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Stay away from the crazy snake man!
on 13 August 2010
Capac Raimi is The Cardinal, ruler of what is known simply as, the City. Created by the mysterious and enigmatic, blind Incan priests at the behest of the previous Cardinal, he can't be killed. More accurately, he can be killed, but will always come round several days later aboard a train heading back to The City. An unnerving trait for his many enemies and would be executioners. Despite his gift, or curse, as he variously views it, control of the City is gradually slipping from his grasp as rival gangs and factions fight for territory. One day, Raimi disappears and it falls to Al Jeery, who spends his nights as a brutally lethal vigelante in the guise of notorious serial killer Pacau Wami (who also happened to be his father) to locate him before the City falls to anarchy.
It's bit difficult to know what to say about this book, to be honest. I didn't dislike it, but I really struggled to get into it. Maybe it was simply because all of the main characters are generally quite unpleasant individuals and therefore difficult to warm to. Maybe it was because it takes a while for the story to actually get going. Anyway, for whatever reason, it just didn't really grab me. Possibly, I would've benefitted from reading the previous two installments in the trilogy