Genre: Supernatural/Historical Fiction/Suspense
Imagine Caesar reincarnated. Even better (or maybe worse, depending on your perspective) imagine his soul or essence coming to life in someone else's body. Almost like it is possessed only by an ex-Roman dictator rather than a demon. If you can imagine that, you've got the concept of Caesar's Ghost. I'll bet you thought it would have something to do with Perry White or Superman. Fooled you.
More than twenty-five years ago, using the name Kelly Wilde, Reb MacRath wrote The Suiting, a Stoker Award winner for best first novel. It was a dark thriller inspired by his experience as “a stateless person” after fleeing to Canada to avoid the draft during the Vietnam War. If this piques your curiosity, read his full bio on his Amazon Author Central page. I couldn't even begin to do it justice. If you'd like, you can also check out his blog.
I grabbed this book from the stack because I was looking for something shortish (it's novella length) and a change of pace. It was both of those. What I didn't anticipate was how much I'd like it. It's fast-paced, with short chapters that keep the story hopping and skipping along. The premise and the plot keep the tension high, but it is also full of humor. Along with being entertained by Caesar making his way through the modern world, maybe you'll even pick up a few historical tidbits. Or maybe not. It doesn't matter either way because that Caesar, once you get to know him, is a funny guy. I'd love to hang out with him. But first, he'd have to promise not to take over my body.
Although Caesar's Ghost is part of a series, each of the books stands alone.
Original review posted February 3, 2016.
A small number of typos and copyediting misses.
Rating: ***** Five Stars
Reviewed by: BigAl
Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words.