Sunday, May 24, 2015

Review: Soul Meaning by A.D. Starrling

Soul Meaning 
by A.D. Starrling
Series:  Seventeen #1
Pub Date:  Jan. 2, 2015
Publisher:  Self-Pub
Pages:  420
Format:  eBook
Source:  Purchased

My Rating:  
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'My name is Lucas Soul. Today, I died again. This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.' 

Soul is an outcast of the immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters.

One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans.

Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war? 

This book was an awesome surprise. I am normally a reader of the romance subgenres, but I needed a break from the whiny bratty aggravating romance heroines I have encountered lately, so I picked this up and loved it! It was action, action and more action. The best way I can describe it is a supernatural mix of The Da Vinci Code and The Bourne Identity.

The story is told from the point of view of our main character, Lucas Soul, a mixed-race immortal whom the purebloods deemed an abomination. The two races of immortals can survive 16 deaths, but their 17th death is supposed to be final. As Lucas is thought to be the only mixed blood, he has some special abilities that no one knows about and he is forced to put them to use to keep himself and his associates alive. Throughout the book, Lucas and his associates are both hunters and the hunted as they try to prevent a biological terrorist-type attack and a war between the immortals. Tagging along with Lucas for all of his adventures is Reid, who is the human partner in Lucas' private detective agency. It is obvious that Reid cares a great deal about his friend, who seems to get killed or injured at every turn. Besides Reid, there were a good deal of secondary characters that were likable and intelligent, including a smidge of romance between Lucas and Anna, his first cousin (this seems to be acceptable between immortals).

If you are a fan of fast-paced, action-packed books with some mystery and suspense, you will love this story. A good read for female and male readers alike. 

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