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The Belial Stone – Quite okay adventure story

The Belial StoneThe Belial Stone (The Belial Series, #1) by R.D. Brady
My rating: 6 out of 10 stars

An innocent discovery on a Montana ranch two years ago, sets off a series of events that may very well change the world . . . if it doesn’t end it first.

Professor Delaney McPhearson’s life is turned upside down when her best friend, archaeologist Drew Masters, is found dead. Before she can deal with the heartbreaking loss, she is viciously attacked in her home by a man with almost inhuman fighting abilities.

Former Navy SEAL and head of security for a global think tank, Jake Rogan drops everything when he hears his foster brother Tom Jeffries has gone missing. There seem to be no clues, no information about his whereabouts. He has just vanished. But Jake won’t rest until he finds him.

Laney and Jake join forces when they learn that the fates of their loved ones are intertwined. And somehow all the danger that dogs their steps, revolves around an eccentric archaeologist’s controversial work on Gobekli Tepe, and the search for an ancient source of power.

Their personal quest soon becomes a race to protect humanity’s very existence. But how can they defeat a foe who has been planning his moves for millennia?

To save mankind, Laney and Jake know they must succeed. But to succeed, they must live long enough to fight.

A quite okay adventure/fantasy/supernatural story. It is an interesting permutation of the old “fallen angels” stories combined with the Atlantis mythology. The story is well done, the characters are interesting and quite likable, or in the case of the bad guys…not at all likable which is the way it should be.

The author creates a nice and detailed background to the events without going overboard with religious nonsense. Some compare this book with the creations by Dan Brown. It is true that those books are a similar type of stories but, as far as I remember the Dan Brown books, this one feels a quite a bit more action oriented and slightly less of a detective story than the Dan Brown ones.

The one thing that annoys me with this book is that the author creates these ancient devices and then he takes the all too common route of just hiding them at the end with the usual “mankind is not ready”. That is just annoying and a cheap way out.

Anyway, a second book in the series have recently come out and I will definitely read it to see how the author and the characters develop.

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