Michael F. Stewart bring ancient
Egyptian religion to the present in 24
Bones, creating a wild and thrilling ride of secret cults and powerful
It has been years since David was
sent from Egypt as a small child, leaving behind his father’s religious sect,
the Shemsu Hor, and the Sisters of Isis who raised him. Now he is back to translate a prophecy about
the spine of Osiris, which consist of twenty-four vertebrae guarded by the
Shemsu Hor, the Shemsu Seth, and the Sisters of Isis. However, the Shemsu Seth have been killing
the Shemsu Hor in order to obtain their pieces of the spine. One of these Shemsu Seth members is Sam, who
had a brief encounter with David as a young girl. Little do David or Sam know how important
they are to the struggle between light and dark.
Stewart presents a lot of intrigue
and action in 24 Bones, which is what
keeps the story moving. Unfortunately,
there are some parts that are rather confusing, which can slow the pace. The twist in the story, though, is excellent
and definitely worth the read.
Fans of ancient Egypt and modern
intrigue will enjoy 24 Bones. Michael F. Stewart has talent for this sort
of story which will develop over time.
Why Read?: Book Club Challenges: 100 Books in a Year
Thoughts: Walls's childhood is quite frankly unbelievable . Hers is a story that will tug at your heart-strings and make you cheer for her every step of the way. The whole time I was reading it, I kept wondering if her life would have been different is she grew up now instead of when she did.
Here is where I stand with the challenges I have joined after the month of April (only challenges that I read books for this month are featured here):
Audio Book (4/12) 4. Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant
100 Books in a Year (44/100) 39. Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt 40. Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. 41. Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant 42. Spontaneous Performance by Marsh Cassady 43. The Grace Painter by Mark Romang 44. Olivia's Journey by B. G. Lashbrooks 45. Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown 46. Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe 47. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma 48. The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
Historical Fiction (9/10) 7. Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt 8. Olivia's Journey by B. G. Lashbrooks 9. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma Aussie Authors (1/3) 1. The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
1. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
2. The Darwin Elevator by Jason M. Hough
1. Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
2. Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe
YA Mythology (2/10)
2. Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown
3. Revenge of a Not-So-Pretty Girl by Carolita Blythe
YA/MG Fantasy (7/10) 7. Deep Betrayal by Anne Greenwood Brown Immortal (5/12) 4. Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt 5. Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds.
British Books (4/12) 3. Ill Met by Moonlight by Sarah A. Hoyt 4. The Map of Time by Felix J. Palma
Free Reads (11/12) 9. Eve & Adam by Katherine Applegate & Michael Grant 10. Spontaneous Performance by Marsh Cassady 11. Olivia's Journey by B. G. Lashbrooks A to Z (21/26) 20. Many Bloody Returns by Charlaine Harris & Toni L. P. Kelner, eds. 21. The Darwin Elevator by Jason H. Hough
Challenges: Aussie Authors, Chunkster, A to Z, 100
Books in a Year
Jason M. Hough takes an interesting
spin on the sci-fi genre in The Darwin
Elevator. While firmly a dystopian
novel, it also contains elements of space opera and zombie fiction, making it
more accessible across genres and a truly entertaining read.
Skyler Luiken makes a decent living
as a scavenger since he is immune to the animalistic disease that has affected
everyone living outside of the aura of the space elevator that landed in
Darwin, Australia. No one really knows
why the elevator is there or where the disease came from, but they know the
Builders will be back…although only one man has an idea as to when. Neil Platz is the richest man in Darwin, and
his company leads all research into the Builders’ works. Working for him is Tania Sharma, a brilliant
researcher and daughter of his former partner.
When the elevator begins failing and the disease gets stronger, Platz
hires Skyler’s crew to retriever some data cubes to aid in Tania’s research
into the return of the Builders. What
they all discover is something that not even Platz could have predicted.
Hough presents some really great
ideas in The Darwin Elevator. The dystopian world he has created is raw and
gritty, and the disease that turns humans into animalistic zombies is truly
terrifying. The characters are all very
well-formed as we meet quite a few of the major players in Darwin – both on the
ground and in space. The one flaw was
that a future date was actually given.
What made this harmful was that while research technology seemed to be
realistically advanced for 250 years in the future, weaponry seems to have not
aged a day, and this often would throw me out of the story.
Even though I am not the biggest
fan of some of the subgenres that Jason M. Hough drew from, I really enjoyed The Darwin Elevator. It is a fast-paced read that really pulls the
reader in. And the ending definitely
left me eagerly anticipating the next installment.