The Arrival by J.W. Brazier

Posted in Advanced Reader Copy/ Fantasy/ Netgalley/ Reviews/ Speculative Fiction 7th June 2015
The Arrival by J.W. BrazierThe Arrival by J.W. Brazier
Published by Smashwords Edition on May 2nd 2015
Pages: 451
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two-stars

Beneath a cloak ofdarkness and mystery,it has arrived …
Palestine: 1948—With the winds of war fast approaching, an unscrupulous archaeologist finally finds the remains of the man he’s been searching for … unwittingly releasing an ancient evil on the world.White River, Arkansas: 1980—In a secret lab, top-level medical scientists work together to harness the power of previously unheard of DNA manipulation. But when the project finally comes to fruition with the birth of a specially “designed” baby, it just as abruptly comes to a bloody halt, with the facilities and nearly every member of the team wiped out, silenced forever … almost.White River, Arkansas: 2019—The small town awakens one morning to find itself ground zero of a joint UN-US terrorist training exercise. Residents face martial law, a cashless economy, and a host of ruthless leaders seemingly bent on making the maneuvers more than just a military operation. Outraged citizens begin to rise up and fight back, but it soon becomes clear that something evil has arrived in White River …
A darkness unleashedon an unsuspecting world.

It was with trepidation that I began ‘The Arrival’, but fell headlong into the fabulous intrigue that the first part presented, as a rogue archaeologist struggled to find the remains of a mysterious Jew who died two thousand years ago. Happily sucked into the dizzying chaos of Palestine just before Israel emerged from the simmering cauldron of politics, J.W Brazier captures the tense atmosphere with aplomb while introducing the faint tendril of the paranormal.

Apart from the symbolism of biblical names and their myths/stories associated with them, it’s the parts after that which made me cringe, proving, unfortunately why Christian fiction can fail (spectacularly at times) on the literary front. The constant switching of POVs left me disoriented and the stylised writing seemed almost farcical at times, while the historical anchor in 1940s Palestine for the explanation of events that happened nearly half a century later didn’t feel convincing enough for me to buy the connection that Brazier was trying to make between politics, bioengineering and the supernatural behind-the-scene machinations.

two-stars

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