Title: “Armageddon Cometh”
Series: (Species Intervention #6609, Book 3)
Author: J.K. Accinni
Publisher: Skinny Leopard Media
Publication Date: August 26, 2012
Genres: Soft Sci-fi, Adventure, Paranormal
Reviewed by: Books4Tomorrow
Source: Received from author
My star rating: 5/5
Under the guidance of Netty, Abby concocts her plans to abduct the wildlife at the Big Cat Sanctuary in Sarasota. She enlists the help of the handsome Italian yacht captain, Cobby and his son Kane, forcing her to expose the changes to her body, including her hidden wings. Hiding her plans from Jose, he departs on his own mission to find his adopted mother and sisters, leaving Abby to draw closer to the charming and capable Captain Cobby.
Young Scotty embarks on a romance with a young rich local girl named Chloe who suffers from the mysterious death of her mother and the constant absences of her father.
Life moves expeditiously toward the climax at Chloe’s father’s mansion on Bird Key as strange connections and revealed identities collide with political intrigue and murder, leaving Chloe and Jose traumatized. Joining them in the frantic dash to a yacht moored on the key enabling them to make their escape, wildlife and all, to Tampa Bay, is Kenya, a sassy and striking young pregnant black girl; and Peter, their trusted attorney that falls victim to Armoni and Ginger Mae’s plot, leaving him dangerously scarred and emotionally ruined.
During their escape to Tampa Bay ahead of the cops and devastation from the sky, it becomes clear that Scotty might be the mysterious One, as foretold by Caesar, the iconic Siberian tiger that attaches himself to Echo and Scotty.
I’ve heard some people say they don’t like the cover of this book, but as a fan of horror and light sci-fi I find the cover interesting and eye-catching; but it had little to do with my decision to read the third book in this gripping series. I was not too impressed with the first book, Baby, and thought I might not continue with the series, but the second book, Echo, blew me away. Now after having read Armageddon Cometh, I have no doubts that I’m a J.K. Accinni fan for life. Here’s why.
I was so completely bowled over by the sheer excellence of Echo, I couldn’t wait to start reading Armageddon Cometh and I definitely had high expectations for the third book in the Species Intervention #6609 series. I’ll admit that as utterly enjoyable as Armageddon Cometh was, it didn’t hold a candle to Echo; but from what I’ve heard from readers who finished the fourth book, Hive, there is still so much to look forward to and, as I can testify since finishing this book, the series just keeps getting better and better.
As with its predecessor, in Armageddon Cometh the author employs a multitude of intricately-woven storylines to bring home to the reader the issues of conservation and man’s ageless, self-entitled, destructive nature. Strewn with appalling facts and hard-hitting truths about the cruel and inhumane treatment of wildlife and domesticated pets, it’s impossible not to be impacted by this story in one way or another.
“Shaking his head, he remembered he heard somewhere that people ate dogs and cats as delicacies. Delicacies. That meant they had other food. They viewed canines and felines as luxuries. Yeah, he thought bitterly, men must have their luxuries.”
In one of the chapters, on an excursion to the Big Cat Sanctuary in Sarasota - home to some of earth’s abused, exploited and discarded wildlife – the reader is also introduced to Caesar, a Siberian tiger which I assume is going to play an important role in the following book. In fact, a whole host of new characters are introduced throughout the story, each in their unique way adding a voice to the continuing themes of preservation, devastation, political intrigue, and religious fervor.
“Well, I’m just the fireman come to rescue their babies before the fire rages at the feet of humanity.”
Kenya, with her sassy personality and outspokenness, is definitely a new favorite of mine. I’m also happy that Peter got a little more of the spotlight, but I’m not so sure what to make of his new girlfriend…yet. She didn’t win any points with me in the previous book but she does seem to have a few redeeming qualities. Daisy, now she was a pleasant surprise. I hope to see a lot more of her character in the next books. Two characters from the previous book which slightly disappointed me in this book are Abby and Armoni. As I’m sure Abby must’ve been under a lot of pressure with all the life-changing decisions she had to make, I really didn’t care for her attitude towards the end of the book. Pretty much all of the characters had to deal with some form of emotional turmoil, but she just came across as cold and distant. Armoni, being the despicable villain he was in the previous book, I felt his character was watered down a lot in this story and although his brutality and cruelty is a lot less than it was in Echo, he just didn’t have that edge to him he had before. Now that I think of it, the violence in this book is toned down a lot compared to Echo, and the author brings her point neatly into focus by having the characters form new bonds, changing loyalties, making shocking discoveries, and finally bringing Netty, Baby, Echo and Abby together to move the story along to its intended conclusion – which I still have no idea what it’s going to be but it looks as if it is going to be one heck of a grande finale. Also, in every one of the three books in this series, the reader finds out a little more about The Womb, making me more and more curious about where this series is heading.
“She always thought there might be a chance for man to redeem himself. Unfortunately, and unexpectedly, man was now out of time.”
Although the cover and content may make it seem as though this is a predominantly sci-fi read, it really isn’t. It has a little of everything; enough to attract fans from a large number of genres. In this harrowing, multilayered story the author challenges the reader with questions which begs introspection: “What kind of self-sacrifice does it take to put an animal’s needs before your own…? Does it take a spiritual person to demand such dedication? Is it a thankless journey?” These, and other predicaments faced by the characters, are what the reader is left contemplating after finishing this excellent book.
Armageddon Cometh might not have had the same impact on me as Echo did, but it ends on such a high note leaving me with a gazillion questions, I can’t wait to get started on Hive. J.K. Accinni is an insightful writer deeply in tune with the subject matter she writes about. She takes you by the shoulders, look you in the eye, gives it to you straight without vanilla frosting, and then stands back and watches it dawning on you how man’s depravity - driven by greed and corruption - has no limits, no remorse, and no end in sight. Her first-rate storytelling skills engages from start to finish and will leave you wanting more; but be warned, this is not for the faint of heart or those easily offended by profanity (though it is kept to a minimum).
NOTE: Did you know that a portion of the proceeds from the sales of Armageddon Cometh will be donated to the Big Cat Habitat and Gulf Coast Sanctuary in Sarasota? Through the sales of the third book in the Species Intervention #6609 series, the author extends her monetary generosity to this facility in support of the enormous expense required to house and feed the displaced wildlife in their care. You can visit their website at www.bigcathabitat.org to view their astounding facility.
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