Tuesday, August 9, 2022

David Massie and the Hidden Underworld by Andrew M. Nehring

David Massie and the Hidden Underworld
Format:  E-ARC
Publisher:  Andrew M. Nehring Publishing
Number of pages:  105
Publishing:  August 9th, 2022
Source:  Recommendation from Books Forward and E-ARC from Netgalley 

Opening Line: "CP, the fully armored Time Cop, sat in the futuristic flying vehicle, which slightly resembled a sportscar, as it hurtled toward Earth."  

David Massie and the Hidden Underworld is the second book in the David Massie series, unfortunately I haven't read the first book David Massie and the Quantum Flux.  From what I gathered from the synopsis on Goodreads, David and CP; a Time Cop were successful is solving the mystery of the Quantum Flux.  Now having returned from their mission, David is back at school when everyone in his history class, except him and Rory are frozen in time.  CP tells David that the Time Police Depot was destroyed along with all the other Time Cop's.  It seems a Dark Armored Warrior is now on the loose.  In order to save the planet, David, his crush Rory, and CP must travel back in time to ancient Greece and locate Pax, a scientist who can build them a reality gate before the Dark Warrior can destroy their world.  

The Hidden Underworld is an interesting science fiction with some fun tech heavy components.  There's CP the last remaining Time Police officer, who is tasked with keeping the timeline intact.  There are robots, Greek gods, interstellar time travel via a spaceship that's more like a SUV but can cloak itself to blend in as a chariot, there are battles with blasters, and even reality gates.  There is also the added mystery of what happened to David's older brother, Morgan who vanished in the first book of the series.  Some of the highlights of the book are the light flirting that goes on between David and Rory and the teasing from CP.  I also really enjoyed the parts when they end up in ancient Greece, although I do wish the author would've expanded on this a bit more.  Overall, the story is on the shorter side, which on the one hand would be good if you're introducing a reader to science fiction, but for me, I would've enjoyed more.  It felt like just as the action was building, things ended and will most likely be continued on into the next book.  At the same time, I think this will certainly have kid appeal for its time travel, action and who wouldn't enjoy learning about CP the Time Cop?    ** A huge thank you to Books Forward for the recommendation and NetGalley for the E-ARC **

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