To be honest, I thought this book was awful. The plot line is intriguing, which was why I bought it, but the writing...and the characters... Oh dear!
I found the dialogue silted - both the modern and back-in-time. It was as if he was forcing the story on us through the dialogue. His descriptions - especially in the crucial escape scene - left me reeling with confusion. I still done know how Jake and co. got out of there. Once into the book, I found the plot weak. And as for the characters. Honestly, there is not one I can say I like. They were shallow and poorly developed. The writer's voice - as apposed to the narrator's voice - screamed through with the development of his characters. The writer was literally telling me what to think about them, instead of allowing them to develop through action and dialogue. Dibben keeps telling me how alluring, beautiful and smart Topaz is, but none of her actions support that. And as for Nathan ... a less-likable, more contrived hero, you'd be hard-pressed to find. I hate slating books, because as a writer I know the effort and soul needed to create them (not to mention the courage to publish them - opening ones heart and mind and ego to the critics of the world) but this was one book I that left me disappointed. Sad.