My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars
See the ECW Website for a detailed summary of the book.
In Tongues of the Dead is a book in the same vein as The Da Vinci Code, with action and chases and puzzles and high ranking officials in the Catholic Church that will do absolutely anything to protect their secrets. The adventure was well executed, and both the action and the puzzles kept me involved in the story.
The unique twist of this book was the addition of angels and Nephilim (the result of crossbreeding of angels and humans).
As an aside, I found it odd to read this book after reading Hush, Hush and Fallen, two recent YA books featuring fallen angels, which appears to be a trendy topic in the genre. In Tongues of the Dead is a very different style of book, but I did keep flashing back to the other two simply due to the shared mythology they pulled from.
I liked the characters, and wished they’d been a little more fully realized, so that I could have gotten to know them better. I found the pieces I did have of them (past and present) to be teasers, making me want more.
The down side of this book for me was the writing. As I frequently state on this blog, what I want from writing is for it to deliver the story and stay out of my way. I kept being distracted by the words themselves, which seemed a little stilted, and kept the story from flowing cleanly.
I’ll put the same comment here as I did in my review of Tainted: There is a young child in jeopardy in this book. This may or may not be an issue for you, of course.
Overall, I still enjoyed In Tongues of the Dead, even while recognizing potential areas of improvement.
Thank you to ECW Press and their Shelf Monkey program for allowing me to participate, and providing In Tongues of the Dead for review.