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on 5 October 2005
From the outset this book is undoubtedly as weird and twisted as the first two books, whilst grounded in a reality where the objects and situations being described can be imagined and understood, it quickly spirals out of control taking the things of our world to a whole other level of pure 'odd'. The way this takes you on a little journey, watching events as they unfold is good fun.
This time we deal with a little thing called Armageddon, nothing to worry about though, because we have the help of one Sherlock Holmes to prevent it. The devil and his hordes are coming and they are doing so because man has created the perfect mechanism for them to do so, but it is in a seemingly unlikely guise.
Having completed the third book containing John and Jim I still find myself confused between the two, trying to remember which one of them is which is a constant struggle, for me they merge into one single ball of complete weirdness - but such a lovable and easy to connect with pair they are.
The other characters are all like friends now, so gone are the long descriptions and introductions that come in early books. Each person is well known to us and they exhibit all the traits we expect, however, this does not go to make the book boring, more it makes it warm and inviting, like a family friend!
As the book drew to a close I got excited, waiting for the strings to come together. Characters who had disappeared at opportune moments earlier in the story began to reappear, performing their parts well. The tension was building and I was anticipating a finale that would shock me by virtue of its twisted method as the strands met. But I was somewhat disappointed to find the book doesn't really end, the characters are not all closed out completely and I was left a little empty. Now I know that life doesn't always close up nicely with neat little ends for each character, but I quite like books to pay attention to the little things too, and especially have some kind of end rather than a whimper.
Overall the book is a quick read and an easy page turner, its also very enjoyable, however, it is not a patch on the first two books, and as such you should make sure they come first. As for the next couple of books in the series, im looking forward to them quite a lot!