Title: Kingdom Come by Mark Collington
Genre: Epic Fantasy/Noir Suspense
Publisher: Mythos Press
Page count: 540
Publication Date: November 21, 2014
Rating – 5/5
In the distant future, the world has been reconstructed into the Realms, controlled by a mysterious unseen entity called Kingdom. Jasper Montague-Smythe, a private detective in the 1930s L.A. Realm, is struggling with a stack of clients and a growing caseload. As he juggles disappearances, blackmail, kidnapping, and murder, he also finds himself custodian of a woman who doesn’t belong in his Realm. Drugged and confused, she needs his help. Can he afford to take the time? Can he really afford not to?
Yet an even larger problem looms: Kingdom’s Enforcers have started disappearing. Now it’s fallen to Jasper to find the cause and stop it before it’s too late.
Happy Monday!! Welcome to my blog and to my stop on the tour for Kingdom Come. Thank you to the author Mark Collington and Ravenswood Publishing for giving me the opportunity to read this book for an honest review.
If someone told me a year ago how much I would enjoy detective fiction, I wouldn’t have believed them. The more I do read, I start to realize how much I enjoy it and the detective character.
Not only did this book have a great main character who is a private investigator and an enforcer but it took place in this interesting timeframe where the world as we know it now is very very different. The world is separated into different realms like the modern realm, the medieval realm and the story starts in 1930s LA which in my mind made this like a noire film. It’s definitely the impression I got right off the bat.
I love the main character Jasper. He was definitely my kind of guy and perfect for the type of character I like to see in a detective sort of role: noble, witty with a bit of cunning, smart and not entirely perfect. For me he has earned a place in my heart alongside Sherlock and Dresden. I kept trying to put a face to him and for some reason I kept thinking Bradley Cooper or (this isn’t a real person) but Bigley from the video game The Wolf Among Us who is the Sheriff of the Fables.
I enjoyed this book very much. I thought it was fun to read and the awesome world building makes it easy to imagine. It was dark and gritty, suspenseful and dangerous. This book always has a dangerous air, especially when strange, suspect things really start happening! I got lost in the story as soon as I read the first paragraph, I didn’t want to put it down. This book was like candy to me, so suspenseful and entertaining enough to keep me at the edge of my seat. It was awesome to have an entertaining read like this since I’ve been reading books with super heavy subjects lately. I’m so glad I read this one. Five stars from me!
About the Author
Mark Collington was born in the south-east of England in the early 90s. At the age of ten he moved to Mid-Wales, and started writing a novel for the first time at 14. He graduated from Bangor University with a Bachelors degree in English with Creative Writing. He is currently studying for an MA at SUNY at Albany in upstate New York.
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