Fathoms Five: The Cross of Sins Paperback – Jun 30 2008
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- Jake Stone, the newest member of the group, is a bit of a lonely wolf; he is "for hire", means that if you pay him enough, he will find everything you want. Jake is not a bad man, he is only used to take care of himself, and only himself. His only Achilles' heel is young Sam, a street kid he shelters in his New York loft.
- 19 years old Will Hunter is the spoiled and neglected son of an American diplomat; he has everything he wants in life, but it's never enough. Will is young, friendly and careless and in this moment he has nothing and noone important in his life (well he is only 19 years old!) and so he can play like if life is a big game.
- Shane Houston is your classical western hero, hat and horse and all of it. Always ready for an adventure, he faces every new challenge full front, caring very less for his own safety, but as an old fashioned cowboy, you can always count on him when you are in trouble.
- Dr Eden Santiago is the high head levelled of their group; he seems always in control, always ready to face every events. The less playful of the group, he is probably the one that has less open endings in his life and so, for this reason, he is the more reliable of all of them. Everyone can count on Eden, and loving him will never being an hazard.
- Luca da Roma is the most beautiful of all of them, he is beautiful like an angel, and in fact he has a very special relationship with God. Luca is an orphan and he was raised by three nuns in a remote Italian convent. He doesn't know who were his parents, but, after all, he hasn't had a bad life. When he was still a teen he went in Rome and he became the muse of a lot of artists, on the canvas and on the sheet, and as they took from him inspiration, he drank from them the love for arts. But Luca seems never to be happy, he has quite a mourning attitude and he seems in searching of something that always slips from his hands.
The new quest for this five heroes is to track down an ancient holy cross, a Renaissance artwork who caused the death of his creator since it was framed as sacrilegious. To recover the artifact our heroes as to find two stone tables and an ancient book, the three pieces together will led them to the treasure. But obviously they are not the only one in this hunting party, and their enemies know well how to hit them where it hurts, and I'm not speaking of body parts.
The book is really good in mixing fun, sex and adventure, playing all around the World, from Tonga to Italy, from Turkey to England. Our heroes, when not running away from gunshots and explosion, are involved in sexy escapades along a swimming pool or in poshy five stars hotel. There is a bit of "naughty" talk during sex, but it's never too much to ruin the sophisticated feeling that permeates all the book, and, on the other hand, the fun and careless sex helps to balance the adventure part, so that even a less adventurous reader will find it enjoyable and interesting.
All five heroes are enough developed that the reader could care for them, but from my side, my favorite is Luca, maybe since he is Italian. I have no problem to say that I will look forward to the following book in this new exciting series.
I think the first thing you need to know is this is not a romance. There are romantic elements in the story but it's not a romance so if you go into this novel expecting a romance, you'll be sorely disappointed. What you will find is an adventure, a mystery that takes you on a wild ride leaving you on the edge of your seat wondering what's going to happen next, what will the Fathom's Five get into and how will they get out of the trouble they inevitably create for themselves?!
One of the things I especially loved about this book was how you are slowly introduced to the characters one at a time. There's no overload of characters and information in the beginning. There's no confusion on who or what the MCs are because each of the five main characters are introduced in a way that suits their personalities and you learn about who they are while they are comfortably in their own elements. It was just amazing.
Each of the Fathom's Five are different. Jake is a brash New Yorker, Shane's the gentlemanly Texan, Luca is the charming Italian, Eden is the calming Brazilian doctor and Will is the bad boy Californian. They each have interesting personalities that somehow compliment each others' characters. For some reason I found it all refreshing.
I found the adventures they all went on to be extremely fascinating. I fell so deep into this book I felt like I was actually living every little detail. It made my heart race when one of them (mostly Jake) teetered on the edge of death and then sighed with relief when they reached relative safety. Then went through more heart racing when they just got themselves into more danger! It was exhausting but at the same time I didn't want to stop reading. And, OMG, how my heart broke for Luca when he found out who the Holy Father was. Poor sweet Luca!!!
