To put it succinctly, this was fantastic for what it is. As a genre thriller, I loved it. It had a Horror at Redhook feel to it. It was like Lovecraft meets hard boiled mystery. And if you, like me, don't feel eager to read a book set mostly underground (as the publisher's summary suggested to me), fear not. This is a wonderful science fiction tale of detective, derelicts and devils! A-
Having enjoyed " Relic", I was excited to pick up where that tale left off. Unfortunately, the villain in this second outing is never really fleshed out and the creatures aka 'wrinkles' are poorly described. All I know is that they wear cloaks (which feels a bit too tongue in cheek) and have reptilian eyes--doesn't do much for the imagination. This was a stark contrast its predecessor where the museum beat was superbly described to the reader along with great overall character development. This second entry in the series feels incomplete.
My first full audiobook and I'm hooked. The narrator was spot on. He really brought out the uniqueness of each of the characters and you could feel as though they were actually different people (even the women sounded unique, which can be hard for some men to convey). While I loved reading Relic I hope I can get the audiobook with the same narrator just because he was so good. Truly an amazing read!
The author does a superb job in researching and visually illustrating the inner workings of the New York underground: sewers and abandoned subway tunnels. The author Also exhibited a generous amount of imaginative ingenuity as well as literary brilliance to bring the main storyline of the plot to life. The book was written as a mixture of genres: science fiction, horror, and crime mystery. The shortcoming of the book lies in the mystery portion of the plot. Most of the answers to the mysteries of the crimes being committed and the mastermind behind them are fairly obvious and predictable. I would recommend this book but only at a bargain price. I would not recommend using a monthly credit on it.
Yes. It added good layers to characters I'm sure will continue to be featured in the series.
Underground aspect was great. Dr. Frock was totally predictable and telegraphed.
The switching from character to character was annoying in that if you aren't great at that , read it straight.
So much of the Mbwun stuff was repeated over and over and over.