There are so many reasons this book was an awesome read, so I'll just write them all down for this review. First of all I love buddy cop stories and Bryan and Pookie are an awesome pair. They have such unique well rendered character that you feel like you know them right away. I loved how calm, cool, and collected Bryan was while his partner Pookie is jovial, loud, and irreverent. The banter between them was hilarious and made me laugh out loud many many times. I love those two characters.
Other than the two main characters there's a slew of many more and they're all great too. They felt like real people I've met. This is a big book and all the characters making it come to live were fun to get to know and love to hate. The bad guys in this book are terrifying. I won't give away anything but let’s just say the heroes have what seems like an impossible challenge going up against them. They were really interesting and even though they were pure evil you get to read many chapters through their points of view and you can see why they do what they do even though it's nightmarish.
Another great thing in this book is the all the mystery. I love mystery and there is a lot of it in this book. When things are revealed the payoff is huge and world altering and I found myself saying things out loud like "holy crap," or "Yes!" or "oh that is awesome." I listened to the audio version of this story and never really payed attention to how long it was. I was hooked right away and once I realized how long it was I was so pleased. I didn't want it to end. I wanted to keep hanging out with the characters in this book solving the mysteries and facing off against the beyond creepy nocturnals who live under the city feeding off those who won't be missed. The story got more and more complex as it went on and you got to know the city, the mysteries it holds, and the characters who try to protect it and steal victims from it in a much more intimate way. It's both intriguing and terrifying. It's a very long book but it reads so easy you find yourself getting through huge chunks of story every time you read it. It stays in your mind and you look forward to the next time you'll get to pick it up.
This is easily one of the best books I've ever read and has become a favorite. It has so much to offer from its rich scary world, its hilarious dialog and banter, its huge stable of incredibly realized characters, its mysteries that draw you further into the story and all the amazing action scenes that make you read faster because you have to know what happens next. Five stars for this one was a no-brainer and I can't wait to read the next Nocturnal book even though I know it's at least a few years off. I'll be waiting to pick it up and hang out with these characters again... that is the ones who survived the first book.
Have you read this book? What about any others by Scott Sigler? I first found him on www.Podiobooks.com. He was one of the first on there and hasn't stopped releasing his books as free podcasts since those early days. He's a prolific fiction machine. Thanks for stopping by!