Also by this author: The Last Infection: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller
AJ Scott is a typical teenager. The only thing he wants to do is survive high school. Clair Anderson and Dougie Edwards have been his friends since the third grade. The teens stumble across a bizarre ritual and their night of adventure quickly turns to panic as they witness the culmination of the Cult of the Elder’s attempt to pull a monstrous deity from the netherworld into our world. A hasty escape leaves the teens terrified and AJ marred from the event. His newfound malady proves to be much more than a simple mark and the trio are pulled into a world of deceit, monsters, and old fashioned horror.
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This book took some getting into but once I did I was thoroughly enthralled until the last page.
Quick summary, three kids are performing some basic breaking and entering when they come face to face with a cult that is doing some pretty weird things. Well apparently when a spell is cast children are supposed to close their eyes, but do all children? of course not, there has to be that one that watches the whole thing and then attempts not to die because of what he saw. See apparently when a child sees a specific event they are marked. I don’t quite understand why that happens or what that really does, but I understand what that means by the author’s story telling. While this story is no different, however the three friends are thrown into a tangled web that spans not only this world but multiple worlds and without the help from bus drivers, cabbies, and a bookstore witchy, historian who can drive like a bat out of hell they are not going to be able to save themselves.
So it was hard at the beginning because there three kids were could pretty much do what they want without anyone telling them no, I mean I assume they are in their teens but still, gone all night, sure, randomly being dropped off sure, staying the night at boy/girl houses, sure. I have a minion and I don’t know if I would be okay with what the parents knew about let along what they didn’t know about. But besides that let’s talk about the book as a whole.
This is the second Michael Garza book I have read and I liked his other one The Last Infection more. I guess for me it was more realistic as weird as that sounds and less about cults and such. It wasn’t that this was not realistic and I am sure that there are demonicesque cults out there, but I don’t know. The book has the solid writing that I expect from the author as well as the tone of voice. His characters are ones that you can relate to and ones that you can understand and get to know if you can’t relate to them. I really like that about his work and anticipate reading more from him. One thing that I did really enjoy was the cover, you don’t know what that building is until the end, but I think that it is a really good representation of how he explained the building. Oh that I one thing that I immensely enjoyed with this work, the amount of detail, you sometimes lose that in horror but the author is very good at detailing places and people to better pull you into the book.