Saturday 3 August 2013

Book Review: Antioch by William Harlan

Title: Antioch (The Circle # 1)
Author: William E Harlan
Publisher: Self-Published
Publication Date: January 2013
Pages: 348
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Genre: Fantasy/Horror     
Source: Review Copy from Author

"Armageddon is arrived."

Threatened by an unnatural plague that raises the dead, an ancient order of mystics must choose between keeping its secrets and saving humanity.

Kind of like
Star Wars with zombies. (Goodreads Synopsis) 

Antioch is a book with a good idea that falls down in the execution. The plot is interesting and has a lot of potential, but the structure of the novel is poor and I found the pacing very jarring - moments of action followed by pages and pages of content that didn't do much to advance the story or characters.

I found it really hard to stay focused on the characters and their journeys; my mind was constantly wandering as the text didn't keep me enthralled.

I think there is real promise here in terms of the ideas, but I would have liked a much tighter edit, trimming a lot of the fat off to get to the heart of the story.

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