The sleeping spell – Scott Spotson’s “Seeking Dr. Magic”

Description by the author / blurb:

Chaos reigns around the world. Strange creatures, accorded the title “Phantom Ninjas” by the media, are leaping off tall buildings and somersaulting back up without any scratch – and then disappear. There follows more spontaneous acts of magic, confounding the world. Who – or what – is responsible? In the middle of the mystery arrives Detective Hetfield, a private investigator just recently retired from the FBI, who is accustomed to fame as a star witness in the murder trial of a beloved actress. Hetfield, seeking ever more celebrity to boost his profile, uses the media to put forward the theory that a person of extraordinary magical powers is behind all the incidents, and labels him Dr. Magic. Hetfield gets much more than what he bargained for when that powerful being does exist – in the form of a young man long disillusioned with his past – and cruelly takes him up on his offer.


Seeking Dr. Magic” is not a bad book. The language is concise and flows easily, except for two or three instances when it is the very effort at conciseness that appears laborious: “Dr. Magic focused intensely by placing his thumbs and the next two fingers outwards from this thumbs on each hand, on his temples.” Else the editing has been crafty and careful. And though the idea behind the novel, a young man with super powers struggling to come to terms with his identity, is by no means original, original is his way of “looking for an opening” towards the citizens of Earth with the strangely comical incidents mentioned in the book blurb. The structure of the novel is reasonably tailored to its shape, with a limited set of scenes and few characters. The book, it has to be repeated, is by no means of poor quality. Continue reading