Friday, January 27

Book Review: The Prophet - The New Brotherhood

Author:  KJ Dahlen
Title: The Prophet: The New Brotherhood
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Pages: ebook, 200 pages  
First Published: September 28th, 2010
Where I Got It: Given to me to read and review for Ever After Pr 

"After a three year search for a serial killer known as The Prophet, FBI agents Sean Sebastian and Rheta Morgan; both who have a personal reason to stop him, finally get a break and The Prophet is within their reach. Confrontation leads them to discover a secret network called the New Brotherhood and the more they find out about the New Brotherhood, the more determined they are to stop it. When The Prophet takes Rheta and Sean's sister hostage, the race is on to free them and bring down the Brotherhood."

This is the first novel I've read from KJ Dahlen and the first thriller/mystery I've read for 2012. It's also the first book for the blog I'm a book host as. Exciting!

Anyways, this was a pretty good book. I really enjoy thrillers and this held up to my expectations! I was at the edge of my seat the entire time I turned the page. KJ Dahlen did an amazing job with setting up the story and giving out particular information at the right moment. Every time I thought I had the ending figured out, she would throw another loop into the story. I felt just as desperate as Rheta and her partner to get a grasp on this "prophet" and have a happy ending.

Credit must be given to KJ Dahlen for taking a huge risk in the story. At some points she would switch the POV to the psycho, aka the Prophet. A lot of authors just keep the POV in the good guys' court, because it's safer and less of a challenge. However, KJ Dahlen took on this challenge and I believe she did a great job! I was actually interested to see what was going through this guy's head. I'll admit it...I was more interested in his POV at times. Yes, he was completely off his rocker and a cold-hearted son of bitch (excuse my french), but he was interesting. KJ Dahlen, I applaud you. 

Okay...I'm an honest person, so I'll be blunt. Sometimes I winced when I was reading, because there were a few grammatical errors that I couldn't look past. I'm an English minor and the more classes I take in writing, the more I notice these things. Usually, I can just ignore them and continue on. Not in this case. Sometimes I had to read the sentence a couple times, so my brain could make sense on what was going on. I try not to point these grammar issues out in my reviews, because I'm not the best at grammar, but...I couldn't just ignore these. I hope that next time she has someone proof-read her rough draft beforehand. That's all I ask.

I had a love-hate with the ending. My mind was blown away by how everything went down at the end! However, I also felt it was sort of anti-climatic and not how I would've ended it. Maybe I would have, but a little differently. I felt like it just...ended. There was a whole bunch of drama and action and excitement that my mind couldn't read fast enough for me, but then after some words and whatever it just...ended. I also felt like there was a huge cliff-hanger, which I love and hate equally. I love when the author leaves you wanting more, but you're not 100% sure there will be more. 

Overall, I really liked this book. It was entertaining. It kept me on the edge of my seat. It had me wanting to read more from the author. I believe that Ever After Pr and I will be reading another book by this author. However, I'm not sure if we are and if we are, I'm not positive it'll be a "sequel" for The Prophet: The New Brotherhood. I hope so! Even though I think the author needs to have grammar check, I think she's a wonderful author and this was a good book. Out of five stars I grant this one 4 stars. In all reality, it would be 4.4, but I rounded.

Favorite Character(s): Sean/Michael (Rheta's partner) and oddly the Prophet (I just thought his view point was interesting and out of the norm)
Not-so Favorite Character(s): The Prophet (cold-hearted killer) 


kd said...

Carole Rae, I'm glad you enjoyed the book and I'm happy to tell you this is NOT the end of The Brotherhood, in fact when I'm finished there will be three books dealing with the Brotherhood. I hope to have them finished in the not so distant future.
I'll also work on the grammer! sorry about that!

Blodeuedd said...

That guy freaks me out, the cover is just so...freaky. Which is weird since it is a nice color

Carole Rae said...

KD, thanks so much for stopping by! I'm really excited to see what's coming up next!

Blodeuedd, I know right! The colors are lovely, but he's creepy. However, it fits him well because that's how he really is in the book.

Grace said...

I love mysteries and when it is a thriller as well then it is even better.

Carole Rae said...

Grace, me too! I love it when a thriller keeps me on the edge of my seat until the very end.