Anna at Genre Reviews came through for us with another review! She provided the finest analysis we’ve ever received on Angry Ghosts and now has given Black Hawks the full monty.
“I enjoyed Angry Ghosts, which was full of some really lovely worldbuilding and character interactions, and looked forward to the sequel. Black Hawks continues with the character interactions, at least between the three men, but there’s far less with the worldbuilding since the team is separated from everyone else and are back on Earth. Thompson, Argo, and Beckert make for a well balanced team, each of them competent enough on their own but nearly unstoppable together. Good thing, too, since the book focuses entirely on the three gentlemen, completely forgetting former teammate Maiella and the rest of the people met in book 1.
The biggest issue I had with the book is that because there was no major conflict driving things forward, the whole thing felt like it meandered aimlessly from mini-adventure to mini-adventure until the team makes their big shocking discovery. It was very episodic, and without a major driving force behind everything, it was easy to put the book down in between adventures and leave it there. Certainly they had their mission, but there was nothing preventing them from completing it. No tension means a serious lack of momentum for much of the book.
Kudos where it’s due, though: the big dramatic discovery (which is really a two-parter) is a delicious mind-spinner and the effect it has on Beckert especially is almost worth the read on its own. I can’t help but wonder how the new information will be taken by everyone else back at Cadre One, once it gets back there.”
Thank you again, Anna!
See the full review here, and have a look at some of the other reviews posted while you’re there. These ladies know their stuff.