This book was a pleasant surprise. I had recently downloaded several books on my Kindle Unlimited, and I wasn’t sure which one to read first. The title Pandora spoke to me; nevertheless, I continued browsing. I kept on coming back to Pandora though, over and over again, re-reading the cover blurb, and finally I caved. That was the book I wanted to read. So, off I went on another page turning adventure. 🙂
After rescuing the sole survivor from the research vessel La Magia, cruise ship Emerald Rose disappears without a trace. The ship reemerges a week later transmitting a single word—Pandora. Business tycoon Patrick Carver organizes a team to investigate. Aubrey Pittenger, for reasons beyond her, is a member of the team that is sent out to discover what happened. Having no experience in rescue or battles, she is the odd one out in this team of mercenaries and soldiers. She’s just a doctor who spent the last year suffering from the loss of her little girl, but when Carver makes her an offer she can’t refuse, she finds herself on her way to the wrecked Emerald Rose and the dark evil that flits through its once elegant hallways.
Mercenary Julian Eduardo receives a similar offer. Having left behind a life of violence, he now fights to make sure his little brother Ricardo won’t have to follow in his blood soaked footsteps. But all is not as it seems aboard the Emerald Rose, and evil rears its ugly head in many ways. Carver’s team will have to band together if they want to survive the night and find the essence of hope, the hope they’ve all been searching for, the distant promise at the bottom of Pandora’s Box.
This story shows an interesting new take on the myth of Pandora’s box, weaving together two old legends into a terrifying tale. Watcher, the monster, scared the wits out of me. He was creepy and unpredictable, always leaving me on the edge of my couch and turning the pages to see what was going to happen next.
The main characters, Aubrey and Julian, are intriguing and real. I also couldn’t help noticing the dramatic descriptions, starting in chapter 1. There was a moment where the author describes rain drops on a taxi window, and it was so beautifully done, that I had to re-read it. I loved how he made it real for me. I could see the rain drops at night, making me see through Aubrey’s eyes.
Finally, as if the spinning of old legends with modern times isn’t enough, the author adds two surprising twists in the end. No, I did not see those coming, and they seriously caught me off guard.
Lately I have been finding several indie book treasures which turned out to be much better than some traditionally published books. Having said that, there is a whole list of traditionally published authors who are absolutely amazing, but I have also come across some books from publishing houses that I didn’t like. I think it is time to give indie authors the credit they deserve. There are some incredible reads out there.
So, do I recommend Pandora? Yes, definitely! It’s a page turner, it has plenty of action and suspense, a good story line, a creepy monster, surprising villains, breath stopping moments, and some incredible twists and turns. It turns out that I got my hands on another first book in a series or perhaps a story that is divided in two books, and I am really looking forward to reading the second installment of Pandora.
If you like horror, fantasy, myths, suspense, and a story that will keep you guessing, then Pandora is for you. It’s available in Kindle and paperback.
Best place to buy: Amazon