The Kill Society (Sandman Slim, #9) by Richard Kadrey *GR*
Sandman Slim (aka James Stark) finds himself on a mountain top in Tenebrae with no idea of how he got there or why. He comes across a mysterious figure known as the Magistrate and his band of Mad Max wannabes (along with some familiar faces) and reluctantly joins their crusade to find a very special bullet for a very special gun.
I loved this book, couldn’t put it down, and I actually yelled when I got to the end (damn, cliffhangers), which is rare for me. Just a heads up, be sure to read ‘Devil in the Dollhouse: A Sandman Slim Story’ before you read this one, you’ll thank me later.
Special Agents Drummond and Caine are asked by a notorious thief, the Fox, to look into unnatural weather phenomena that have plagued the Gobi desert and help her rescue her husband, Grant, after a transaction regarding the Ark of the Covenant has gone wrong.
This story had a lot going for it, a weather device utilizing Tesla’s coil and DaVinci’s drawing, the Bermuda Triangle, and a whip smart team to help stop a group of people from destroying the world and finding the Ark of the Covenant. I liked the end sequence with the twin’s mother and found the idea of corporations profiting off of a natural disaster (that isn’t so natural) interesting.
That is until the action, plot, and character details fall apart. The special FBI team reads more as the parents taking the kids on a vacation to Venice, Italy and stumbling across a mystery, Ajax and Cassandra are two dimensional and come across as cartoonish in their behavior (think Scooby Doo, rather than James Bond), and the constant reminder of how tough/skilled someone is (even when they are the complete opposite) and the overuse of their names is distracting.
Montstrous – by Thomas Sniegoski *AB* *review forthcoming*
Murder on Astor Place by Victoria Thompson *GR* *review forthcoming*
Calamity Cafe – By Gayle Leeson *review forthcoming*
How Music Works by David Byrne *GR* *currently reading*