Read my Book Review today, but first, a preview:
Title: The Belial Stone
Publisher: Three Dog Publishing
Release Date: June 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Unlimited
Professor Delaney McPhearson’s life is turned upside down when her best friend, archaeologist Drew Masters, is found dead. Before she can deal with the heartbreaking loss, she is viciously attacked in her home by a man with inhuman fighting abilities.
Former Navy SEAL and head of security for a global think tank, Jake Rogan drops everything when he hears his foster brother, Tom Jeffries, has gone missing. There seem to be no clues, no information about his whereabouts. He has just vanished. But Jake won’t rest until he finds him.
Laney and Jake join forces when they learn that the fates of their loved ones are intertwined. And somehow all the danger that dogs their steps, revolves around an eccentric archaeologist’s controversial work on Gobekli Tepe, and the search for an ancient source of power.
Their personal quest soon becomes a race to protect humanity’s very existence. But how can they defeat a foe who has been planning his moves for millennia?
To save mankind, Laney and Jake know they must succeed. But to succeed, they must live long enough to fight.
I picked this book up on Amazon because it reminded me of the books written by James Rollins or Dan Brown, two of my favorite authors. I really enjoyed this book. It’s a fast paced tale combining ancient civilizations, stones of power, follen angels, super humans and myths…my favorite things. The characters were deep, but not so deep that the story didn’t move along. It was perfectly paced and perfectly descriptive all in one book. And having just finished it, I’m glad because it’s been almost a 16-hours of reading and now I really need lots of sleep… 🙂
Anyway, the book have very intriguing plot. The story is quite exciting, and most definitely qualifies as an “edge of your seat thriller,” but is also quite complex and lovable. I love the tie between science fiction / real world history / and conspiracy theories, was hooked on each chapter. The storyline is based on good and evil. As a fan of fallen angel “history,” I thoroughly enjoyed this suspenseful story line.
The Belial Stone has mystical properties and powers. There are several factions at work in this easy to follow story. The way the book brought together fallen angels, ancient archeology, the Book of Enoch and Edgar Cayce was very interesting. Not many authors can do that anymore. I have researched some of the places and objects described in the book and have been fascinated by things and places I knew nothing about.
Believable, multi dimensional and diverse characters with realistic dialogue. I love the strength in Laney, who is all the more believable in her fragility. Along the way she meets Jake whose foster brother is missing and Jake whom Jake is searching for. Together they come across a conspiracy that includes fallen angels and a dirty politician. I was glad to see Patrick the priest as a strong, compassionate, caring person who could handle weapons and challenges as well as comforting those in need (Laney). There is no time nor energy to grieve after the loss of a loved ones and Patrick and Laney have been through a lot.
Looking forward to read more about Henry’s originals and the Chandler Group!
This is a stand-alone story with a satisfactory ending. A great book that seems like a natural for a screenplay.
I’m looking forward to the next book in the series which is The Belial Library.
The Belial Series in Order:
1. The Belial Stone
2. The Belial Library
3. The Belial Ring
4. Recruit: A Belial Series Novella
5. The Belial Children
6. The Belial Origins
7. The Belial Search
8. The Belial Guard
9. The Belial Warrior (coming Fall 2016)