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Alex Hunter, code named Arcadian, wakes up with no knowledge of who he is, in the care of a woman he doesn't recognise, in a country not his own. But there is a calling deep within him, to return home to Black Mountain.Formed a billion years ago, the Appalachian's Black Mountain hosts a terrible legend. Only one elder remains to guard its long-forgotten, deadly secret andAlex Hunter, code named Arcadian, wakes up with no knowledge of who he is, in the care of a woman he doesn't recognise, in a country not his own. But there is a calling deep within him, to return home to Black Mountain.Formed a billion years ago, the Appalachian's Black Mountain hosts a terrible legend. Only one elder remains to guard its long-forgotten, deadly secret and there is a fear that there is evil lurking again. Some hikers have gone missing, and the rescue team sent to search for them has not returned. Meanwhile, in nearby Ashville, Professor Matt Kearns is drawn into the mystery of an ancient artefact recovered from the mountainside, and an image too grotesque to be real.A survivor is then found half-alive, covered in blood – blood revealed to be not quite human.Alex must confront an age-old enemy of man and discover the truth about his past, and confront the horror that stalks the frozen mountain, and also the one haunting his very soul....

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Black Mountain Reviews

  • Melissa
    2019-03-11 06:24

    I LOVE THIS SERIES! Mr Beck I salute you! What an exciting ride!Alex Hunter is back in the 4th instalment of the Alex Hunt/Arcadian series. After surviving the horrible virus he contracted at the end of This Green Hell, Alex awakens in Israel with no memory of who he is or how he got there. Meanwhile back in the USA at Black Mountain, there has been an earthquake and the movement of the mountain has opened a doorway to an ancient cave, where a monster is released from its prison.OH MY GOODNESS! What a FABULOUS read! Think Matthew Riley on steroids! Absolutely action packed and FANTASTIC!This is only the second book I have read written by Greig Beck, and it is going to be the second of many I predict! This Green Hell was extremely impressive, and Black Mountain was even better!Non stop action, thrills, blood, guts, gore, a bit of romance and angst, violence, monsters.WOW!Loved the characters! I have a bit of a book crush on Alex Hunter, I just think he is fantastic! But where was Aimee??? I hope she comes back into the story in subsequent books! But it was nice to have a different focus I guess.Really enjoyed all the different plot lines throughout the story and one of the things I really like about Black Mountain, and find really refreshing, is that it doesn't exactly have the happy ending vibe that a lot of books have. People you don't want to die, die... Gruesome and grizzly, HORRIBLE deaths.I don't know what else to say! Black Mountain is just great! If you are a fan of action books absolutely check this series out. I started at the third one and haven't read the first two yet so you don't HAVE to start at the first one - Enough of the story is set up throughout the novel so you are not lost at all. However the beginning is always a great place to start.The audio version?? FANTASTIC!!! Sean Mangan is SO GREAT narrating this series! One of my favourite narrators ever!Would I recommend it?YES YES YES!!! Remember where I said non stop action? Thrills? Blood and guts? Gore? Romance and MONSTERS?? If you like that you will love this series!For more reviews check out my

  • 11811 (Eleven)
    2019-03-16 11:39

    This was cheesy as hell. I liked the first 3 books in the series but this didn't work for me. It's possible that I'm just sick of the series and this Arcadian protagonist in general. I also read Bigfoot Crank Stomp recently which sets the bar for all other sasquatch literature and this didn't live up to it. I'll give the series one more go with Gorgon because it's called Gorgon and by default has to be awesome.

  • Jonathan Wilson
    2019-03-04 04:35

    4.25 Stars

  • Jason
    2019-02-20 04:29

    4 Stars Black Mountain, book four in the Alex Hunter series by Greig Beck is another great installment of the series and quite it has quite a different feeling to it. This story takes place on Black Mountain and centers on the story of Sasquatch, The Big Foot. As this book directly follows the events from the end of This Green Hell, our hero is definitely not quite himself. Without any spoilers, most of this story takes place without the Arcadian as the story itself takes center stage. The book spans the globe but certers in Asheville North Carolina.This book plays off like the non mythology episodes of shows like The X-files and Lost, think a creature feature. The legends are explored, the murders continue, and more people disappear. Back again are many of the regular characters. Archaeologist Matthew Kearns is first on the scene and first to reach the unimaginable conclusions. He is a likable scientist that is much closer to being a normal person and therefore easy to identify with. Hammerson is back and his risks have paid off. We are introduced to a bad ass female HAWC named Franks that is quite scary. To my pleasure, Adria is back and is one the main characters in this one. She is amazing. Unfortunately, she also comes with quite a bit of baggage.Make no mistake, like all Beck novels, Black Mountain is a blazing fast action packed novel and adventure. These books are today's Michael Crichton page turners. By the books end The Arcadian is back and his future still unclear. I love these books and cannot wait to read more.

