I have a couple books by Greig Beck that I have been meaning to get to and just never seemed to get the chance to read. I decided to go ahead and get my first taste of his writing with a novella, “Hammer of God,” that features Beck’s hero Alex Hunter hoping to find a good mix of action and adventure as the story was billed.
The Allied Forces were in Iraq to bring peace to the embattled country. It was not an easy job but it was one that the troops seemed to be slowly accomplishing. Everything was going well. Suddenly, however, everything went all to hell when someone, or something, detonated a nuclear bomb and threatened to instantly undue years of hard world and spilled blood.
Images of the area just before the blast show a large figure carrying the bomb to its detonation point and it soon becomes clear that an ancient evil has returned to the land with every intention of destroying it. It is up to a small team including Major Jack Hammerson, leader of an elite military unit, Adira Sinesh, and Mossad spy, and Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, to hunt down the evil that has been unleashed upon the land and stop it before its evil can spread.
This novella is a kind of filler story between novels but I still enjoyed it. It is well-written and the story is kept tight and tense throughout so that I was eager to see what was going to happen next. Even in a shorter novella, it is clear that Beck is in full control of the story and knows how to keep it both fast-paced but also a substance provided through the backstory of the novella. This is a tale with a fair amount of action and violence but there is also more than just a kernel of something deeper here. Beck is in his element with this story and it is clear to the reader that this is a master at the top of his game.
The novella is meant to be just a sampling of the adventures of Alex Hunter and it definitely served in grabbing my attention. The mix of action and the supernatural is well balanced within the story so that there was enough of either that I think it would appeal to fans of either genre even if they are not a fan of the other genre. One does not outweigh the other but rather they just seem to flow together naturally. I really was not sure what to expect when I started the book but I now know for sure that this is not the only Greig Beck book that I will read. If this small sampling is indicative of the series as a whole, Alex Hunter is a strong lead character and Beck is a writer that can build a strong series around him. I know that I definitely am looking forward to reading about more of Hunter’s adventures.
I would like to thank Momentum and NetGalley for this review copy. “Hammer of God” is available now.