Overall I think the book is a good read. The story was fresh (to me), it was nicely detailed, and at parts nothing could keep me from reading. The parts I didn’t care so much for were the beginning, the short leap to love, and the lack of background in certain areas. I think this book could have been an excellent read if some things were tweaked just a smidgeon. Let me pick apart my issues and explain them.
First, I would like to say that the synopsis for this book does not in any way do it justice (go peek at Goodreads if you want a better one.). I was given the synopsis by the author and I wasn’t completely sold on the book, so I stalked it out a little and found a more intriguing version (yes, I was shameless and read some reviews too). It paid off to do a little more legwork though.
Secondly, I have to comment on the beginning of the book. I’m not sure if it was the squinting I had to do on my eReader because the font was so small, or if it was just that the beginning seemed to just draaaaaaaggggggg on. I picked up the book, read a few pages, and set it down. I wouldn’t come back to it for a couple of days and then I would rinse and repeat the same cycle. It was a slower pace than I like, but it was great at baiting you with gore right off the jump. I think setting the tone for Marcus and Travis(the FBI agents) is what did me in. Maybe if we would have seen Warren first and experienced his snippet of the story and THEN were introduced to the gore and the FBI, I wouldn’t have been so hard on it. I knew right away though, that as soon as Warren came into the picture, that he was the culprit. I would have liked the chance to ‘love’ him before I knew he was a harbinger of mutilation though. lol
Thirdly, I think the love in the book was rather superficial. Almost like we were being forced to believe that there was real love between the main characters but it never really got to that point for me. I believed there was true loyalty and an amazing amount of sacrifice between them but true love just wasn’t there. =/ At one point in the book, there was a scene that made me think our heroine was a reincarnation or maybe a link to someone significant in his past but Ute never elaborated on it and it was kind of forgotten. Had he added to that and I had been right, then maybe the love connection would have been authentic for me (at least from Warrens end). Maybe I just expect a lot out of ‘love’ in books. Aside from my questioning of the authenticity though, the love was good. ♥
I think that is all for my real complaints. The rest of the book was just amazing. Ute brought Egyptian Mythology to the forefront when werewolves and vampires seem to reign supreme, and he made it a current and exotic contender. It wasn’t stuffy and boring and if I had been a tactics/action/suspense nut this would have been 5 stars all the way. I’ve heard Ute compared to James Patterson, Dean Coontz, and Stephen King and I have to say that I agree. He is very comparable to all three and he is great at putting you in the middle of all the action. lol Edge of my seat and all that.
I was really hard on the book while I was reading it because I wanted more background, less skipping around, and a better sense of love, but as soon as things started to fall into place and you knew it was about to get ugly is when I started to really respect it. Ute is incredibly knowledgeable and has a way of making you feel intellectually inferior. >.< haha That in and of itself is worth my respect! I really did love the book and I hope someone turns it into a movie. The last half of the book could be a movie by itself and I would pay $8.00 to see just that. ♥
I am in the midst of reading Timeless Conflict: The Amons which is the second installment in the series and I am excited to see where it takes me this time.