Book Review: The Dark Rift by Gilliam Ness

6 Jun

28605135Title: The Dark Rift (Book #1 in The Last Artifact Trilogy)

Author: Gilliam Ness

Genre: Mystery, Thriller, Paranormal

Publication Date: October 1, 2015


About the Book

When they come into possession of a mysterious prehistoric cube, relic hunter Gabriel Parker, and the alluring artifact historian Natasha Rossi, find themselves inexplicably bound to a dark mythology dating back to the roots of civilization. Throughout history the long lost Cube has been sought after by Emperors, Popes, and Caliphs alike. It is believed to be a container of knowledge; a holy vessel capable of emancipating humanity from the confines of earthly mortality. Now that it has been found, demonic forces are surfacing to destroy it. Their presence marks the return of a potent, nefarious entity that once reigned supreme in Earth’s distant, reptilian past. Under the apocalyptic shadow of global unrest and rampant natural disasters, Gabriel and Natasha battle to prevent this sinister blight from being unleashed. With nothing but a tattered journal to guide them, they race from Italy to Morocco, and finally to the mountains of Northern Spain where they must locate a Lost Labyrinth spoken of by the ancients. There, deep in a Sacred Chamber, they might find salvation for mankind, but not without a price. A cosmic clock is ticking. It marks the world’s entry into the oblivion of the Dark Rift, as well as the few final days that still remain.

Available on Amazon.


My Review

I received a free copy of the audiobook from the author for an honest review.

I really tried to get into this book because I usually like thrillers, mysteries, and apocalyptic stories but I just couldn’t get into it. I had an audiobook and I kept finding my mind wandering.

The main characters, Natasha, Gabriel, and Christian, were difficult for me to connect with. The upbringing of both Natasha and Gabriel was unrealistic. Their connection is supposed to be a key to preventing the apocalypse but they seem to have just a little chemistry. Maybe that will develop in the next story? Further character development of these two and a little more chemistry would help immensely. As for Christian, his character is better developed and he’s not one I would want to feel a connection with!

The author did do a good job of reading his book. His voice is one that is easy to listen to and understand.

I found the idea of the ancient artifact intriguing. I know that Natasha and Gabriel don’t have much time to figure things out and it should be suspenseful but I didn’t feel that sense of urgency. The Dark Rift ends with them getting ready to find the Lost Labyrinth which is the title of the second book in the series. I plan on reading the next book with the hope I can relate better to the characters.


About the Author

14881640Gilliam Ness has traveled the world in his quest for knowledge, culture, and exotic locations. He combines his love for all things mysterious, with his obsession for classic sci-fi adventure, and brings to the table some of the most fascinating and quirky storylines ever created.

His debut Supernatural Grail Quest Zombie Apocalypse, THE LAST ARTIFACT TRILOGY is a page-turning roller-coaster ride expedition through ancient myths, ludicrous pop culture conspiracy theories, enlightening philosophies, and bowel-loosening End of Days prophecies.



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