The Glooming Synopsis: The end of the world is finally here. And it will be nothing like what you’d expect.
All over the earth, strange and horrific events begin to unfold. A US combat team in Iraq comes under attack from mystical forces, an anthropology professor has an eerie encounter at Stonehenge, a runaway teen finds a very strange pet in Arizona, a young orphan in Siberia meets a terrifying old woman, and a pair of NYPD detectives discovers the ghastly doings of a supernatural cult.
A large and diverse group of characters struggle to survive as civilization begins to collapse all around them. As each one realizes their true potential, every one of them must go through a personal, danger-filled journey in order to turn back the sweeping tide of chaos and destruction that threatens the entire world as we know it. Many will die, others will be corrupted, and the remaining few will be the humanity’s only hope.
For the old gods have returned to cleanse the earth, and their revenge will be swift and merciless. – Goodreads Synopsis
The Glooming Review
The premise was interesting. The blurb definitely had me sitting up and going “ooh, ooh, I wanna read this!” but unfortunately, The Glooming suffers from one of the downfalls of independent publishing. Lack of an editor. Not for spelling and punctuation (there were a few wrong word choices, but overall the book was okay in this aspect), but for content and unclear/confusing descriptions. It spreads its attention too thinly over too many characters, and has a good chunk of unnecessary content that doesn’t add to the story in any appreciable way.
Triptych writes racist Republican toe-rags with an over-the-top flamboyance that suits their repulsive personalities to a tee. In fact, during some of the scenes, he actually made me disgusted/angry at the characters. Not because they were unbelievable in their outrageousness, but because they were a little too believable, and I read to escape that crap. He does similarly well with portraying other repulsive personality types, including those who have worked themselves into a religious fervor, and cowards. So, its safe to say that his descriptions of the more repugnant displays of humanity are disturbingly accurate. However, his good guys fall a bit short.
Overall, though, the nice pacing of the book made me zoom through the largest chunk of it. The last 15 percent wobbled a bit, which was a tad disappointing, but my general impression of the book was favorable enough that I would be willing to read book two, just to see where the author goes with it.