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The setting is great. The island of Colonial Bay reminds me of the movie The Fog. The locals are close-mouthed and secretive. Being isolated from the mainland, life is very different.
The creatures. Michael got very creative. I watched the movie Dagon, and drew from that to picture these fearsome beings. Even the ones that weren’t trying to kill people must have been terrifying to behold. I also remembered some of the characters from Pirates of the Caribbean and came up with some nasty critters.
The characters. So many of them, and that’s a plus for me. I love character driven stories, and the humans aren’t the only ones I connected with.
Artist Larry and his girlfriend Peggy. On the island for a vacation, Larry is awakened by a bad dream and gets up to get a drink. Glancing out the window, he sees something off the beach. A girl is being attacked by a shark near the shoreline. But then he’s not so sure it’s a shark. Something doesn’t look right.
Carol always new Atlantis was real. Now she’s discovered it. When things start pointing to Colonial Bay, her and Alan go to investigate. What they find is beyond belief. But, once they’re drawn into the middle of an ancient myth, when the beings of nightmares attack, they’ll have to believe if they want to survive.
With action and adventure, monsters, characters to love and loathe, and mysteries from the deep, Poseidon’s Children is a blast and I’m anxious to get started on Hades’ Desciples, the next book in this series.
I’m thrilled to give this 5 STARS
I received this book for my honest review.
I liked the use of character in this book. At first it seemed like there was a new character every other page, and I wasn't sure what they were going to do with them all, or why in the world there were so many people popping up every time I flipped the book, but everything just came together, with the main characters taking on a life of their own, and the supporting characters, even if they just appeared for a few pages being real people who could be your neighbors. I especially like how the book ended, with it looking like most of the characters were going to have their happily ever after, while two other characters carried the plot on to the next book. I don't like seeing the happy ending drug out for everyone, so how the author handled things with letting the couples be happy, while giving two other single characters hints of action for the next book was great. I do hope we see more of Peggy and Larry, Alan and Carol, and the Atlantans in the second volume, though. Happily ever after or not, I want more of them. If you're looking for a great read, check this out.
While this transition isn't quite as radical, similarly, I'd read most of Michael West's material, minus maybe a handful of short stories not yet available in a collection, and I've loved it all. That said, with familiarity, comes expectations and an assumption that the writer is limited to providing that certain "Michael West Experience." Likeable characters in the wrong place at the wrong time, where a mysterious evil proceeds to pick them off one by one until the smartest and luckiest figure out how to escape. It's a solid foundation, and has served Michael well. So I settled in with POSEIDON'S CHILDREN expecting more of that same--and there would have been nothing wrong with that.
What I got was much more.
The story, first of all, takes place on a small beachfront town, populated with several natives trying to keep alive a withering tourist area. We meet the town and several visitors. And I really mean, we meet THE TOWN, at least, a significant chunk of the town.
I lost specific track of how many characters play a role--I'm going to guess about eight, but there could be more. This in and of itself is very different from Michael's usual approach, and quite a challenge. In terms of story telling, it's a simpler task to build your story around "the couple" and a couple supporting roles. In PC, we have at least three relationships to track, one in an abusive relationship with the antagonist, another plagued by guilt, plus an estranged family as a daughter has left her parents. And that doesn't even get into the gangster seeking vengeance who brings his posse of hit men into the mix.
There's a great plot twist that hits early on, both surprising and bit confusing. To reveal what it is would be an injustice, but let's just say when I learned the secret of Poseidon's Children, some of the logic doesn't quite hold together for me. Overall, it's a minor quibble, like wondering why, in Bram Stoker's Dracula, a vampire who they establish can turn into a mist would crawl around outside along his castle wall apparently just for fun. Maybe a bit head-scratching, but it hardly ruins the experience.
As with all of Michael's works, this one comes highly recommended.