Dec 152009

You can’t judge a book by it’s back write up but when time is limited I often do. The first thing that caught my eye, of course, was the cover of this book, the title and the subtitle “Deep underground, evil awaits its prey and then I read the back and immediately knew I had to buy it. Overall a pretty decent read but with several hiccups that took away the stories potential brilliance.

A fan of the mysterious and intermingled religions, Saul had me intrigued in the very beginning and then lost me when evil wrote its own chapter and was continually portrayed as its own character. I can handle, and love, creative brilliance and fictional freedom but, although I finished the book to know if it redeemed itself, my admiration and interest was lost very early on.

I did find myself caring about the well-being of the main character, Ryan McIntyre, and his mother Teri but the predictability of the story line was enough to make this a quick read for me.

For fans of John Saul and readers new to him this novel just might be the one for you as it is for many but I cannot say I’ll be picking up another of Sauls novels in the near future.

Thanks for reading,

Sarah Butland

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