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Hexcommunicated, the debut novel by Rafael Chandler, has vampires and werewolves, but not in the way you'd imagine. Government-funded secret medical experiments have led to genetically modified humans, FAEs, created for the purposes of ... well whatever nefarious purposes governments have.
The plot is convoluted but not confusing and I enjoyed seeing the characters worm their ways out of various situations. Rafael certainly put a lot of thought into how the story was going to play out and manages to keep you guessing - right to the end and beyond.
Even though fundamentally he is a killer with various personality problems Tepes still managed to make me worry about the outcome of his day - he's supposed to die according to a psychic vision. I don't give spoilers though so don't ask what happens.
As Blackadder might say, this book twists & turns like a twisty-turny thing, but it's fun & exciting and you should totally go buy it.
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Chandler writes with a terrific flair for the visual, and he balances his action-slammed set pieces with a good dose of character development; despite their monstrous origins and superhuman powers, his characters are flawed and very human. He clearly draws influences from all over the world of horror, suspense, and fantasy - you'll catch glimpses of geek-greats Joss Whedon, Alan Moore, and Lovecraft throughout - but he manages to keep his own voice and isn't afraid to challenge his readers with intelligent thoughts and concepts.
A highly-entertaining tale of suspense - you won't be disappointed. I can't wait for the next installment!
So, yesterday I finished Hexcommunicated, by +Rafael Chandler . To start off, I'll mention that I was skeptical from reading the back cover blurb. I mean, seriously? Vampoules? Nosferodents? It sounded like a campy horror yarn, which wasn't up my alley. But I saw a couple of people talking it up, and when it went on sale, I decided I'd take a chance.
Getting into the book, I had similar reservations, even as the main character, Agent Nicolae Tepes, explained the funny names in flashbacks and bits of expository text. It made sense, but it still seemed kind of silly. But I persevered, and I found myself getting engrossed despite my doubts.
The story involves monstrously-themed super-human agents from various nations, a terrorist plot to destroy a major metropolitan area, and eventually the downfall of the entire United States. It manages to keep it local while thinking on a global scale. The conspiracy manages to be pretty deep without completely going off the rails, and the action sequences are short and brutal.
More than anything, This book reminds me of the Dresden Files. For those who don't know me, that's a very favorable comparison. It has the same modern horror/fantasy vibe, with a first person narrator. Agent Tepes has a dark, grimy past that is exposed through flashbacks throughout the book, and that same never-say-die attitude that keeps going on sheer tenacity, long after hope is gone.
Especially as a first foray into novel-writing, this book is excellent. Nowhere was I pulled out of the story by awkward turns of phrase, overdone description or dialogue, or actions that were just too over the top (the characters take bullets to the face without stopping, and leap 40 feet into the air, but it all works) The action stays serious, but the dialogue between the characters, in combination with the corny names, manages to balance the grim plot with a certain geeky humanity that I found very appealing.
Bottom Line: If action and suspense with a liberal dash of the weird are your thing, then this will be right up your alley.
Let's start with the setting - the USA in an alternative future. In response to a Lovecraftian terrorist attack on Providence the government creates Hex Division, a counterterrorism agency deploying teams of humans augmented into monsters in order to evoke shock and awe in America's enemies. Those monsters are patterned on the traditional creatures of the night with some cool twists, like for example a Fearwolf's ability to hit people with nightmarish hallucinations. Of course it turns out that there are more players in the game and more types of augmented agents than anyone suspected - hence the espionage angle.
An interesting mix and a successful one. The technobabble sounds convincing, the enhancements are just the right degree of awesome, and the way the intelligence operates allows for suspension of disbelief. Not to mention that it would make the perfect setting for a role-playing game.
As we talk about a thriller set in the world of espionage, it does not come as a surprise that the plot revolves around multi-layered schemes of different agencies trying to upper-hand one another. The author did not cut corners here - the plot seems to be quite meticulously thought-out, with the right number of twists and red herrings. Still, I do have one reservation - even though the protagonists often find themselves in extreme danger, I felt like nothing really bad could happen to them, which took away a little from the excitement. Nevertheless, judging by the cover I had expected mainly straightforward gun-blazing action so I truly enjoyed a real plot that actually made me think. Plus, in many books about investigations one gets the impression that clues are artificially planted by the author to make their characters move forward. While reading "Hexcommunicated" I only had the slightest tingling of this feeling once or twice. And I wasn't disappointed with the action scenes - vivid and well-presented.
A good story needs intriguing characters. I would say that so far Agent Tepes is ok as the main protagonist. It was definitely a good idea to give him a Romanian background and dwell a bit on his past. Also, the reminiscences about him being captured by terrorists add an interesting touch and the moments he defies authorities or his opponents ring true to the character. I buy his loyalty toward friends and his protectiveness toward civilians. I don't buy his sudden love for Else and it's a problem as it plays an important part in the story. The reason is the fact that Else is the least interesting female character here. Doing something about it should be job one in the second book of the series.
Except for Else, I liked all the supporting characters. Bettie Zheng, Tepes' partner, rocks as a badass but faithful wild thing, who displays some mean humor (more of that please!). There are a few dynamic characters capable of changing alliances and with a lot of potential for being imbued with even more depth and ambiguity, which I hope the author will do in the second book.
Despite a few reservations, I enjoyed this novel a lot. It smartly uses horror props in the espionage thriller genre and gives me high hopes for Book 2. Who did Tepes meet in Iran? What exactly happened in Providence? How does Al-Hazred operate? What are Svieta's true colors? After a solid start, I am ready for a darker ride.
Hermetic Extropy Division, headed by the late Bluette Krieger, was the only home Nic knew. Now, some desk jockey from the CIA has come in, and now that he's calling the shots, Tepes and company are short timers. When you've tangled with a Nosferodent, convinced your Frankenstitch and Fearwolf pals to abandon ship with you, get mixed up with a foreign agent and a mysterious private detective, and then you decide not to play nice when the boss sends the ECO team after you, you run the risk of getting Hexcommunicated...
Hexcommunicated is all killer, no filler. In it, author Rafael Chandler hasn't just given us tantalizing tidbits of the seedy underworld he's created, he has given us a sci-fi spy thriller pumped full of adrenaline-rushing action, heroic sacrifice, existential horror, revenge, and a healthy splash of steamy romance. Why are you reading this review, instead of the e-book you just downloaded? Hexcommunicated is a must-read!
The story is well-thought and complex, with numerous sub-plots woven together in a tangled mess of conspiracy; somehow, it's never confusing, though. You always know what's going on, you just don't know what's coming.
The characters are gritty, tough, and brutal. Superhumans built by enigmatic government agencies, they are tough-as-nails fighters who take punishment that would make Rambo cry "Uncle", while delivering one-liners that you can't help but smirk when you read.
The setting the author paints is modern-day, but with a heaping dose of government conspiracy. Characters see the world moving as normal, with everyone moving with the daily grind, while a war rages behind the scenes between government agencies, opposing countries, and fragmented religious sects.
Ultimately, I was gripped by this book from beginning to end. I am anxiously awaiting the next book in this series.