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marc arginteanu

Denny is a PhD student whose side hustle takes on a life of its own when his machine merges with a twenty-something waiter named Sean.


Before long, all the wrong people start to notice:


-A secret religious order, The Urialites, prophesy the dawning of the New Age of Nephilim.


-A clandestine unit of Chinese commandos believe they’ve stumbled upon an invincible weapon.


-Sean isn’t sure he wants any part of the new guest.


-As for the machine… well, it has its own ideas.

Plot/Idea: 8 out of 10
Originality: 8 out of 10
Prose: 7 out of 10
Character/Execution: 6 out of 10
Overall: 7.25 out of 10


Plot/Idea: Nephilim hatches an inventive concept as a PhD student invents a machine with components that merge with human brain waves and is scouted by a secret society. Overall, Nephilim's intriguing setup develops well and nicely hooks readers. However, the antagonist's motivation remains somewhat unclear, causing the conflict to fall a touch short.

Prose: Overall, the writing carries a propulsive staccato rhythm, with dialogue effectively balanced against tense descriptions.

Originality: Nephilim is anchored in authentic science while playing off humanity's desire for betterment and fulfillment; the work offers unique flavor, along with psychological intrigue and philosophical questioning throughout.

Character/Execution: The main characters are distinctive, with memorable identities and histories that serve a unique purpose in the progression of the plot. However, the female characters are not always paid the attention they deserve and would benefit from greater depth.

Date Submitted: April 01, 2024