“The Map of Moments” by Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon (Spectra, 2009)

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Bestselling authors Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon continue with the next novel of the Hidden Cities series, after Mind the Gap, with The Map of Moments set in the remarkable city of New Orleans.  The authors take on the divisive issue of Hurricane Katrina and the wrecked city that was left after August 2005, bringing to life the noir underbelly of New Orleans, as well as throwing in a healthy dose of the fantastic.  The Map of Moments is a great book you won’t soon forget.

Max Corbett is a college professor who left New Orleans for what he thought were some very good reasons, the most important of which was Gabrielle: a student and love of his life for a short while.  She stole his heart with her beauty and vivacity, then she cheated on him, so he left.  Then Hurricane Katrina happened.  He never called anyone, doesn’t know who’s alive and who’s dead; more importantly, he hasn’t heard anything from Gabrielle . . . until he gets the call with the news.

Max goes to New Orleans for the funeral and to face his demons.  He is then told by a strange man that there’s a way he can go back and change history; there’s a way he can save Gabrielle.  But first he has to travel to the special locations on the map he is given, The Map of Moments.  Each moment will take him back to an important moment in time, a place that was monumental in New Orleans history.  As Max travels back to each of the moments, he learns a lot, as he slowly puts the piece together, the mystery grows and unravels before him.  It is a dangerous world of black magic and the fantastic, not to mention the people who know what he’s up to and are out to kill him.

The Map of Moments is what happens when two great storytellers get together: a fantastic story set in an incredible city, with heavy doses of magic and mayhem.  It will keep you riveted to each page, as you pray for it never to end, but still wanting and needing to know what happens.

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Originally written on March 31st, 2009 ©Alex C. Telander.

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