8111305And I mean that quite literally.

Now, I know that I usually like to recap a series if the first one I’m talking about here is book four or five, but the Jack Howard series isn’t really all that complicated.

Meet Jack Howard.  A marine archeologist with a knack for finding fantastic treasures and all the problems that come with them.  He’s smart, handsome, charming, clever, determined and brave.  In each book so far, Jack hunts down a legendary artifact, has someone close to him kidnapped/killed by a dark faction trying to get hold of sed artifact to unless armageddon, and Jack beats them down for it.

The end.

There only real underlying thread so far is the main characters Jack and his best friend Costas, and recently (I believe in the last one Tiger Warriors) we found out that Jack has a daughter that was kept hidden from him for fifteen or so years, and after recently being reunited, she’s become a returning cast member.  Now in Mask of Troy we also seem to have gotten hints as to a big player in the political scene who is THE head of a major crime syndication and quite possibly may be the puppet master behind several darker factions as well.

But we’ll have to wait for Gods of Atlantis before we see if anything happens on that front.

I loved Mask of Troy.  It was intriguing, fast paced, informational, if a little unfinished.  Jack uncovers a few things in Mask of Troy that I don’t feel are properly taken care of here, but for all I know they may play a part in Gods of Atlantis so that’s another ‘wait and see’ thing.

What I would like to know is why are the bad guys in most of these archeological fiction books I read always ze Germanz?  More specifically Nazi sympathizers/descendants who are largely German in heritage.  I mean, here we read about how back in the day Hitler decided to play around with biological warfare that was all hush hush, but how some scrap of that information was passed down and now here in Mask of Troy they try to get at the bunker that supposedly holds this bio weapon that can wipe out the world.  And of course they need an artifact that only Jack Howard can find to unleash it so they kidnap his daughter, hold her for ransom, and all wind up being slaughtered like the pigs they are by a man determined to get his daughter back safe and sound.

But every single time it’s the Nazis! I just don’t get it.  Makes for interesting reading, I’ll admit that.  The Nazis are known and rumored for their lust of artifacts and artwork that they stole to preserve/control.  But so much is rumored and unknown about what many of them were up to, it’s fun to read how different authors work them into their stories, but it does get slightly repetitive at times.

Ah well.  Time for something I have stock piled for a long time and haven’t read in a while.  Going the romantic route here and picking up Kresley Cole’s Immortals After Dark series: A Hunger Like No Other.

14384A mythic warrior who’ll stop at nothing to possess her…

After enduring years of torture from the vampire horde, Lachlain MacRieve, leader of the Lykae Clan, is enraged to find the predestined mate he’s waited millennia for is a vampire. Or partly one. This Emmaline is a small, ethereal half Valkyrie/half vampire, who somehow begins to soothe the fury burning within him.

A vampire captured by her wildest fantasy…

Sheltered Emmaline Troy finally sets out to uncover the truth about her deceased parents—until a powerful Lykae claims her as his mate and forces her back to his ancestral Scottish castle. There, her fear of the Lykae—and their notorious dark desires—ebbs as he begins a slow, wicked seduction to sate her own dark cravings.

An all-consuming desire…

Yet when an ancient evil from her past resurfaces, will their desire deepen into a love that can bring a proud warrior to his knees and turn a gentle beauty into the fighter she was born to be?