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Great start. Looking forward to the sequel

  • May 3, 2012

A Kairos moment is that the opportune point in time when force must be applied for success to be achieved. For Aristotle, Kairos was the place in time and space when proof will be delivered. And in author N.J. Burns’ Moment of Kairos, four different people in different times and places each approach their own kairos moments.
An oddly futuristic world is falling apart as blackouts close down communication and leave whole towns and villages abandoned behind a quarantine. Meanwhile a former Knight of the church hunts down medieval criminals with the aid of curious powers. A present day writer accidentally picks up a book on the occult just when demonic monsters start stalking the streets. And a village child in an ancient world tries to save his people as visions of the future stalk his gaze.
The author introduces a fifth character to this mix with perfect timing, just as the reader might be beginning to wonder what’s the connection. With this added tension, the stories build through danger to climax, drawing the reader on with ever-mounting questions and mystery.
My only complaint as a reader is that I should have realized this is only part one of a series. After turning pages frantically, eager to see how the stories would all come together, I find myself faced with an enticing epilogue and the first page of the sequel. Definitely frustrating!
Moment of Kairos is an intriguing combination of stories, cleverly constructed, nicely written, but unfinished, leaving the reader desperate to know if the end will justify the beginning. I sincerely hope it will.
Disclosure: I received a free ecopy of this novel from the author in exchange for my honest review.

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Sheila Deeth's first novel, Divide by Zero, has just been released in print and ebook formats. Find it on Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Powells, etc. Her spiritual speculative novellas can be found at … more
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Four worlds. Four ages. Four struggles through deserts, demons, criminal underworlds and overwhelming odds. Elian searches for answer to the mysterious blackouts, led forward by his only clue: an encoded diary. Ben stalks the streets at night in search of horrific creatures not of this world. Alexander hunts down criminals, always intent on doing the right thing whatever the cost. And Prometheus tries to save his village without dying in the process.
Separate but intertwined, they press on, linked somehow to the mysterious John, who watches and waits - for it seems each of the four is part of something much greater than they could ever have imagined.
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