Laced with dark intrigue, filled with surprises, and driven by suspense, DiPaolo’s debut is an immensely gripping dark archeological thriller. Trying to locate a fabled ancient Egyptian papyrus, Twelve Hours of Night, the enigmatic Alexander Storm finds himself face to face with a pair of demons. But the papyrus is split into twelve parts and is scattered around the globe. Will Alexander locate it fast enough? DiPaolo’s plot and setup are superb, and he has created an enormously intriguing character in Alexander, and secondary characters, be it major or minor, are drawn with skill and precision. There is a large cast of characters and disparate plot threads, but DiPaolo handles both with aplomb, tying out all the loose threads skillfully. Descriptions of various archeology sites, including incredible monuments contribute to the feeling of reality, making suspension of disbelief easy. Supernatural intrigue and war between good and evil are densely detailed without overwhelming the characters or slowing the pace as the narrative builds to a tense climax, making readers curious about the author’s upcoming work. Lovers of historical/archeological thrillers who like their story with a hefty blend of action and otherworldliness are in for a treat.
Categories: action and thriller