Friday, October 31, 2014

Book Review: Conception Of Evil by Dorothy Dawson


Three former college buddies that endlessly debated the existence of giants, or Nephilim, in biblical times are reunited for a mass murder investigation. They find that these slayings were not committed by men. The 'fallen ones' had come to claim the women who were worthy to bear their children, and once again, their offspring would bring terror to the Earth. Two Secret Societies had fought against each other for years. The Sodalitat had worked endlessly to prevent such a shattering event from taking place. The Camorra did everything in their power to bring upon the resurrection of the Nephilim, going as far as attempting to recreate the creatures in a lab using viable DNA from excavated bones. A young student gets caught in the crossfire when she is chosen. Women who are found unworthy are slaughtered. The government finds a gene marker that allows them to indicate if a citizen is a descendant of the Nephilim, and calls forth those with distinct characteristics to be tested. Pandemonium breaks loose across the world as citizens react to the news.


My Review

The premise of Conception Of Evil, fallen angels using human women to procreate, is not bad in and of itself, but the execution was way off. The plot was fast paced in all the wrong ways, rushing by so quickly neither the characters nor the plotline had any time to naturally develop. I had no time to become emotionally invested in the story at all. The only character I even halfway liked, Clementine, had such an abrupt and poorly explained reversal in her behavior that I lost what little interest I had in her.

The conclusion of the conflict with the fallen angels was unexpected and while it was partly the only bright spot in the entire novel, it was dimmed by the fact that it left a huge question hanging in the air.

While some may find this an entertaining read, it simply wasn't for me.


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