Incidentally, this was a re-read. I had forgotten what an absolute gem this novel was, until I picked it up a couple of days ago. Straight afterwards, I headed for a bookstore to get the next one – make of that what you will 😉
When chubby IT geek, Roen starts to hear a voice inside his head, he naturally assumes he’s starting to go mad. Luckily for him, this isn’t the case – he simply has a passenger in his mind – an ancient alien life form named Tao – whose race crashed landed on Earth eons ago. Now split in to two opposing factions – the Prophus and Genjix – the aliens are in a state of civil war whilst searching for a far away planet. Trouble is, one side won’t hesitate to sacrifice the entire human race in order to win. Meanwhile, Roen has to train to become a secret agent.
Jinkies! The premise was outstanding and got me completely hooked. I literally could not turn the pages fast enough – it was just that brilliant to be completely honest. The action, quick moving plot and tension filled moments combined with the occasional light hearted comedy kept me reading at an extraordinarily fast pace.
The characters of Tao and Roen were incredibly written. The portrayal of their symbiotic relationship was delightful to read as not only did it have its serious and emotional moments but it was also peppered with humorous interactions between the two. Their relationship can only be described as being fun and dynamic. There were also a couple of strong female characters mentioned, which for me is always a bonus in any given book. Other than that, all the other characters had also been nicely written – especially Sean – he exuded power and fearfulness. In fact, he made the ideal villain in that respect.
Furthermore, I loved how we got a glimpse in to Tao’s past experiences and some of his inner thoughts as the centuries went by. These short excerpts were pretty much perfect. In addition, this novel had some amazing ideas. Albeit, not always quite plausible, but certainly thought provoking nevertheless.
Grudgingly, I shall admit that sometimes the writing was a little clumsy (for want of a better word) in terms of sentence structure. In some rare instances, some sentences came off as being downright cringe worthy in terms of the language used. However, I found that these mistakes were easily overlooked.
To sum up, this was a very entertaining read and at times was emotional – which was surprising. This was an absolutely brilliant book – I cannot wait to read the next one. In fact, I’m off to do just that 😀