This series, now titled Children of the Fifth Sun, has been a real surprise from start to finish. The final book, Huacca, had much to accomplish in cl...moreThis series, now titled Children of the Fifth Sun, has been a real surprise from start to finish. The final book, Huacca, had much to accomplish in cleanly wrapping up all the story threads and scrubbing out some of the "in need of polish" elements that plagued the writing of the first two books. I'm happy to say the reader will not be disappointed. For an emerging writer, Worthington quickly shrugs off the mantle of being relatively new to the game by ambitiously introducing multiple characters and plot threads at once - while also combining in depth research and obvious field experience with exciting action scenes and solid character development. Many of the inconsistencies and questionable dialogue choices that presented themselves occasionally in the first two books are gone. What is left is a cleanly written, well researched, adventure story that - for the most part - hits all the right notes. The globe trotting adventure is exciting, the scientific and historical elements are well realized, and the whole thing is just loads of fun. While I did enjoy the climax of the second book slightly more, I was still very satisfied with the conclusion of this book, and thus the series overall. If ever there was a fear that Worthington would have a hard time putting the appropriate exclamation point on the end of this series - that fear has been safely put to bed. Read this book (and the entire Children of the Fifth Sun series) and treat yourself to one of the better indie offerings out there.(less)
This is a great book. Period. Everything you need to know is in the title. It's a discussion on our obsession with race. Why do we make it so importan...moreThis is a great book. Period. Everything you need to know is in the title. It's a discussion on our obsession with race. Why do we make it so important? Detective Demery so eloquently points out how on the autopsy table - cracked open and exposed - we're all the same on the inside. Life is life and we should all value it evenly.
I identify closely with Demery as I also am a lawman and I appreciate this perspective. I also was refreshed to see his point of view as a black officer, since I being white have had a slightly different experience. It's probably too easy for me to dismiss the racial conflicts of the past and say "let's all just move on" without deeply considering the horrors that were inflicted on the black race here in America and across the world. Considering this though, I also appreciated the author's approach to how large groups of the black community squander the amazing advancements seen in the civil rights era by using the terrible parts of their history as a paralyzing crutch or an excuse to settle for less than the American dream.
My only criticism of this book is that while the content is great for the most part, he does seem to get sidetracked occasionally and the presentation(at least of the Kindle version) could use a little work. With a little focusing and aesthetic polish this would easily be a five star book.
But overall, what Demery had to say in these pages really resonated with me and acted as a catalyst for a few of my thought processes to start changing. Racism is a distraction from the real problems that plague - not the black community or the white community - but our community.(less)
This is a really fun little story well worth your time. I say little because at just under 200 pages it feels a bit short and more like a novella than...moreThis is a really fun little story well worth your time. I say little because at just under 200 pages it feels a bit short and more like a novella than a full novel(similar to the first book in this series Huahuqui). This and the fact that some of the adult characters(and their dialogue) seem a little too juvenile at times, are my only real issues with this book. For an indie book it's quite an entertaining read. Though a few moments are a little slow and fall a bit flat, the majority of the book is written to include solid descriptive prose, exciting set pieces, and a balanced narrative. Worthington also seems superbly at home when describing scenes involving scientific elements - specifically a thread involving a widespread viral outbreak - which is a lot of fun to see unfold. When Worthington is on - he's on fire! The Action sizzles and the story comes to life in a story that becomes ridiculously fun, especially in the second half of the book. Huaquero is a solid entry into the fascinating and imaginative series that started with Huahuqui. It's short so you have no excuse. Read it.(less)