Book Review: “Black Friday Shopping with Nell and Occam” by Faith Hunter

Posted February 10, 2021 by Kathy Davie in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Book Review: “Black Friday Shopping with Nell and Occam” by Faith Hunter

I received this book for free from Author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

"Black Friday Shopping with Nell and Occam" by Faith Hunter
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Published by Author on December 3, 2017
Pages: 6
Format: PDF
Source: Author

Also by this author: Blood Trade, Kicking It: These Boots are Made for Stalking, Blood in Her Veins, Mercy Blade, Shadow Rites, Bloodring, Seraphs, Dark Queen, Shattered Bonds, Black Arts, Broken Soul, Dark Heir, Cold Reign, Blood of the Earth, Curse on the Land, Flame in the Dark, "Water Witch", "Explosion On King's Street", Skinwalker, Dirty Deeds, "Shiloh and the Brick", Circle of the Moon, Blood Cross, Spells for the Dead, "Easy Pickings", True Dead

A free short story, 2.9 in the Soulwood urban fantasy series set near Knoxville, revolving around Nell Ingram, a woman with some interesting abilities. The couple focus is on Nell Ingram and Occam. If you’re interested, there is a chronological listing of the Soulwood books on my website.

My Take

This was so not what I was expecting. Sure, Nell does go shopping, but it’s not your typical Black Friday shopping. Nor is it the kind of action I expected from a Soulwood novel. It is however the kind of action I see as a Nell kind of move. Oh, to be fair, I think any of the members of Unit 18 would react the same way.

Hunter reminds us of Nell’s fear of dating then pulls in the narrow objections of Nell’s former church, God’s Cloud of Glory, just to set up the background. Then Nell and Occam go in for the rescue, and it’s all through first person protagonist point-of-view from Nell’s perspective.

Now imagine what Nell is likely to do afterwards…*grin* Sure wish I could be there.

The Story

There are too many “accidents” at Walmart, and when one victim claims she smelled magic, PsyLED is called in.

The Characters

PsyLED is…
…the Psychometry Law Enforcement Division of Homeland Security that investigates supernatural incidents. Unit 18 is the team that is based in the Knoxville area.

Nell Ingram is a newbie agent with Unit 18. Occam, another agent, is a wereleopard very interested in Nell. T. Laine is the unit’s witch.

Rebecca is a young girl shopping at Walmart.

The Title

The title tells it like it is, the battleground of ” Black Friday Shopping with Nell and Occam”.

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