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James Boudon
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Calvary: The Judas Triangle
James Boudon, author
Lightning Lord: A mysterious thief appears at a museum robbery garbed like a medieval druid. This “monk” exhibits a Zeus-like ability to summon thunderbolts from the heavens. Shortly thereafter, a beautiful woman approaches Calvary. This alluring stranger says that she’s traveled back in time to aid in capturing the “lightning burglar.” Julia Percy and her team are soon caught up in a web of betrayal and deceit, where nothing is as it seems, and few people are who they claim to be. Lifestone: William Lavert has, meanwhile, gone off alone to confront a separate crisis. At a secluded cabin in the Colorado Rockies, he hopes to find the answer for why certain individuals, including his sister, have begun aging rapidly after encountering a mystical stone tablet. Limbo: These two disparate cases conspire to set Percy and Lavert upon a fateful collision course where either they’ll fall madly in love, or else wind up killing each other.
Plot/Idea: 5 out of 10
Originality: 5 out of 10
Prose: 6 out of 10
Character/Execution: 5 out of 10
Overall: 5.25 out of 10

Assessment:

Plot: Calvary: The Judas Triangle offers a deeply interesting fantasy-adventure setup.

Prose:  The prose initially suffers from a degree of stiffness and readers may at first struggle to get into the story. Once this is overcome, readers will eagerly follow the exciting events as they unfold. 

Originality: This work relies on a number of familiar fantasy tropes, but the author has a clear handle on storytelling and delivers some unexpected twists along the way to the conclusion.

Character/Execution: Despite the often riveting storyline, characters have a tendency to come across as wooden and archetypal. Greater interiority and nuance would enhance the narrative as a whole. 

 

Date Submitted: August 26, 2022

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