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Why only four stars for a great story?
on July 6, 2014
I feel kinda bad for giving this great book by Greig Beck only four stars, because it was another great romp through the world of the unknown even though the unknown is in the farthest hidden corners of our own back yard. I think the Arcadian series is one of the most original concepts that has come out in the last few, vampire and werewolf infested, years. The idea of a Super Soldier is not uncommon. But adding horror, ancient mythos, and urban legends into the mix is quite unique. I have truly enjoyed this series and put all other material aside to read the Arcadian. So why give this one book four stars? The fact that the chronological order of this series is very difficult to keep up with kind of put me off. A brilliant marketing ploy? Maybe. because I had to end up buying them all to figure out what happens where. You start out with Alex Hunter in full swing and already what he is, before you ever found out how he got there or how he became the baddest and best that he is. I was so confused I had to go online to get the order in which they were written. Now, maybe that's how it just worked out but it did seem a bit of a 'self spoiler' so to speak. Most series are clearly marked and defined, but what happened to me is, I found out things that only later made sense, and I KNEW what was coming up. I knew how a certain character would meet his demise before finding out where he came from...?..Stuff like that. It was just more difficult to follow than a normal series. But it's not the first series I've ever read that started in the middle and went both ways before! And this book Black Mountain was just as good as the rest! And another good read.
In this story, the Arcadian awakes from a coma to find he has no memory of who he is, or where he came from. A coma induced by his miraculous healing abilities to neutralize and expell a deadly disease he contracted in the jungles of Paraguay, that had (so far) proven to be one hundred percent fatal to any normal human. But, Alex Hunter survives. He is alive but his memory is a total blank. Adira Senesh, the Israeli agent that he'd befriended on a mission in the dessert of Iran, fights to protect him from both their governments. She holds them at bay by promising them she will persuade Alex to divulge the secret of the Arcadian process...but,she in reality, has a wistful disire to fill in his memory with her own dreams of running away and being together...But when you are two of most skilled operatives in the world, and each from different countries, and each has billions of dollars worth of training (and for Alex, being an irreplaceable proto-scientific miracle) you don't just up and elope. But there time together as Alex heals has her wishing that they could just dissapear. But Alex's memory begins to painfully return;in a gush of blood from his nose, and a spike of blinding pain in the center of his head, he realizes (first) that he has mother. (Second) a mother who thinks he's long dead. A mother that, even though she is halfway round the world, he feels her terror and pain as she is attacked by a nightmare....a nightmare that's haunted the frozen peaks of his childhood home the Black Mountains of Nebraska since before the Paleo-Indians roamed, an old legend come alive. Alex bolts to find the answers to the memories bubbling up. Adira commits treason and runs with him...the Black Mountain awaits.