Hammer of God (Alex Hunter #5.5) by Greig Beck
My rating: 7 out of 10 stars
Consulting an ancient prophecy, scholars warn that an ancient evil has returned, wielding the power to raise the dead to do its bidding.
Major Jack Hammerson, leader of the elite commandos known as the HAWCs knows that only one one soldier is up to the task. But he cannot do it alone.
Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, teams up with old ally and Mossad spy Adira Senesh to unravel the age old prophecy, tracing it back to the very heart of madness.
This is more of a short story than a “real” book. It is quite fun read but it does not really advance the story very much. It is pretty fast paced but lacks a lot of the detail and the mystery suspense of the full books in the series. There is plenty of action (of course) and it has the usual supernatural and mystery elements that we are used to in this series but it is definitely somewhat predictable and it did feel a bit more like reading a comic book than a full fledged entry in the Alex Hunter series.
I am generally not to thrilled about these short novellas in the middle of a series but I have liked the Alex Hunter series so far so I decided to go for this one. I do not think reading this novella changed my mind on that. It does feel a bit like the author was trying to squeeze out a few more bucks of a successful series but what the heck, as I wrote, it was a fun read.
As the blurb states, a mysterious huge man, carries a nuke into a populated area into the Middle East and detonates it. Obviously this is a job for our friends the Arkadian, his team and his Israeli friend Adira. They pretty quickly locate the source of the “disturbance” and proceeds, in their usual way, to eliminate it. Despite a few interesting events and anecdotes spread around the story it rather lacks the build up of suspense and mystery that the full Alex Hunter books does. It is simply too short and condensed.
It was worth reading as a light diversion and to get a bit of a Alex Hunter action fix but you will not really miss much of the Alex Hunter main storyline if you skip it.