  • Neil
    2019-02-22 07:40

    The 4th book in the Alex Hunter/Arcadian series, maybe I am getting used to the writing style, or more familiar with the characters, but this book seemed to be a lot better paced. It picks up with Alex Hunter waking up in an Israeli hospital, to find out why he is there you would need to read the previous book, 'This Green Hell' (№3 in the series), but he has no memory of who, or what, he is. He is watched over by Adira Sanesh, a member of the Israeli Mossad. Every so often he gets memory flashbacks, and for some reason he seems inexplicably drawn to Asheville in North Carolina. To do so they must first get out of Israel without attracting attention. Meanwhile over in Asheville there are an ever increasing number of disappearances, which starts with livestock, and progresses to people. Could an escaped Lion be to blame, or have the beings of nightmare and legend become reality?Once again if you don't question things too deeply, it becomes a very enjoyable read, and a good escape from everyday life. It also sees a welcome return for Professor Matt Kearns, who was last seen in 'Beneath The Dark Ice (№1 in the series).

  • Pamela
    2019-03-11 07:33

    Now that James Rollins has started writing more military action thrillers with a marked decrease in Strange Monsters, I have to go somewhere else for my killer xenobiology fix. Greig Beck has been one of my favorite choice, particularly because the main character, Alex Hunter, is a genetically-modified super soldier who does REALLY AWESOME FIGHTING THINGS.That, ladies and gentlemen, is an example of writing being deprofessionalized by excitement. Reading a Beck book is like watching Vin Diesel or Jason Statham movies. They're fun, they're action-packed, and they generally don't make you think too much. Plus, they know that they're rather silly, so everything's taken in good humor.Unfortunately (oooh, there's the dreaded transition word!), Black Mountain is the weakest of the Alex Hunter books so far. I think it's because we don't see very much of Alex, codenamed Arcadian, himself. There's a lot involving other team members, who just aren't as fun as Arcadian is. The other thing is that Beck is not afraid to kill characters off. Don't get too attached.I'm not saying this is by any means awful. No, no. It was fun. It was about Sasquatches! But there were a lot of little problems that decreased my enjoyment of the book.First of all, as I mentioned, there's the near non-existence of Alex Hunter in the book. When he does appear, it's with his Mossad-agent-minder/lover/kind-of-stalker Adira Senesh. who suddenly became much less interesting. Hang on, I feel a flashback coming...Whoomp, there it is! Okay, so as I recall, Senesh was a pretty cool character because a) she was a double-agent (and if that was a spoiler for you then you clearly haven't read the first books in the series and it's clearly stated in Black Mountain) and b) she could beat anyone in a fight except the Arcadian. I mean, she kicked the pants off all the other 'roided-up, yeah-bruh fighters in every scene she was in. Plus, she was exceedingly tough. Get stabbed? NBD, keep going. Repeatedly punched in the face? Punch the other guy five times as hard! But then. Of course tough-as-nails Adira can't just, you know, cruise on and be her own butt-kicking machine. She has to fall in wuv with Alex. So this whole, "Hey, so, I hear the Arcadian's body is infected with this virus that sort of eats you, so he needs to be frozen, so why not fake his death and let us, the Israelis, take care of him?" is a weird ploy for Senesh to get Alex all to herself. If he survives.I mean, well, obviously. But given Beck's track record of maiming or killing off relatively important characters ... one never knows. Anyhoodles, so Alex wakes up under Mossad care, but his memory is gone. He's told that he's an Israeli agent recovering from an accident, and Adira becomes his minder. Translation: they do lots of flirty stuff until the pain of Alex's recurring memory flashbacks becomes too much to bear and then BOW CHICKA WOW WOW. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, in the Appalachians ...A rock slide opened a vault that should never have been unsealed. The mountain-belly cage of giant humanoids who, tens of thousands of years ago, battled their homo sapiens slave-drivers (just roll with it) and lost. They're huge, they're hairy, and they like to eat people. Sasquatch, anyone?When residents of the small town where Alex Hunter's mother lives start disappearing, with only a rank stench to alert the authorities that anyone or anything had been there, a former member of Alex's team, Matt Kearns, swoops in to investigate. There's a bunch of paleo-linguistic analysis and DNA matching, and they find out that this monster is related to modern-day humans, but it's a monster. In steps the oh-so-convient Magical Native Person.Okay, I understand that Beck is Australian, so his concept of Native Americans is probably based on the media. And, granted, he does make his Native American character self-aware of these stereotypes and he does have some funny lines. But, one would think that coming from a continent with Aboriginal Australians ... I would have thought that he'd leave this alone. Silly me! What was I thinking?Usually, in these types of monster novels, there's always a secondary threat. The main threat is the monster, and usually, the secondary threat is another military force trying to defeat Our Hero(es). Here, the mad scientist who created the Arcadian serum has killed hundreds of soldiers trying to replicate his success with Alex Hunter. Finally, one batch appears to have worked. The soldiers didn't melt, or lose their minds, or be unable to fight. Sure, they're extremely aggressive, and yeah, the whole skin-falling-off thing is problematic, but eager to prove himself, these Arcadians are sent out after The Arcadian. I wasn't quite sure why everyone wanted to kill everyone else, but I suppose I'm just supposed to be like ¯\_(ツ)_/¯. As I stated before, the main weakness of this novel is that it doesn't prominently feature its most interesting character. Another issue is all of the side plots going on. It distracts from the main narrative. In the first book, Beneath the Dark Ice, there really wasn't any way for the narrative to tangentially meander, because it was following a group of people stuck underneath the Antarctic ice with monsters. It's kind of hard to bring in: the Mossad, the police, the FBI, and other Secret Government Types when the team is literally trapped. That's what Beck needs to go back to.All in all, if I told you, "Alex recovers from his infection and Senesh gets out of the picture," you'll be perfectly fine in skipping Black Mountain and moving on to the next book. If, like me, you need a little more Squatchin' in your life, go ahead and read it. It won't hurt. Much.

