Book Review: The Alarmists by Don Hoesel
Sociologist Brent Michaels finds himself in a mixed world of military order and strange phenomena. Called in by a special Pentagon unit team, Michaels’s is thrust in what becomes a race against time—to uncover the plotter behind a doomsday event.
In the opening chapter, I felt lulled into the first few pages—until the first gun battle so vividly drawn I could watched the expert military unit do their thing.
I felt the supporting cast were characterized well. Abby, Brent’s office assistant back home, never made an appearance, only phone conversations. Yet she was one of my favorites.
As a writer, it’s hard for me to critiqued another’s work, because I know the crushing effort put into a novel like this. But I have to be honest. This story didn’t live up to my expectations. For one, the threat is not about the end of the world, but mass chaos and deaths. Not to undermine that, but it’s not the end of the world. I have to say the end disappointed me. Oddly, most disappointing turned out to be Spike. It was mentioned twice, so I expected the bad boy to play a major role in the end. I kinda liked the guy—machine. Whatever he was.
Again, great wording, descriptions, and action scenes. But for me, the story lacked the real feeling of doom I think was intended.
Note: Bethany House provided my review copy.