Resurrect, by Kane Gilmour

resurect_kgIn the 1850s, a powerful Chinese warlord proclaims himself the Son of God, brother of Jesus Christ, and raises an army with the strength to take over half of China.  More than fifteen hundred years later, his descendant and legions of fanatic followers set a plan it motion that could effect the entire world.  The key to stopping a potential holly war may be hidden in the lost final discovery of an infamous Swedish explorer from 1952.  But when a team of three archaeologists unearth something that threatens the plans of the extremist religious cult, no one is safe.

When members of the cult try to kill the archeology team, they come to the attention of Jason Quinn and his alpine research team from ARGO: Alpine Research and Geographic Observation.  ARGO, created by Teddy Roosevelt in 1902, was founded to deal with all manner of studies pertaining to alpine climates, volcanology, and glaciology.  The attempt on the archaeological team threatens disaster for Quinn’s expedition and provides him an increased personal stake in stopping the Chinese madman and his terror troop.

This book is a non-stop thrill ride from beginning to end.  Kane Gilmour builds gripping and vibrant characters that pull the reader into the story making us share the hardship and joys of their journey.  As the tale progresses, we learn a great deal about the central characters’ backstories which helps us more deeply understand their convictions and motivations.  And early in the climax of the book there is more rampaging destruction and devastation than one can get from even the most adrenaline packed action film.

By the end of the book I realized the strength of Gilmour’s story telling talent.  They say that a good writer will always leave the audience wanting more.  There is no question that this is the case with Resurrect.  But, perhaps just as importantly, Kane managed to tie up this first book in such a way that we are left wanting more while still being very satisfied with the conclusion this story brings at the end.  That said, the note at the end promising Jason Quinn’s return his next adventure titled, Frozen, is greatly appreciated.

The action packed thrills along the evolving story arc remind me of the early Dirk Pitt books, back when Dirk was young and impetuous and prone to both strong emotion and sometimes rash decisions.  Kane Gilmour’s writing is solid and his plot thoroughly engaging.  If Jason Quinn can be said to parallel a young Dirk Pitt, I think it equally fitting that Kane Gilmour’s first book parallels the work of a young Clive Cussler.  I anxiously look forward to Gilmour’s follow up work!

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