Wednesday, 17 December 2014

Book Review -- Purgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness by Darryl Olsen

Purgatory Origins: Powers of DarknessPurgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness by Darryl Olsen
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

A digital copy of this book was provided to me in exchange for an honest review.

The book is multi-layered and takes us through different threads. On one side is Professor Standish, the eager and young archealogist whose life takes a turn, for the worse and the better at once, when he encounters strange remains in the ruins of a burial chamber. What he considers as the remains of a horrid experiment gone wrong from the past, comes back to haunt him, when he finds evidence of the creatures from that experiment still roaming around the planet. As he hurries to the location to understand the extent of the danger, he gets caught in more adventures as he comes across as a world war veteran who drops out of the sky. There are more characters that play different roles in the story as well - an ambitious journalist who will stop at nothing to get her hands on a great story, a rapist who develops feelins for the journalist, an FBI-agent who is on the trail of the rapist - who all get sucked into a mire of conspiracy along with Professor Standish.

Although seemingly science fiction at the surface, the story also has lots of elements of conspiracy, adventure and emotional drama attached to it. The pace of the book is very brisk and at times hard to keep up with, considering the different tracks that the reader needs to keep following, but that only serves to increase the intrigue element of the book. There is not much scope in such a busy plot line to analyse characters in depth, but the author weaves the characterisation with whataver space there is left.

I will definitely recommend this book to lovers of sci fi and adventure.

My rating for this book: 4 stars

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