I look forward each year to the newest release in the Event Group Series. The adventures are always fun, the characters are enjoyable and the science fiction/historical aspect to Mr. Golemon's series are informative and entertaining.
Generally, I purchase the hard cover of this series as soon as they're out, but this time I read it on my Kindle. One of my ongoing criticisms of this series is that each one has seemed to suffer from lack of a good proofreader. The Kindle version did not differ from the print versions in this aspect. I found constant errors. There were multiple typos in Carpathian. The fact that I found them at all makes me think there are many more that escaped my notice. Golemon has a tendency in this one to alternate his pronouns when referring to the animals featured in the plot. In one sentence he uses "he" and the next sentence, "it," even when the story is told from the animal's own point of view.
Reading on the Kindle always makes novels seem longer than reading the print versions. Carpathian was slightly longer in page count than previous Event Group novels, but the fact that the first third of the novel weighed heavily toward the villains and another group of characters involved in the story made it seem a slog. I wanted to get to my beloved Event Group personnel. This factor, in addition to a very lengthy action sequence at the end made me think that in addition to a proofreader, Golemon might benefit from a new editor. For all of these reasons, I can only give this three stars. For the first time, I just wanted to finish an Event Group novel. Previously, I've not wanted them to end.
All of that said, the payoff as to the "treasure" was quite good, although not unexpected. Golemon's recurring characters were on point and made me laugh out loud, as always. The end of Carpathian sets up the next novel - one I'm definitely looking forward to reading.