Monday, May 23, 2011

Book Review: The Converted by C. R. Hindmarsh

With his patients dead and his genetic research in tatters, Dr. Anton Springmann fled his homeland as a fugitive, taking a one-way diesel ship to New Alania. But within hours of his arrival, screams ring through the night. Hordes of gray, humanoid creatures--devils, to the townspeople--attack Anton's new home. Among the dead, Anton finds a single survivor: a young girl, Elisa Pierce. Her skin grows cracked and she begins to mutate. She's becoming a devil. Anton's seen it before.

Tormented by past sins, Anton struggles to save Elisa before the change takes her completely. But old enemies have pursued him across the seas, and now Anton is being hunted by more than just devils.

Redemption doesn't come cheap in New Alania.

Set in a land where six-guns are sacred and personal genetic modifications are the mark of nobility, The Converted is an epic fantasy novel that's not afraid to delve into the darkness.

The Converted is definitely one of the most unique books I've ever read.  A fantasy set in a wild west-like world with technology beyond what we have today.  It's a story about a man fleeing his past where, through his work, he committed many crimes against humanity.  He's fleeing the law and his own conscience.  When he finds people in his new home town who need help, he volunteers, knowing it could cost him his life.  If he can help them, perhaps he can appease his feelings of guilt.

I enjoyed the western setting combined with futuristic technology.  It made for some very interesting mental pictures.  The story starts out well, getting into action quickly to keep interest.  I felt it started dragging in the middle and found myself wishing for the end to come more quickly.  Things did pick up and the ending was as action-packed as I could hope for, yet not quite the typical western ending of the hero riding off into the sunset.  It's definitely worth a read if you enjoy fantasy.

 *Disclaimer:  I received this book from the author for free.  I was not required to write a positive review.

I give this book 3 Bookworms.


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