Carter Vance took a real risk, stepping into a difficult genre that is ruled by Dan Brown. The author is to be commended for an excellent story line and superb research.
I found the “Dan Brown-esque” style to be engaging and the strong point of the novel. I am a reader who loves Biblical prophecy, end times eschatology, and especially when it is rolled into a modern day tale. Who doesn’t enjoy reading about the Knights Templar, and their place in history?
I, too, enjoyed the short chapters, ala James Patterson. Good breaking points if one cannot read the book in one or two sittings.
I agree with one earlier reviewer who said that the pace was fast to the point that we didn’t get to really know key individual characters. It was more like a written recap of the happenings. Like Sgt. Joe Friday used to say, “just the facts ma’am”. I enjoyed the facts, but I wanted more depth of character.
All in all it was a pretty good read. The only major distractions to me were the numerous typos. Words left out or just plain missing. And also some prevalent facts of the day. Early in the book, the story recounts two of the protagonists “kissing at the airport gate”. That hasn’t happened in a dozen or more years. While it doesn’t really sidetrack the story, it does question the writer’s attention to detail.
Like I said, THE RETURN is a good read. This is not an advertisement for my services, but I would suggest that for future works, the author retain the services of a proof reader, like myself, to eliminate the glaring typos. Our services are very reasonably priced. Enough of my advertisement….
If you like the subject matter at hand, I think you will get a few good evenings of good, entertaining, and informative reading. The Return challenges you to think “what if?”
I received “The Return” as an ARC directly from the author. I accepted the book with the understanding that I would produce a timely and fair review of the work. I have no personal or professional ties with the author. In my reviews, I try to point out my observations without giving any SPOILERS.