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Saturday, 8 November 2014

Imperium

Imperium (Caulborn Book1) by Nicholas Olivo.


Front Cover




Synopsis

Vincent Corinthos leads a triple life. As a secret agent, he handles paranormal threats; as a god, he protects his followers from evil forces; as a stock clerk, he keeps the back room of an antique store tidy. 
When one of his fellow agents goes missing, Vincent begins with the usual suspects. His investigation reveals that Boston’s latest supernatural threat is also waging war on his followers, and presents a grave danger to the city's paranormal citizens.  
Now, with the aid of a new partner and a gremlin, Vincent must locate the missing agent, defend his followers and learn the identity of his adversaries before they can revive a malevolent force that’s been dormant since World War II.


My Review


The story is based on Vincent, who is part of a secret society called Caulborn, that are basically like police of the supernatural community. When paranormal beings are getting kidnapped, it's up to Vincent to find out who's behind it. 
As urban fantasy books go, this is fairly generic - you have your main character who is, of course like a P.I (why are they always P.I's? I mean is there no other jobs out there for them?), he has that charismatic personality (think Harry Dresden, Atticus) and he get's into trouble more times than you can count. So...

What makes Vincent different, well, he's a half-god. Like me, you may be thinking what a cool main character, Vincent, is going to be, but you'll be mistaken. Vincent is probably the weakest god (half-god) you'll ever read. There doesn't go chapter where he doesn't get his ass handed to him and it's only through the faith of his flock that gives enough powers to make a hasty get away. You see Vincent is a god of race of beings called Urisk (in my mind I'm picturing E.T) who are fae beings that live on another realm to humans.
Which isn't a criticism if you want your hero to be vulnerable and not all-powerful, but I think the pendulum has shifted from one extreme to the other, so much so, that most authors are too afraid to make their protagonists badasses in fear that it'll turn readers off. Count me in the minority, as I enjoy reading the hero who isn't constantly running away from the bad guys and who can give back as he good as he receives. That's why I read books - for the good guys to beat up the bad guys. If I want realism, I'd just switch on the news.

The other characters in the book were interesting and had unique personalities, and in fact several of them could easily have been chosen as the protagonist rather than Vincent.

In terms of writing and structure of the novel, I can't fault the author. This is a well written book, with no typos or any silly mistakes and the pace of the plot while slow at the beginning, picked up nicely in the middle.


Conclusion


I didn't enjoy this book as much as others will no doubt do. Overall the novel has a lot of appealing qualities that will satisfy most readers who enjoy urban fantasy - and so I'm in two minds on how to conclude this review. Instead, I'll finish by saying that my review is more down to individual preference.


Out of 10 Stars:


5 Stars


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