The Arlington Sanctum

Fiction - Historical - Event/Era
277 Pages
Reviewed on 06/19/2024
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The Arlington Sanctum is a work of fiction in the historical fiction, military, and science fiction genres. It is best suited to adult readers owing to some scenes of violence and mature situations. Penned by author Mitch Lapin, this fascinating speculative tale explores the mysterious Arlington National Cemetery where a sanctum resurrects missing soldiers as holograms from the sixth dimension. Bill Bradley and master sergeant Jake Merlot race against time through the Sanctum’s depths, uncovering Bill’s past and military decisions and shaping his journey back to life. What follows is an immersive read with an intense blend of historical intrigue and futuristic technology.

Author Mitch Lapin has a natural talent for suspense that helps him craft the poignant journey of the immediately lovable Bill Bradley as he finds himself enveloped in the eerie mystique of the Arlington Sanctum. As I followed Bill’s exploration of his military past and the intricate workings of the Sanctum, I was drawn into a narrative that seamlessly merged real historical events with speculative fiction, and the pacing delivered both elements in equal measure. The portrayal of Bill’s introspection and the ethical dilemmas surrounding his military service is delivered with detail and empathy, offering insights into the complexities faced by soldiers and the weight of their decisions. Bill feels so natural that you can’t help but fall for his charm, and Lapin’s narrative style, combining suspense with introspective depth, kept me engaged throughout. The descriptive atmosphere of the work brought scenery from the present and past to life in ways that also enhanced the emotional mood brilliantly. Overall, The Arlington Sanctum is a recommended read for speculative and historical writing fans that offers a thought-provoking look at the impact of military service on individuals and society.