Reviewed by Timothy R Baldwin for Readers' Favorite
Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inhala are the heroes of Resident Spy by D. L. Richardson. They struggle to survive their high school years, knowing the disease from which they suffer will ultimately kill them. But this all changes. They receive their life-saving organ transplants and almost immediately begin to experience what they believe to be hallucinations. Only, these hallucinations are real and the teens, meeting for the first time, are discovering a world in which they must, James Bond-style, thwart the plans of an evil genius bent on infecting hundreds of thousands of people. What are kids who are still recovering from recent surgery to do? They've only one choice: take on the bad guys and save the world!
Resident Spy by D. L. Richardson is a captivating paranormal spy thriller, with well developed main characters who act and speak like ordinary teens. Richardson spends the first third of this story orienting the reader into the world of these three teens, and a fourth character, Dylan Black. Bravo to the author for taking on the challenge of writing four completely different narratives. Writing in the first-person point of view, this is no easy task for any author to pull off. But Richardson does it well enough, creating four unique voices, mostly distinguishable from each other. However, the investment Richardson makes in developing these characters in the first third of the story pays off. At the halfway mark, I found myself suddenly thrown completely off-kilter, just like the teens. They wake up together in a holding cell, meet each other for the first time, and quickly discover they, as Dylan Black's proxies, share in the responsibility of finishing what he started.