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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Legends of the Circle, the prequel in the Circle Series by Stephen J. Galgon, is a fine illustration of many possible conflicts that a good storyteller can put into a story. Picture this: You are given the opportunity to have what you want: money, power, and the ability to control the system. Members of the elite and secretive group known as The Circle can make it possible. But there is a catch. Very few people find their way through the doors of The Circle but once you do, you instantly become a part of them and there is no turning back. You will be hunted until your last breath as you become an unwilling participant to hunt down and kill other members. It’s kill or be killed. This is the situation that Roger Peterson finds himself getting into as he has chosen to seek them out. The bank is about to foreclose on his property and his bills are piling up. Is he truly willing to participate in a game organized by serial killers in exchange for providing the kind of life that his wife deserves, or can he find a way to back out?
The first thing I noticed that makes Legends of the Circle a brilliant novel is its well-developed characters. It makes you feel attuned to the predicament of Roger Peterson in his volition to participate in a game of life and death. Stephen J. Galgon’s narrative is intriguing and is on a par with Stephen King’s Running Man. There is also a Squid Game vibe to it. The structure is equally interesting, echoing man’s primal instinct for the hunt as well as addressing the theme of social disparity. You become anxious while anticipating how everything is going to end, and the pace is just right for you to take a breath in between turning pages. The book is filled with thrills and action, but it also has a heart that will tug you into awareness. I highly recommend Legends of the Circle--entertaining, driven, and intelligent.