David McCaffrey In Extremis

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    In Extremis

    misspider

    18. April 2016 um 07:35

    I have previously read 'Hellbound' which was a great horror thriller, so of course I immediately accepted the offer to read 'In Extremis' as well. However, I was surprised to find that this prequel novella didn't do anything for me.The parts about James Maybrick aka Jack the Ripper, were quite disturbing, but not really new - at least if you are somewhat familiar with the history. This book intended to introduce the Brethren, which play an important, though mostly hidden, part in 'Hellbound'. However, I was not satisfied with the meagre encounters presented here, and I absolutely missed more personal information about the founders and their history.I guess I would have preferred a story told from the POV of someone right in the middle of their group or maybe a sidekick, like a wife observing her husband's doings. Furthermore, I was not convinced by the connection to the Ripper and how the Brethren controlled him, that part seemed a bit fuzzy. Maybe there was too much focus on the Ripper part where it should have concentrated on the Brethren instead.At the end, I really felt sorry about being disappointed by this book, especially after enjoying 'Hellbound' so much, and I will definitely keep looking for more by the author. But regarding this book, it is what it is and this is my personal honest review.(Thanks to the author and Booklover Catlady Publicity for providing a copy of this book in return for an honest review)

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