwined across the ages. The story actually spans approximately 1.5 million years and countless lifetimes. Although not a cliffhanger ending in the classic sense (thank you A.J. Vega), Soul Census does leave the reader hungry to continue the story. There is action, sometimes graphic, At times in the "real" world and at times on the etheric plane. To try and condense the flavor of the story into a few sentences would be an injustice of mythic (perhaps even Biblical) proportion. A complex and intricate story yet surprisingly easy to follow. Soul Census by A.J. Vega is a fantastic read which I believe will have you waiting as eagerly as I am to continue the adventure. I strongly recommend checking this book out. Enjoy! Mike

-- mike

About the Author ▸ AJ Vega

Inspired at an early age by the works of Jack Chalker and Timothy Zahn, AJ is a part time writer and full time computer geek. He is hard at work on the sequels for both Majesty’s Offspring and Soul Census. When not in front of the keyboard, AJ enjoys spending time with his family, biking, running, traveling and restaurant-hopping— sometimes all in the same day.
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