  • Geoff
    2019-03-14 05:40

    Military/thriller/horror.Greig Beck is one of my favourite authors these days.His Alex Hunter series is a wonderful set of books that seem to cross the void between Michael Crichton, Andy McNab and Matthew Reilly.If you like wonderfully-plotted tales, strong and unique characters, and heavily-researched mythos, then try a Greig Beck book.Black Mountain, the fourth Arcadian book, looks at the long-held beliefs and legends of Bigfoot and the Yeti. Taken from a scientific viewpoint, the explanation Beck gives for the presence of giant hominids in the modern world is not outside the realm of believability. This is always the beauty of Beck's writing. He takes things that are so beyond our knowledge of what is natural and real, and then melds these concepts with science to the point where we find ourselves saying, "hmmm... that makes sense". At once, our ability to believe the story is empowered.The writing itself is strong, both in style and overall skill.Try Beck, and you won't look back.

  • Jo-Anne
    2019-02-20 05:23

    You know there are some books that you can't put down, for anything. Black Mountain is one of those books. It's a heart-pounding, adrenalin fueled thriller, full of plenty of action and horror. The best Alex Hunter yet.

  • Joe Soup
    2019-03-20 04:47

    Greig BeckLove this guys work. If you love fast pace action with twists that can come from anywhere from Jurassic to aliens and Indiana jones to omega man then you will love this guys stories .

  • Caitlin
    2019-02-19 12:49

    I really enjoyed the different aspects of this book; all the different worlds colliding. Beck has certainly done a good job! It was also nice to see the re-emergence of old characters back into the fold of the Arcadian world (:

  • Dan Barbier
    2019-03-13 06:45

    Exciting adventure thriller with lots of action and some humour. The Arcadian takes some time to make an appearance or to to join in the action but you're entertained by Matt Kearns and Charles Schroeder in the mean time. The monster is scary and the setting atmospheric.

