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A bizarre kidnapping case leads FBI Special Agent Jasper Wilde into the mysterious world of a strange religious cult and even stranger criminals. At the scene of the kidnapping itself, a frightening apparition is seen. Then, a hideously-mutilated corpse is found nearby. Something wicked has come to the nornal-seeming Chicago suburbs.
It doesn’t take long before the FBI agents realize that something truly extraordinary is unfolding in northwest Indiana—and that, whatever it is, the area’s huge steel industry is somehow at the center.
Jasper is joined by Supervisory Special Agent Temple Black. Black has recently been put in charge of a new unit, the Scientific Anomalies Group, created to analyze and handle peculiar cases which might be on the periphery of national security.
Another cult is discovered, although this one seems to be opposed to the criminal activities taking place. Further investigation, however, just produces more in the way of mystery. The agents consult with scientists and theologians, but no one has any idea what might be producing the situation.
Until, finally, the cults erupt in open warfare. As the FBI agents race to intervene and finally put a stop to the horrors, they come to understand and accept that something very ancient and very evil has surfaced in the world—or, perhaps, something that is very, very alien.
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Alternate history coauthors Flint (the Ring of Fire series) and Kimble switch genres for a sci-fi thriller with plenty of twists and turns but little real novelty. FBI agent Jasper Wilde is sent to Chicago to investigate a series of disturbing incidents including a kidnapping and horrific murders. When Wilde and his team begin to dig deeper, they find that the perpetrators are in a cult that's bent on summoning and sacrificing people to the biblical nephilim. Wilde partners with Temple Black from the Scientific Anomalies Group to investigate Chicago's unnerving underbelly, and they realize that humankind is involved with something entirely alien. Wilde and Black both exhibit standard gritty secret agent traits (Wilde is a hardened divorced man, Black an uptight agent who hardly comes out of her shell), but they eventually break out of these molds and become three-dimensional characters. However, the authors' many references to other works in the genre are distracting and invite unneeded comparisons. Secret cults and otherworldly entities have been explored expertly by others in the past, and, though this tale is energetic at times, it remains a retread through familiar territory.