When the unearthing of the Ark of the Covenant results in the discovery of the bones of an angel, a government program seeks out descendants of the divine being. Scientists confirm the existence of Nephilim, descendants of the Divine Bloodline who exhibit unique supernatural abilities. These individuals soon find themselves at odds with society.
Sisters Piper and Wren knew they were different, but after the discovery, the two have evidence to explain their maturing abilities. But the government has the power to condemn and crucify Nephilim, locking them into ADAM compounds across the globe. The sisters are next, and Piper and Wren will need to act quickly to avoid being captured. In order to survive the two must embrace the stigma and master the very gifts that God has bestowed (or cursed) upon them.
Mysterious forces who have been plotting these events for decades shift the balance of power, and soon all parties involved will need to pick a side.
ADAM: The Divine Bloodline Trilogy is available for purchase in both print and ebook formats.
Many years ago there was a trilogy about Nephilim by L. A. Marzulli and this reminded me of that but like as if it was a rough draft idea that got tossed then picked up again and sprinkled with a taste of a storyline from X-Men. You get the scifi element mixed in with a historical feel and some religion and all you need is a couple of brothers and you’d have yourself a hit CW show. There were a lot of elements that felt pulled from other books and movie plot lines so as a whole it wasn’t unique BUT putting these elements together was and it’s an interesting concept so it’s worth a look.
If you’re familiar with pop culture it’d be easy to pick out where you’ve seen the main elements before. The search for the Arc of the Covenant (Indiana Jones), the idea of a line in humanity with divine genetic coding (DaVinci Code), having a way to test them because they’re developing abilities (X-Men), an evil corporation calling the shots and taking over society to run genetic experiments at will (Resident Evil), and last but not least the 4 Horsemen of the Apocalypse – no not the kind from Now You See Me but more along the line of Fox’s Sleepy Hollow, CW’s Supernatural, WB’s Charmed and so on.
It’s a VERY short book, the kind you can blow through in an hour or less depending on how distracted you get. The prologue is all set up about how it went from the world we currently recognize to one that is now full of the genetic offspring of angels and humans run by an evil corporation called Provision. You definitely won’t forget that name because it’s used so often I was beginning to think the author was trying to program it into our brains like some kind of mind control trick – you hear Provision and now you start clucking like a chicken! Ok not really but the overuse truck needs to be backed up a bit.
Once you get through the world set up the novel starts with our two main characters, Wren and Piper as the story is almost completely about them and whatever dastardly plan the Horseman have up their riding boots. There is next to no character development. You get names, snapshots of who these people are and how they relate to the story, but no real meat to make you care about any of them, or understand their motivations. I didn’t even care about the villains being bad because they’re not written with any clear idea of why they’re so bad, their histories, their motivations, their great big bad plan, etc.
There is promise here but way too often it felt like the author went through her first draft, highlighted words and clicked on the thesaurus search to replace an otherwise perfectly simple word with a $1000 descriptive one to sound smarter which just made the dialogue or sentence structure sound way too off. She used the word “phalange” three times to refer to a finger.
“Snapping in his right ear and a hand outstretched in his peripheral caught his attention, he glowered at the phalanges in aggravation his stare met Taj’s equally irritated one.”
What’s wrong with saying finger? At one point in reference to a pinky promise, because God forbid she use the phrase “pinky promise” which the entire English speaking world is familiar with, she writes,
“Gabby returned both gestures and hooked her squat phalange around Wren’s. The deal had been made.”
WTH? NO ONE TALKS LIKE THAT!!!!
It’s the first in a trilogy so of course it ends on the requisite cliffhanger but it didn’t even feel like “OMG I must read the next one because I have to know what happens!” but more of “That’s it?! I must be missing something…”. I almost felt relieved it was done because there was no emotional connection, it just felt off. I know that doesn’t help but it had elements I thought were cool so I kept reading however by the end I just never clicked with the book and finished feeling like I don’t care what happens next, I’ll just wait for the movie.
Thank you to Netgalley and Ryder Lyne Books, LLC for allowing me to review this!
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