Friday, September 6, 2013

Review: Invisible Dawn

Invisible Dawn
Invisible Dawn by Weston Kincade

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Please note: I read this in June 2011 from a copy provided by the author through a giveaway program in exchange for an honest review. After I reviewed it, I contacted the author with some editing issues I noted and he had me give him editing feedback that resulted in an updated version of the book, so this is counted as one I edited, although only after I had reviewed it. The below review is from the original version that I read, prior to my editing it.

My Synopsis: Weston Kincaid’s debut novel blurs genre lines – trying to describe it is going to be a challenge! It starts off as science fiction, adds some fantasy elements and then makes a sharp turn into horror.

Jedd has spent 12 years searching for his goddaughter Madelin, who was taken by agents of PASTOR (Phantom Assassin Shifting Technology & Organized Reconnaissance) when she was just a child, because she had the ability to shift – that is, open rifts into one of the other infinite planes of reality. Daniel, who lives in a different plane, lives tormented by his past and running from members of Black Force, a mercenary company with whom he used to work. Roger, in the same plane, is a gambler who is down on his luck when Daniel finds him beaten half to death in an alley. Juno, from yet another plane, is a member of the Traditor family, who are extremely long-lived, strong and agile, but have trouble dealing with the sun and some … unusual dietary needs. These are the main protagonists in the book. Chasing after Madelin is “Father” Leodenin, a very strong shifter with PASTOR, and a company of soldiers led by Marlin. Once on Juno’s plane, Leodenin teams up with Juno’s brother, Lord Alain.

The book focuses on keeping Madelin safe, getting her away from PASTOR and coming up with a plan to try to save the rest of the unwilling “volunteers” taken by PASTOR. Along the way there are many battles, from bullets to hand-to-hand, and twists and turns galore to keep the reader on her or his toes.

My Thoughts: I found the story exciting and engaging – I enjoyed it from start to finish. For a debut novel, this one is remarkably well-done, carefully plotted and the characters well-developed. There were some issues with abrupt transitions and changes in POV, but once you fell into the rhythm it was fairly easy to keep up with them. Fans of cross-genre thrillers, suspense, science fiction, fantasy and horror should all find something to love in this book.

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