Sunday, July 28, 2013

Apocalypse Cult - Review

Apocalypse Cult

APOCALYPSE CULT is the first book in the Gray Spear Society series. They are God's secret warriors, His henchmen, His assassins cloaked in shadows. When lives and souls are at risk, He sends the Gray Spear Society to save mankind. This time the enemy is the Church of One Soul, a cult that intends to kill thousands of unsuspecting tourists in Chicago. But this is merely the first step in plunging the world into a devastating war. The Society has only a few days to destroy their elusive foe, despite interference by overzealous federal agents.
Aaron Glade is a PI who is hired to rescue a fifteen year-old girl from a cult.  The job turns out to be less than straight forward, and Aaron's life will never be the same when he is asked to join the Gray Spear Society - a group of God's secret warriors...  Overall, this is a decent story: well-written, well-conceived, and well-executed.  There is a lot of blood and death - a little too much for my taste, but still a good read.  The genre for this book is difficult to categorize.  There are elements of film noir, spy vs. spy, and supernatural combat - all played out by holy warriors who follow the Christian god.  The main characters are described well, and each is unique.  The rapid-fire pace of the action is a little dizzying and makes the reader slow down to savor the story.

The drawback to this story for me was the inconsistency that as "agents of God," the characters demonstrate no empathy, bear no responsibility, and experience no repercussions for killing, maiming, or torturing.  It was also hard for me to reconcile the need for secrecy with the killing of government, civil service, and law enforcement personnel.