In this last book of the Dr. Nekros saga, you will experience reunions, betrayals, final confrontations, reappearances, deaths, and reconciliations. Every epic must end, and so concludes that of Dr. Nekros, Zetta Southerland, and the demon Xaphan.
You may remember that my wife and I very much enjoyed Killing Eve, which aired on BBC America. As is my habit, I had to go check out the source material, which turned out to be a novel entitled Codename Villanelle.
Written by Luke Jennings, this fast-paced, brisk thriller served as the basis for the television show. However, as you read the book, you’ll notice the show greatly enriched virtually every character.
Villanelle is still present–obviously. So is Eve. Konstantin and Niko, too. Several other characters were adapted into new characters for the show, or outright jettisoned.
The show also used the same general plot. Villanelle is an international assassin who comes from less than nothing. Konstantin is her handler. Eve is a UK agent obsessed with apprehending Villanelle. Niko is still her husband. However, Jennings keeps them fairly bare-bones. Yes, he introduces some of their little idiosyncrasies. Eve is still something of a social train-wreck. Villanelle is still a sociopath. Niko is still incredibly patient and helpful. But, we seem to just skim the surface of these interesting attributes. None of them have the charm nor the depth of their televised counterparts.
The novel is very plot driven. Jennings is incredibly specific with locations, weaponry, procedures, and technology. There is ample action that moves at a whiplash pace, but, again, the characters are somewhat flat.
I have to wonder if I’m being unfair to the book. Killing Eve is clearly such a special show, is it unfair to judge the source material too harshly in this case? Could Killing Eve’s charming, odd, wonderful characters have existed without Jennings groundwork?
Honestly, I don’t think I’m being unfair. The book was an entertaining read, but it didn’t strike me as monumental. Without the show, I don’t think it would have made much of an impression on me. Keep in mind, though, I don’t read much suspense or espionage spy stories.
Frankly, there were times when I thought the book was a little sexually gratuitous. Jennings makes a point to depict Villanelle as a sexual predator. He absolutely objectifies her and her prey. It largely felt unnecessary to me, because it is–again–dealt with at a very shallow level that makes it seem like it’s there only to shock the reader.
If you like quick reads full of detail, action, violence, and suspense, this is the book for you.
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In this second book of the Dr. Nekros trilogy, you will learn the fate of Zetta Southerland, the origin of the demon Xaphan, how the Packard came to be haunted, and witness yet another confrontation between Dr. Nekros and the evil beings working to destroy every aspect of his life. Dr. Nekros: Book Two delivers nonstop action, fascinating characters, and an intricate plot that will leave you stunned.
I’m so excited to announce that I’ve collected my e-serial, Dr. Nekros, into a series of three books — the first of which is available today! Book Two will arrive mid-July and Book Three appears in early August. All three are brisk, action-packed reads that will both make you laugh and keep you up at night. And even though each book is around 140 pages, I’m offering Book One for just 99 cents! You can take a chance on me for just 99 cents, right? Still not sure? Read this to make up your mind …
Dr. Nekros: Book One focuses upon the disfigured doctor’s pursuit for vengeance and his estranged loved ones’ quest to save him.
Micah Vadenburgh suffered mutilation by the demon Xaphan. The trauma drove him from both his wife Zetta and his doctoral degree. Years later, living off the money he swindles from hapless victims, Micah has transformed into Dr. Nekros. He travels the countryside in a haunted 1936 Packard while searching for the monstrosity that defiled him.
As Zetta and her new husband Jason work to reverse Micah’s downward spiral, an intricate trap has been set by something far more evil, far more conniving than anything Dr. Nekros ever expected.
A supernatural thriller with a wickedly dark sense of humor, Dr. Nekros: Book One will immerse readers in a tale filled with psychological suspense, nightmarish horror, and … redemption?
After years of serialized release, my eighteen-part Dr. Nekros saga is finally complete and available to read in one massive binge.
If you enjoy stories that span centuries, encroach upon the boundaries of reality, delve into family dynamics, provide nonstop action, and demand contemplation, then you’ll love Dr. Nekros.
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Back in 2011, I started publishing the eighteen episode odyssey of Dr. Nekros. It’s hard to believe there are now only two episodes left in the (mostly) bi-monthly electronic serial. The next installment will release in late June, and the final one will arrive in late July.
Years ago I promised love, betrayal, monsters, reunions, ghosts, trickery, revenge, death, black magic, and battles … but I wasn’t too sure about salvation. Unfortunately for Dr. Nekros, I’m still not decided on that matter.
This has been an electrifying journey, and I invite you to join me now before it concludes. Where better to start than the beginning?
The story continues, but the end nears. There are only two episodes left after this to conclude the eighteen part serial, so I hope you’ll jump on board now!
Dr. Nekros: A Catastrophic Convergence (Volume III, Episode IV) – Determined to get her youngest son back, Zetta seeks to invade Della’s lair with the help of Anton and Lillian. Meanwhile, Dr. Nekros has yet another new ally willing to take the fight straight to Xaphan in order to return Matty to his mother. Though separated by the realms of reality, both Dr. Nekros and Zetta strive for the same thing, and both will be horrified by story’s end.
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