Title: Antioch (The Circle # 1)
Author: William E Harlan
Publication Date: January 2013
Format: E-Book - EPUB
Source: Review Copy from Author
"Armageddon is arrived."
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.