The Pentacle Pendant by Stephen M. DeBock
Author: Stephen M. DeBock
Format: e-Book ARC
Release Date: October 14, 2011
Dates Read: October 1-7, 2011
“On the last day of his life, Royce Williams met a woman who literally took his breath away …”
When Claire Delaney’s lover confesses he’s a werewolf, she laughs; when he begs permission to turn her, she laughs again—kinky sex, anyone?—and tells him to go for it. When she regains consciousness, she isn’t laughing any more.
As Claire learns to adapt to her new life, her lover finds his integrity compromised: by a lusty and mysterious female who seduces him into sharing his lycanthropy in return for a special gift of her own. But when he insists they share this gift, the woman realizes his loyalty remains with Claire—and knows she must destroy them both.
As if Claire’s conflicted morality at her own righteous kills aren’t enough, she now finds herself pursued on two fronts: by a covert agent who seeks to protect her and by the seductress who wants to kill her. All three paths will ultimately cross…..and the battle for Claire’s soul will climax at the intersection.
This book was obtained freely through the LibraryThing Early Reviewers program in exchange for an honest review.
The Pentacle Pendant had potential, but it couldn’t quite live up to it. The plot itself is a generally interesting one. The synopsis of Claire’s lover turning her into a werewolf, of Claire having to deal with moral/instinctual conundrums, of Claire’s lover getting murdered and Claire herself being hunted sounds like an entertaining story. However, in practice, the style and approach left something to be desired.
I found that the book just did not keep my attention throughout a large portion of the story. There were times when I just didn’t know if I was going to be able to make it through the book to complete my review. The first third or so of the book (and last third or so) was fine, primarily because plot development was occurring. Unfortunately, everything really bogged down in the middle. DeBock tries to use a lot of banter, which doesn’t always work. Sometimes it is difficult to know which characters are speaking, or why characters say what they do or act how they do. Additionally, the story feels very non-continuous. The generous use of “* * *” throughout makes the reader feel as if they are constantly being dragged from once place to the next. Using more transitions instead of breaking up the events in such a way would have gone a long way to make the story feel like more of a contiguous whole.
Another thing I didn’t particularly love about the book was how graphic it was. Graphic sex and violence are somewhat gratuitous in this book. I can deal with sex in my books, but the descriptions of eating animals and humans, particularly the parts about eating the brain and other such gory details just skeeved me out.
If you think the plot sounds really interesting, don’t mind slow middle sections, enjoy banter, and don’t mind interruptions, graphic sex or graphic violence, then you could very well enjoy this book. It just wasn’t my cup of tea.