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Friday, July 6, 2012

A Close Look at Gary Starta's Demon Inhibitions | Target Audience Magazine

A Close Look at Gary Starta's Demon Inhibitions | Target Audience Magazine

A Close Look at Gary Starta’s Demon Inhibitions

“A mix of sci fi, paranormal suspense, urban fantasy, mystery and romance, “Demon Inhibitions” takes the Caitlin Diggs series in a new direction with first person narrative.” -Gary Starta, author

From the Inside Flap:
Chasing a soul stealer in her reality, psychic investigator Caitlin Diggs inadvertently travels through a portal to another reality and witnesses her fugitive kill her alternate self in “Demon Inhibitions.” Assuming her alternate’s life as an agent of the FBI’s Preternatural Crime Division, Diggs believes… her position might help her capture the soul stealer until she finds he may be part of a sinister terrorist plot to keep humans and demons living in segregation. A girl, whose singing inhibits the evil urges of demons, is on the terrorist’s hit list and Diggs will ultimately learn her fugitive is neither supernatural nor demon, but a genetically engineered hit man incapable of being enthralled.
I thought I’d list what Amazon has listed on “Demon Inhibitions” in case you’re not familiar with Starta’s Caitlin Diggs Series. I’ve been a fan of Caitlin Diggs’ intelligent, spiritual and compelling, kick-ass style since I started reading the series (which includes “Blood Web,” published in 2007).
Plus, being a fan of the television series “Fringe” with its FBI agent Olivia Dunham and co-workers who, on some episodes travel to a parallel universe, I was super eager to see what Starta did with his character, FBI agent Caitlin Diggs, when she traveled to a parallel universe.
Well, I certainly wasn’t disappointed, as it’s one step beyond the “Fringe” episodes, in my opinion, as the characters aren’t as similar to their counterparts in the other dimension that Starta created. For instance, in the protagonist Caitlin’s universe, Celeste is her domestic cat, who happens to be attuned to protecting Caitlin; whereas, in the other universe, Celeste is Bastet who is able to morph into a big, non-domestic cat, who actually attacks Caitlin at their first meeting.
Also, Starta has done a great job of showing different values in his alternate universes. For instance, in the universe the original Caitlin we’re introduced to is not from, about six out of 10 beings is a demon.
Demons are classified as vamps, lycanthropes, incubi, goblins, etc. and most of them mind their own business, without causing harm to others. So, full-blooded humans are certainly the minority there, and therefore so are their values to some degree.
Aside from interesting plot lines, there is the attention to detail in his descriptions that Starta always manages to bring to the plate—even in a fictional world, and I can’t help thinking that this may spring from his having been a journalist at one point. It probably also aids in his writing of believable, non-stilted dialogue.

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