Resident Spy by D. L. Richardson is a captivating paranormal spy thriller, with well developed main characters who act and speak like ordinary teens. Ethan James, Florida Bowman, and Jake Inhala are the heroes of this story. They struggle to survive their high school years, knowing the disease from which they suffer, will ultimately kill them. But this all changes. They receive their life-saving organ transplants and almost immediately begin to experience what they believe to be hallucinations. Only, these hallucinations are real and the teens, meeting for the first time, are discovering a world in which they must, James-Bond-style, thwart the plans of an evil genius bent on infecting hundreds of thousands of people.
Author, D. L. Richardson, spends the first third of this story orienting the reader in the world of these three teens, and a fourth character, Dylan Black. Written from the first-person point of view, this is no easy task for any author to pull-off. But Richardson does it well enough, creating four unique voices, mostly distinguishable from each other. For myself, the narratives individually belonging to Ethan and Jake blurred at times, especially with most of the story written in Ethan’s point of view.
However, the investment D. L. Richardson makes in developing these characters in the first third of the story pays off. At the halfway mark, I found myself suddenly thrown completely off-kilter, just like the teens. They wake up together in a holding cell, meet each other for the first time, and quickly discover they, as Dylan Black’s proxies, share in the responsibility of finishing what he started. What are kids who are still recovering from recent surgery to do? They’ve only one choice: take on the bad guys and save the world!
Written by Timothy R. Baldwin for Readers’ Favorite.