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Despite the fantasy elements the plot itself is quite simple, with just a handful of key characters, and begins with a missing person investigation that opens up to introduce the star of the show, supernatural detective, Quentin Draith.
Draith is very much on a quest to find a missing girl and is helped on his way by his unique ability to discover artifacts/amulets through which he is able to open a type of portal and travel around through time and space but; his ability to move around secretly, alongside his ability to locate lost things, opens up a conspiracy which sees him hunted down and in fear for his life.
As the plot moves along the action scenes ramp up and Draith becomes embroiled in a final fight to save Vegas...and maybe the world!. There are no limits to the constantly shifting scenes of sci-fi/magic/teleportation/detection and general weirdness. Makes your head spin and the author deserves an award for bravery. There can't be one element of fantasy fiction that's been left unexplored.
What are the neagatives?. I read a lot of fantasy and the best of it, in my personal opinion, has a good dose of reality to anchor down the plot and offer the reader a platform in and out of the story. There's little reality here, the themes spin out too far and I struggled to relate to both plot and characters.
There are some decent ideas in this novel but it's somehat bewildering. I'm leaving 3* purely for originality and imagination.
The place is Las Vegas, the world is similar to this one, the time is around now - but all those nuclear experiments in the Nevada deserts ripped holes in the universe. Bad things are slithering and growling through the gaps, and weird artefacts have been created which bestow on the bearer a variety of peculiar talents. Like invisibility, good luck, teleportation, rapid healing - but there's always a price to pay if you choose to use them.
In the midst of all this, Quentin Draith is trying to come to terms with his lack of memory, his lack of money (although he has been given a mansion by a casino gangland supremo), his newfound artefacts... and the fact that a living lump of lava just materialised in his basement and is burning through the carpet.
BV Larson writes entertaining and swiftly-paced prose. He's very at home in Las Vegas environs and does a great job of evoking the bleached, bone-dry desert and sleazy atmosphere of the Strip.Read more ›
Whilst Quentin is looking for the missing girl he uncovers a number of strange deaths in the Bone Triangle, so called as all that remains of the victims are piles of bones. Together they go on a journey of odd artefacts imbued with powers such as sunglasses with the ability to open doors, a coin that can open rifts to other worlds and a bottle of searing light that works as a weapon. They meet with strange people in the desert, an arch enemy who doesn't age locked up in her Asylum, a firey slug creature and a man who rules the gutters. All this whilst trying to save Las Vegas from a beast that breaks trough rifts and eats people.
All in all a great fun romp, I enjoyed the characters and their personalities were developed well. They had both good and bad traits that made them entertaining to follow. Not that you could always tell the good guys. The artefacts were cool, and added a nice dimension to the story, as did using the nuclear testing grounds and Area 51 as locations for the story as well as Vegas itself.
The writing was flowing and articulate and the story kept you reading. The plot developed at a good pace, though I didn't see much point in the quickly resolved missing person case apart from to get Jacqueline into the story with the candy cane. However that aside the story worked well.
I enjoyed a romp through alternate realities with some very strange people and would like to see further adventures of Quentin Draith in future.
Most recent customer reviews
loved it. Not my usual book reading but was hooked from the start. Bought all the series.Published on 7 May 2015 by HHS
Really enjoyed it, got the 1st book in the series free and bought the 2nd....quite a lot of inspiration has been drawn from a great many types of sci-fi but a good bit of escapism... Read morePublished on 23 Nov. 2014 by Amazon Customer
Really good read, hardly put it down. Like the characters also. Would recommend this and the previous book to this one.Published on 18 Nov. 2014 by Michelle Clover
I didn't find this a great series to read, but i just had to find out what happens!!! It's not particulalry poorly written, just not my genre. Read morePublished on 31 July 2014 by Mrs. E Tomlinson
obviously aimed at the teenaged reader this 35yr old pretty much enjoyed the adventure and the scifi mixed with magic was a nice change from space marines for me this is a good... Read morePublished on 19 April 2014 by Riddle Box
I did not expect to like this bood - I was quite wrong.
In a strange world that is - but is not- our own in Las Vegas - there's another world hidden from us mere mortals and... Read more
New author for me, and I was therefore unsure as to what I might be getting. In the end really enjoyed both this and 'Technomancer' by the same author. Read morePublished on 24 Sept. 2013 by Rory N. Keelan
Just not my type of book.Too disjointed and poorly written.Nothing else to add really,Wish I hadn't bought it after three pages.Published on 27 Aug. 2013 by Dai
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