Book Review – Apocalypse by Dean Crawford

Apocalypse
by Dean Crawford
Release Date: March 18, 2014
Publisher: Touchstone

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I LOVE my job…especially when publishers approach me about reading books and series’ that I’m not familiar with. This latest release from author Dean Crawford is a perfect example; I have not read anything else he has written, nor have I heard of his protagonist, Ethan Warner, before. But I am now a devout fan of both, and I cannot wait to see what happens next with them. If you love mystery and intrigue with a nice dose of science, you will love APOCALYPSE!

If you are not familiar with APOCALYPSE, here is the plot synopsis courtesy of the Touchstone press release:

In the notorious Bermuda Triangle, a private jet vanishes without a trace, taking with it scientists working for the world-famous philanthropist Joaquin Abell. Meanwhile, Captain Kyle Sears is called to a murder scene in Miami. A woman and her daughter have both been shot through the head. But within moments of arriving, Sears receives a phone call from the woman’s husband, physicist Charles Purcell.

“I did not kill my wife and child,” he says. “In less than twenty-four hours I will be murdered and I know the man who will kill me. My murderer does not yet know that he will commit the act.” With uncanny accuracy, Purcell goes on to predict the immediate future just as it unfolds around Sears, and leaves clues for a man he’s never met, former war correspondent Ethan Warner.

The hunt is on to find Purcell, and Warner is summoned by the Defense Intelligence Agency to lead the search. But this is no ordinary case, as Warner and his partner, Nicola Lopez, are about to discover. The future has changed its course, and timing is everything. The end is just beginning…

Relentlessly fast-paced and action-packed, Apocalypse combines realistic science, suspense, and intrigue to create an ingenious blockbuster thriller.

Believe me when I say this is one of those books you simply cannot put down. I tore through it in four days, and that is saying something given it is 400+ pages in length. Once you start it, you won’t want to stop.

APOCALYPSE is written well with verb-stomping prose and action that truly packs a punch. Crawford does a masterful job of weaving storytelling in with legend and science. This aspect is particularly delightful for me, and I found myself comparing the author to names like James Rollins and Matthew Reilly.

The characters are damaged and believable, and although the villain sometimes seems a bit fantastical, it’s nothing that detracts from the book. If anything, it lightens it up a bit, almost in a James Bond villain sort of way. I like how Crawford did this, so as to not burden down the reader with someone too emotional heavy.

If I were forced to find a flaw with APOCALYPSE, I might have to confess that some of the concepts within the book seem a tiny bit over the top in some cases. This is in particular aimed towards the action. Some of the escape-from-certain-death scenarios seem…well…forced in a couple of places. Readers will have to suspend some major belief in a couple of these places.

Still, APOCALYPSE is a great novel and a fun read. Fans of action-packed mystery-thrillers will love this one. I enjoyed it immensely, and I suggest you give it a look for sure.

MSB

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