I would like to do things a bit out of order here. Usually I would say some nice stuff about the novel right away, but I would instead prefer to give that space today to the author. The Thieves of Darkness is my second Richard Doestsch read and I am really enjoying his writing style. He has penned four novels to date and is currently working on his fifth. The novels he has out are: The Thieves Of Heaven, The Thieves of Faith, The Thieves Of Darkness, The 13th Hour (check our archives for this one), and the one he is currently working on Half – Past Dawn. I think I covered the bases on that one. Each one of the covers is below so if you find this post interesting or the one in our archives on The 13th Hour, just click away and add it to your collection. Supporting our authors is something I support.
Now to the novel itself! This is my first Thieves novel and didn’t know what to expect. Was it just a formula or was it the style of Doestsch? I am not going out on a limb here in saying it is the style of his writing that made this novel for me. He has taken the standard thriller and added enough of his own elements to it to make it not just interesting and engaging, but a fast paced read that sprints to the very end. He caught my attention quickly with the novel and didn’t let go. If our daughter’s wedding hadn’t interrupted my reading of the novel, I would have hammered it out rather quickly, putting it down was no fun. Fortunately our daughter won’t be reading this; she is away for the week, haha.
The Thieves of Darkness has all the necessary elements of the classic thriller, plus. This for me is what sets Richard Doetsch apart from some others in the genre; he builds on his characters, and he takes them to the next level. The growth of the characters is evident; the story is compelling, and we can identify with the characters and feel their struggles. I am going to backtrack and take in the first two novels in the series to make sure that I don’t miss any of the history behind Michael St. Pierre and his merry band of “moral” thieves. If you are into stories that involve globe-trotting, action galore, well- constructed bad guys, some history, and as the jacket says, ”the fate of humanity hanging in the balance”, then this is the novel for you. Do yourself a favor and “steal” some time for yourself and give this novel a read, it is too much fun!
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