  • Camilla Almenfors
    2019-03-04 11:41

    This one is a mix of adventure, some what mystery, action, thriller! Like the big " BIG FOOT" idea. Again he has one liking the mystery of the ancient history and in this one the main character absolutly gets a twist and you cant wait to read the coming book about Alex Hunter!!

  • Ray
    2019-02-26 04:47

    Great book. An adventure from start to finish.

  • Lyn Richards
    2019-02-21 04:44

    OMG I am totally addicted to this Alex Hunter series. This book picked up nicely from the last Alex Hunter book and simply didn't stop with the action.Alex awakes from a medical induced coma to know that his surroundings don't seem familiar but there is something familiar with the people who are "caring" for him. Little does he know he was put in a cryogenic state to try and rid him of an "virus" that has reduced other mere mortals to slime.The action doesn't stop and there are thrills in every page of this book. Loved this action packed story and how it makes you question some of the things you see in the media.

  • Richard West
    2019-03-03 04:23

    I really enjoyed this book but Greg B can be a pretty big ball buster> IE when Hammerson is fighting with the guy in the ski mask where the hell is Alex, what is he waiting for? Examples like this happen throughout this book, and also the other books. Again honestly I have enjoyed this series so far and hope I will enjoy the rest.

  • Nyssa
    2019-03-09 07:33

    Still as good as the first book, but I liked it better than the last one!

  • Alex
    2019-03-01 07:41

    Didn't find this thrilling.

  • Michael
    2019-03-14 09:29

    each better than the lastgood story momentum

  • Priya
    2019-03-12 09:28

    This book is awesome, fantastic, mind-blowing and many other superlatives. The author has taken one of the most popular legends - that of Bigfoot - and given it a brilliant twist, turning what could have been a very typical story into something endlessly interesting. My first thought when I started reading was: It's story about Sasquatch being real - what's not to like? I soon began to realize that it was a lot more than just that. It is at times hard to follow a book when there are too many sub-plots, too many things going on all at once. But in Black Mountain, the author manages to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout. Every little strand of story is just as engaging and the build-up is amazing. I could anticipate a big finish and it did arrive with a bang!I have always been a fan of multiple points of view, and the author has pulled them off perfectly. I loved the fact that the book also offers little bits from the creature's point of view. The dialogue had a good flow to it and as the book progressed, I really started to care about the characters, which enhanced my reading experience even further. Not to mention, all the action. Saying that the book is action-packed would be an understatement. The author gives a move for move, blow for blow description of every fight, every interaction. I could visualize the scenes in the book perfectly and it was exciting to read. I am sure this book would make a great movie. The book is fast paced, but not too fast either; just fast enough. This isn't just another run-of-the-miller thriller. Black Mountain, and I believe the entire series, has a lot to offer. There are touching, bittersweet moments when Alex struggles after his past, there are times which are funny, quirky and romantic and then there are moments of bone chilling terror.Real full review here: http://peskypiksipesternomi.blogspot....

  • Per Gunnar
    2019-03-09 08:38

    As with the previous books in this series this one is a bit of a mix between action, thriller and horror story with maybe a little bit of sci-fi thrown in. It is a good book although I have to say that I, even though I liked the actual story in this one better, I liked the books as a whole better when Alex was not on the run but having the full backing of Hammerson’s organization.As you already know if you have read the previous books (and if you have not then you should do so before reading this one) Alex is no longer under the wings of Hammerson but under Israeli “care”. It doesn’t take long for Alex to “check out” from the Israeli establishment and, as the book blurb says, take a hike in the Appalachians.I think this is the thing I like the least with this book. The fact that Alex is really on the run instead of an operative on a mission with all the necessary support. Also, the focus of the book is quite split up between Alex and other characters, jumping back and forth between various people. I definitely preferred him being on a real mission.Having said that the book is a quite good one. The story holds together. Well it is a pure fiction story after all but with that reservation, it holds together quite well. As usual it involves some ancient horror being discovered by accident. The characters are well done. I do like tough case Casey Franks.A lot of the story is spent on Alex getting to grips with his past, as in trying to remember it, and what is really happening to him. I’m a not overly thrilled about those bits. However, when things heat up the action is good reading, as is usual for these books.Bottom line, it is a good book. I just wish that it had not gone down the “fugitive” road.

