“Nine Planets” was published in 2014 (November) and was written by Greg Byrne. This is Mr. Byrne’s first publication.
I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. This novel is a Fantasy and it is set in the near future United States. This is a slightly different timeline than we are on. Over 1700 years ago a malaise fell across the planet and people began to take their own lives in despair. The Brotherhood of Poor Men was clandestinely formed to provide gifts to all, to give them something to live for. Thus was born Father Nick’s Day.
The Brotherhood has constantly been at war with the dark forces that brought the malaise over the Earth. It all comes to a head in this story. Peter Blackwell wakes up with no memory. Those around him lead him to believe that he is a US Army enlisted man working in an intelligence gathering center. As the story develops, he finds that he is much more than that. As the Brotherhood is openly attacked in mass for the first time in history, Peter finds himself drawn into the conflict.
This was an odd thriller. I did enjoy the 6.5 hours I spent reading the story. I think that the alternative time line starting in the distant past was an interesting plot twist. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.
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