- File Size: 815 KB
- Print Length: 234 pages
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Dog Star Books (June 29, 2015)
- Publication Date: June 29, 2015
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00VEFD5YS
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,292,241 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Comparing INDELIBLE INK to Matt Betts’ first novel, the steampunk/zombie/giant monster/Weird West extravaganza ODD MEN OUT, does both books a disservice. Instead, INDELIBLE INK is a creature all its own. Specifically, a paranormal/superhuman/crazy assassin/creepy government agents extravaganza.
Deena is the aforementioned paranormal/superhuman/crazy assassin, but the cool thing about this book is that she is not the only one. The other is just as crazy and possibly paranormal and maybe superhuman, but not in the same way. In fact, we don’t even really know all about what makes Deena unique. The fact that Betts never tells us more than the characters themselves know is what makes this book interesting and exciting. Many authors will give enough hints in the narrative to clue the readers in while keeping the characters guessing, but Betts’ characters are smarter than that. Instead, we are along for the full ride of never quite knowing what’s coming next.
Betts is very good at creating ensemble pieces with characters that follow all the expectations of the genre while adding his own flavors to make them stand out. They might not always be likable, but they are always interesting. This is another perk that definitely kept me reading.
Though ODD MEN OUT worked as a stand-alone novel with the exciting possibility of a sequel, I always had the feeling while reading INDELIBLE INK that there was too much going on to be neatly wrapped up in one package. Never fear, the primary plot is resolved, but the novel itself sets up further adventures that left me wanting much, much more.
One of Marsh' s key henchmen and assassins, Morgan, serves as Deena' s handler, but she is suddenly becoming a liability and his assignment is to find and kill both sisters.
Two detectives on the scene of a murder get recruited by a shadow organization called the FEI...E standing for "entity." Their mission is to hunt down, neutralize, and study people/entities like Deena, beings with weird powers. Pel and Garrett discover there are others like Deena, possessing a dark mark, like a moving tattoo - hence their name, Inkers. The two are sent to locate the sisters and bring them in.
I don't like to reveal too many plot details, and that should be enough to give a good idea of what's in store. Deena will have plenty of both good and bad guys on her tail, and there will be plenty of gore as she slices and dices her way to her sister. There's no gratuitous bloody description; Betts gives the reader enough to visualize the action and then keeps everything churning along pretty much nonstop. Frankly, I was surprised to find I just could not put the book down! I am usually riveted by complex characters, but this story is heart-pumping movement from start to finish.
The reason for the four rating is the coterie of "ghosts" accompanying Morgan on his sniper missions. Everyone from his mother and college girlfriend to a studied toy and a cymbal-clapping monkey! I found them a distraction, honestly, but got used to them by the end. Perhaps they'll have a significance in the sequel. And I'm assuming there will be a followup....I for one will be waiting to see where Deena' s powers take her next.
Indelible Ink is an incredible book, and Matt Betts seems to have nearly mastered the art of putting purpose into every sentence.
The mechanics of the main character's gift are well-executed. It is described with fluid imagery, and it isn't over-described, which can get annoying. It's also consistently used and described throughout the book.
The main character is a Strong Female Character, and it's important to note her and her sister are not the only ones. Each one is obviously different in how they speak and act, which is just one of the many ways this book excels.
The book switches narratives between most chapters, so the reader gets to see into the minds of a couple different characters. Though it isn't clear how one of them is entirely relevant to the overall story until near the end of the book, including them in this book sets them up for the next in the series. Without their narrative in the first book, the next one likely would have too much exposition on this character and what may come across as back-tracking, so I believe it was necessary to include it in this book.
I look forward to the next book in the series and more of Deena's never ending spunk.
Another great one from Dog Star Books and a nice new series to follow Matt's ODD MEN OUT debut.