Goodreads: Parallel Lies
Author: Vincent George Ainley
Published: 31st January 2018 (Austin Macauley Publishers Ltd)
Source: Copy from Publisher
Rating: 2/3 (It was okay/Liked it)
Official Summary: “Rhea is an archaeologist searching for the final resting place of the legendary King Arthur. She is thrown into the murky world of Islamic Fundamentalism and CIA operations that do not officially exist. On the run from killers, the only person she can turn to for help is Danny, the man whose heart she broke over a year ago; but she is desperate. Rhea uncovers the truth about Arthur and the hand that the Church played in almost wiping his existence from all records. She challenges the establishment in pursuit of the truth amongst all the lies.” – Goodreads
(Disclaimer: I received a copy from the Publisher, does not affect my review.)
Review: It was okay/liked it. Leaning more towards it was okay. The story felt like 3 different stories in one. One side was the history around King Arthur and the church, plus loads of dates/names from around that era. The second story was Rhea and all the other important characters. The third story was the political/military side of the war raging under covers around the Middle East. In a chapter, it switched between all three. It felt very information dumpy.
I had no emotional attachment to any of the characters, I had no feelings on anything that happened. I didn’t feel like I really knew anyone, I had no attachments. The King Arthur side felt very built up on whether she would find him or not. I didn’t really care either way.
One of the good things about the book is that you could tell the Author took a great deal of time and pride in doing research into both the Arthur side of thing, as well as the covert relationships/tensions/issues in the Middle East. The inner story just felt lacking.
Obviously too much research and not enough left for the readers enjoyment!