brit_columbia (brit_columbia) wrote,

A good read online: Undertow by Naomi Clark

Hey you guys, I just wanted to share with you a story being posted serially that I'm really enjoying. It's over at the journal of naomi_jay , AKA author Naomi Clark, and the story is called Undertow. It stars Ethan Banning, a private investigator  who takes unusual, as in paranormal, cases. He is accompanied by his trusty sidekick Mutt, an adorable but basically uncivilized dog. The strangest thing about Ethan's situation is that he is possessed by a demon he calls the Voice. It is trying to gain control of him, and he must constantly fight its attempts to make him do or say horrible things. Of course he comes across as a person with a mental illness.

Why do I love this story? Quite simply, it makes me laugh out loud! Ethan is hilarious and outrageous. Actually, so is Mutt, but in a different and more non-verbal kind of way. I also find his ongoing problem with the Voice entity and the implications of their relationship to be quite thought-provoking.

Ethan's character is vivid and clearly defined. The guy just jumps off the page. Imagine Dee if he was down and out and had no Ryo, no cop-authority, and limited social skills.

Naomi posts once a week, usually on Mondays. She's currently up to chapter 4. I tell you, I start looking forward to this story on Sundays. Whenever I start thinking "Aw rats, tomorrow is Monday and I have to go back to work", the feeling is mitigated by remembering that I have another chapter of Undertow to look forward to! Go check it out. I guarantee that Ethan and Mutt will make you laugh.

Chapter One starts here:

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