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- Print Length: 258 pages
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- Publisher: Fantasist Enterprises (May 14, 2014)
- Publication Date: May 14, 2014
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00KCNZRCQ
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,637,068 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Veins (2008) is the first book in the Veins Cycle (trilogy), which also includes Vipers (2010) and Vortex (release date 2014). It begins with a series of premonitions, and then proceeds to unfold the foretellings. Connolly weaves words with the skill of a master, keeping the reader on the edge from chapter to chapter. Along the way, we meet a cast of intricately detailed characters. They read real, as if you could meet them tomorrow in a local shop. My favorite is a self-reliant soldier who lives in the wilderness and works for a rich Russian.
This book touches the reader on a visceral level with familial tales of love and loss that are never trite or cliché, but that feed into the masterful unfolding.
The element of speculative fiction that Connolly threads throughout the story works to not only inform the reader of lost myth, but to symbolize elements of reality that all of us recognize: avarice, pride, sloth. I believe the reader will be able to relate, in some way, to the process of dramatic unraveling that lays bare the fundamental principles of life. But it is up to the readers to discover them for themselves.
Binge reading the entire Veins Cycle from beginning to end is highly recommended. Since the books are short novels, you actually feel like you have time to read them, and can make significant progress in one evening.
I’ve wanted to read these books for a long time, as I’m a big fan of the author’s short fiction, but the third and final novel, Vortex released in November 2014. Now I’m glad I waited. I was able to consume them all at once, with no break—except for a few hours of sleep when I dreamed about avenging angels, and a burning coal mine pit that if left unchecked could ignite the world in a Biblical apocalypse.
Veins, Vipers and Vortex are great books, and though hard to classify, I’ll call them modern fantasy set in the environs of a rural Pennsylvania coal mining town. Imagine the movie/graphic novel, Constantine, crossed with the movie/novel No Country For Old Men.
Yes, there are gangsters, angels, petty criminals, an Indian wise woman, a young man searching for path in life, and hit men—but most importantly in this case, a hit woman. There is a heist gone wrong, and supernatural factions that have been manipulating people for years as they advance their separate agendas to destroy the world. Are evil angels causing all this? Or are they not angels at all, but rather Native American spirits of the Okwe tribal mythology trying to protect the land? It all depends on which character’s point of view you’re in.
Who are the good guys? I don’t truly know. Who are the bad guys? Not sure. I certainly hated some of the characters, and enjoyed reading of their deaths, but nothing was black and white. The author wrote this next statement about the Veins Cycle and I love it: “The books are about the limits of human perceptions and the things we see when confronted with unknowable forces. That’s what fascinated me at the outset, and it’s was I endeavored to explore over the course of the three-book cycle.”
The books are deep, but are also so filled with awesome action and compelling characters. I think I read them so fast I didn’t ponder the big questions enough. That might be a reason to read these slowly, so you can savor the expert prose and the concepts. I still keep thinking about the whole Veins cycle in this order: end, middle, beginning.
Veins kicks off the cycle, and Vipers takes it to new heights, then Vortex explodes onto the page and proves the journey was utterly worth it. The books just get better and better.
In the end, it was the writing—the brilliant characterization and original plot—that made Veins, and the subsequent novels work so well for me. I wanted to see what happened to Axle, Sam, and Bird. I have images of them burned into my imagination, and the original illustrations of the characters in Veins added to the “wow” factor for sure, making Veins even more cinematic in my mind’s eye.
Days later, I keep thinking about the story and the characters, where they began, and how their storylines came to an end. After writing this post, I want to read the books again.
Reddy, Tejay, and Spinelli plan to rob a strange man who calls Bird. Every week Bird drives his SUV to the local gentleman’s club with a briefcase containing upwards of $100,000. The plan is to rob him while in transit, then get the heck out of there. There’s a problem though, the trio needs a fast and reliable car. In comes Axle, who offers his Mustang’s services. When it’s time for the heist, unsurprisingly, Murphy’s law strikes. Things don’t go as planned, and the group gets a more than they bargained for. Throughout the journey of trying to save their asses, they all learn about a prophecy told by the spirits of the Earth.
Based on reading the first book in the trilogy I would say that the series is severely underrated. It’s a unique tale, as it’s a type of story that has not been overdone by countless writers. Add in the mythology and spiritual elements and you’ve yourself got a home run.
Note: I had won a copy of this book. The review has also been posted on my devinsbookhub.com website.
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