Reviewer: Michael Smith
Title: The Phoenix Apostles - 1st in the Seneca Hunt Mystery series
Author: Lynn Sholes & Joe Moore
Publisher: Midnight Ink
Release Date: June 2011
Genre/Sub-genre: Suspense (Aztecs, Antiquities)
Year/Setting: 1876 Southwest, 2012 World
Overall Rating: 4.0
Sexual Content Rating: None
Language (Profanity/Slang) Content Rating: Mild
Violent Content Rating: Moderate
Lynn/Joes's Website/Blog: www.sholesmoore.com
In the first few chapters, readers are introduced to Billy Groves, a cowboy living in the Southwest in 1876 who is the recipient of the miracle of eternal life from Montezuma’s grave artifacts. Billy Groves uses his eternal life to amass a fortune. At first, the reader jumps between the past and 2012 Mexico to the investigation of Montezuma’s tomb. In the process, we are introduced to reporter, Seneca Hunt and her finance, Daniel Bernal. They are victims of a bombing which kills Daniel and provides the impetus for Seneca to investigate who is responsible and bring them to justice.
Javier Scarrow rises to extraordinary power through his religious movement, but we also learn that he is Montezuma. His vision of the world involves the upcoming cosmic alignment in December 2012. As Seneca searches for answers, she is the unknowing enemy of Scarrow, because she has garnered the answer to a puzzle without realizing she knows the answer.
Javier uses the vast financial resources of Mr. Groves to finance his own plans. The story took awhile to unfold but it takes the reader on a suspenseful journey. The last half of the book took me on a wild journey following Seneca through the investigation.
In her investigation, Seneca joins forces with a writer, Matt Everhart, after an attempt on her life on Matt’s boat. The investigation leads Seneca and Matt around the world, with Scarrow’s henchmen getting bolder on their attempts to kill Seneca. The story heats up when Seneca is kidnapped. I feared for Seneca’s life, especially knowing what type of man Javier is. Matt asks: Who is responsible? Will Seneca be found? Will Seneca survive the ordeal?
The Phoenix Apostles’ final few chapters ultimately deliver its own definition of justice through Seneca’s action atop a Mexican temple. I hoped that Seneca would make this choice to restore the natural order and cheered for Seneca’s choice. I gladly anticipate future adventures, as Seneca searches for the mass murderers.
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