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Saturday, July 1, 2023

Book Review: Doomsday Match (The Dresden Codex Book 1) by Jeff Wheeler

Doomsday Match (The Dresden Codex Book 1)
by Jeff Wheeler
July 1, 2023
Publisher: 47 North
ISBN: 9781662505546
A prophecy has waited for five centuries to be fulfilled. That time has come. Sacrifices will be made. Let the games begin.

When Jonathon Roth and his family are invited by their neighbors, the Beasleys, to join them at a luxury retreat in Cozumel, who can refuse? It’s the perfect winter getaway. Relaxing on the beach, gourmet food, sightseeing, and free accommodations. But if it sounds too good to be true, it is.

Villa Sara de Calakmul, owned by mysterious tycoon Jacob Calakmul, is more isolated compound than private resort. Armed guards patrol the jungle perimeters. Pictures of previous guests―long disappeared―adorn the walls. And there are whispers of something coming called “the game.” Even in the sweltering heat, the Roths feel a chill―and the fear that they haven’t been invited to Villa Sara. They’ve been lured. But for what purpose? And to what end?

From the ruins, a death cult is reborn. A prophecy to bring down Western civilization is being realized. As a legendary blood sport is engaged, the Roths themselves may need to call upon ancient powers if they’re to survive, escape, and save the world from annihilation.

Jonathan Roth, his wife, and their three kids are invited by the Beasleys to  a luxury retreat in Cozumel. They find themselves in danger. They were brought there to play the “death” ball game with the Beasleys. The winner gets the other’s fortune and is allowed to survive after the prophecy of the USA's annihilation. The losers are sacrificed. Jonathan tries to escape with his family, but soon they are recaptured. They will need to learn the supernatural ways through his daughter, inherited from her mother’s Yucatan ancestry from the Mayans.

This is the first thriller for an author who does fantasy mainly. He did a good job and was able to keep the dark fantasy/horror elements in the story. I cannot wait for book 2 in the series. If you like the horror and fantasy in your thrillers, take a chance on this book.

I give Doomsday Match (The Dresden Codex Book 1) 4 sheep.

Reviewed by Pamela K. Kinney

About the Author:
Wall Street Journal bestselling author Jeff Wheeler took an early retirement from his career at Intel in 2014 to write full-time. He is a husband, father of five, and a devout member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Jeff lives in the Rocky Mountains. 

To learn more about each of his worlds, his advice for new writers, and which series to start reading first, check out his website!


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