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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
The Castle is the third book in the Bud Hutchins series by JB Michaels, a supernatural thriller with wonderful characters, a unique technology, and villains that move the narrative in unexpected directions. Bud is the inventor of the teleportation technology, a device that has been used to kill monks. Maeve, a monk who lost an uncle thanks to the technology, Ivy, and Bud’s robot friend are up against the most vicious and powerful vampire, the FBI and the police. Each move, every minute, is dire and fraught with danger. Can they beat the enemy this time or meet their worst yet?
The author has a great gift for making readers “see” the story. The author also has a unique way of introducing characters or unveiling new layers of their personalities. Talking about a vampire, the character is put in a situation and some of his traits are exhibited: “Vincentas didn’t need the light. His hands caressed her where they had touched many other women in his long life. He loved discovering the slight variations of the female physique. The curves, the hips, the muscles both hard and soft, the flesh. His particular favorite: the length of the neck.” The writing is filled with this kind of character development.
A unique technology, characters that metamorphose, artificial intelligence, and mysticism are just a few of the things that readers will encounter in this gripping narrative that blends fantasy, thriller, and science fiction to create a rollicking and enjoyable read. The writing is atmospheric and filled with powerful imagery. The intriguing and complex plot is exciting, the gorgeous prose is delightful, and the reader's satisfaction is complete. The Castle is a great literary achievement, original and unpredictable.