Saturday, August 18, 2012

{Review} Forever A-Men by John Trevillian

ISBN #: 978-1780880907
Page Count: 354
Copyright: March 1, 2012
Publisher: Troubador Publishing Ltd

Book Summary:
(Taken from dustjacket flap)

The Nowhereman: Weak and alone, Jack wakes to find himself trapped within the pages of his faerie tale book, now made horribly real. Still wracked with grief at Esther's death, he is pulled into a war between mortals and gods that threatens to destroy Forevermore. Accompanied by his aide, Graysmark, Jack joins forces with the Amen against his arch-nemesis Maleore, aware that his only chance at victory is to return to the place where the whole story began.

Pure: Still reeling from their miraculous rescue from the freezing waters of the Surabian Ocean, Susannah and Dingo the Wonder Dog return to the bloodshot streets of Dead City. Working as mercenaries for the highest bidder, they're sent to gatecrash the largest comeback party in the history of the fallen megalopolis: the grand reopening of the infamous Werehouse.

Dingo the Wonder Dog: As Pure's reluctant sidekick, Elliott is dragged into rescuing abducted pop sensations Hell's Belles from the clutches of the Gonks 'R' Us streetgang. Yet securing tickets to the one-night-only party is gonna take every gramme of superhero stealth and cunning the canine crossbreed has amassed since his escape from the RuZu Dome.

Lord Midwinter: Blind private investigator Arken Ellis Winterman uses his innate psychometric powers to read objects, people and places as part of unsolved crime investigations. And now he's hired by Orizon's Tarun Ishana Macmillan to discover why USSA citizens have started dying in their sleep - a case that brings him face to face with a sinister construct known only as The Forest that threatens each and every one of the thirteen moons.

D'Alessandro: Having supplanted the near-space ruling sentience, Nathaniel Raymond Glass discovers that the realisation of his dream to be a god is still fraught with problems. Split into two battling entities, he is forced to beseech Jack to help solve the paradox of good and evil before the thirteen kingdoms are lost forever ...

Mandy's Review:

Forever A-Men is the third, and final, installment of The A-Men series. John has definitely saved the best for last. I dreaded seeing this book come to an end, but I couldn't stop myself from reading its pages.

Jack finally acknowledges and accepts his position in the faerie tale as king. He is one of the most unorthodox kings I have ever read. His language is foul and his actions can be abominable, but his heart is good. He tries his best to take the path that will cause a minimal amount of damage to those he cares about. Often times, though, his plan of action is looked upon as crazy and insane.

Susannah re-enters Jack's life, which neither of them expected ... seeing as how Susannah thought she had killed him. Jack rescues Susannah from her marriage to an evil faerie king and they fall back in love. They fight together until the very end.

Elliott is a whiz when is comes to computers and technology. He finally gets his chance to play the hero when he enters Jack's faerie tale.

This entire book is a portrayal of the ultimate fight between good and evil; between gods and mortals; between the ultimate God and men who believe themselves to be gods. The fight scenes, and there are many, are graphic and nail-biting.

Forever A-Men deftly ties up all the loose ends from the first two novels. All of the questions or wonderings I had while reading The A-Men and The A-Men Return were answered in this novel. I had quite a few "Aha!" moments.

Fans of science-fiction have to get John Trevillian's The A-Men series. I can easily see this becoming a show on the SyFy channel or even a series of movies on the big screen. Yes, this series is just that good, but you've got to read it for yourself to see what I mean. I don't have the adequate words to describe just how good these books really are.

*A hardcopy of this book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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