- Paperback: 340 pages
- Publisher: Thomas & Mercer
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1477822550
- ISBN-13: 978-1477822555
The Flamekeepers is a cult preparing for doomsday. . . or maybe they are planning to initiate it. They are manufacturing two drugs one they give to the members to keep them inline and not asking questions. The "other" they plan to use to end life as we know it.
When an undercover agent is murdered, ex-Navy Seal, Lukasz Gardocki is tapped by the FBI to infiltrate this super-secrative organization. Here's the first glaring flaw - this super secret group, with their paranoid leaders accepts our hero far to quickly to be the slightest bit realistic. From here there's a long list of bad guys and a few good people, none of whom I was able to care about. Of course I wanted Gardocki to get the bad guys and save the day. But after his morals or conscience or something prevented him from doing so multiple times, that didn't seem to matter anymore either. It's slow to start, speeds up, then lags a few times before the disappointing ending. There's a lot of unnecessary language and graphic violence that doesn't add anything to the development of the characters or the story.
This could have been a really good book, but it fell short on too many important points. If I can't care about the characters, the rest is just words on paper. I would give Smith's writing another chance, simply because he does demonstrate talent -it just wasn't developed and polished in The Flamekeepers. If you've run out of books in your TBR stack give this one a try - otherwise there are better choices available.