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Cydonia: Rise of the Fallen – Seyi David

26 Jan

A mere thirty days… …is what ex priest, Aaron Cohen has to stop a devastating attack on earth from elusive and ruthless forces but events soon took an alarming turn for the worse. The Vatican came under attack when a demonic bloodhound under the command of Tyrus, Lucifer’s son, went on rampage. They left destruction on their trail. As events unfold with alarming speed, Aaron Cohen’s life spiralled out of control, chased by forces beyond human comprehension; he embarked on an adventure to protect the Ark of the Covenant and the stones of fire from brutal forces intent on annihilating the human race. Set against an extraordinary and enigmatic church of St Mary, Axum in Ethiopia, Aaron fought with demons, escaped assassins’ bullets and every attempt to halt impending doom seemed slimmer than ever.

agp-sd-c-cover-3dfileAnyone pootling around these here local parts of WordPress recently will have noticed our fellow blogger Seyi and others have been bigging up her new book.  Rather belatedly I have gotten around to doing a review of Cydonia – which was released in December – and after a busy period, I have finally finished the book and am ready with my verdict, which is thus:

After offering to review this tome, I looked at the synopsis and knew that this wasn’t really my type of book, perhaps it is just a phase but the twisty-turny thriller genre just doesn’t do it for me any more.  Nevertheless once I started reading, I got an insight into why this would appeal a good number of people who already enjoy books of this nature and to others who have not yet had a pleasurable experience of the genre..

On turning over the first leaf, I found myself straight away in amongst the fast paced world of the narrative and into the thick of the action. It’s a crisp, pacy read indeed with an early deluge of characters as well as their accompanying back stories so you know who is who and what they are all about.  The various characters and their associated histories are filtered in gradually and smoothly into the narrative flow so the exposition feels more organic than forced.

Despite the length of the book (644 pages) it doesn’t take long to read, thanks to lots of action and the quick changes in location for this international escapade.  The quick and snappy scene changes feel reminiscent of scenes you would see in a thriller on the big screen which helps you relax into the cinematic feel of the story and just go with the flow..

The genre for this one is supernatural thriller, the battle of good against evil rages on, featuring all the classic historical conspiracy players synonymous with the times – the Templars, high up Vatican politicos, etc but with a more spiritual focus. Paranormal really doesn’t seem like the right word to use in this review somehow and after a long and fruitless search through dusty websites for esoteric words that didn’t quite work – like acroamatic – I though perhaps the word that best fits is perhaps occult.

Seyi has written another book as well, Feet of Darkness which can be read first but this book works equally well as a stand alone novel. If you fancy globe-trotting jaunt with lots of tightly woven and interconnected stories, that keeps the surprises coming to the end then this will be right up your aisle, a revelation you might say (geddit!).

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30 responses to “Cydonia: Rise of the Fallen – Seyi David

  1. Al

    26/01/2014 at 15:20

    I’m glad you liked the book. I am not as fast a reader as you are, but I am close to the end of the book now. I have found it extremely enjoyable throughout even with the demise of some very likeable characters showing that good does not always triumph over evil.

    I have read Feet of Darkness which is about one of the people from the book Cydonia – Michael Crest.

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    • Ste J

      26/01/2014 at 15:27

      I tend to fly through books and then muse on them as I start the next one, which is an odd way to do it but it works for me. I am glad I didn’t inadvertently give any spoilers out.

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      • Al

        26/01/2014 at 15:29

        I tend to think about the books before I start the next one as I can’t concentrate on it or get into it as I am still in the last one, The only way this works with me is if it is a series of books.

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        • Ste J

          26/01/2014 at 15:33

          it is interesting how everybody has a unique way of processing books. I believe this will come up in a future post of which I have way to many going on in draft at the moment, not that I complain of course.

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          • Al

            26/01/2014 at 16:10

            LOL I tend to schedule rather than draft. Although I do believe I have one in draft that has been there for about 18 months now

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            • Ste J

              26/01/2014 at 16:27

              I have deleted some drafts and am now happily down to 112 that is until my notes arrive from America as I foolishly left them there. I can’t remember the last time I scheduled…I don’t trust it, I like to have full control lol.

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              • Al

                26/01/2014 at 16:37

                112? Wow! That’s a lot. My only one is about the Herald of Free Enterprise disaster.

                I schedule because some of mine are posted at 4am or 6am.

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                • Ste J

                  26/01/2014 at 16:46

                  I blame the wealth of inspiration around, that and my wandering mind…

                  Makes sense I find it enough to be up at half 5 sometimes…I wouldn’t do 4 o’clock again, that was tough!

