Sunday, September 29, 2013

Shadow Train by J. Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel {DNF}

Shadow Train:
Middleburg's teen martial artists scramble to reunite the broken shards of the powerful and mysterious Shen ring, in an effort to locate their missing friend Raphael and avert worldwide disaster but it won't be easy.

A pack of government agents, a secret order of Chinese kung fu masters, and a family of vengeful fallen angels stand in their way. Amid the struggle, tensions between the two teen gangs flare once again when one of the Flats kids gets jumped and put in the hospital. Zhai and Ignacio, the leaders of the rival factions, struggle to maintain peace and continue their quest for the ring shards amid the rising tide of confrontation.

Meanwhile, Middleburg's leading ladies Maggie and Dalton put their differences aside in an effort to wrest their friend Aimee from the clutches of the sultry and seductive Nephilim, Orias. But when a powerful fallen angel learns that Orias has imprisoned his father Oberon, a new supernatural menace is unleashed on Middleburg, one that threatens to bring all the conflicting factions together in one final, deadly conflagration.

The only hope is that Middleburg's missing teen hero will somehow reappear and find a way to set things right but he's been gone for over two months, without leaving a single clue as to his whereabouts. As the situation grows more dire, all of Middleburg wonders: where is Raphael Kain? With mighty doses of kung fu, eastern mysticism, and star-crossed love, "Shadow Train" is the most poignant, romantic and explosive book in The Tracks series thus far!

While I enjoyed the first two novels in The Tracks trilogy by J.Gabriel Gates and Charlene Keel, I just cannot seem to connect with this one. Usually I love to read the last book in a series because it answers all my questions, but I just ccouldn't get as immersed in the story as I did previously. In fact, I made it a little over halfway through, and I’m just feeling more and more confused. I lost track of who the characters are and why events are unfolding as they are…simply because I cannot keep my mind from wandering instead of focusing on the story. Don’t get me wrong, the writing was wonderful and the world building was just as vivid as Dark Territory and Ghost Crown; and maybe sometime in the future I will pick this up and finish it, but for now, sadly I’m going to have to put it down.

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