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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Gaelan’s War is the first book in the Gaelan Kelly series by Thaddeus McGrath, an opening that is powerful and full of promise, a novel with strong supernatural hints. Gaelan Kelly is a broken man. He is haunted by the horrors of war. He is still having nightmares inspired by the gory experience of war, and while he still struggles with his inner demons, he is irresistibly pulled into a battle he never saw coming. Humanity is threatened by a ruthless, unforgivable enemy and Gaelan is the last hope of protecting it. But can a broken man like him still have enough fight left in him to protect humanity from a fatal menace?
The author starts the story on a strong note, allowing readers to get a feel for the characters while introducing an element of the setting. The prose is beautiful and filled with vivid images: ‘Sam Carver had just finished another unsuccessful day of hunting in the Northern Virginia woods. “Goddamn deer scent isn’t worth a shit this year,” he mumbled under his breath.’ I particularly enjoyed how the author brings life to the writing, spreading smells, exotic sights and images throughout the narrative. The story has a powerful conflict and it starts with the hunter at the opening of the narrative, morphing into a phenomenal conflict involving the very existence of the human species. Gaelan’s War is tightly written, ingeniously plotted, and featuring a multi-faceted conflict that moves the story to unexpected places. I loved the gorgeous prose, the exciting characters, and the strong plot points.