Saturday, July 30, 2011

Review: The Sons of Apollyon by G.A. Colin

Synopsis (Goodreads):
The Sons of Apollyon is the story of Elisabeth St. James, an ambitious young television reporter in Columbus, Ohio, who just uncovered the news story of a lifetime. God’s a vampire and so is Satan. Now only if she could write about it.

Her discovery happens while covering a series of ritualistic killings of suspected prostitutes. During the investigation, she meets Shane Brennan; a private detective hired by one of the victim's parents. At first, his beauty enthralls her until she discovers he is immortal, and carries a sword that blazes with the power of the sun. Even so, something about his eyes ignites a lust she cannot control. As the two delve deeper into the case, Elisabeth discovers the plot behind the murders, is an ancient darkness, a being known by many names; his followers call him, Apollyon.

Before the murders began, her only worry was a rival newscaster. Now, Elisabeth finds herself holding the sword of God in her hands, along with the fate of mankind.
My Thoughts:  I liked this one.  It starts out with a murder, tosses us another murder and just keeps going from there.  It's bloody and fun.  Which is pretty much the exact thing I'm looking for every time I pick up a book.

Since I'm always on the lookout for a twist in well-known mythology, the idea that the big religions in the world were based off of vampires tickles my fancy.   I don't know.  It's just different enough that it made me sit up and take notice.

As far as the plot itself, we get some diabolical murders, a woman who's bordering on skanky, a heroine who's more than she seems, a hero who has found his other half and a betrayal that could bring our heroes to their knees.  I liked both Bets and Shane.  I liked the way they sparked off each other.  I liked the way they worked together.  I liked the secondary characters.  I'm not from Ohio (and I'm woefully uninformed about sports in general) but I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that the Buckeyes are big in Columbus.  Yes?  Look at that, you learn things from books!

All in all, this was an interesting, fun, sometimes gory book that left me with a hankering to know how our heroes are going to extract themselves from the situation they find themselves in.

Reading challenges: The E-book Challenge, The Vampire Challenge, The Horror & Urban Fantasy Challenge
The Sons of Apollyon was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.