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The Parting - An Urban Fantasy Thriller (O. C. L. T. Book 3) by [Wilson, David Niall]
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About the Author

David Niall Wilson has been writing and publishing horror, dark fantasy, and science fiction since the mid-eighties. An ordained minister, once President of the Horror Writer’s Association and multiple recipient of the Bram Stoker Award, his novels include The Second Veil, Hallowed Ground, Maelstrom, The Mote in Andrea’s Eye, Deep Blue, the Grails Covenant Trilogy, Star Trek Voyager: Chrysalis, Except You Go Through Shadow, This is My Blood, Ancient Eyes, On the Third Day, The Orffyreus Wheel, Stargate Atlantis: Brimstone, and the DeChance Chronicles. He has over 150 short stories published in anthologies, magazines, and five collections, the most recent of which were “Defining Moments” published in 2007 by WFC Award winning Sarob Press, and the currently available “Ennui & Other States of Madness,” from Dark Regions Press. His work has appeared in and is due out in various anthologies and magazines. David lives and loves with Patricia Lee Macomber in the historic William R. White House in Hertford, NC with their children, Billy, Zach, Zane, and Katie, and occasionally their genius college daughter Stephanie. David is CEO and founder of Crossroad Press, a cutting edge digital publishing company specializing in electronic novels, collections, and non-fiction, as well as unabridged audiobooks.

Product Details

  • File Size: 471 KB
  • Print Length: 220 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Crossroad Press; Crossroad Press Digital Edition edition (August 12, 2011)
  • Publication Date: August 12, 2011
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005H8B7T8
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Format: Kindle Edition
This O.C.L.T. novel provides readers with an energetic blend of mystery, 'cops and robbers' and subtle romantic intrigue. I enjoyed the twists and increasing suspense I encountered as I followed Mack and Rebecca across the globe on this adventure. Being a long time fan of Egyptian history, the glimpses into ancient and mystic Egypt were brief, well defined and entertaining. This novel maintained it's integrity by allowing the characters to jump through hoops and develop on their own merit. As little patience as I have for fiction that insults my comprehension by over simplifying, I thoroughly enjoyed following along as the course of events played out favorably for characters I leaned forward in my chair to root for as the 'plot thickened'. I recommend this fantasy/occult/history literary adventure. The Parting was every bit as 'rewarding' a read at the end as it was entertaining from the beginning.
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Following on from two short stories, The Parting is the first full-length O.C.L.T. novel. Or rather, it's the first novel featuring characters from what will become the O.C.L.T; like the short stories, this is still a prequel. It features two characters from what will be the core O.C.L.T. team, Wendell "Mack" Macklemore and Rebecca York, investigating a mystery that harkens back to Biblical times.

Mack, who featured in the story Temple of Camazotz, is a cross between Indiana Jones and Fox Mulder: he's an athletic adventurer cum conspiracy theorist who lives alone in the desert and acts as a clearing house for information about the paranormal. Rebecca York's past is a bit more mysterious, but while Mack learns about the mysteries of the world, she immerses herself in them, and is an adept magic user.

Despite the fantasy elements, the novel is set very squarely in the real world, with the problems of the Middle East as its backdrop. Wilson manages a clever twist, taking a familiar tale from the Bible and turning it around in the modern day. The story is fast-paced and suspenseful, with enough surprises to keep me guessing all the way to the end.

If there's one area of weakness, it's the characterization. Most of the characters feel like collections of character traits than fully-developed individuals. We know what Mack and York (and the villains and supporting characters) can do, but not who they are. Hopefully, that will change as the series goes on, although the multi-author nature of the series might work against that. Ultimately, that's what will distinguish this series from countless other paranormal investigation/adventure series. Time will tell, I suppose.

Fortunately, as an ebook series, reading future installments doesn't represent a huge investment on my part. So I'm willing to give the series time to find itself. While not perfect, this was still an entertaining read, and certainly worth my time.
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The Parting
A fast-paced, clever, page-turner that keeps you guessing and constantly engages your sense of wonder. What if magical weapons older than the bible were deployed in modern warfare? With a smidgeon of Dan Brown, a pinch of Indiana Jones, 1001 Arabian Nights, and nod to the Old Testament, David Niall Wilson's curious alchemy provides a fun, original book full of interesting characters and ideas. Sure-fire entertainment and -- I hope -- the start of a great new series.
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Format: Paperback
It is seldom that I get to actually sit down and focus long enough to read a book. I was able to make that time in order to read this book, and I am VERY glad I did! The plot was very interesting, a topic seldom capitalized upon for this type of fiction, and I found it refreshing. The characters were each developed carefully, without inane background filler, rather, their reactions to situations explained their history. I was relieved for the protagonists when, through the use of technology and good old-fashioned calling in of favors, they were able to outwit and triumph over the evil forces. The old monk, Sebastian, and the young orphan, were nice complimentary characters who played vital roles in the resolve. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and the only reason I gave it slightly less than 100%, was that it was too short! I could have easily kept reading many more chapters! I will definitely choose another book written by David Niall Wilson in the future, when I'm looking for something good to read.
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Format: Kindle Edition
The main event in this book is based on an incident from the Book of Exodus in the Old Testament. That concept was interesting but I think the story was just alright. For a free Kindle Prime read it was not a waste; it had its moments. There was action, adventure, and mystery. But it was not really a page-turner. This is apparently the first in a series but I’m not sure I’ll read any more of them. The characters didn’t really move me.
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