Indies on PJV: Review Soul Meaning

PJV Quickie: A dark paranormal thriller, that is heavy on action and suspense. I had a hard time getting in touch with the characters or the story. However, the wild ride was entertaining.

soulmeaningTitle: Soul Meaning
Author: AD Starrling
Published: 2012
Source: Author provided ebook

Blurb: ‘My name is Lucas Soul.

Today, I died again.
This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’

The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.

Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.

One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.

From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.

Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?

Lori’s thoughts:

I wanted to love this book so much. I’ve been looking to branch outside of my comfort zone and try something like this book for a long time. I thought that Lucas was a great character but I just didn’t connect with him on a deep level. He was so busy dodging bullets that I never felt like I got to know him.

What I liked about the book. The action sequences were absolutely wonderful. The author has a great knack for writing this kind of scene. Think Jason Bourne, here guys and gals.

The thriller aspect was good. It was interesting but some parts felt predictable to me. But sometimes being right is awesome!!!

I liked the immortal aspect of it but I wish that it had been covered more in depth and taken more of a front seat in the novel. It is so much who Lucas is. I feel like we only scratched the surface here, probably because this is a series. This book read more like a thriller, detective novel in someplace than a paranormal book. Which is ok. It really, really is. I’m not much of a thriller/cop book fan, but I know that some people love it and this book will definitely appeal to those people.

The editing and the formatting of the book is flawless. The author is a talented writer. This is more the case of right book, wrong reviewer. In the hands of someone who isn’t such a UF/PNR/Zombie loving freak like me, this book could and will easily be a five star.

I recommend this book for readers who love a good thriller with a supernatural twist.

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