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Synarchy Book 1: The Awakening: 10/27/09

I vowed this year to read more science fiction. So when I was asked to review 0615196756Synarchy: Book 1: The Awakening I said yes. I probably should have said no. It's one of a handful of "did not finish" books that I am reviewing this year.

The book is one of those stories involving two powerful families with a feud going back to the beginning of time and across dimensions. It's a feud that involves the well being of the world and perhaps the universe. Of course everything will come to a head on December 12, 2012. Because no end of days, science fiction disaster story can ignore the Mayan calendar these days.

The Awakening begins with the death bed proclamation of Marcello Terenzio. He is the head of a mafia style family who reigns over a secret and private island compound. This family is so powerful that it has many enemies.

The Anunnaki, though, see his impending death as a chance to make their move. They can possess humans to do their bidding in this dimension. So besides a huge and rather boring mafia family to keep track of, there is an equal number of aliens who are equally indistinguishable to keep track of.

After about eighty pages I skipped ahead to read the last fifty pages. The ending was predictable given the set up and confirmed for me that I didn't need to waste my time reading the pages in between.

I think fans of Robert Jordan who are looking for a science fiction series to read will probably get a lot more out of it than I did.

I received the book from the author for review. I have since released the book through BookCrossing.

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