The Helper by M N Snow (Review by Valerie – #NerdGirlVal)

Title: The Helper

Author: M N Snow

Published Date: December 1st 2016

Genre: Speculative Fiction


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A tale that combines contemporary, speculative fiction with an ambiguous spirituality. The book explores relationships between lovers, friends, families, and what Powers of Good there may be. John Sloan is a Marine Corps veteran with a life-long secret that is haunting him. He is a conduit to a healing light that draws him to people on the brink of emotional disintegration, people who are then healed and Helped by this light. His blue-collar world is shattered when he finds that his connection to this anonymous portal has vanished. He is alone, seemingly beyond aid, and in desperate need of a Helping himself. The book tracks the intersecting lives of John and two other Helpers. His lifelong friend Dusty Hakalla is a mixed-blood Ojibwe, with a secret of his own. His power to Help is remarkable, but was once destructively misused. A career Marine, his scarred childhood and momentary abuse of power have left him jaded and bereft. Deena Morrison, also a Helper, is John’s girlfriend. Adopted as an infant, she flees John to find her birth-mother, while carrying within herself her own secret. Another character shadows their lives as narrator, Nan’b’oozoo, the trickster god of Ojibwe legend-at times sarcastic and petulant, at others insightful and humorous. The novel travels from the gritty Lake Superior port-cities and Indian Reservations of northern Wisconsin to the Jewish neighborhoods of North Miami Beach, Florida-from Parris Island to the war zones of Kuwait and Afghanistan.


***Adult Warning – May Contain Graphic Sex, Strong Language, Or Adult Situations. Caution Advised***
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***Valerie – #NerdGirlVal’s  Review***
This book was absolutely amazing! When I read the Synopses, I was a little confused on what the story was about and not sure if I would like it. But something inside me told me to take a chance on it. Boy am I so glad that I did!
First let me say that the last two chapters you will need a huge box of tissues. Those chapters pulled at my heart strings real bad. Through out the whole book, you will use all your emotions.
Deena, well I know some what how she felt, because I am too. My parents told me while I was an infant and it’s like I always knew. I am very proud of it! I know that dieing need to know as much as you can and maybe one day, get to do what Deena did, but with my husband and daughters. I envy her for going and finding her.
Dusty, he is just a surprise after surprise. I felt pride for him in the ending. I never felt sorry for him, but I was in his corner, rooting for him and hoping that things would change as he got older. His Military career was amazing and he was so strong and really one of the best there is. But what he did in the ending captured melt my heart and that is something I would do. I felt love for him for it.
John, amazing child hood, one that every child dreams of. I grew up in the 60’s-70’s era and remember those times so well. As life through him a curve ball after curve ball and he found that dark hole, I was hoping he would come out of it. I have been in the black hole and until you have, you have no idea how it feels. I also know how it feels to have the love of your life, as my husband and I just celebrated our 36th wedding anniversary. John had that glow of love and that is the best feeling there is.
The Light, I could really see myself as a Helper. I am told that I have a heart of gold and a soul of an angle. I don’t know how true that all is, but I will take the complement though. When Dusty explained his travel to the Light, I fully understood what he meant. You see when I was giving birth to my first daughter, things went terribly wrong. I went down that very dark tunnel towards the end with that brilliant bright light. The closer I got to the light, the happier I felt. I also felt peace and serenity, the best feeling that I have ever felt in my entire life. I was almost there when a hand touched my shoulder and brought me back.
The ending is nothing like you would expect or think of. I was shocked on who was telling the story, it sure wasn’t who I thought it was. Surprise! I could go into the story line and tell you how things played out, but if you really want to know, you will have to buy the book to find out. It is worth every penny of it. I now wish that I had gotten it in paper instead of an ebook. This is one book I would love to have on my shelf, signed or not, it doesn’t really matter.
So to end this review, M. N. Snow is a new author to me and if this author writes all their books like this one, I sure would love to read more of them. I am hooked and reeled in on this book and this author.


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