11344416It’s amazing how you can lose the thread of a storyline for so long, and then have that ‘eureka’ moment when you come across the end.

Gods of Atlantis by David Gibbins looks to be the last of the Jack Howard series, and for those keeping close track you may remember my complaints about the last one, Mask of Troy.  Recap:  I was complaining about the villains in these books always being the Nazis or the Germans.

But now, now I get it.

The problem I think was that it had been so lone between Mask of Troy and the previous one Tiger Warrior that I lose the thread of the story.  But now that everything has been wrapped up, it all makes sense.

The whole thing about the Jack Howard series is that they have been following clues throughout the centuries and across the world, from what exactly happened when Atlantis fell, to the founding of Troy, to the demented search by the Nazis for the clues and proof of a ‘master race’ where the Nazis plundered ancient treasures and ripped through archeological wonders to find and create the ultimate doomsday weapon.

And of course in the meantime you face all these old, powerful organizations founded by the survivors of the fall out of all these transitional periods of history who always happen to be in ‘the know’ and want to carry on the work that their comrades started.

So long story short, I loved Gods of Atlantis.  We finally piece together the last days of the survivors of that ancient island, and see how much they have impacted myth and religion, from Gilgamesh to Noah.  Jack confronts and takes out the guy who’s been behind it all, a chemical super weapon is shut away once and for all, and all the turmoil of the past five books is laid to rest.

I’m really happy with the way the series turned out, despite the ups and downs I’ve had with it.  And for once I’m actually okay with the ending of this series.  Probably because of all the ups and downs, but there you go.

Vampires, Valkyries, and Demons oh my!  Dark Desires After Dusk by Kresley Cole next.

2003625A seductive beauty he can never have, yet can’t resist…
Cadeon Woede will stop at nothing to atone for the one wrong that will haunt him forever. But once he secures the key to his redemption, the halfling Holly Ashwin, Cade finds that the woman he thought he could use for his own ends and then forget haunts him as much as his past.

A tormented warrior she should fear, but can’t deny…
Raised as a human, Holly never knew that some frightening legends are real until she encounters a brutal demon who inexplicably guards her like a treasure. Thrust into a sensual new world of myth and power, with him as her protector, she begins to crave the demon’s wicked touch.

Surrender to dark desires…
Yet just when he earns Holly’s trust, will Cade be forced to betray the only woman who can sate his wildest needs — and claim his heart?