The Shape of Rain
Author: Michael B. Koep
Publishing date: October 1st, 2018 by Will Dreamly Arts Publishing
Genre: Adult Fantasy, Paranormal
Discredited mythology professor, Astrid Finnley believes gods and immortals once battled for a place in Creation--for a place of their own on the earth. When she is summoned to a secret archeological dig site in Northern Idaho to translate an ancient script, she uncovers an unthinkable nightmare: a woman buried alive--for over a thousand years.
Psychologist Loche Newirthʼs assassination is ordered to prevent him from rewriting history. But his former mentor, Dr. Marcus Rearden wants him alive to torture, to command, to control. When Loche discovers his son is also a target, he flees, pursuing a lead that promises to end what his writing has started. Instead, the path vaults him back to the prehistory of his story--to a time when a venomous army of gods lay siege to the City of Immortals, and his little boy stands in the balance.
Michael Koep never fails with the element of surprise. You experience it in his previous books, as well as in The Shape of Rain. Koep’s plotting for this story proves ingenious, as it keeps you on edge the entire journey. I was immediately swallowed whole by his writing alone—then the essence of the story blossomed before me as a grand finale. His articulation made it easy to fly through the pages, eager to read more.
Although I found the plot rather complicated, Koep excelled in assisting the reader with his descriptions and explanations, making it possible to follow and enjoy. Let’s not forget to mention the shocking plot twists that left my jaw hanging!
Being so totally engrossed in the story, it was as though I were watching a movie play out in my head, rather than reading word after word, line after line. This happens only a few times for me, so when it does, you can trust the author did his job and he did it well.
I am not one for spoilers, so I will zip it, but The Shape of Rain certainly took me on a ride I will never forget. I look forward to reading more of Michael Koep’s work. If I had to rate it, I would probably give four – four and a half stars. I really cannot decide! But what I know for certain is Michael Koep has been added to my lengthy list of favorite authors.
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