Rating: 4.75 stars out of 5
A fugitive from two murder investigations in New York City and a bizarre, big cat attack at a bank in Barbados, Jacks Dowd flees to South America to find the ringleader of a shifter terrorist organization deep in the Amazon. The world is on the brink of all-out war between shifters and humans, and Jacks needs to somehow broker a deal for peace.
But a special U.S. intelligence agency emerges as a new, possibly even more dangerous enemy. Both the terrorists and the U.S. government will stop at nothing to get an arcane codex that could unleash an unstoppable threat to mankind or exterminate werecats everywhere.
While Jacks dodges danger from both sides and decodes the ancient book, he’s left with the impossible choice of how to use it.
Final installment? Hmmmm, maybe…..
I say that because when I finished the story, the first thing I did was write the author asking if, surely, there was another story just around the corner because you couldn’t leave Jacks and the Werecat series like this. No, there wasn’t a cliffhanger. But there was left open the possibility that Jacks still had a huge task to accomplish, one I very much wanted to read about because this is a wonderful series.
Werecat: The Sim Ru Prophecy takes up right after the last story, The Fugitive ends, with the threat of interspecies warfare, Jacks trying to track down the head of the murderous werecat splinter group called The Glaring and the world on the edge of exploding. Peters continues to build his intriguing mythology here, bringing in more ancient history and god elements. As Jacks investigates how the werecats came into being in his search for the werecat leader Tepe in the jungles of South America, the reader gets pulled deeply into the mysteries the author is constructing. There are more murders, increasing mystical elements and of course a government/military conspiracy worthy of any major action/adventure movie.
Throw in Jacks and his human lover, Farzan, still trying to steady their relationship, and Jacks realizing the reality of the human/werecat age span, and still have a romance /love affair and this story has oodles to offer. That is if any of them get out of this alive. The odds are definitely not in their favor!
I gobbled up this book in one quick read, I couldn’t get to the next scene fast enough. So much action, so much suspense and yes, a ton of surprises here. And I can’t talk about any of them because everything is folded in together, melded like one great riveting mythological tapestry, that to give out one fact, just points to another spoiler and that’s just not going to happen. Wonderful writing and great storying telling here. It made me want to smack all four books together for one continuous read. I just may do that.
The characters are real and believable, the settings vivid and authentic and the situations tense and suspenseful. Trust me it’s a white-knuckle ride most of the time.
Why not five stars? Because of that little nudge towards another story. Peters would only say it’s not in the works yet. Argh!!!! We need to know what Jacks is going to do next…the future awaits him and us. Andrew J. Peters, are you listening?
Until he does, grab up all the Werecat stories and read all the way through to this one. What an amazing saga! It’s a series I highly recommend.
Cover art works, especially with that wall in the backdrop.
Sales Links: Amazon
Kindle Edition, 287 pages
Published June 27th 2017 by Vagabondage Romance