Simon Clark's 1st novel, published in the States for the first time, is a great debut. Going in, you know that with first novels you will get a bit of overwriting and a too-broad scope that a first time novelist can't handle. If you expect these shortfalls, then NAILED BY THE HEART is going to be a pleasurable experience.
The plot consists of a family who have invested everything they have, monetarily and emotionally, into an island sea fort off the coast of England. The sea fort it turns out, has a long history of mythical beliefs and the town that surrounds it is attracting people with addictions...deep, dark addictions. The family gets bits and pieces of the truth from the townsfolk.
A race of people called the Saf Dar are mythological warriors, they have aided in toppling some of the most famous governments throughout the ages. They disappeared awhile ago...only to be resurrected off the coast of this sea fort. They stand and stare from the ocean at the sea fort and its inhabitants.
Clark maintains the level of suspense by putting believable characters in situations that are interesting and vivid. The hints of what the Saf Dar are and how they can, or can't, be killed are slow in coming but pacing is not Clark's strong point here. He thrives on scenes and this novel is more about action than pace.
This is not Clark's best novel, that would be KING BLOOD, but this is a good introduction to American readers. Be patient with Leisure Books and pick up this one, then wait until they release the next Simon Clark book...you will not be let down.