Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Not my idea of one but Someone's obviously

The future has changed its course.

In the notorious Bermuda Triangle a private jet vanishes without trace, taking with it scientists working for word-famous philanthropist Joaquin Abell.

In Miami, Captain Kyle Sears is called to a murder scene,  A woman and her daughter have both been shot through the heat.  But within moments of arriving, Sears receives a phone call from the woman's husband, physicist Charles Purcell.

'I did not kill my wife and daughter.  In less than twenty-four hours I too will be murdered and I know the ma who will kill me.  My murderer does not et know that he will commit the act.'

With uncanny accuracy, Charles goes on to predict the immediate future just as it unfolds around Sears, and leaves clues for a man he's never met before:  Ethan Warner.

The hunt is on to find Purcell, and Ethan Warner is summoned by the Defence Intelligence Agency to head up the search.  But this is no ordinary case, as Warner and his partner Nicola Lopez are about to discover, and time is literally everything.

Although this is the third book in the series it is not necessary to have read the other novels before reading this one; that said, I think the reader would get more from this novel if they had.  This reader, however, had not read the other novels so will be reviewing this book as a stand-alone-novel.

The characters are well rounded, as one would expect from book three in the series; with some further development as the plot required.  There was probably more to the ‘hero’ than was fully revealed and had been the subject of previous books.  Once again the female was fiercely independent but soppy when it comes to love.  I did not really connect with her and feel that perhaps the book would have been better if she had been left out entirely.  Although Ethan’s wife was an equally under developed character this reader would like to read more of this back story which appears more interesting that the front story with Nicola.

Our attention is grabbed with a fantastic opening line which hooks you into the plot straight away.  The additional second story line does keep the reader’s attention right to the end.  There is plenty of science fiction (black holes and potential time travel), political intrigue, a fast paced plot and twists and turns to keep the reader interested from cover to cover.   Yet the story is a page turner it is clearly written to a tried and tested formula so for this reader the ending is interesting but did not come as any great surprise.

At times though the science fiction elements were a bit too deep and complicated for my non science mind; and caused the plot to slow to a crawl.  A further negative was that there were phrases repeated along with paragraphs and phrases as the author appears to get bogged-down with the science himself.  There were also instances where the author had too many ideas for a single sentence and seemed to lose the plot himself; veering off in one way and then blundering his way back leaving large question marks.

I do have a query though as to why the book is called ‘Apocolypse’ as there was nothing apocalyptic about this book.

Full Disclosure: ARC received from Netgalley for an honest review.

I rated this 4 stars on Netgalley and 'I really liked it' on Goodreads (4 stars) and 'I Liked it' on Amazon (4 stars).

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