Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Book Review: "The Secret Invasion" (Jon D. Zimmer)

Rarely do we expect or anticipate the people or circumstances who change our lives, sometimes dramatically and always forever.

Michael Williams, struggling to understand the death of his neighbors' young son, is ripe for something to change. When an ethereally beautiful woman claiming to be an angel arrives in his home, she brings him a proposal: to join her in her quest to stop a terrible being who has an even worse agenda against humanity than anyone could imagine.

With, really, no other option, Michael agrees, and finds himself swept into an otherworldly experience that will change him and his life entirely.

Author Jon D. Zimmer presents the first novel in "The God Chronicles Trilogy," titled The Secret Invasion, which is a complicated, intense work combining elements of science fiction, suspense, romance, and spirituality.

Themes explored include life and death, life after death, other worlds and dimensions, the limitations of existence, immortality, betrayal, deception, love, and more, through a tremendous cast of characters whose sheer numbers require admiration and close attention to keep delineated.

The premise of the work is intriguing and holds a great deal of potential to be explored and expanded. It would benefit very much from a close edit and proofread, upon a future re-release, to eliminate a number of errors in grammar and punctuation and inconsistencies.

The characters tended to fall flat and be less than believable in their created world, and were given to long, technical explanations and other "telling" devices that science fiction readers may find fascinating but that didn't hold my attention, personally, because there didn't seem to be enough forward momentum.

For the novel to have been more fulfilling for me as a reader, I'd have enjoyed more three-dimensional characterization given to fewer long, drawn-out monologues, and more action that resonated believably than it did.

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Author: Jon D. Zimmer
TItle: The Secret Invasion
Series: The God Chronicles Trilogy (#1)
ISBN: 978-0-74432-168-5
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Disclaimer: I received a complimentary copy of this work from the author in exchange for an honest, though not necessarily positive, review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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