So you looking for a wild, action-filled ride and a beautifully crafted story that spans hundreds of years and an entire continent? Well, look no further. A. D. Starrling’s Soul Meaning, the first of her Seventeen books, is all that and more. This book is more than just a gorgeous cover (which it has) and is a strong start to what promises to be a must read action series.
It begins with Lucas Soul’s death – not his first and definitely won’t be his last – and from there you happily join him and Reid Hasley (his gruff mortal partner) as they struggle to unravel a mystery, as well as Lucas’ connection to it.
Starrling does a magnificent job of weaving a tightly plotted action who-dunnit as Soul and Hasley search out answers that only lead to bigger questions while avoiding powerful assassins who want him – and a mysterious woman – dead. Dead dead.
Descriptions are lush and dialogue, especially between Soul and Hasley, is smart and snappy. The scope of the mystery lens it an epic feel while being set firmly in the now with tendrils reaching back through time. There are so many layers to peel back you’ll be as into solving the mystery right along with the always near-death good guys.
Soul Meaning has me excited to continue with this series; its sequel, King’s Crusade_, is already downloaded. See for yourself; Soul Meaning is currently free for Kindle (paperback and Audible are also available, for a price of course) so it won’t cost you anything. Trust me; you’ll love it.
‘My name is Lucas Soul. Today, I died again. This is my fifteenth death in the last four hundred and fifty years.’
The Crovirs and the Bastians. Two races of immortals who have lived side by side with humans for millennia and been engaged in a bloody war since the very dawn of their existence. With the capacity to survive up to sixteen deaths, it was not until the late fourteenth century that they reached an uneasy truce, following a deadly plague that wiped out more than half of their numbers and made the majority of survivors infertile.
Soul is an outcast of both immortal societies. Born of a Bastian mother and a Crovir father, a half breed whose very existence is abhorred by the two races, he spends the first three hundred and fifty years of his life being chased and killed by the Hunters. One fall night in Boston, the Hunt starts again, resulting in Soul’s fifteenth death and triggering a chain of events that sends him on the run with Reid Hasley, a former US Marine and his human business partner of ten years. When a lead takes them to Washington DC and a biotechnology company with affiliations to the Crovirs, they cross the Atlantic to Europe, on the trail of a French scientist whose research seems intrinsically linked to the reason why the Hunters are after Soul again.
From Paris to Prague, their search for answers will lead them deep into the immortal societies and bring them face to face with someone from Soul’s past. Shocking secrets are uncovered and fresh allies come to the fore as they attempt to put a stop to a new and terrifying threat to both immortals and humans. Time is running out for Soul. Can he get to the truth before his seventeenth death, protect the ones he loves and prevent another immortal war?
A.D. Starrling is the author of the award-winning action thriller series Seventeen.
Born on the small island nation of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean, A.D. came to the UK at the age of twenty to study medicine. After five years of hard graft earning her MD and another five years working all of God’s hours as a Pediatrician, she decided it was time for a change and returned to her first love, writing.
Her thriller series Seventeen combines action, adventure, science, and a dose of the paranormal to make each book an explosive, adrenaline-fueled read.
Her debut novel Soul Meaning (Seventeen Series Book #1) has won and been nominated for several awards, as has the second book in the series. She currently lives in Warwickshire in the West Midlands, where she is busy writing the next installments in the series. She still practises medicine. AD Starrling is her pen name. Find out more on her site and Twitter.