The possibility of Armageddon is often just hovering in the background, sometimes in hushed conversations, occasionally in rumors, and certainly in differing cultures. A topic of conversation that makes many uncomfortable, it is, nevertheless, written about in novels and newspapers endlessly.
In White Rock by J.J. Westendarp, we follow the continuing story of his group of Vampire hunters, and his main character Cheryl Erikson. In White Rock, she is still the same kick butt over the top vampire hunter, a great friend and always in the middle of the action. Being pressured by her deceased father’s company to be the face of their charitable events, she feels a bit out of her depth, although she loves the ability to help others. So what is there about her that seems to attract only the worst kind of people, and vampires as well.
When she allows her temper to get the best of her when the charitable event is held up, and she loses her beloved father’s ring, she finds herself in the middle of a crisis that will test her beliefs beyond all reason. Researching a spate of robberies of posh parties, she along with her friends in the FBI have little idea of the events that have been set in motion. Can they pull together and save the world from a fiend that little believe in.
Westendarp has moved forward in his series and taken it in another direction. The eternal war rages on, yet most humans are not aware of what is really going on around them. The hunters are a part of what keeps the average human safe, as well as unknowing. He introduces characters throughout the series, including another character, a writer that is chosen to write about Cheryl and her charitable endeavors, creating another twist to a great cast. Can Cheryl and her friends put an end to the fiend that has just made its appearance? Is all lost for those fighting the eternal war?
White Rock begins a bit slower that Westendarp’s previous work, while there is a great deal going on, the interplay with Cheryl and the man who wants to oust her from her father’s company, seems to keep the dialogue less frenetic. As the events begin to happen more quickly, the pressure builds and the tensions begin to bloom. I was pulled deeper into the work and found myself mired in the possibilities. His additions of characters have the edge that he tends to favor, and as the action heats up, he is able to draw you deeper into the fray of his world.
If you enjoy the hunter series and works about vampires and the possible end of the world, this is the book for you. However, if you also enjoy thrillers, and fast paced mysteries with a bit of the paranormal and things that go bump in the night, you will also enjoy this work. White Rock is a nice addition to his series and I look forward to seeing where it all ends.