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"an involved, often intense tale of horror, humor, intrigue and romance"

Alex Dumas writes bestselling novels of action-packed intrigue and derring-do. Little do his fans and publisher realize that his stories are thinly-veiled, lightly embellished accounts of his own life, for Alex Dumas is really Alexandre Dumas, the French novelist, now an immortal. And he is about to confront his greatest arch enemy again—the Comte de St. Germain, who killed his lover decades earlier, and who now threatens the first woman to catch his interest in years.

Harmony Nix came to Mexico on a working holiday—she needed distance from her obnoxious ex-boyfriend, and her alter-ego— The Spider, a radical environmentalist turned author—wanted to do a little investigation in the region. She never imagined she'd end up fighting an ancient evil alongside her new lover, who just happens to be her favorite swashbuckling author.

I admire Melanie Jackson's knowledge and love for classic tales and their authors. I stand (or sit) in awe of her facility with language, and her ability to differentiate her characters' voices, to make me believe she is speaking for famous authors long gone. I delight in the tidbits from those authors' personal lives—quotes from correspondence, memoirs, etc.—that she sprinkles through her text. Also, how many other writers can use the word "epistolary" in a contemporary novel, and make it sound natural and not pretentious? In other words...I really, really like her, o.k.? So when I say I had a hard time getting through the first 80 pages of this book, it pains me. After I finished reading it, I even let the book sit for a couple of days, then went back to it. Same thing—I found myself slogging through, waiting for the payoff. That being said, the payoff did come. Once Alex finally meets Harmony, the action kicks in, sparks fly (literally and figuratively), and I had no problem finishing the story. The chemistry is there, the emotion rings true, and the action is excellent. I also enjoyed seeing her characters from previous books joining the fray.

In the third installment of Melanie Jackson's "Divine" series, Ms. Jackson once again gives readers an involved, often intense tale of horror, humor, intrigue and romance. While I found the pacing a bit uneven, her grasp of characterization—knowing her people and staying true to them—is great, and her use of language continues to draw me in. Not for those looking for a quick, easy read or light fare, Divine Night should satisfy those who love a complex, "literary" style with broad, rich vocabulary.

Reviewed by Julia Clark
Posted February 16, 2008

SUMMARY

Alexandre Dumas had achieved immortality-- and not through his writing. He is one of The Dark Man's creations. With the help of a lovely and mysterious eco-terrorist called The Spider, Alex is prepared to take on the evil wizard, Saint Germain.

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Divine Night
(Divine: Book 3)
by Melanie Jackson

Dorchester (Leisure Books)
November 1, 2007
Available: November 27, 2007
ISBN #0505527375
EAN #9780505527370
352 pages
Paperback
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Other Books by
Melanie Jackson

The Selkie Bride
The Night Side
Divine Fantasy
A Curious Affair
These Boots Were Made for Strutting
Writ on Water
Divine Madness
The Saint
The Master
Divine Fire
Still Life
The Courier
Outsiders
Traveler
The Selkie
Dominion
Belle
Amarantha
Night Visitor


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