Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Book Review: Loose Ends

Loose Ends is the third and latest volume in John Van Stry's Hammer Commission series.  Earlier this week I read it in one long sitting. Loose Ends continues the tale of Mark Levin, Army veteran, werecougar, and agent for the Vatican's Hammer Commission. The agents of the Hammer Commission handle demons, devils, and other dark forces in the world.  This volume finds him still on loan to FBI, and dealing with some loose ends from a previous mission.

The book was a great read. It wasn't a particularly light story, given the dark elements involved, but neither does it wallow in the dark. As dark as humanity can be at times, nothing in the novel implies it is universal or inevitable.

You don't need to have read the previous two volumes to understand what's going on, though a few points here and there will definitely reward those who've read the earlier novels. Typographical errors were wonderfully rare.  The language was not oversimplified but was not overly complex, either, making it a moderately easy read.

I would definitely recommend this book and the others in the series.  It was quite engrossing - I read it in essentially one sitting, stopping only to use the restroom a couple times.  I hope anybody who chooses to follow this recommendation and check out this novel will be as entertained as I was.

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