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Paul Elard Cooley is a software architect and writer in Houston, Texas. He is an avid open-source advocate and all his writing is done in Emacs at the console. You can find his original fiction at http://shadowpublications.com
on June 25, 2013 :
So far this is the closest to horror that Cooley has come in his Garaaga saga. And you know what? I liked it, a lot.
Continuing a march through the ages, Cooley sets this story in the well researched age of Alexander, following a troupe of exiled scouts. The remaining members of this group are well written, each coming across as a unique character in their own right. As the story progresses, each develops in a very real way, which helps to draw the reader into the story.
I'm still in the air in regards to what I think about Garaaga's children. After the story we were treated to in 'Garaaga's Children: Lovers', the way the creature of Garaaga acts in this story seems both in, and yet out of character. Where before we were given a tender look at them, here we see a very brutal, animalistic and horrific view of the creatures. It made me wonder what there is to come in the future stories.
Still, this story kept me on the edge of my seat and flipping pages quickly. The feel of the jungle was really well done, and I could almost feel myself there, sharing the misery of the troopers. Cooley has done an amazing job with this story and I look forward to the next in the series. If you are a fan of Garaaga, then this will tickle you pink. If you love historical horror, then this too is for you! Pick it up, well worth its price and well worth a read!
(reviewed long after purchase)