Monday, July 21, 2014

Blog Tour + Review: Children of the Gods: The Talon Project by Darryl Olsen

Children of the Gods: The Talon Project by Darryl Olsen
Release Date: April 14, 2014
Genre: Science Fiction
Publisher: CreateSpace
Pages: 68
Format: eBook
Source: ARC provided in exchange for honest review

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Some codes are best left secret.

What if I told you there existed a bible code. Not just any bible code but one capable of turning the Book of Genesis into the most technologically advanced epics ever told; would you believe me. Well thanks to one of the Cold War’s best kept secret, such a code does exist. 

The Talon Project is an original bible code discovered by the world’s best and foremost scientist. This unique code turns the Book of Genesis and other ancient creation stories into the most technologically advanced epic ever conceived. 

Not everybody is happy with the project going public. Will you believe in the code! 

When I signed up for this tour, I honestly didn't know what to expect. The premise is interesting--and has the potential to be mind-blowing, if executed well--but I was skeptical. I could see the story being really corny.

Welp, I was wrong. Darryl Olsen not only delivered, but made it more engaging than I thought it would be. With stories like these, it's easy to wander into Gary-Stu territory. Olsen rounds out his protagonist and makes it obvious that this is not a flawless character. His marriage is on the rocks (or at least, I think it is) and he follows a story no matter the personal cost. A compulsion, I think, is largely the reason he and his wife do their little passive-aggressive dance.

Anyway, to the actual plot. His desire to be the first to break a story is also his hamartia. Before he knows it, Michael Cohen (oh yeah, that's the main dude's name) finds himself directly in the middle of a Dan Brown novel. Well...not exactly, but that's the closest example I can think of.

The story itself seems a little short--but I also didn't realize it was a novella until I finished it. Which was stupid of me. But the ending left me wanting to continue the story. And to answer the question: yes, I believe in the code.

Wow, that should go on shirts. To summarize: great read--definitely recommended!

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About The Author
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Darryl Olsen is a writer who lives in Sydney, he was educated on the Mid North Coast of New South Wales and after leaving school joined the Australian Regular Army. Darryl Olsen now writes part time, and when he is not finishing off his latest novel, you can catch Darryl at the gym lifting heavy weights, but still avoiding all forms of leg work. Darryl Olsen is the author of the Purgatory series with the first title, Purgatory, Soldiers of Misfortune- now available. Stay tuned for the second novel titled, "Purgatory Origins" He also wrote "Children of the Gods-The Talon Project."