Vengeance | Critical Book Review

In “Vengeance,” the third installment of J.L. Rothstein’s Heaven Sent trilogy, the demon-fighting O’Mara siblings are back with a vengeance, quite literally. This indie fantasy novel takes readers on an exhilarating journey into a world plagued by a vampiric apocalypse. While it may have its moments, there’s more to this tale than meets the eye. Join us as we dissect the highs and lows of this supernatural thriller.

The Apocalypse Unleashed

In this concluding chapter of the Heaven Sent trilogy, the nine O’Mara siblings, masquerading as Guardians working for the Catholic Church in Boston, once again take center stage. Their mission: to battle demons and thwart the insidious spread of a so-called “vampiric virus.” However, this virus isn’t your typical contagion; it’s spread by vicious vampire bites, and these vampires are doing something far more sinister. They are harnessing demons from the depths of hell to amplify the infection’s speed and power, pushing the world into a state of lockdown.

The O’Mara siblings are no strangers to adversity, and they were born to combat these supernatural threats. Armed with their unique knowledge, they seek to uncover a way to permanently eradicate the vampire affliction. Their secret weapon? The knowledge that Hell is ruled by seven dark gods, each guarding a separate realm and possessing a hellcrux—a weapon and key combined, a means of escape.

The Bonds of Kinship and Love

While “Vengeance” may be a supernatural thriller at its core, it also delves into the intricate web of relationships that binds the O’Mara family. The strong kinship bonds among the siblings and their passionate love interests are central to the narrative. From Gen’s enduring grief over her husband Gabriel’s decades-long absence to Deb’s relentless love for the captive Marcus, love and loyalty are powerful themes throughout the series.

Lacey and Michael share tender moments, while Kelly grapples with the memory loss inflicted by Antonio. Despite occasional secrets, the O’Mara family is quick to rally and assist each other in overcoming their personal challenges.

The Creatures that Haunt the Night

What truly captivates readers in this series are the vividly depicted vampires and demons. The description of the transformation process after a vampire bite, with convulsions and a deadly thirst for blood, is both chilling and riveting. The demonic eyes that bleed a malevolent liquid and bear a second, bloodthirsty iris around the pupil add an extra layer of horror to these creatures of the night. One might wonder why the Church doesn’t employ more conventional tools like holy water and prayer to combat these monstrous foes, and it raises the question of who is safeguarding the Pope himself?

A World of Intricate Detail

One consistent strength of this trilogy is its meticulous attention to detail when describing the physical surroundings. The imagery is both elegant and straightforward, whether it’s a fallen angel’s transformation or an O’Mara in a practical yet stylish raincoat concealing a weapon. Even the mundane moments, like toweling off after a vanilla-scented shower or navigating a stairwell adorned with crude depictions of torture, are vividly painted, immersing readers in this supernatural world.

Conclusion: A Grand Finale

For those who have journeyed through the first two books of the Heaven Sent trilogy, “Vengeance” is a necessary conclusion to wrap up loose ends and savor the final showdown between good and evil. While the series has its share of highlights, it is undeniable that “Vengeance” provides an energetic and entertaining vampire apocalypse that will keep fans of the genre thoroughly engaged.

Publisher, Genre, Print Length, and ISBN

PublisherGenrePrint LengthISBN
IndieBookViewFantasy / Supernatural Thriller412 pages978-1736839652

So, is “Vengeance” worth your time? Dive into the supernatural realm of the O’Mara siblings and their battle against vampiric forces to decide for yourself.

In “Vengeance,” the third installment of J.L. Rothstein’s Heaven Sent trilogy, the demon-fighting O’Mara siblings are back with a vengeance, quite literally. This indie fantasy novel takes readers on an exhilarating journey into a world plagued by a vampiric apocalypse. While it may have its moments, there’s more to this tale than meets the eye.…