  • Simone Sinna
    2019-02-24 08:46

    This isn’t my usual sort of book but I was interested in it because of the mystical side and that it was set (in part) in North Carolina and in particular Asheville which I have a very soft spot for. A lovely place to holiday incidentally, and there are wonderful ‘Yutes’ to stay in above the town, with fabulous views along the river. But I digress…This is in fact like two book styles woven into one and of what I have read is most like Matthew Reilly of whom my soon is a fan and the book will now go to him (if he can drag himself out of Game of Thrones).One story line with its own hero and heroine (don’t get excited, no romance worth talking about) is about the creature (think Yeti) that returns to the modern world and the archaeologists/ historians that are trying to make sense of it. They work in with the police who need all the help they can get.The other story line is the continuation it would appear f previous books, with the return of Alex Hunter, think sci-fi in the sense that man has been modified and has extra capabilities. In this he has lost his memory but senses the abduction of his mother from the other side of the world and goes to save her. Here we have US secret service and Mossad at loggerheads, another hero (Alex) and heroine but again no real romance.There is lot’s of action, I enjoyed reliving the North Carolina mountains (though no Yeti’s when I was there), it has a cracking pace, is easy to read and a bit of fun. I suspect my son will enjoy it more.

  • Mya
    2019-02-27 11:36

    This has to be my least favorite book in the series. I do realize that a certain amount of narrative has to played out and that not every book in the Arcadian series has to revolve around call signs, complex missions, state of the art weaponry and combat, but this book didn't even seem like it was written by Beck...until the end. There are a lot of charcters given chapters who I could have cared less about and I have to admit that I was still soured over the idea that a woman could be so enamored with a man that she would betray everything she stood for just to get a sliver of romance. Mind you that man is in love with someone else and suffering from amnesia. Her desperation should come off as a tragic, need for something other than the rigorous demands of being a deadly secret agent, but it doesn't. The 'monster/scifi crisis' that Alex faces in this novel is more of a metaphorical mirror to his life rather than being a true abnormal situation, like the ones he's faced in the pace. The whole notion of him combating a creature with abnormal strength, a hulk of a monster that for so long chose to remove itself from sight of humanity might as well have been a blatant reflection of Alex's own psyche as he contimplates the monster that lives within him. Altogether, I suppose it fits...but I am ready to return back to field with the Arcadian and his Hawcs. I can leave the Bruce Banner/Hulk roaming stuff for others.

  • Dhuaine
    2019-03-19 04:29

    Better than the last book, because Alex Hunter doesn't mess with the main plot for more than half of the story. He hee. I breezed through all chapters on Alex, his relationship with Adira (stupid girl... I kinda liked her before, she used to be a kickass female soldier, but now she's hopelessly in love with Alex. Dumped all her values even though she should be well aware this had no future. Later on she tanks all damage just like Alex himself. I hate all superhuman soldiers!), some running across the globe, encounters with foreign special agents, terrorists and whatnot. There was also a subplot with other Arcadian subjects chasing after Alex and killing everything in their way. I find this "super soldier" thing insanely boring and detrimental to the "scary monsters" theme. Alex is larger than life and chronically uninteresting. I don't care about evil scientists wanting to dissect him and create more freaks. Thankfully, the main Sasquatch plot stays Alex-free for most of the book. It's the kind of thing that I come to these books for - scary monster, some clueless police and scientists, searching for info and investigating. I liked the gradual exposition and the ordinary characters, even though I didn't quite understand why Kearns wanted to get entangled in this mess again. Ending was pretty good. Alex analogy was a bit heavy-handed, but I liked that (view spoiler)[Sasquatch tribe survived. And kudos for actually killing off Alex's mother! (hide spoiler)]

  • Ryan Rauber
    2019-02-28 09:39

    4th in the Arcadian series, and I think the best. The series revolves around Alex Hunter, the Arcadian, a super-soldier who leads an elite military team on the most dangerous missions possible. The first 3 books were mainly about the team entering a remote and isolated location to do battle with monsters. Kind of a combination action-adventure/horror novels. This one picks up where This Green Hell left off. The Arcadian, infected by some strange virus, wakes up 6 months later with no knowledge of who he is. The "monster" in this book is the legend of Bigfoot, who emerges from a cave recently opened on Black Mountain in NC after a series of tremors. The subplot here is more engaging than the plot of the Arcadian, as a team of scientists work to discover what is happening on the mountain. People and animals keep disappearing, as they find clues that point to an ancient humanoid that may have sparked the original stories of Bigfoot. I enjoy this series and again, this book is in my opinion the best of them.

