Thursday, January 30, 2014

Timeless Conflict by Ute Perkins [Review]

Timeless Conflict (Timeless Conflict #1) by Ute Perkins
Format: ebook
Source: provided by the author for an honest review
Date read: October 24, 2013

Timeless Conflict
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Ute Perkins
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Synopsis (Goodreads):
Some 5,000 years ago an ancient race of immortal beings brought humanity into existence by pulling them from their grass huts and caves and into a modernistic society along the Nile river valleys. For centuries, mankind flourished under the tutelage of these immortals until a group of men became conscious of the power their living gods possessed and plotted to eliminate them... the group, the Masons, nearly succeeded.

Since the decimation of his people Warren Alexander has roamed throughout the world feeding on humans in order to conceal his true identity. As one of the few survivors of their ancient immortal race he now walks undetected amongst the humans while he hunts the members of the group of men that killed his family and virtually eliminated his people.

When Warren meets the step-daughter of a direct descendant and participating member of these Masons he draws the girl close, in an effort to reach her step-father and access to the Mason organization. Not expecting to, Warren begins to fall in love with the girl as they race to avoid the FBI and the secret Masonic guard that has been trained to capture and eliminate the immortal threat. Now, Warren must not only fight to save his own life, but the life of the girl he has grown to love.
Thoughts on Timeless Conflict: This was an interesting take on the mythology of shapeshifters and vampires. While the beginning of the book moves a little slowly, once things started happening, they REALLY started happening.

Now, honestly, Warren's penchant for eating his victims is a little gross. That Rachel is able to get past that, and past the fact that he'd been planning to do the same to her, says a lot. Part of it, I think, is learning the history of his people and what was done to them. It helped her see him and his feeding in a different light.

I really liked the overall world and I liked how different the mythology was from other books I've read. As I said, however, the book takes a while to get up to speed. It wasn't until about the halfway point that I was sucked in and needed to know how things were going to play out. And the ending? While I understand what Warren's thinking, it made me make my stern frowny face. Book 2 had best give some resolution toward that or I'll be a sad girl.

A slow start but a strong ending with plenty of blood and betrayal to go around. Danger, bloodshed, a little eating of the dead... fun stuff.