Author: Maynard Sims
Series: Department 18
Published: August 5th 2015
The hunt is on!
Alice Logan has gone missing, and Harry Bailey and Department 18 have been called to help find
her. The main suspect is Anton Markos, a satanic cult leader who has a predilection for young women like Alice. Members of Markos’s cult start turning up dead—shredded by what seems to be a wild animal. Is there a madman within the cult? Or is it something far more horrible?
Can Department 18 discover the impossible truth and end the spree of murder, insanity and carnage? Or will they become the prey?
What a brilliantly intense book. I have never read a fantasy-crime book before, which is very strange seeing at though I love fantasy books and crime television programmes. With this being the first fantasy-crime book I have read, it has certainly urged me to read more books based around this genre. Throughout this book there are mysteries, unanswered questions and major plot twists that make you question everything you thought was going on within the case.
Alice is the girl who has miraculously disappeared. She has a loving, stable home and is very-well educated. However, she gets in with the wrong crowd and becomes addicted to methamphetamine’s (also known as crystal meth), and hasn’t come for a large period of time. Her Aunt Violet, is the person who starts the search for her and goes to all lengths and procedures to try to get her back to her family.
There isn’t really a protagonist, but all of the major characters play a big part in making this book the great book it is. Violet, is the aunt of Alice – the missing girl – who has physic powers and is able to do many incredible things with her mind, such as see through other people’s minds. She plays a huge part in the investigation and is the one who seeks for help finding her niece.
Jason is Violets kind-of-assistant. They had worked together previously on a supernatural case where both were injured. Jason is one of my favourite characters in this book. He is a very determined character who conquers any task that is given by Violet or Harry (the man in charge of the case and Violets old friend). Despite all of the strange events that happen within his life and career, he is still your typical 20-something year old. He’s very adventurous and is very willing to go the extra mile to find something out that might help find Alice. Great communicator and an asset to the team.
One of the major things that got me hooked on this book was the introduction to Greek Mythology about a quarter of the way through the book. I am a huge fan of Greek Mythology and was thrilled when it was mentioned. The whole crime is loosely based around Artemis – Goddess of the Hunt with references to her and mythology throughout the book.
Whilst reading the book, I was determined to finish it as I was extremely eager to get some answers on what the hell was going on. There are tons of strange occurrences and shady people/things that its hard not to want to get some answers as to what they are. The thing I loved most about this book is that it never once gets boring or drags. You are always left wanting to know something and once you find out that something, another thing comes along in its place. Its thrilling, exciting and just a brilliantly suspenseful read.
I would 100% recommend this to anyone who is a fan of fantasy and/or crime. It has everything a book could ever need for it to be successful. There is even a little romance thrown in for good measure!