My #bookreview of SHAMAN: The Awakening by VR McCoy

SHAMAN: The Awakening

by VR McCoy


An FBI agent with supernatural powers. An elusive serial killer. A mystery in the Navajo Nation.

The nightmares never cease. Ever since I was a child I’ve struggled to deal with them. Each night a different horror takes shape, and I see it as if I was there. I wake from these terrifying dreams of another world in which I’m running from the strangest visions of evil. Visions that can only exist in nightmares, yet they’re all too real to me.

Christian Sands is an FBI agent with a unique ability. When his ViCAP unit takes on another serial killer investigation, they soon find themselves in deeper than they bargained for. The killer seems to be ahead of them at every turn. The search for the mysterious killer takes Christian and his unit from the Crossroads of New Mexico deep into the Navajo Nation.

Shaman – The Awakening is a gripping supernatural thriller, filled with brilliant and in-depth descriptions and shamanistic lore.


This is a book I’ve wanted to read for awhile, mainly because of the cover design and the theme of the storyline as I love Native American lore.

The beginning of the book drew me in as I became introduced to Chris, a Freedom Cherokee, and his ability to dreamscape.  Because of his special abilities, he works for a special branch of the FBI that deals with unsolved cases.  His teammates are also gifted in their own unique ways for profiling these types of cases.  The team’s called to New Mexico to help solve the case of a serial killer that’s abducting, holding, then killing his victims in a gruesome, ritualistic manner.  Chris ends up with two romantic interests during the investigation of the case.  One ends up turning her back on him.

I found the plot intriguing and the background of the Indian Nation and their beliefs seemed very well documented.  By the end of the case, Chris has met his spirit guide and is learning to use more of his abilities.  I feel there could be another story for this character.

This book could’ve received at least a 4 star rating, but for these two reasons.  First, the stilted, and one dimensional dialogue: he said, she replied, she smiled, he smiled, etc.  The characters all sounded alike.  When the story is being told from the first person POV, it’s very engaging.  It’s the dialogue that really set me off.  The second reason I couldn’t’ give 4 stars are all the glaring, proofreading / editing errors.  There are actually two places in the book where I found footnotes included in the manuscript.

I also felt there were several scenes in the book that if they had been developed more would’ve added more action and drama to the story, IE their escape from the church and the warehouse.  These were glossed over and done in a few paragraphs.

This was an enjoyable read and I did come to like Chris’ character.  I give it 3 feathers.


About Sahara Foley

Bio: Until my husband died on Christmas 2012, I never thought about becoming a writer. In fact, the act of writing a story terrified me. Don’t get me wrong, I loved reading, just never had the knack for writing. The thought of writing dialogue scared the bejeebers out of me. See, Bob was the writer. He wrote stories for years but could never get a traditional publisher interested enough to publish even one. Now I understand why, as they were unpolished outlines. Then, after 30 years together, Bob passed away and my life was turned upside down.

About a month later, I was sitting around my apartment, trying to adjust to the worst event in my life, when a little voice spoke to me. Why not publish Bob’s stories? To be truthful, ever since the advent of self-publishing, I always wanted too, that’s how much I believed in his stories. But I knew I would have to fight him for every little change I made to his outlines. Sorry, honey, but they had to be done.

So, I pulled out the box of stories, dusted them off, and started on a new adventure: The World of Self-Publishing. Boy, did I have a lot to learn. I finally published several short stories early in 2014, then my horror novella, It Lives in the Basement. While I was working on them, I was slowly learning the craft of writing, and getting The Secret of Excalibur ready for publication. Excalibur was my favorite story of them all, and in the back of my mind, I knew I wanted a publisher. One day on Twitter, I ran across a tweet from Creativia Publishing, and that was another game changer for me. I signed up with them in December of 2014, and it was the best decision I’ve made.

One thing I’ve discovered on my new adventure, are all the really awesome and talented Indie Authors. If you find the right community of Indie Authors, all they want to do is help each other. I found that I love promoting them and their books, so that’s how I setup my blog. For readers to meet Indie Authors.

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