Wednesday, February 24, 2016

King's Crusade (Seventeen #2), by A.D. Starrling (author), Michael Bower (narrator)

AD Starrling, November 2015

Two races of immortals living among humans. Secret wars. Millennia-long plots and conspiracies. Lots of fighting.

Normally, I hate this stuff.

So why do I love this book?

It's smart. The characters are complex, and have conflicting interests. They're intelligent, and don't do stupid things because the plot needs it, but they legitimately don't always know what they're doing.

Also, it's fun.

Dmitri Reznak, head of the Crovir Immortal Culture & History section, finds an underground cave that contains ancient, apparently pre-Sumerian writings, and urns containing the hearts of the first two founders of the two immortal races--Crovir and his brother Bastian.

What he was just too late to recover are the sarcophogi containing their bodies. He was beaten to the caves by a mysterious group who are very good at remaining hidden. He sends his goddaughter Alexa to tract them down, and recruits Zachary Jackson, a professor of archaeology at Harvard University and a brilliant human he's worked with before, to assist her.

Jackson doesn't know that immortals exist, and thinks that Reznak is just the head of a very rich, very secretive organization.

What follows is a hunt all over Europe and the Middle East--fast-moving, lots of action, and the answer to each mystery uncovers another. Alexa and Jackson are a good match, both very smart and very tough, with different strengths. The "secret history" aspects are handled very well. And did I mention Freemasons? The Freemasons have a role in this adventure, too.

I liked the first book in this series, but was almost afraid to listen to this one. As I said, this isn't my kind of book, normally.

I loved it. Highly recommended.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author.

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