I don't normally post reviews of my novels on this blog, but in light of the comments I have made in the past regarding Reviewers ( previous blog post about reviewers ) I was a pleasant change to see this appear on Smashwords this morning:
Jonel Boyko http://purejonel.blogspot.ca/
on Goodreads, Jan. 04, 2013 :
"I must admit that when I first picked up this book I didn’t
know what to expect. It looked intriguing so I decided to give it a go.
I was pleasantly surprised, enjoying every word that I read. I was
captivated throughout the novel by all of the suspense and mystery
hidden behind the words. This book is James Patterson meets Dan Brown,
while remaining entirely unique.
Gates’ writing style dictates your mood towards the story. At times he
uses short, choppy sentences, making the action seem even more intense.
Other times his writing is soothing. Yet again, the way that his
sentences are put together brings out further compassion for the
characters involved. Each section of the novel is written in a way to
maximize impact, while still flowing seamlessly together. The novel
also remains gripping throughout. Even the parts that are simply
background information or descriptive narrative are never boring.
Based on the background of the novel there are times that medical
terminology and techno-babble become very prominent. Without talking
down to his audience, Gates manages to use this in a way that remains
understandable to all readers, regardless of background. All aspects of
this novel were well researched, from technology to medicine to
history. There are many twists and additions to fact but there is no
data that is completely out to left field. There are also many
parallels that can be drawn with the Inquisition, creating a further
link with the past. Gates also takes the preconceived notion of
vampires (ie// Dracula) and gives it a never before seen twist that
And let us not forget about the characters. Because what is a novel
without well developed, interesting characters. The main characters are
a pair of female Special Operatives that you cannot help but love. I
thoroughly enjoyed the fact that Gates did not use the typical male/male
or male/female pairing. I spent a great deal of time wondering “who
are you” when dealing with the antagonist (aka the really evil bad guy).
He remained a mysterious entity throughout most of the novel so that
you cannot help but want to know more. When you finally meet him, he
is just as evil as you had imagined him to be.
This was by far one of the best suspense novels that I have read in a
long time. I think that I need to go and find another of Gates’ books
to read to follow this one."
Thanks Jonel; glad you enjoyed the tale.