Sunday, April 22, 2012

Review # 140: King's X by Stephen T. Harper

     There was once a great thief that stole the King's X - a relic with a secret: No one ever really dies. We always come back; a vicious circle. Once we come back- we forget, but there is one person who knows the truth, and for 600 years they've been running.     The year is 1968, and Los Angeles is about to have a run in with a brutal force known as "The Enemy". Detective Wendell Book meets a girl named Molly Reed who has been "awakened" to find that she isn't who she thinks. Her past lives/reincarnations and memories are intertwined with Wendell's, and lead them on a quest across the city, (and time), to find the King's X once again. With their ever-growing knowledge of the past, can the pair, (and their historical counter-parts), escape the evil lurking at every turn and find the relic? Or will they fail, forget, and live to repeat it all over again?

    I have read some excellent books lately, but believe me when I say that this one is so good it needs film rights! The whole time I was reading, a virtual "film version" was playing in my head - action, suspense, drama, intrigue, superb detail, and a compelling story-line; what more could a reader ask for? Stephen T. Harper is a master of words. I found the level of detail amazing, but not overpowering to the characters or dialogue. His vocabulary choices were perfect for the text, and both spoken words and inner monologues were realistic as well as entertaining. When I first began reading, I discovered that this book was different than my usual review picks. The intelligence/ style of the writing paired with the jagged plot-line made King's X a worthwhile challenge; something many readers shy away from. The characters span time, the story jumps back and forth between characters/eras, there are several different perspectives, and the littlest fact, if overlooked, can potentially lead the reader to a dark alley, so to speak. I don't back down from challenges, so I knew I was in for a treat. I stayed awake all night to finish, heart pounding, eyes bulging from their sockets with every new twist, and the ending almost killed me! - (No spoilers)! I haven't been that surprised by an ending since Dumbledore took a surprise dive from Hogwarts. The characters affect the reader immediately. Khali and Molly were intense characters, as was Wendell, and they were all multi-dimensional; their inner monologues only strengthened their development and influence. I cannot wait to read more! Hopefully I will get to review the next book because I don't think I can wait for whenever the release date is. Highly recommended for lovers of all genres who like a book with some substance.

Rating: Clean Getaway (5/5)

* I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you very much, Allison. I can't tell you how nice it feels to find words like this suddenly appearing in cyberspace (saw your post first on the KX Amazon page, thank you for that too!). If you are interested, I linked this post on my blog and responded to some of your review points (like the the film option...) Thank you again for your time, energy, and insights!