Jake is the best bomb dog at Newark International, the pride of the force and his partner, Becca Carter. But when he accidentally ferrets out an ancient artifact, their routine sniff-and-search goes horribly wrong. His heart has always belonged to Becca, but Jake never realized what losing her would mean until the night he found the Egyptian jar and tasted the wine of Anubis. The night they were attacked by werewolves…in Newark.
Injured and hunted, Jake struggles to understand the strange cascade of events that follow the attack. The one certainty is that only he can protect Becca from the antiquities smuggler who would do anything to keep his secrets hidden. Plagued by violent dreams and hounded by werewolf assassins, Jake must find a way to help Becca solve the mystery of the jackal-headed god's elixir before she ends up dead...or worse.
Page Count: 92
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"Son of Anubis" is a novella with a very intriguing concept. Told from alternating points of view of both Jake and Becca, there is a lot of action…Bennett has a talent for writing from a canine’s point of view, which shows a good amount of research. Stacy Bennett shows a lot of promise!
Despite its short length, the plot is well developed and deftly paced to make this novella a satisfying read. The cover art is attention grabbing and complements the story very well. Bennett’s prose is clean and flawless, which makes the narrative shine with the same qualities. Told from Becca's and Jake’s points of view, readers can experience their world and thoughts effortlessly, although reading the story from Jake’s perspective is undeniably more fascinating. Characterization is sufficiently executed. The background of the characters, especially about Becca’s brother, Brian, is skillfully told without being too little or too much. As a reader, this is a storytelling ability that I always appreciate in a writer, so kudos to Bennett. On the whole, the myth and modernity combined with unexpected romance makes Son of Anubis without doubt an enjoyable read. I look forward to reading more from Bennett, especially in the supernatural genre.
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