4 out of 4 stars
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Peter Hadrian is an extraordinarily smart street cop from Dallas. Unfortunately, life has served some unpleasant tragedies to him. Peter is mourning over the tragic and mysterious loss of his son and wife, and under the given situation he doesn’t add that much value to his own existence. One ordinary night when he’s serving on duty as usual, some sudden fatal incidents occur turning his life upside down one more time. Answering a call to help a fellow officer in trouble is followed by a brutal encounter with incredibly strong creatures that his untrained eyes mistakenly take as humans. The incident leaves Peter Hadrian severely injured, and his half-dead remains are escorted with an ambulance into a facility at Fort Hood, Texas. This facility belongs to a clandestine governmental agency, and while being unconscious Peter is genetically reengineered to a warrior matching up the skills of any given creature.
The Hand Bringer by Christopher J. Penington is a modern day vampire story, mixing elements of science fiction and fantasy. Vampires are about to outnumber the human population, and the government officials are on a mission to save the world from this spreading sickness. Accompanied with a carefully selected team, they send the genetically improved version of Peter Hadrian back in time. More precisely saying, Peter and his fellows enter a portal that transfers them to ancient Romania, directly to the days when Vampires supposedly first appeared on earth.
Christopher J. Penington shines at his ways of writing. I absolutely loved the art of his language, including the choice of words and compelling dialogues. The whole book is written in an immersive manner which immediately captures the reader’s full attention. Not only that, but the author is also cleverly employing different sociolects and different forms of speech to deepen the personalities of his ravishing characters. That resulted me quickly getting attached to some of the characters included. All these details together created a thoroughly entertaining and enjoyable reading experience.
Despite the charming word art, The Hand Bringer included various horrific battle scenes that had just a little bit too much violence and blood shedding to my taste. I didn’t exactly enjoy these endless chapters describing horrific and partly supernatural battle scenes in great detail. Another rather upsetting matter was the discovery of Mr. Penington actually killing my very biggest favorite of all these delightful characters.
I can warmly recommend The Hand Bringer to any book lover who enjoys reading science fiction or modern fantasy stories. The author offers an unforgettable reading experience that definitely matches up with any given story of these specific genres. My guess is, the readers of historic fantasy might also find this story entertaining enough to explore.
I can’t think of any reason why I wouldn’t give The Hand Bringer 4 out of 4 stars. Christopher J. Penington has composed a great tale including everything a good story needs. The Hand Bringer includes incredible betrayal, life chancing romances, breathtaking plot twists and hideous battles between good and evil. The author´s language is absolutely brilliant and the editing is done with great accuracy resulting to only very minor mistakes. One minuscule minus to Mr. Penington’s masterpiece comes from killing my favorite character. Regardless of that, the author really deserves and receives 4 out of 4 stars.
The Hand Bringer
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