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The Silenced: Two strangers. One enemy. A world at stake. by Stephen Lloyd Jones

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List Price: £8.99

 

Paperback: 448 Pages.

Published: 19 April 2018 by Headline

ISBN: 1472228928

EAN: 9781472228925

Mallory Grace just killed a man. To survive the next hour, she'll have to kill again. To survive the night, she'll need a miracle.

Obadiah Macintosh doesn't seem like a miracle. He is a recluse who works alone at an animal sanctuary, and he has a secret. When the dogs in his care alert him to intruders hidden by the darkness, he knows they are coming for him.

Mallory and Obadiah were strangers, brought together for one purpose. To give new light to a terrifying world.

But now they are on the run, and evil intends to find them.

Reviews

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Excellent Action

I loved this book. It starts with an explosive opening which means the reader (and the characters) hit the ground running and don't really pause for breath the entire way through. If you want an action book that keeps you on your toes then this is the one for you.

We open as Mallory has just killed a man. She is being hunted. Obadiah Mcintosh isn't having a much better evening as he does the night shift at an animal sanctuary. Mallory and Obe are caught up in a centuries old struggle survival that Mallory just about understands but it is all new to Obe. There is a slight science fiction/fantasy twist in the book which is mostly quite easy to believe.

Mallory and Obe are both quite prickly characters neither of whom are used to spending much time around people. Obe is a big kid with a fascination for comics, superheroes and science fiction. Mallory is just plain difficult and is used to seeing the people she loves dying. Chasing her are a group of people which do have their own characters despite being more supporting cast. In fact the characterisation in this book is excellent with even the lesser characters making their mark.

As I have said, this is an action book. It is full of action with gun fights and chases. It is a bit gory in places but not excessively so. There is a lot of suspense as the author builds up to the key points with excellent description.

What can I say - I started this book & just didn't want to put it down. My only issue is towards the end. I feel that the author should have stopped the book before the last section & certainly without the epilogue. There is a good final chase through the snow that would have made an excellent ending. The last bit of the book and the epilogue could easily have been turned into a sequel which I would have been keen to read. As it was, a lot of information was squeezed into the end and the author didn't do this justice. It isn't often that I complain that the author needed to write a sequel with the last section of the book - usually I complain that authors have stretched a story too far in making it two books rather than one!

I have already treated myself to other books by this author & look forward to his future work.

I received a free copy of this book via Netgalley.

 
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