Ancients by David Lynn Golemon (Event Group Adventure #3)



coverGolemon Gets his Series Back on Track – 4 Stars

It is as if the author read my mind. Questionable writing and poor character development bogged down the last book in the series. While I was able to overlook the problems in the first installment, the second was sabotaged by the glaring issues. I was prepared to abandon this series if the writing did not improve. In this installment, it was as if James Rollins and Matthew Reilly edited the early drafts of the novel. If you are looking for some rousing action adventures with some minor sci-fi elements, this is the book for you.

Plot summary

Once again the event group, is on the trail of mythical and mystical relics. This time, the relics are that of the scientifically advanced, Lost City of Atlantis. Legend said that the Atlantians had the technology and held the key to the creation of localized, man-made earthquakes. By using sound and amplifiers along fault lines, the technology could destroy their enemies. Ancient secret elements of society have been seeking the technology for centuries but lacke the key to make it a precision instrument. Regardless, it is being used a weapon of mass destruction over large areas of “unfriendly” continents and the world is in panic. The Event Group must unfold the mystery, search for the key while at the same time, try and stop a natural disaster that is poised to change the face of the plant.

The Good

Now I know who you are!

The first two books suffer from a deficiency of character development. There was no identifiable hero in the first two books and the large cast of characters left me scratching my head as to who was who. The author seems to have gotten the hint. This installment does an excellent job of developing and separating characters from the cast. I can now easily tell you that Jack Collins is the major hero of the story. He was also the hero of the first two novels but the characters were so muddled I couldn’t remember his name.

A little bit of this and a little bit of that

If you are a fan of the Action Adventure genre you have probably read Matthew Reilly or James Rollins. Reilly puts action above all and rarely lets off the gas. Rollins intersperses action with science/speculative science. While this installment reminded me of the both Reilly and Rollins at times, it sets itself apart by including elements of Sci-Fi into the equation. This adds an interesting and unique elements to the genre.

The Bad

Still have a way to go

While the writing was a big improvement from the last novel, there is plenty of room for growth. While the inclusion of the sci-fi elements makes the series interesting and unique, the author occasionally uses the sci-fi elements as an excuse to leave things unexplained. While there was significant improvement in the writing, character management and story structure, I still expect improvement later in the series.

Final Thoughts

I am sold on the concept of these novels. I enjoy the mixture of AA and Sci-Fi elements as well as the concept of the event group. As a result, I am finding it much easier to overlook the warts. If you didn’t like the first book in the series, I don’t think it is going to get better for you.  That said, the structure of the first three novels is such that they can be read in any order.  If you are like me and enjoy the concept and the original storylines, you will appreciate the growth and improvement in writing. I will certainly continue the series.

Content Advisories

It is difficult to find commentary on the sex/violence/language content of book if you are interested. I make an effort to give you the information so you can make an informed decision before reading. *Disclaimer* I do not take note or count the occurrences of adult language as I read. I am simply giving approximations.

Scale 1 – Lowest 5 – Highest

Sex 1

As in the majority of AA novels, there is little time for sex while trying to save the world. There is a relationship in the book but there is only time for one kiss as the world crumbles around them. The sexual content is appropriate for all ages.

Language 2

Outside of minor use of mild obscenities, the language was appropriate for all ages.

Violence 3

I have yet to meet an AA novel that did not include a significant amount of violence. In this novel, the violence is less bloody than normal. There are around 4 major scenes with a gun battles and people being killed but most of the violence centred around the earthquakes and natural disaster. It was not graphic

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