I've ben reading Greig Beck since he burst onto the sci-fi/adventure scene with BENEATH THE DARK ICE and introduced "the Arcadian", supersoldier Alex Hunter in 2009. I've bought and read everything he's published since then. Many of the novels are terrific. They were well-researched, based on at least semi-plausible science and technology and really exciting. Many noteworthy characters in addition to Alex Hunter, including Matt Kearns and even a teen-aged native American, Arnold Singer, who starred in his own two book YA series.
But in the last few years, the science has grown more and more fantastical and unbelievable. Alex Hunter novels are now more like fantasy than sci-fi, and the research and even the writing seems to have become more and more sloppy. And now, with FROM HELL, all pretense of believable SF has flown out the window. Beck has turned Alex Hunter into a parody of a comic book superhero. He has gone from a wounded specialist ops guy who was on the verge of death when subjected to experimental treatment that not only cured him but made him very strong and very fast, to someone who is for all intents and purposes Superman without the cape. He can't fly, but has become able to lift many tons, heal super fast, possess super vision and other super senses. He's no fun anymore. And the tech that the his band of more human brother HAWCS possesses has far surpassed the wildest inventions of Ian Fleming's weapons master Q. And the carefully researched biology that many of the earlier novels was based on has, well, mostly evaporated. What a pity.
I give FROM HELL 3 stars, grudgingly, because Beck can sure as hell still plot with the best of them, and his pacing is still great, and I am curious where he is going to take the quickly developing superpowers of his son Joshua and their psychic link, but I sure miss the old Alex when he was still just a man and could be hurt or killed.
Recommended Only for Alex Hunter fans.