Arcadian Genesis by Greig Beck
Publisher: Momentum Books
Genre: Science Fiction/Adventure
Arcadian Genesis released September 1st, 2012. You can buy it on ebook Amazon, iTunes bookstore, Kobo, or Booki.sh. More reviews available on Goodreads and more information available on the publisher’s website.
The first thing I noticed when reading Arcadian Genesis was how vivid and complete the world of Alex Hunter was. It’s like the author slipped on his favorite pair of shoes when writing this book. It’s so polished that you’d think Alex Hunter himself was writing the book. Being written (mostly) from the POV of an emotionally detached guy, there is some trouble feeling for the other characters, which is a good thing considering how many deaths there are in this book. And in some chapters, there is so much carnage and chaos that you’re not quite sure who is left alive until the next chapter begins.
I must say that the pacing is incredibly fast for the majority of the story, and you really have to pay close attention or you’ll lose track of what’s going on very quickly (and with a small child running around, I did have to reread some parts). Every word counts in this story and by the end of the book, you’ll feel like you read a story twice as thick because of how much information, world-building, and action is crammed into Arcadian Genesis.
As far as technical care, Greig Beck’s writing feels a lot like Brad Thor, but Alex Hunter is way less of a ladies man than Harvath. Alex is consumed by revenge for the deaths of his family and no detailed is spared in exactly how he transforms into a cold-blooded killer. Lots of gore and death. No character is safe. For anyone that has read other books in this series, you know how it ends. For anyone else, you will be surprised.
Alex Hunter – in the mission that turned him from a normal man into the weapon known as the Arcadian – and the elite team of soldiers known as the Hotzone All-Forces Warfare Commandos must enter a hostile country to rescue a defected Chechen researcher from the center of a country at war.
But the HAWCs are not the only ones looking for the rogue scientist and the mysterious package he carries with him. A brutal and relentless killer and his death squad are on the trail too – and they bring a savagery with them that Hunter and his team have never witnessed before in modern warfare.
In this stunning prequel to Beneath the Dark Ice, the HAWC team must race the clock to rescue the scientist, prevent the package from falling into the wrong hands … and save the world from a horror that should never have been woken.
Arcadian Genesis features a sample chapter from Greig Beck’s forthcoming novel Black Mountain.
This is the prequel to the Alex Hunter series. Check out the covers to the other books in this series.
This is a great book for those who want grit of an action novel in a vivid science fiction world.
I received a copy of this book from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.
About the Author
(Information borrowed from Goodreads.)
I’m an Australian author residing in Sydney with my wife, son and oversized black German Shepherd named Jess. My novels are now available in more than ten countries, and coming soon in full AUDIO format.
I grew up spending my days surfing at Bondi Beach before entering a career in Information technology which took me around the world. After completing an MBA, i was appointed both an Australasian director of a multinational software company, and tasked with setting up the USA arm of the organisation.
Today, I’m still involved in IT, but spend most of my time writing… with plenty left over for surfing.