Not to get too preachy, but its amazing to me the same author who writes this book also writes that vastly inferior Ghostfinder series... But back on track.
I finished this book in one sitting. It was one of the stronger outings in the series, and was non stop action for the most part.
At the beginning of the book, Eddie has everything taken away, his home, his family and his armor. I loved this concept and thought we were going to get a more Shamon Bond style adventure where he had to outwit everyone and use disguises and such... but not so much. Its starting to wear on me, much like the bond books they pay homage too, how much eddie, and the story depends on gadgetry.
As you can read (UNFORTUNATELY) in the provided synopsis [So if you like this series and are planning to get it and havent read some of the general plot under the description, stop reading this review, dont read the description, and go read the book, it will be much more enjoyable.] Anyway, as the description states, his family has merely transported... somewhere. And nearly all of his other toys that are destroyed have convenient replacements for him. Also somewhat oddly, at one point he realizes he can time travel and instead of doing the logical thing, going backwards a few hours to catch his prey totally unaware when he would have least expected, he opts to go forward a day so the enemies preperations will be somewhate bored/distracted. And no one he's with seems to take an issue with it. It also turns out that the new edgier Ed we see in this book, well thats not really him, that was just the influence of something else. UGGGH! I was mildly dissapointed that at the beginning we had a chance for some real growth and exploration of Eddie and by the end end up nearly right at the status quo.
All that complaining out of the way the real measure of a story is how entertained the reader is. And as usual this is a tremendously entertaining ride. I was up late into the night finsihing it. There were plenty of great sci fi references, lots of talk or interaction about the other players in his various series and then in true Green/Drood/Top Gear fashion, the book ends on a bomb shell. One that most readers would have seen coming a mile away, but still...
So depending on your mood and how bothered you get by characters making dumb decisions you will find this book to be anywhere from 4-5. Because I promise you will be so on the edge of your seat that most of contrivances and coincidences and sillyness wont come to the forefont until you put the book down.