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Hellenic Immortal (The Immortal Series) (Volume 2) Paperback – August 31, 2016
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Like the first one, the author introduces more ancient or mythical creatures -- in the first one it was guest apperances by demons, vampires, iffrit, pixies and this one focuses mainly on satyrs, a lone dryad and lycanthropes. This story is a little slow at first and not quite as engaging as the first one but the plot picks up as you move through it. I saw one critical review that opined on the lack of answers from the first one and lack of characters from the first one, but I didn't mind that. Adam has journeyed in solitary fashion so it's not suprising that steady characters are not present at all times.
I am also impressed with the author's research -- he explains historical concepts and language artifacts as part of the story in a humorious fashion, a bit like having your whacky high school history teacher again (all in a good way). It's a solid, pleasant and entertaining read -- I thoroughly enjoyed it. The author tells a great story, entertaining and engaging. Buy and enjoy!!
'Hellenic Immortal' certainly won't be taking a place in my pantheon of life-changing books, but it was a fun read. I enjoyed the first book, 'Immortal' and I felt this followup book was a better, more refined offering. It provides a self-encapsulating story with a few good little twists. It continues one of the most important story arcs from the first book, which, not being resolved, leads me to believe there will be more books coming along. However, both books to date are self-contained chapters that can easily stand alone. We're not left with an unresolved cliff-hanger, just overall unresolved questions about our protagonist.
I've put Doucette on my watch list for the next book and will buy it when it's released. I won't be standing breathlessly awaiting its arrival, hopping from foot to foot but it will be pleasant surprise when it arrives. And that is my recommendation: if you're looking for a pleasant read, with a bit of depth but not TOO much thinking required, this book (and series is for you).
When I first saw the title, I thought perhaps I was getting hooked on another vampire series. Not so much.
I love Greek mythology and these books throw some of that in with everything else. I'm not going to say anymore cuz I don't want to ruin it for you.
I was not disappointed.
If you haven't read "Immortal" - you should - but you don't need to read it before this book. This is a sequel in that it continues the story line, but it is self-contained.
Gene Doucette (or is it Doucette Gene?) is a great story teller.
Typographically - the all caps sections got tedious, in "Immortal 3" (I'm not done with Adam - I hope Gene isn't either) I hope he tries some other method.
I recommend this book.