Blood Re(a)d: Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps


PUBLISHER: Ragnarok Publications

GENRES: Urban Fantasy/Paranormal

RATING: droplet droplet droplet dropletdroplet_grey (4/5)

Derek Hawthorne was born to be an agent of the Red Room. Literally. Raised in a conspiracy which has protected the world from the supernatural for centuries, he’s never been anything other than a servant of their agenda. Times are changing, though, and it may not be long before their existence is exposed.

When a routine mission uncovers the latest plan of the magical terrorist, the Wazir, Derek finds himself saddled with a new partner. Who is the mysterious but deadly Shannon O’Reilly? What is her agenda? Couple this with the discovery the Red Room has a mole seeking to frame Derek for treason and you have a plot which might bring down a millennium-old organization. Can he stop the Wazir’s mission to expose the supernatural? And should he?


Some of my favorite reads are those that are a mix of various related genres. Esoterrorism by C.T. Phipps is a masterful blend of urban fantasy and science fiction with dashes of the paranormal thrown in for good measure.


In Esoterrorism we meet Derek Hawthorne, an agent for the Red Room, an organization that has spent millennia recruiting agents from within The House, member families born into and borne of various supernatural abilities and whose agents cover up supernatural happenings from the general public.

When Derek’s new partner, Shannon O’Reilly shows up on the scene, he is immediately suspicious of her motives (it’s not like she immediately knees him in the gut then tries to pull a butcher knife on him or anything…oh, wait…), but that isn’t where the distrust stops.

The Wazir, a magical terrorist with more than a few tricks up his sleeve, threatens not only Derek’s life but lives the world over, and it’s up to Derek and his new sidekick (though if you called her that to her face, she’d probably throw you over her shoulder and try to stomp on your neck) to track down the Wazir despite his best efforts in a supernatural shell game of his own making.

One thing that is evident from this book is that C.T. Phipps spent extensive time worldbuilding. Many supernatural entities, beings and creatures are mentioned throughout the book, most of which who are obscure, badass-cool and not your average zombie or vampire.

The world in which main character Derek Hawthorne lives with his sister Penny, his estranged father (who just happens to be his boss’s boss) and the other agents of the various factions of the Red, Blue, Yellow and White Rooms is rich with detail and populated by countless beings.

But the mindless, undead, cannibalistic Draugr, the hideous, black-and-white-skinned, horned devil-like Japanese Oni and white-skinned, flabby, goblin-like Powries (to name but a few) aren’t the scariest monsters in this world. The House and its Council, who baits its agents and pits them against one another by instilling a sense of fear, suspicion, betrayal and countless conspiracies makes every character as equally the hunter as they are the hunted.

It’s funny then that my only complaint (and it is more of a desire than something I didn’t like) is to see those disparate entities explored further.

The good thing is the author doesn’t spend a lot of time telling us about these creatures. He shows them in battles and action-packed head-on confrontations.

But it wasn’t enough! I want more! Gimme more of the creatures, beasties and so many more. I want to know all about each and every terrible entity.

The silver lining is Esoterrorism is the first volume of the Red Room Series. Which suits me just fine because I’m DYING to read the next one.

If you want a thrilling read with lots of back-and-forth action tinged with tension and unease, Esoterrorism is the perfect read. I look forward to reading more of C.T. Phipps’ works


One Comment Add yours

  1. C.T. Phipps says:

    Reblogged this on C.T. Phipps and commented:
    An outstanding review from Mary Rajotte on Esoterrorism. She really liked it!

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