Book Review: Water to Burn by Katherine Kerr

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Water to Burn by Katharine Kerr
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Just when Nola O’Grady thinks she has it all…

Nola’s the new head of the San Francisco branch of the Agency, the Psychic organization so secret that even the CIA doesn’t know it exists. What’s more, for some mysterious reason, Interpol has assigned her lover, Israeli secret agent Ari Nathan, to her new bureau as her permanent “bodyguard.”  But everywhere she looks she sees a Chaos manifestation spying on her. Inexplicable “rogue waves” are sweeping innocents to a water death before she can save them. She has two increasingly dangerous searches on hand, for Reb Ezekiel, the supposedly dead prophet from Ari’s past, and for the mysterious “Brother Belial,” head of the Chaos cult they had managed to take down. To top it off, her brother Michael is dragging Nola and Ari into his attempt to rescue his girlfriend from a radioactive alternate dimension.  How is Nola supposed to serve the forces of Harmony and maintain the balance between Chaos and Order when she can’t even keep her own family under control?

Second in the Nola O’Grady books, where she lives in San Francisco with her motley extended Irish family and her new, Israeli lover/bodyguard.

The story follows on from book 1, which if you havent read (like me) it’s a little hard to catch up on, but generally the story is ok. She is following up in chasing the missing members of the coven that was broken up in Book 1. Meanwhile there are entities coming over from an alternate dimension, her brother is trying to get his new radioactive girlfriend over from this alternate dimension (where she has been working as a prostitute), a new business partner of her brother in law is blackmailing him and is in far too deep. There’s also a small mystery of Nola’s missing Irish father, who in this book she finds out why he’s missing, that he’s not really as dead as everyone thought, and some of the reasons he left Ireland in the first place.

Nola has psychic powers, which now places her at the head of a really really secret agency. She is following up the other people from the coven she broke up in book 1, an investigation that leads her to more deaths, more visitations and surprises from alternate worlds. I dont know the background behind the “not wanting to eat” issue – she’s not anorexic, just never seems to be hungry and is always being told to eat – and there are detail descriptions of what she’s wearing (I dont know why). They seem to change clothes more often than they eat, which is a little strange (and of course, no visits to the bathroom)!

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