book reviews by Althea

*** Freedom of the Mask – Robert McCammon

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Freedom of the Mask
Freedom of the Mask by Robert McCammon

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

If you like Assassin’s Creed and Alexandre Dumas, you will probably like this book.

First off, don’t write it off due the “#6” up there in the title! I have not read any of the other books in the series, but that didn’t impact my enjoyment of the story in any way. There was no tedious infodump concerning past events, the characters were all introduced smoothly, and backstory came in at just the right rate. This actually really impressed me: it’s something that many authors of long series are really bad at. They should look to McCammon for tips on how it’s done!

The story? Is action-packed historical adventure. Honestly, it’s far-fetched and totally absurd. Calling it clichéd would admittedly be a criticism with some merit to it. Fans would probably be more likely to say that it packs in the elements that they’re looking for.

Set in the early 18th century, Matthew Corbett is a young and handsome investigator. Unfortunately, at this juncture in time, he has lost his memory – and disappeared. His friend, Hudson Greathouse, becomes concerned, and goes abroad in search of him, accompanied by his love interest, the feisty Berry.
The reader is soon aware that Matthew has fallen afoul of the Bond-villain-esque mad scientist Professor Fell. Will Berry and Greathouse be able to track him down and rescue him in time? Both of the parties end up sucked into the criminal morass of London’s underworld, a milieu full of drugs, gangs, conspiracies, and brutal murders. Matthew may not be the only one who needs rescuing! Eventually everything will culminate in a showdown at a creepy village reminiscent of ‘The Prisoner.’

Good fun.

Many thanks to NetGalley and Subterranean for the opportunity to read. As always, my opinions are solely my own.
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