This ARC review was courtesy of Lindsay Merkel and can be found on Goodreads.
5 of 5 Stars!
“Arklight: Force Interdiction” – Spear Team is back with even more action, adventure, and time travel in this second installment of the Arklight series! The story also introduces new characters, a wicked Big Bad, and more historical mysteries to solve.
Using the ancient Knights Templar journal from their first mission, the new novel sees Spear Team working to uncover and obtain another piece of the “ultimate weapon,” which is tied to historical works of art that are hiding critical secrets. The story unfolds across time as the large cast of characters engages in separate-but-related missions in World War II, the Civil War, and modern day 2016.
As the sequel to “Arklight: Operation Nightfall,” “Arklight: Force Interdiction” is a strong followup to the first novel. Like the first book, the story is well-written and the plot is robust – in fact, I think there is even more happening here in “Force Interdiction.” There are so many layers to this story! Like it’s predecessor, “Arklight: Force Interdiction” is a multi-themed book, blending together military, history, and spirituality elements. When combined, these themes create a novel that is equal parts exciting, interesting, and inspiring. And while there is a lot information to absorb, the threads of the plot come together steadily throughout the book, offering suspenseful moments to intrigue readers, and then delivering on resolution so we aren’t left behind as the story continues to jump between missions and eras.
“Force Interdiction” also sees a minor character from the first novel rise up as a major player, who contributes to making the second book decidedly gorier and raises the stakes for Arklight by way of his cruelty and a mission of his own. Along with this villainous figure, “Force Interdiction” includes several female characters in each time period who fill some smaller, strategic roles. Their presence is a fresh addition to the action, showing us some diverse ways in which women contribute to the missions of Arklight!
With its solid writing, detailed storyline, and variety of characters, “Arklight: Force Interdiction” is a novel that will appeal to a wide audience. In addition, its unique blend of thematic elements puts the Arklight series into a genre of its own. I say “series” because it seems there is still more to transpire for Spear Team and company, and I look forward to the continuation!