My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I was provided with a digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
This is a gripping tale that touches upon many genres at once - fantasy, adventure, action, mystery and thriller. Harry Colton, the protagonist is a rugged and tenacious middle ager, nearing his fifties. He and his beloved, Helen, get caught in a mire of seemingly unrelated incidents. Once they shake themselves out of immediate danger, they stumble upon what seems like an ancient artifact. Clueless initially, they soon realise how priceless and precious the artifact is. The artifact is a powerful player in the story - with many different characters all at its pursuit for over centuries, the artifact has managed to elude the grasp of the evil till date. Are Harry and Helen able to overcome the obstacles, and keep the artifact out of reach of the villainous minds, is what the book takes us through.
The plot progresses so briskly that many a time, the reader has to just sit back, take a deep breath and continue - I mean it in a very good kind of way. For a plot of this nature, involving many threads, many genres and many series of challenges, a dragging plot would have been a fatal factor. The author has skilfully managed to engage the reader's interest throughout. That said, I wished at many times that there were fewer characters to deal with, and more time to dwell on the thoughts, idealogies, attitudes and takes on life of the two protagonists. I'm a big fan of deep characterisation, and this book doesn't leave much scope for that. That said, I do love the way the author has managed to wipe out the generic stereotype of having young, dashing and breathtaking protagonists.
Overall, this was a pretty enjoyable and I would recommend this to lovers of adventures.
My rating for this book: 3.5 stars
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