Monday, January 21, 2013

Book Review: OCULUS by Michael Offutt

Title: Oculus
Series: A Crisis of Two Worlds, #2
Author: Michael Offutt
Publisher: Double Dragon Publishing (November 6, 2012)
Format: Ebook Novel
Source: Author
Genre: Science Fiction/Fantasy

"What is the oculus?"

Autumn has arrived in New York, and Jordan Pendragon is a freshman at Cornell University. Gifted in mathematics, he balances life as a research assistant with that of a student athlete.

But Jordan also has a quest. He must find the Black Tower, a monolithic edifice housing a thing that defines the very structure of the universe. Jordan believes it is buried somewhere in Antarctica under miles of prehistoric ice.

October finds Jordan earning a starting position with the Cornell hockey team. But a dark cloud gathers over his rookie season. Unexplained deaths, whispers of a cannibal cult, a prophecy, and a stone known only as the Oculus, cast a shadow over his athletic ambitions. It is the start of a terrifying journey down a path of mystery, murder, and to a confrontation with an Evil more ancient than the stars.

Review: A stunning sequel, Oculus by Michael Offutt increases the intensity as it bridges fantasy and science fiction.

Jordan Pendragon craves normalcy, but for this genius college freshman, a normal life might be just out of his reach. As he enters life on Cornell’s campus, he makes new friends, enjoys spending time with his boyfriend, and plays hockey for Cornell’s team. Normal life, right? Wrong! Evil is all around him. Students are dying, and he has a major role in a prophecy as ancient as King Arthur. Jordan has a lot more he needs to save before he can really find his normal life.

Oculus takes place completely on Earth. Jordan has left Avalon, but the evil of that world has crossed over into ours. The story grabs the reader at the very beginning and mixes college life with the supernatural, science with the fantastical. The characters have grown more real since Slipstream, especially Jordan. The action is fast-paced, and Offutt has done a wonderful job in bringing to life the Cornell campus. The evil is more real as well, and several times I gasped at what happened. As they discover more answers, more questions are uncovered to a stunning cliffhanger ending that’ll leave the reader breathless.

Michael Offutt’s Oculus keeps the reader guessing. I can’t wait to read book three!

Five Bookworms = I loved it!

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