Friday, December 12, 2014

REVIEW: Purgatory Origins: Powers of Darkness

Purgatory Series 2:
Purgatory Origins:
Powers of Darkness
Darryl Olsen

Genre: Science Fiction, War & Military, Space Marine
Publication date: 10.21.2014
Pages: 330

Recommended by: Worldwide Virtual Book Tours, Read 2 Review
Date read: 11.11.2014

Summary: When Professor Harrison Standish, a bookish young archeologist, inadvertently stumbles upon an ancient burial chamber in Egypt, he is baffled to find symbolism inside that would appear to date from two different historical periods, thousands of years apart.  Suspecting the tomb has been tampered with at some point in the distant past, Professor Standish soon discovers the skeletons of ten half-human/half-canine creatures lying in a far corner of the chamber and his initial bafflement now turns to shock.  What kind of ancient madman would be conducting such a horrific experiment?
            As Dr. Standish endeavors to explain this mystery over the ensuing days, he happens upon a news report suggesting that these same grotesque half-human/half-canine creatures have come to life in the remove mountains of Wyoming and he is immediately on the next flight.  By the time he arrives in Wyoming, a World War II Nazi bomber has materialized out of the sky and crashed off the coast of France and a Nazi general named Schmidt has stumbled upon the 21st century, leaving behind evidence of his presence in Professor Standish's ancient burial chamber back in Egypt, all of which sets the stage for a rollicking, nonstop, modern day fantasy/sci-fi adventure.
            The cast of characters in Purgatory: Origins includes Rachael, a pesky, auburn haired New York magazine correspondent, who is known equally for her ability to sink her teeth into a story and her unwillingness to let it go; Jason Kendell, an escaped rapist and killer who falls hard for Rachael when they cross paths and turns out to have a past with our half human creatures; and Harper, the ex-special forces FBI agent, whose primary goal is finding Jason Kendall, getting him back behind bars and keeping him there for the rest of his life, but soon finds himself sucked into this mystery woven of ancient symbolism, old Nazi war criminals and otherworldly creatures. 

Can that be the end of my review?

This book has a lot going on, as you can see from the description, but everything in it is awesome.  You've got Professor Standish and his class in Egypt, German soldiers during World War II who end up later in present time, this rapist guy running away from the law, an FBI guy, a "magazine correspondent" - I mean, you would think it was too much, but in reality is just the right amount.  And I loved it even more because there is always something happening - there is no "dead spots," those periods of information or conversation that are just plain boring - no! everything is said for a reason.  I know I've said this a couple of times this year, but this is definitely a great book.

I do want to point out that I haven't read the first book - something I need to fix.  And I hope to read more from this author because, just, wow.

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