  • Tanja Berg
    2019-03-17 11:39

    I enjoyed "This Green Hell" so much that I immediately picked up the next one in the series. This despite the fact that I am almost always disappointed when I do this. No exception this time. Alex Hunter contracted the "melting disease" at the end of the last book. Rather than dying he was saved by Israeli doctors and military. When he regained consciousness, he had forgotten who he was. When his mother gets attacked by some sort of monster, Alex senses her destruction and comes back to himself. The race is on for him to return home, chased by a variety of military who would want nothing better than to dissect him. Alex, after all, is some sort of super-soldier no one has been able to reproduce.I find the topic of "super soldier" infinitesimally boring. I much prefer other sorts of monsters. Sadly, the one provided in this book is rather cliché and nothing new was brought to the legend of "Big Foot" by this book. I prefer microbic monsters anyway. Still, the characterization is pretty good and there is enough forward-tension to keep reading.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-04 06:28

    An enjoyable 4th book in the Arcadian series. Alex Hunter has survived his injuries in the previous novel - but it has come with a cost. He has a shock and realises he has to go back to his home and the only family he has left. However its a family in danger and maybe Alex alone may not be enough to save them. This installment progresses the story well and I was grateful that it didn't end in a cliffhanger like This Green Hellbut the seeds for the next book seem sown and I'll pick it up when it comes out. However, I will say that Alex's personality, due to his injuries and the amount of other people in the story, seemed rather subdued in this book and I hope it's back all the way for the next book. If you like a thriller with a hero who is "enhanced" you will probably enjoy these novels.

  • Stephen
    2019-03-21 06:43

    I had a lot of fun with this book. It appears to me that Beck is delving into an area somewhere between Eric Penz' Cryptid and James Byron Huggins book Hunter. I'll admit, I was about done with Alex Hunter before this book. The protagonist had gone into one dimensional super soldier with very few character drawback territory. After the events of the previous book, left him with a virus that was destroying him from the inside, I was intrigued. I admire the fact that he spends a major portion of this book out of the limelight. After leaving Israel, he and his lover travel to the US. That portion has little to do with the events unfolding in his hometown. It is diverting while keeping the story development growing. Once Alex is on scene, things happen rapidly, he slowly reunites with his memories and his old boss, and jumps to action. Bigfoot is real, and Alex Hunter has to deal with it.

  • Kathy
    2019-03-10 09:30

    An enjoyable 4th book in the Arcadian series. Alex Hunter has survived his injuries in the previous novel - but it has come with a cost. He has a shock and realises he has to go back to his home and the only family he has left. However its a family in danger and maybe Alex alone may not be enough to save them.This installment progresses the story well and I was grateful that it didn't end in a cliffhanger like This Green Hell but the seeds for the next book seem sown and I'll pick it up when it comes out. However, I will say that Alex's personality, due to his injuries and the amount of other people in the story, seemed rather subdued in this book and I hope it's back all the way for the next book. If you like a thriller with a hero who is "enhanced" you will probably enjoy these novels.

  • Romano Robusto
    2019-03-03 06:24

    Fantastic SeriesI was very fortunate to have recently discovered Greig Beck and his Arcadian series. I read each one culminating with Black Mountain. With each book the series got better at every level, which is not easy to accomplish when it comes to serial novels. Greig Beck’s writing is first class. From the progressive character development, to the exotic locations, scientific research, the-edge-of-your-seat pace and, of course, the creatures. He has quickly become one of my favorite authors and deserves to be mentioned with such noted authors as James Rollins, Matthew Reilly and Jeremy Robinson. I look forward to reading his other books and eagerly await the next installment of the Arcadian series.

  • Namrata Madan
    2019-03-01 05:38

    I really wanted to like this book, after all, it continues from the cliff-hanging finale of "this Green Hell" which kept me on the edge of my seat throughout. Unfortunately, this book was a little too "formulaic" or "paint by the numbers".. from Alex Hunters recovery, to amnesia to conflicted relationship with Adira (who turns from spunky, strong admirable soldier to clingy, insecure female, just like that) The non-human antagonist was interesting, but the human antagonists added nothing to the storywill stick to re-reading the first three novels, in the hope that the next book is better