Indeed, the strength of this novel convinced me to hire Jason to write a Hulk novel (it's called Abominations, and it's really good, you should go out and buy it right now).
The Measure of a Man by Nancy Holder -- 6
The idea of Niccolo Macchiavelli being an Immortral is an intriguing one, and Nancy pulls it off very nicely (and cleverly avoids showing Macchiavelli during the part of his life that is best chronicled, instead showing him as his own descendent a century later and as "Nicky Macchio" in modern times). Like Scimitar, this novel is in two parts (the first part actually sort of picks up where the first part of Ashley's novel left off), but here the two are linked into one story. Parts of this novel are absolutely brilliant; Holder is especially good at evoking the atmosphere of her settings, whether it's Venice, Washington D.C., "Seacouver," or Tokyo, and the complexities of Macchiavelli's plots are nicely done. Still, this is ultimately a promising first draft. The writing is scattershot, the exposition horribly clunky, there are too many characters that are too poorly introduced, making it hard to keep track, and the prologue goes on about three pages too long.
Coming soon: reviews of The Path by Rebecca Neason, Zealot by Donna Lettow, Shadow of Obsession by Rebecca Neason, and The Captured Soul by Josepha Sherman.
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