4 out of 4 stars
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Are you looking for a captivating adventure book? Try The Dragon Storm - GATES by Anthony DiPaolo! You will travel around the world, fighting demons and other supernatural beings. I felt that Indiana Jones and Lara Croft were just around the corner, ready to give a helping hand and a clever comeback.
Alexander Storm is a mysterious and attractive man living in the Dragon Loch Castle. It is his legacy to protect humankind from evil, and he has a lot of experience. Moloch and Naamah are a pair of demons hell-bent on releasing Samael (another name for Lucifer) by using the infamous Dark Letters. First, the unholy creatures must locate all the hidden 12 pieces of the Dark Letters by solving some creative riddles. Storm is trying to outsmart them by creating a special task force of unique individuals. Kate and Keith are specialists in history, and Samantha is an IT guru with various talents, while Abigail can sense all the bad things in people. Let’s not forget Decks, a cross between an exorcist and Indiana Jones. Other unlikely allies help them on the way, such as a drug cartel leader, a Medjai warrior, or a pirate. Who will manage to get all the 12 parts?
The visual descriptions, completed with several crayon sketches that lent more authenticity, left me in awe. I must admit, I used Google to discover more details regarding the incredible monuments or archaeological sites mentioned in the novel. The writing style was impeccable: dynamic, easy to follow, and rich in witty banter.
I didn’t have any dull moments because the author knew exactly when to introduce a new, exciting character. I had glimpses of the protagonists’ lives and some proper introductions. However, Anthony DiPaolo left me to draw my own conclusions in some cases, using well-placed hints. That was very engaging, and I felt like a secret accomplice. Besides, the readers can try to decipher the riddles for themselves, which can be very satisfying.
There are some insignificant dislikes, but they did not interfere with the excellent reading experience. The author kept switching between Samantha and Sam or Alexander and Alex. Also, I am dying to discover Alexander’s age! However, it remained a mystery until the end. I encountered some minor errors, but not enough to force me to lower the rating.
I cannot give The Dragon Storm - GATES less than 4 out of 4 stars. It is an outstanding novel that will appeal to mysteries and treasure hunting fans. Readers passionate about archaeology and history will love to discover further information regarding the Sphinx, Petra, Chichen Itza, or the jungle city of Copan. The book features many supernatural elements; they range from magic and special abilities to exorcism and demons. Romance is not missing from the novel. The subject can be exciting for teens; however, be aware there are several violent situations, erotic scenes, and some non-borderline profanities.
The Dragon Storm - GATES
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