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So here's the end, but what is missing?
on 18 May 2013
The Tower concludes Toyne's religious conspiracy thriller trilogy in true Dan Brown style.
The story picks up after Liv is left in the middle of the desert with the Starmap trying to decipher its message and all she sees is "the end of days" in eight months' time. This phrase would be used ad infinitim throughout the book building dread that judgement day and the destruction of the world as we know it was imminent. Meanwhile Gabriel made his torturous way back to the Citadel in Ruin to die after contracting the Lamenting Decease. Shoot forward eight months and the book takes a totally unexpected turn by following two FBI agents investigating the destruction of NASA equipment used for space exploration. In between each chapter the story travels back to Gabriel and Liv's struggles so there's a lot of back and fort between the two storylines. A lot of time is spent following the FBI investigation and it felt like I was reading a totally different book.
The third and final instalment seemed to progress very slowly and the ending was a bit of an anticlimax for me. I felt sad when one of my favourite characters passed away but other than that event, every loose end was tied up with some predictable conclusions. The Novus Sancti's identity was finally revealed and that was quite surprising but overall this book fell short on thrills and suspense.