The supernatural meets the spiritual in this unusual, endearing thriller.
In his debut novel, Connor may have carved out a new subgenre. With a nod to comic-book stories of heroes and villains, he combines a passion for yoga and meditation with a playful mystery. When Tina Tinsdale, better known by her “superyogi” name, Physique, takes down an airplane with her supernatural powers, the FBI enlists the help of an expert on yogis gone bad. Special Agent Kevin Kirby fell down the ranks after a failed investigation into the disappearance of two missing yogis, but now the agency needs him. After a little cajoling, he agrees to take the case, and he’s partnered with the very serious Agent Marcus Rollins. From his time studying powerful yogis, Kirby is well-versed on who might be able to help, and he ultimately forms a team of superheroes to match Physique’s powers and hopefully, with some training, bring her down. Enter a handful of seemingly everyday people, who all obtained supernatural powers from practicing yoga and meditation. Each has an alias: Eric Adams is Diamond Mind; Arial Davis is Airspeed; Samantha Morris is Samsa; and Father Diego Martinez is Father Agua. Overall, this is an enjoyable, schmaltzy adventure. There’s no subtlety in the characters’ thoughts or motives, however, and that might be a loss for readers who like to be kept guessing. Also, the story may be dismissed by those who don’t appreciate a good old-fashioned tale of crime-fighting, costume-wearing vigilantes. Overall, it’s a timeless battle between good and evil, but with some Eastern philosophy in the mix. Connor drops in Buddhist-inspired wisdom throughout: for example, when Agent Rollins loses his patience with the group when they joke around, he storms out of the room: “Agent Kirby started to go after him, but Eric stopped him. ‘He’s gonna have to learn how to lighten up. Having a sense of humor is a big part in making any spiritual progress.’ ”
A fun philosophical thriller featuring superheroes with yoga mats.