Sunday, March 6, 2011

Apostle Rising



Apostle Rising
Author Richard Godwin


Detective Chief Inspector Frank Castle never caught the Woodlands Killer and it almost destroyed him. Now, years later, mauled by the press and traumatized by nightmares, he is faced with a copycat killer with detailed inside knowledge of the original case. He and his partner Jacki Stone enter a deadly labyrinth, and at its center is the man Castle believes was responsible for the first killings. He's running a sinister cult and playing dark mind games with the police. The investigation has a shattering effect on Castle and Stone. Dark coded ritualistic killings are being carried out on high-profile figures and the body count is rising. Castle employs a brilliant psychologist to help him solve the case, but some psychopaths are cleverer than others. The book has a unique twist, timed to perfection by the author. A dark, layered narrative with detailed psychological profiling, Apostle Rising is an extremely powerful noir crime story with a chilling dimension of horror.


Review: It was ok. If I am asked to recommend this book to a friend or family, I would describe it as an airplane book. I do not mean that as a put-down because a great many of these books appeal to a huge audience, I just find I am not typically lumped in with readers in this market. So, when I say it is an airplane book, my parents know they will enjoy it, and I will not. An airplane book might snag a casual reader, the person who wants something to read on the plane because they stupidly forgot to charge their laptop. You know, the person who runs into the gift shop, stops at the first rack of books on display, flips over a few covers and then tosses it at the cashier. Oh, your mom does this too? Haha (sorry mom). Hey, I've been there--and got burnt every time. Airports have a small selection that tends to lean toward bestseller crime/detective novels. Obviously, it is because they a. sell and b. are popular. As I was told recently, most have what the industry calls a winning formula. However, this formulaic novel fell very flat for me. The main character is a seasoned detective who failed on an old case and when the killer appears to resurface, he is determined to get it right this time. He has a drinking problem, whiskey, and a younger, sexier female partner with relationship problems. In my opinion, if you are going to use a 'winning' formula, then you have to develop the characters in a way that makes me care. Let's face it, why should I? I mean the fictional world is over-crowded with middle-aged white detectives with a drinking problem. As a reader, if you want me to invest in a journey to solve a problem then you must provide good company. After the fifth body, and a wandering pair of cut-outs I truly lost all interest. After a hundred pages I should be going somewhere, but I found myself wishing the serial killer would just off the detectives so the pilot could land the plane and we could all go home.
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