May 152012
 

Hellenic Immortal (Immortal #2) by Gene Doucette
Source: Review copy from Smith Publicity — The Writer’s Coffee Shop via Netgalley
Links: Amazon, Goodreads, Author’s website

“Very occasionally, I will pop up in the historical record. Most of the time I’m not at all easy to spot, because most of the time I’m just a guy who does a thing and then disappears again into the background behind someone-or-other who’s busy doing something much more important. But there are a couple of rare occasions when I get a starring role.” –Adam the Immortal

An oracle has predicted the sojourner’s end, which is a problem for Adam insofar as he has never encountered an oracular prediction that didn’t come true . . . and he is the sojourner. To survive, he’s going to have to figure out what a beautiful ex-government analyst, an eco-terrorist, a rogue FBI agent, and the world’s oldest religious cult all want with him, and fast.

And all he wanted when he came to Vegas was to forget about a girl. And maybe have a drink or two.

“I am probably not the best source when it comes to who invented what. For a long time I thought I invented the wheel.” –Adam the Immortal

The second book in the Immortal series, Hellenic Immortal follows the continuing adventures of Adam, a sixty-thousand-year-old man with a wry sense of humor, a flair for storytelling, and a knack for staying alive. Hellenic Immortal is a clever blend of history, mythology, sci-fi, fantasy, adventure, mystery and romance. A little something, in other words, for every reader. 

This book left me very disappointed. It picked up shortly after the first book ended, but had almost no returning characters and didn’t answer many of the questions I had after reading the first book. I did learn quite a bit about a particular period of Adam’s history, but there were so many rambling asides that it was hard to keep track of the many storyline.

I found the humour to be much less than in the first book. The story kept my attention in the second half, but it didn’t have the same impact as the first.

Each chapter started with an excerpt from a story about Silenus the Younger. These excerpts didn’t really make much sense until late in the book. Then it tied in smoothly, but they were distracting and disjointed for most of the book, especially when the excerpt was on the longer side.

Overall, this was an okay read, and maybe if I had left more time between reading this and first book I might have enjoyed it more. As it was, this second book didn’t even compare to the first.

Challenges read for:

2012 Ebook Challenge

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