Police detective Arthur Wallace is hunting a bizarre serial killer, when he stumbles upon a murder in progress. But the murder he witnesses turns out to be a strange tentacled being. Then, a secret government agency inducts Arthur into their small group of world-defenders against the parasitic Progeny. Overwhelmed and out of his element, Arthur doesn’t think he has what it takes, so his mantra becomes “What would Kurt Russell do?” But Arthur will have to step up and become a hero if he wants to stop the Progeny and uncover the mole in the organization.
Arthur is an average guy, but a good detective. His teammates have exceptional gifts, but he’s thrust into the leadership role. Wood creative world blends science fiction and fantasy with the tentacled Progeny race from another dimension. His characters are mysterious without a lot of background. The focus is all on the fast-paced, action-packed, storyline. Packed with humor and excitement, it reads like an action film. Like a British, science fiction version of a Kurt Russell action film. No Hero is highly imaginative and entertaining, with plenty of twists and surprises.
Only days after defeating the Wild Hunt that had been attacking Oakhurst Academy students, Spirit and her friends think everything has quieted down. But suddenly magical attacks begin happening in the school among the entire student body, causing widespread, overwhelming fear. And when former alumnus Mark Rider arrives with an army of friends to help protect the school and train the students for war, Spirit seems to be the only one who distrusts them. Something is wrong with Doctor Ambrosius. And Spirit’s friend Muirin begins to get too close to the newcomers. Her friends begin to think Spirit’s concerns are just wild conspiracy theories. But the group must work together to stop the attacks and unravel the deeper mystery within Oakhurst Academy.
This is the second installment in the Shadow Grail series. Relationships within Spirit’s circle of friends develop and change. And a new student is introduced – the only one who may be more frightened than Spirit about their situation. With good reason. As Spirit and her friends begin learning more about the school and its hidden history, even more questions arise.
Conspiracies is a well-paced adventure with plenty of drama, angst, and suspense. The Shadow Grail series is a developing, complex, over-arching story that seems to be slowly unraveling in each installment. As the intensity builds to an exciting conclusion, it’s apparent that many questions still linger. And there are more than a few twists and surprises along the way. This is a spellbinding series for fantasy fans that enjoy intrigue, mystery, and a bit of romance.