Rating: 2 stars out of 5
Andrew Blackwell is only one of countless humans who managed to survive post-World War III. Living in the shell of what was once New York City, he focuses on working hard and playing hard. Nothing else matters.
But fate has other ideas, and they arrive in the form of a rather surly angel who’s been sent to find the one special human who can possibly help save humankind.
Thrown into yet another war, Andrew has no choice but to trust Mikhail … no matter where the angel may lead him.
I first started reading this author through the Legends of the Romanorum Series, a complex and riveting series I very much enjoyed that was co-authored by Shayne Carmichael. Once that series was finished, I really lost track of anything else Black was writing. So when I saw that JMS Books had released a new story by this author, I grabbed it up, eager to see what the new story offered up.
Sadly, while there are some terrific elements here, the overall tale just never came together for me, which was quite the disappointment. Descendant (Apocalypse Rising Book 1) by Mychael Black is incredibly short which leaves no room for character development, world building, or even much in overall plot depth, which pains me to say. It reads more like an outline, less like an actual published story, granted with tons of sex that makes little sense.
One of the interesting elements here is that Andrew Blackwell is sought after by Heaven and Hell because he’s the only descendant of John the Baptist, and therefore, one of the closest links to the son of God still living. I think that’s how it goes. Really, there is no exposition here. The world is a mess after yet another world war but again no world building to lay a foundation. We find out that’ there’s a way station between Heaven and Earth but little else. Andrew and Mikhail jump into meaningless sex that instantly turns into love I think, there’s tons of shouting and yelling and then oh yes, the war between Heaven and Hell is on. What?
The book is over. And it’s just begun! We are just really pages in. Granted it’s the first in the series but still. If the reader is left feeling clueless, well, I would be floored if they were feeling anything else. Sometimes I wanted to ask if Black was going for a satire or for a straight up supernatural romance, because it was hard to tell at times.
I think I’m leaving the series here. I never came to care about any of the characters or their various fates, let alone the Apocalypse. Maybe I will revisit that earlier series or check out other stories this author has written in the meantime. As for this short tale, I’ll leave that up to you.
Cover art: Written Ink Designs. Cover is ok, the angel is appropriate to the story, except the city is supposed to be in tatters. Oh, well, half right is something.
Published March 30th 2019 by JMS Books LLC