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This review is from: Quislings (Kindle Edition)
Having read both Dusan and Erra, both of which do not easily fall into neat categories or genres, I found Quislings to be even harder to pigeon hole. It's got elements of horror, thriller, romance, adventure, mystery, religion and philosophy all combined for your reading pleasure. I find this particularly refreshing since I don't like to separate fiction into neat categories, but it appears nowadays the publishing world requires literature to fall easily into such categories for supposed marketing strategies. Simply, I like a good story and the more of infinity that it contains, the more intriguing it can be. I think that's the best word to describe Quislings: intriguing. Having spent a month traveling around Yucatan a decade or two ago, immediately I was drawn into having the novel take place in Cancun. I would have preferred Merida rather than the recently booming resort town, but Poppet sprinkled enough of Yucatan around in the story to hold my interest.
I enjoyed the heavy dose of Mayan philosophy and religion that pervades the book, even though at times I felt the technique employed of having the character Caden be the purveyor of knowledge to Usha (the protagonist) when she needed it reminded me a little too much of the technique Dan Brown used in the DeVinci Code. How better to convey that information to the reader I'm hard pressed to say, but it really is the only major complaint I have with the book. All in all, though, the knowledge was fascinating and essential to bring the novel to the climax.
The interplay between the four main characters, for me, was the crux of the book. Poppet displayed great skill in conveying an underlying tension between the three men in regards to Usha, and the conflict of feelings that raged in her for each of them. To give the story more depth and intrigue than just an elaborate love rectangle, the author interweaved a spiritual and secret knowledge element into the tension between the men; at least, in the tension between Ju and the two friends Cadee and Nemun. Hell, mix this up with otherworldly forces like Zohar and several Mayan deities like Kulkulkan and Xolotl and you've got one heck of a tale. Oh yeah, and don't forget the rattlesnakes!
Simply, Quislings is another great one from Poppet. Pick this up and read it today!