Title: The Hollow Ones
Authors: Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan
Synopsis: Odessa Hardwicke's life is derailed when she's forced to turn her gun on her partner, Walt Leppo, a decorated FBI agent who turns suddenly, inexplicably violent while apprehending a rampaging murderer. The shooting, justified by self-defense, shakes the young FBI agent to her core. Devastated, Odessa is placed on desk leave pending a full investigation. But what most troubles Odessa isn't the tragedy itself-it's the shadowy presence she thought she saw fleeing the deceased agent's body after his death.
Questioning her future with the FBI and her sanity, Hardwicke accepts a low-level assignment to clear out the belongings of a retired agent in the New York office. What she finds there will put her on the trail of a mysterious figure named John Blackwood, a man of enormous means who claims to have been alive for centuries, and who is either an unhinged lunatic, or humanity's best and only defense against unspeakable evil.
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Release Date: August 4, 2020
First, I have to say how fast paced and fun this was to listen to. I started it yesterday morning and listened in one sitting. I was sucked in and definitely entertained. That being said, this wasn't really an original idea as the synopsis made it sound.
Let me explain a little on how I rate books, many people do not read my About Me, so here it is:
For ⭐⭐⭐ (the place all books start at) I:
Found some minor plot holes
Thought character development needs some work
Felt world building is lacking
Am unlikely to read again
Will likely read next in series
Highlight a few memorable points
So for a four star read, those same points are elevated a bit; five stars, highest level of those points. Make sense?
For The Hollow Ones, I am stuck between three and four. The character development in here was excellent. You don't only see the characters' strengths but also their faults and weaknesses. We feel the pain they go through and their desperation. However, I felt the world building was a bit lacking and maybe that will come in the next story (hopefully).
Originality is not really this story's forte. I've seen Fallen in the 90s and it had a very similar premise. But that didn't take away from the enjoyability of the story itself. I read A LOT so I am always looking for a fresh idea and this was sitting under the heating lamp for a couple hours.
There are a few memorable spots I can't stop thinking about and I won't post there here with risk of spoiling but I can't stop thinking why a grown man would want to eat dried out meatloaf.
3.5 stars rounded up