Sunday, August 26, 2012

A Reader's Opinion: Lightland by Kenny Kemp


The Book

THE END IS ONLY THE BEGINNING

A deadly virus rages across ancient Africa and young tribesman K'tanu is the only one who is immune. Yet without counting the cost, he gives his life to save his loved ones.

After lying dormant for six thousand years, the virus, now known as Cobalt, reawakens and again begins its destructive march across the planet. When all seems lost, archeologists in Africa unearth a mummy whose perfectly-preserved heart is incredibly immune to the virus. In a final, desparate attempt to stop Cobalt, scientists illegally clone the mummy. At that moment, K'tanu's soul is torn from his wife and children in the afterlife Lightland and thrust back into mortality.

At first K'tanu is just another medical marvel and the scientists who cloned him have no idea they have interfered with the journey of his soul. But he eventually remembers who he is and realizes that to be reunited with his family in Lightland, he must first return to Africa. He is joined on his perilous journey by Christopher Tempest, the brilliant but reckless archeologist who recovered the mummy, and Kate Seagram, the beautiful and tenacious researcher who is trying to unlock Cobalt's deadly secrets. Together they will uncover two pasts... one future.

A Reader’s Opinion

The Mummy meets X-Files, meets Indiana Jones. Well not exactly, but a little.

This is a supernatural thriller--something I wouldn't normally read, but when the author offered a copy of the book, I agreed because I had enjoyed one of his other books--he certainly didn't disappoint. This is a good-sized read, but it's worth it and I won't give away any spoilers because the blurb does an excellent job of telling the reader what they can expect.

This book has so many elements in it that it would probably be easier to tell you what it doesn't have. The reader will enjoy romance, adventure, history, science fiction, supernatural elements, and more. The author has a wonderful ability to bring characters and places to life. The story flows nicely, and where it goes into great detail at times, the details aren't boring. I felt that some of it was filler and could have been left out, but some of the information was interesting.

The African setting is vivid and one of my favorite parts of the book. I don't always follow science-fiction books all that well, but I found myself appreciating the authors handling of it. I would recommend Lightland to just about any reader. It's not a light, one-day read.

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