I devoured those pages faster than I thought possible. I was intrigued by every minor character introduced. They all have some type of purpose and eventually I have no doubt all will be revealed, too. I can't wait to read the rest of this series! Especially since it sounds like the mysterious Sam will be a major part of the next book, The Riddle of the Sands.
Absolutely recommended!!!! But be warned it leaves on a cliff-hanger!
ETA: And, the little short about Elsa at the end was so cute and funny but even with how short it was, it was action-packed!! And I loved getting a little more inside information about the boys in the 'Who Is?' section at the end. ;-)
We are introduced to the Fathom Five one at a time, in their individual lives, so you get a sense of who they are and how they behave. There's no page on page of boring details to weed through. I liked that aspect. All are very different so they bring varied elements to the "team". Jake is a New Yorker and kind of cocky, take care of business, kind of guy. Shane is a Texan cowboy type with manners. Luca is a suave Italian who was orphaned and raised by nuns. Eden is a Brazilian doctor with a level-headed, calm and cool, bed-side manner. And finally, Will is a young, typical bad-boy from California. They all seem to complement each other and make the team cohesive. They are treasure hunters and employed to find artifacts around the world.
I really enjoyed this treasure hunter adventure. Mr. Knight has a gift of writing because I felt like I was watching this from the sideline. There were times I was reading a mile a minute and then sighing with relief when things smoothed out! The danger was there and the feelings of anxiety too! Their enemies know their weaknesses and try to stop what they are doing at all costs. Good vs. Evil. They literally travel the world for their quest, but seem to have some genuine fun with each other along the way too.
I highly recommend this if you are an adventure seeker! It's the first book in the Fathom Five series so now that the cast is introduced, we can get onto the clever adventures that lie ahead! Be warned there is a cliff here. Don't make that a deciding factor for this book though. Just wait until book two is released and read them together! It will be worth the wait!
4 stars/2 flames
This book was provided to me by The Jeep Diva for the express purpose of an honest review. The opinions and rating in this review are solely mine and in no way was I compensated.
I wasn't really sure what to expect when I picked this book up. Honestly, I had never heard of a "gay adventure soap opera," as Mr. Knight refers to his Fathom's Five series (and yes, this is the first of a series). Sure, I've read gay romances, but this is not a gay romance. This is Indiana Jones meets Doc Savage meets Charlie's Angels with a strong dash of DaVinci Code thrown in for good measure. And while that description may sound tongue-in-cheek, what it ultimately is...is fun.
Fathom's Five: the Cross of Sins has a large cast. Mr. Knight does a good job introducing all the characters so that each of the five protagonists is unique and distinguishable and each villain is more rotten than the next. With so many heroes, one might expect it to be hard to remember who is where and doing what at any given moment, but Mr. Knight keeps the plot surprisingly organized. I'm not going to enumerate each of the five members of the team, but I will say that they are all very likeable. Will, who is the youngest of the crew, has some maturing to do - of all of them, he's the most willing to boink anything moving - but that's what being nineteen is all about, isn't it? Yes, there is plenty of sex in this book, but except for young Will's escapades, it's not especially gratuitous. Each sexual encounter seems to have a meaning or a goal.
This novel has a very Technicolor cinematic feel to it. Mr. Knight describes the surroundings in such a way that the reader can clearly see the setting in their mind. Everything is larger and more vivid than life - the characters, the plot, the conflict. Moments of humor interspersed with the adventure lighten up the story a bit. Who knew that camels could add a comic touch or that it is potentially dangerous not to get dressed immediately after a shower? (Note to self: towels are not appropriate wear for a shoot-out; pack combat boots next time!) While this may not lend an air of realism to the narrative, it certainly adds to the pure entertainment factor.
Three separate cliff-hangers make the reader beg for a sequel to Fathom's Five: the Cross of Sins. Just a little patience will be rewarded, because the wait won't too terribly long - the next installation, titled The Riddle of the Sands, is due out in October. So my question is this: is it October yet? Because I really want to know what happens next.
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