Monday, August 15, 2016

Awakened by C Steven Manley



Paragons, Book 1

This urban fantasy novel has tons of sci fi elements that are reminiscent of the XFiles and I felt a bit of nostalgia while reading it. Anyway. As soon as the book begins, we meet Israel and Erin. They find themselves in a 'facility' of some kind after a massacre has taken place. Since they have just woken up, they have no idea how they even got there, let alone what's going on and what's eaten the people around them.

From jump, the book starts moving and almost doesn't stop. Israel is a journalist, and true to his profession, he asks A LOT of questions. Erin, on the other hand ... I don't even remember what her previous occupation was but she was the most annoying person in the book, which isn't good seeing as how she's one of the leads. She's kind of bratty and curses way too much. It reminds me of a teenager who leaves their parents house to hang out with their friends, finds out they have no adult supervision, and uses 'fuck' with every other word. Because of that, and her bratty nature, I found her to be nearly insufferable ... At least for most of the first part of the book, later, when you get more story on her, she becomes bearable.

I can't give you many details about what's going on but it's your basic government level corruption mixed with disgusting creatures and finding out why Israel and Erin are so special ... Then more of the XMen type stuff comes in.

I thought the book was decent. It's well written, the world building is good and the character development went well. I just wish I'd liked the characters more. I thought they were incredibly basic. However, the Paragons were delightful. The action was pretty good and lots of it. One thing I wish the author hadn't done was force the romance. It just seemed like those two shouldn't even happen.

Overall, it's decent. I enjoyed it and will recommend it but probably won't be reading future installments.




3 Stars
Israel (Black)