The Power of the Cave

Caves of Corihor Series

Fiction - Thriller - Terrorist
282 Pages
Reviewed on 11/27/2019
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Reviewed by Viga Boland for Readers' Favorite

The first few chapters of The Power of the Cave by JD Shiner literally explode with events that keep readers turning pages, as Napoleon Hancock and Cassandra Caro throw themselves into efforts to retrieve a spectacular ancient sword stolen from them by terrorists. Why would an ancient sword be of interest to terrorists in this day and age? And how did Napoleon and Cassandra come by it in the first place? The answers to those questions lie in the recently discovered and almost surreal Caves of Corihor, now being explored by a team of archeologists.

But while the archeologists work their way toward unraveling the secrets of the caves, Napoleon and Caro find their efforts being thwarted by a mole in the Presidential Praetorian Initiative. The terrorists always seem to know what their next move will be! But the team has a job to do and nothing short of death is going to stop them. Between being jetted across the globe by super aircraft and parachuting down onto a night-dark sea to somehow get inside an elusive sub, the action never stops. And just when you think it’s all over, Shiner tacks on a few chapters from the upcoming third book in the series.

If there’s one thing I can say with certainty about this second book in the Caves of Corihor Series, The Power of the Cave by JD Shiner, it’s that this author really knows his stuff when it comes to military weaponry, wireless communication, developing technologies and a whole lot more like fast cars and futuristic aircraft. If that coincides with your interests, you will love The Power of the Cave. The pace rarely slows down so terrorist thriller fans will be on the edge of their seats. The book is written so graphically you will find yourself visualizing all the action on the big screen. Dialogue is plentiful and realistic as are the characters. There is romance but it’s secondary to the exciting plot and the possibilities of what the caves might eventually reveal about the past. It’s with that last possibility that JD Shiner ensures we’ll want to read book three. Well done!

Romuald Dzemo

The Power of the Cave is the second book in the Caves of Corihor by JD Shiner and it is an engaging terrorist thriller featuring Napoleon Hancock and Cassandra Caro on an exciting quest. In the first book in the trilogy, the two faced a terrorist threat, and this time around the narrative takes on a completely new dimension, a mythical one. The nation is threatened by terrorists and to unravel the mystery, a covert team lead by Napoleon and Cassandra must uncover the Sword of Abraham. They have to find the sword and they are running out of time.

I enjoy stories with intrigue and ideas that are original and exciting. I found the idea of an ancient sword belonging to Abraham to be an intriguing one and then it becomes even more exciting finding out that said sword has ties to a terrorist threat that looms over the country. The premise is powerful enough to pull the reader in. JD Shiner creates interesting characters and it is interesting to follow them on a perilous quest from the US to Israel and to the Pacific Ocean. The prose is beautiful, tight, and filled with descriptions that capture strong imagery. The scenes are focused and skillfully written. The characters are richly developed and they are easy to relate to. This author knows how to weave realism into a story filled with mystery. The Power of the Cave is a delightful read with a strong plot, rock-solid characters, and a conflict that moves the story forward. A must-read for fans of thrillers.

K.C. Finn

The Power of the Cave is a work of thriller fiction focused on high technology, ancient secrets, and modern-day conspiracies, and was penned by author J. D. Shiner. Following the first novel in the series, The Caves of Corihor, we pick up where our heroic duo Napoleon Hancock and Cassandra Caro left off. The adventurers have already uncovered some fascinating plots, and now their quest to find the Sword of Abraham will lead them to yet more discovery and danger. Spanning the world from Los Angeles to Israel and featuring their incredible array of high tech weapons and gear, this is a high octane quest with sophisticated terrorism as its central enemy.

Terrorism thrillers can often fall into the same run of the mill bracket, so I was delighted to see author J. D. Shiner doing something different and original with the genre in this excellent continuation to his award-winning series. The high technology elements of the tale give it a science fiction vibe, yet everything feels very realistic and grounded in a high octane reality of adventure and intrigue. The internal logic of the book makes good sense, with plot details falling into place and credible exposition that is well-timed to the plot. Napoleon and Cassandra are strong, capable heroes that suit their genre well, and there’s plenty of zippy dialogue and descriptive, sharp action scenes to hold the reader’s interest from cover to cover. Overall, The Power of the Cave serves thrills on every page: a recommended read for action fans everywhere.