Soul Census

After surviving the horrors of World War I, Willem Maddock thinks he will return to a better life.
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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.

Author AJ Vega continues his sojourn into strange worlds with his new novel SOUL CENSUS. Though published in 2016 the novel takes on a new life as the government explores the concept of ‘census’ – and while the type of census about which AJ writes is far different from an ‘immigration focused census,’ the theme is relevant… The book’s subtitle – WAR OF SHADOWS Series – suggests there will be more stories of this vein to come. This is ht book’s 3rd version. Opening in 1933 in New York, the hint of the fear that will come is evident as we meet the main character: ’Reflections in the rain puddles painted the same ugly picture he tried to avoid seeing directly. With each step, the dilapidated building shook, the streetlights shimmered, and the sky retreated, as if distancing itself from the scum on the ground. A dark figure in the water stared back at him, an observer lurking above the reflected world around him. Willem Maddock tried to avoid the figure, trying instead to imagine that man – himself – in better surroundings. Perhaps the green fields of the western front, even if it did mean dodging the black plumes of death in the exploding air around him.’ Into this excellent painterly prose the story winds – ‘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.’ SOUL CENSUS is a very strong novel, one deserving of further movements in a series. AJ Vega has the gift of creating fascinating characters and placing them in atmospheres that rivet the attention of the reader. This is a fine author, one well worth exploring and appreciating. Recommended. Grady Harp, July 19

-- Grady Harp

AJ Vega (Author)

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.

After surviving the horrors of World War I, Willem Maddock thinks he will return to a better life.

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