Author: Nicolas Tsamis
Release Date: 8/6/2012
I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review.
Plot summary from Goodreads:
Shortly before he dies, an elderly enlightened Teacher in India finds a way to leave his body and remain suspended in a dimension somewhere between life and death. Only Rahul, his loyal student, knows about the Teacher's plans, as the dying man gives him instructions for the future before leaving his body. Meanwhile, Konstantinos, a successful 35-year-old bachelor and owner of a software company, finds himself in the middle of the Teacher's grand plan without realizing it. His life is radically changed, along with that of the woman he loves and everyone else around them, as they all become involved in something so huge, it could positively alter the course of humanity.
The Good: I really respect that Tsamis essentially cold emailed me (I'm not sure if 'cold email' is even a term?) asking me to read and review his book. Impressive self marketing! 'Hook' has a unique plot and is unlike anything I've ever read before.
The Not So Good: 'Hook' is written with multiple narratives and while I'm normally a fan of this style, it didn't work here. The 'voices' of the characters weren't developed enough to sound like different people. It was slightly disconcerting while reading. Also, for a book that has a spirit talking through animals, a kidnapped scientist, lost love and an FBI (it may have been CIA) chase of sorts, it wasn't fast paced or that exciting. Myrna (one of the secondary characters who potentially has a huge impact on the future of mankind) should have been an amazing character who came to life on the pages (she is one of the few enlightened people in the world) but for whatever reason, she never clicked with me. In fact, she was downright boring. There was a chapter included from her perspective about tantric sex which seemed completely unnecessary to the plot. **Minor Spoiler** Konstantinos has to give up his relationship with Myrna for the greater good and just so happens to have a single, gorgeous secretary who is already in love with him-guess what her name is? Aphrodite. And yes, she is blond. It just seemed like a little much.
Overall, while I didn't love this book, it was okay. I have to hand it to Tsamis for creating something very unique. I have told a lot of people it because the plot is so different from anything else I've encountered.