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30 September 2016
Benjamin is a retired highly respected agent - but not for long. The mysterious disappearance of his old friend's invention is enough to bring Benjamin back into his previous world of work, fighting for the greater good. Borell, on the other hand, is enjoying staring into the end of a pint glass. Money, however, is enough to bring him back into a slightly more brutal fight for his version of the greater good. A multitude of forces are pursuing this mysterious invention and it is only a question of who will reveal its secrets first.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book from start to finish. Each character is likeable for different reasons and it’s very easy to become attached to them. Benjamin is a slightly lonely retired agent, happy to jump back into the chaos; Mary is Benjamin’s loving second mother now his parents have passed; Borell is a murderous drunk who somehow still manages to have a heart of gold; Jackson is a genius scientist who was only trying to help the world; Lily is his feisty and intelligent granddaughter and Andris is her brave and love struck companion. Together they are striving to save everything they know, and they do it with one hell of a fight.

P. G. Challis has created a very well written and enjoyable novel, with in-depth descriptions that make you feel as though you could be there fighting alongside the characters. It also has a great pace that maintains the suspense surrounding what could happen next. I particularly enjoyed how the narrative does not only follow Benjamin, but follows Borrell and Lily’s stories too. This method keeps the narrative interesting, displaying only the highlights of these characters stories and not the mundane aspects of everyday life, whilst also providing an insight into how wide spread the issue is.

In high-action novels, dialogue can sometimes seem slightly awkward, but the dialogue between the characters in this novel is easy-going and believable. Borell’s quick wit is especially well done and makes for a very unlikely likable character. His humour works well in a novel that has a rather high death count (something Borell could be held mainly accountable for).

The mystery surrounding Jackson’s device is well kept and keeps you guessing why and for what possible reason it could have been stolen. When it is finally revealed the threat manages to be both fantastical and realistic. A terrifying prospect of things not being what they seemed could lead to life becoming completely unrecognisable for these characters. The story has enough depth to create many more adventures in the Sorrow world and I was sad to close the final page. I’ll be looking forward to reading more in the future! This book was sent to me for review purposes. My review is honest and any ideas and opinions are completely my own.
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