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Trail of Madness by Zoe E. Whitten
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Trail of Madness

by Zoe E. Whitten

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Campaign Trilogy book 2

Jobe, his possibly angelic, possibly demonic reflection, Wendy and her ghostly twin brother are all back, hot on the trail of the people who kidnapped Wendy's father, who are hopefully the same people behind a virus that creates serial killers. Both are odd characters. Jobe is a full on anti-hero, the servant of god-style serial killer who punishes the evil doers around him. Wendy is a thirteen year old girl, smart beyond her years and yet vulnerable to the horrors she's caught up in. And yet they are the heroes, the only ones with the ability (both supernatural and non) to hunt down and stop some pretty insidious bad guys.

One of the stand out elements in this book is its antihero lead, as readers will find themselves conflicted about and uncomfortable with Jobe's methods, but it's absolutely clear that he is in fact the hero of the story. Also Wendy is a precocious young girl, who knows and understands far more than she should. But rather than being unbelievable her grown up mentality is explained by the role she's played as parent in her messed up family for so long, and tempered by some emotional strife in reaction to the first book, The Lesser of Two Evils, and events in this book, which serve to remind readers that despite her capabilities she is still a teenaged girl.

The only flaw Trail of Madness suffers from is lack of tightness. Not yet flabby, it remains that some shaving could have been done to firm up this 400 page tale.

One of the most interesting serial killer tales I've read in a while with the most vivid characters, I recommend this one to readers who like the serial killer concept, but want to see something new done with it. ( )
  Michele_lee | Feb 27, 2010 |
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