The Blood of a God: The Nephilim Chronicles, Book One by Lance Burton

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In the year 2047, Earth is threatened by a group of alien invaders from the distant planet, Tanis, in the Orion Nebula. The only ones who can save the earth from total destruction are the members of Talon Squad, an elite group of soldiers with unique gifts, headed by the lovely Commander Tarakia Sol. Yet, there is more to Tarakia than just a highly trained warrior…she is descended from the Nephilim, those born of “the sons of God” and “the daughters of humans” (Genesis 6:2 NIV). This history gives her special abilities that the world will depend on for their protection against invasion.

Okay, so this sounded like an interesting book. I liked the concept – that somehow descendants of the Nephilim still exist and this grants them superhuman abilities – the idea held promise. Unfortunately (and I hate to say this), the execution is pretty poor. In my opinion, there are several things wrong with this book. 1) He often talks down to his audience – he has a ton of parenthetical explanations (and even entire pages worth) that are bits of the story which should either be inferred by the reader or are simply unnecessary and distracting exposition. I could almost justify his enormous amount of exposition if this were a young adult novel, since teens generally don’t have as much background knowledge to draw from, but that’s not the case. 2) He tried to put so much into The Blood of a God that his tangents really detract from the story. He does make some good points and have some good information, but it overwhelms the plot and takes the reader completely out of the story. 3) His POV is hinky. I didn’t realize until over halfway through the book that this was supposedly Tarakia’s journal. That would be alright, but she writes in this journal scenes she was not a part of, even hearing other characters’ thoughts and inserting her own thoughts into scenes she wasn’t a part of. This made reading confusing at first and awkward throughout. 4) It seemed to me as if this novel was simply not professionally edited (if it was, yikes!). The rampant grammatical errors are one thing; the problems mentioned above are a whole other enchilada. If it were well-edited, I think that could solve a lot of the book’s problems and possibly redeem it.

While The Blood of a God has a lot of issues, I still submit that the concept is a pretty cool one. I think it would’ve made a pretty sweet graphic novel (which would’ve also knocked out the over-exposition issues). Here’s hoping that the next book in the series – which I assume is coming, since this is labeled “Book One” – is thoroughly and professionally edited. Until that day, I regretfully would not recommend this book.

I received a free copy of this book for review purposes from the BookLook Blogger Review program. I was not required to give a positive review. All opinions are my very own!

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