- Publisher: Telemachus Press, LLC (21 Mar. 2021)
- Language: English
- Paperback: 347 pages
- ISBN-13: 978-1951744540
- Genre: Historical Thrillers
The BookViral Review:
One of those rare novels that catch you up in something bigger than yourself, namely, an archetypal desire to enjoy a powerful escapist read, Gods In The Ruins proves a powerful start to E. R. Barr’s Vatican Archives series. A viscerally effective supernatural thriller that is by turns atmospheric, eerie, evocative and above all ensures readers are always curious about what comes next!
Underpinned by a sophisticated narrative Barr treats his story’s religious overtones with the utmost sincerity whilst exploiting the best-loved tropes of the genre and readers will be pleased to find his historical references are underpinned by extensive research.
In terms of what he does and doesn’t tell, Barr strikes an equitable balance between the power of intrigue and the satisfaction of a good, in-your-face thriller, as he masterfully modulates the dramatic rhythms of a superb plot. The sense of danger continuing to accelerate as Daniel and Luca are drawn ever deeper into a web of supernatural prophecy and reckoning.
On this level, Barr’s command of genre technique is masterful as he teases seemingly minor jolts into tremors of terror and readers can be sure that when it comes to the demonic manifestations they are wholly chilling and distinct from those found in your typical genre bestseller!
With constant plot turns, tense and omnipresent action sequences Barr has no problem attracting the attention of his readers and his cast of characters is a delight, but it’s Daniel who gives ‘Gods In The Ruins’ its depth and humanity as he finds himself a pivotal player in an age-old celestial battle between the forces of light and dark.
A superb 5-star entry into the ever-popular supernatural thriller genre Gods In The Ruins proves a must-read and is recommended without reservation.