- File Size: 2089 KB
- Print Length: 271 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publication Date: October 31, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B017G6WPJO
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #935,981 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Hidden Elements: Book II of The Devil's Bible Series Kindle Edition
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Like the first, The Sons of Brabant, Hidden Elements was a page turner that is meticulously researched bringing to life many real aspects of 17th century history, from the complex politics of nation states to the roaming bands of mercenaries. And like the first volume, the more I've scratched the surface of the history behind this second volume, the more I realize the author really knows his stuff.
There’s some clever use of mythology and religion here, blending Christianity with more pagan beliefs anchored in the observable world. Bolan ties them together seamlessly. There’s also a huge amount of early science which I really enjoyed learning about, from the development of guns and explosives to the discovery of bacteria and germ warfare.
There seems to be less history in this book than in the first volume, but the characters are strong enough not to need it. My only complaint is that there are lots of unanswered questions, but that just means I’m going to have to buy the final book in the trilogy!
I loved the Biblical basis for Bolan’s work. He uses Revelations as a guide for creating both a credible and intriguing plot, with Plague, War, Famine and Death roaming unchecked throughout Europe. The author has obviously done his research, but takes liberties as and when needed to keep the pace flowing.
The book finishes with the scene set for the end of the war, but who will win remains to be seen. Will Good triumph over Evil?
With the help of four unlikely allies, the Irishmen, along with Isabella, set off on four quests, in an attempt to stop The Rapture, while Willem and Leo carry on leading their mercenary band.
While I enjoyed Book One in this series, a lot of it was build-up, really setting the stage for the almost non-stop action in this sequel. Let's just say, I enjoyed myself tremendously. Bolan has written a fantastic action-adventure tale, and seamlessly interweaves the various storylines.
The four quests-into the depths of an abandoned Bohemian mine, to the top of an alpine peak, to the bottom of a leviathan-ridden mountain lake, and into an active volcano- were all nail-bitingly exciting. On top of that, there is a fantastic battle at the gates of Augsburg, which had me at the edge of my seat throughout.
One of my few quibbles with Book One was Isabella's storyline: I felt she didn't have enough to do. Well, that's been remedied, and in spades. I absolutely loved Isabella's journey, complete with romance and adversity aplenty.
As in the last book, the story builds up to an appearance by some familiar historical figures, which is always fun. But even though The Sons of Brabant succeeded in their quests, the trouble is far from over. A number of important characters remain in jeopardy, and the really bad guys still look unbeatable. I'm looking forward to the final book!