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                  • Al

                    26/01/2014 at 16:50

                    Yeah, I went a few months getting up at 4 as I had to start work at 5:30 and finish at 4. That was many a year ago now though. 1988. When I could stay awake for 57 hours lol (I know because I did)

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  2. Seyi sandra

    26/01/2014 at 20:29

    Thanks old pal for your sincere review, it was straight to the point and though I knew before hand it’s not really your genre, all the same, I was curious to what you would make of it. Thanks for posting this on your blog, I’m eternally grateful!!
    Cheers. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      27/01/2014 at 18:30

      I think I was also curious to see what I would make of it, plus I couldn’t not review a book by such a good friend and blogger. That would have just been rude. It is always a joy to see a plot unfold and be part of the characters’ journey…more please.

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  3. gargoylebruce

    26/01/2014 at 22:13

    The mini-fleshlings in this house often have Feet of Darkness…no matter how much the flesh parents scrub, the dirt defies removal.

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    • Ste J

      27/01/2014 at 18:39

      Wire brush and some sandpaper, that’ll remedy it, mwahahaha.

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  4. Christina ~

    27/01/2014 at 04:43

    As always, an enticing review! Even though this isn’t really my genre of preference…your descriptions combined with Seyi’s talent and vivid imagination make it tempting for me to read outside my normal sphere! Of course, my reading time lately has been minimal…but I’m hopeful to change that!! xxxxxx

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    • Ste J

      27/01/2014 at 18:21

      Yes, please do get back to exploring the wonderful worlds we have amassed, there will be a test later in the year…you see you have written the perfect paragraph which I would happily have half inched off of you had I seen this somehow before I wrote my review…stupid linear time! I do have a copy of Seyi’s book should you wish to read it. xxxxxx

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  5. thejerseygal®™

    27/01/2014 at 05:37

    With Dan Brown having brought forth the popularity of this type of mystery thriller, and having read a lot of other books dealing with the subject, I am onto reading more of the books that try to point us to the truth….perhaps because the loss of faith I acquired. Grew up Catholic, but oh well, I’m nursing a wounded soul. Your review, again, delightful. I just wonder if the subject rings too familiar a bell with the Da Vinci Code books.

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    • Ste J

      27/01/2014 at 18:39

      Happily this book is different from the Da Vinci Code, for lots of reasons most notably because the ridiculously inept nature of the research of TDVC isn’t in evidence and the plot has a lot more to it in terms of actual religion as well and as a big cast and some good twists…TDVC has made the whole genre a bit hackneyed now but this book is by no means part of that.

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      • thejerseygal®™

        27/01/2014 at 20:03

        Ok, my mistake. I do find the genre to be interesting by way of some authors having done investigating and research. We’ll never know for sure, this mystery, even as much a faith, in general. Who knows what the truth is?

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        • Ste J

          28/01/2014 at 18:05

          It is a conundrum that will fascinate every generation…intriguing nontheless.

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  6. Elizabeth Melton Parsons

    27/01/2014 at 16:51

    Interesting…Sounds good although not my usual cup of tea. As a professional reviewer, I put off reading a 900 page novel once for as long as possible. The page length seemed a bit overwhelming, but I also didn’t think I’d be able to relate to the main character. It was a male coming of age story. To my surprise, it sucked me right in and I finished it in three days. Love when that happens. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      27/01/2014 at 18:49

      There is no better feeling than reading a few pages and knowing you are reading a book you are going to love. Lengthy books always seem a risk in case that feeling doesn’t grab one but with the pace of this book, you’re pretty much in for a high octane ride from start to finish.

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  7. LuAnn

    30/01/2014 at 18:51

    I am not certain this would fall into the genre I would normally settle into, but perhaps I should expand my horizons. I did stick my toe into the sic-fi pool recently and was surprised at how much I enjoyed it. 🙂

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    • Ste J

      30/01/2014 at 18:54

      Yes, yes! expand your horizons and then you will be able to pick up even more great books and that is a good thing…I am determined to read more new genres or sub genres this year…I can’t get enough! I’m excited to know what you will choose.

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      • LuAnn

        30/01/2014 at 19:06

        Something you have recommended no doubt! 🙂

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        • Ste J

          30/01/2014 at 19:07

          And plenty more to come as well, because I don’t want to give you an easy time choosing. Hehe.

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          • LuAnn

            30/01/2014 at 19:19

            Can’t have that, can we? 😉

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  8. readinpleasure

    31/01/2014 at 17:24

    A wonderful and frank review, Ste J. Though I have not yet read the book, I dare say that your conclusion about this book not being in the paranormal genre might be correct. having red the blurb and excerpts though I find that it falls readily within the occult.

    Incidentally, the west is quick to categorize anything out of the ordinary as paranormal and fantasy and I find that amusing. Our belief systems in Africa are very strong indeed and some things that might appear to be fantasy and ‘paranormal’ are really true and factual for us.

    Anyway, have a lovely weekend my friend! 🙂

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    • Ste J

      02/02/2014 at 16:40

      I remember us having a conversation along similar lines a year or two back…it is interesting how concepts become confused or just misunderstood between two (or more!) different cultures. I did take quite a long while checking the precise meaning of a number of words before I picked occult. I do like my accuracy.

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