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Aiden Leonardo’s life is wild. When his closest friend is murdered, he is tasked with finding the reason he was killed. This leads him (although he’s clueless about almost all of it for 90% of the book) into a world of dangerous secrets, not to mention secret societies; Alexander has attempted to pin some of the greatest acts of violence onto one specific group of people (think Illuminati) who have been guiding history for centuries. If you’re into conspiracy theories, you’ll enjoy this. This novel was very thought-provoking. While some outlandish claims were made about certain events (in recent history, especially) it did force me to question the influence of men of means in the world.
I have some issues with the characters and their development. For one, none of them talk like real people (except maybe Nagi). They’re constantly using a wider vocabulary than exists in a normal person’s lexicon. This renders many of them cold and without distinct personality. When they’re not speaking liking they absorbed an entire thesaurus, they’re using millenial pronouns, like Dude and Bro tp refer to each other. For two, there are so damn many of them; and many of them have such similar names. It was an exercise in patience and memory to keep track of them. I understand that this novel was not meant to be character driven, but still. I’d like to see some kind of development over a 300 page novel.
There seems to be a lack of understanding of what the audience understands before beginning this book. There is a lot of exposition of characters or culture that are unnecessary; they don’t further the story and most people are already aware or can deduce it without a paragraph telling them about it. However, the premise of the novel was challenging for me to grasp because the closest I’ve ever come to Catholicism is watching The Da Vinci Code. I am not overly familiar with the mythology of Christ and his apostles, and not much of the basic story was told in the book (because many of the characters were religious or had studied religion) so understanding the story that I was being told was very difficult. Eventually, through simple repetition of the concept, I understood what “the secret of heaven” is, but it shouldn’t have been such a task.
- Not great character development
- Some great quotable moments
- Very thought-provoking
- A lot of over-explaining, but also a lot of under-explaining.