Review by Riley
Adam Alsing has no idea who he is or why he’s huddled naked in the snow next to a mysterious silver pod. When a gorgeous, no-nonsense sheriff by the name of Claire Lawson rescues him, she explains the planet’s under attack—and he’s been missing for over two years. The problem is, what he doesn’t remember can kill them.
He nearly destroyed the world, but with her help, he can save it.
Keeping the peace in her post-apocalyptic town is all the trouble Sheriff Claire Lawson can handle. Until the MIA Chosen One—the guy who could have prevented the apocalypse—interrupts her supply run. The Shipborn aliens want to study him, and what’s left of the Terran government wants to lock him up. But his charming demeanor and his desire to help, along with his sexy smile, has Claire fighting her better judgment to keep Adam around. For now.
Adam Alsing—at least that’s what they tell him his name is—just knows he wants to stay with Claire. She’s the one thing that makes him feel grounded. Grounded and kind of turned on, but these are serious times. The monsters have stepped up their attacks and nobody knows why. He’ll help her protect her town, her Shipborn friends, and every human on Earth who hates him for being the man he can’t remember being. He’s afraid he’s still that man, the one who failed the planet. Or is he something entirely new and even more dangerous?
Review of Prodigal
First of all, let me say that I love the way Jody Wallace has ended the Maelstrom Chronicles. The thing is, each of the three books, Angeli, Traitor and Prodigal, has a unique flavor. Each book stands on it’s own. And each is a really good read! Prodigal loudly tells it’s own epic story while quietly pulling together all the pieces from the series.
When I say loudly, I mean, not subtle. The story starts out with Adam Alsing walking naked out of a strange pod. Naked as Eve’s Adam to use a biblical analogy. Naked is not subtle.
While I am talking biblical, the book gets its title from parable of The Prodigal Son, in which the favored son convinces dad to give him his inheritance, leaves and squanders everything, and finally returns to be lovingly greeted by dad despite his misbehavior. In Prodigal, Adam’s return after he screwed up is greeted with enthusiasm, outright resentment and everything in-between. Adam’s problem: he doesn’t remember anything. Not his name, what he screwed up, where he has been. Nothing. Plus, he is naked. I like this beginning. At this point, anything can happen.
What Adam does know is that he likes Claire. Claire is the sheriff of the small post-apocalyptic settlement where survivors have formed a community. Claire is also the person who found him walking around aimlessly. Naked. What a great way to meet!
Claire is my favorite post-apocalyptic sheriff. Tough but with a soft heart for her child and eventually for Adam. But taking care of business all along. That thing with Adam takes a while to develop though. But it does develop. I really like the dynamics between the two. The right balance of attraction and trepidation, light-heartedness and intensity.
Adam is my favorite post-apocalyptic clueless hero. It’s not his fault he is clueless and he really works hard to catch up. I was cheering for him all along.
Prodigal is also action-packed. The shades and daemons are always up to something. Mainly they want to eat all the humans. They keep Claire and her people constantly on watch.
There is a cat in Prodigal. Okay, so Sparkles does not have a big role, but a cat in a scifi romance is always a plus. 🙂
Most of the characters are not new to the series and have had various roles in Angeli and Traitor. Claire and Adam take the starring roles in this one. Both had minor yet intriguing roles in previous installments, so I liked seeing them come into their own.
While most of the action takes place on Earth, Shipborn and Ship are also part of the story. Ship is still all-wise and all-knowing. Always protecting his people. Good thing. Ship is one of my favorite characters. Who doesn’t love a meddling spaceship AI?
There is a point in the story where the danger from the evil bad gets really bad. More than just daemons- and shades-bad. Really huge epic bad. For Earth, for Ship and Shipborn. The ultimate battle is coming. This gives the story a Marvel/DC movie feel. More of the unsubtlety. But I mean unsubtle in a very good way! Adam is the super-hero. How the mere mortal gets his powers will be a mystery for most of the book, and will cause him all sorts of trust problems. As the reader, I had a clue, but the characters in the book did not. Nothing like making things difficult for the hero.
Anyway, back to the ultimate battle. Shipborn and Earth people are going to have to unite to face their huge challenge. At this point, all the favorite characters from the series, (some of which have had minor roles in Prodigal) will come together with a genius plan to save the world. Or is it a Hail Mary plan? Either way, I love this finale to the Maelstrom Chronicles! If you have read Angeli and Traitor, you should read Prodigal. If you haven’t read any of them, I recommend you check them out now.
The author provided a copy of her book so I could bring this review to you.
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