The Order of the Albatross by J. Clark Hallvin

The Order of the Albatross

Prometheus Undone

KIRKUS REVIEW

In Hallvin’s debut novel, a mysterious global conspiracy threatens the health and safety of millions, and Prometheus Grey—a stage magician, occultist and thief—is called upon to lend his unique blend of skills to help save the world.

On behalf of the president of the United States, a man named Cross recruits Grey to join an elite task force aimed at defeating the machinations of the Illuminati, a secret society hellbent on dominating world events and manipulating them for profit. Joining Grey is a captivating cast of characters, including the dour Dietrich, an investigator in the mold of Sherlock Holmes; Black Irish, the rhinoceros-sized pugilist; and the mysterious and alluring Ms. Alexander. As the action crosses continents, it’s paralleled by Grey’s sometimes witty, sometimes incredibly self-absorbed words. Written as a memoir, Hallvin’s book opens in early 1900s New York with Grey penning a direct address to the unknown reader of his reminisces. On more than one occasion, he comes across as an utter cad and a degenerate, but he’s never less than vivid. His voice comes through strongly, and Hallvin uses it to impressive effect, enhancing the overall tone of the novel. Unfortunately, the world Hallvin creates is occasionally marred by minor editing errors or strange (albeit sometimes appropriate to the time period) writing choices, such as referring to Grey’s landlady as “Mrs _____...a shrewd, bespectacled septuagenarian,” with no mention made of the reasoning for leaving her name blank. Regardless, the wild, high-octane story will keep adventure fans intrigued.

An electric tale flickering with conspiracy, lust and betrayal.

Pub Date: April 1st, 2013
Page count: 329pp
Publisher: Manuscript
Program: Kirkus Indie
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