I received this book for free from the author in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.The Primary Protocol: A Lovecraftian Science Fiction Espionage story by J.M. Guillen
Series: The Dossiers of Asset 108 #2, The Paean of Sundered Dreams
Published: 2015 by Irrational Worlds
Genres: Horror/Gothic, Science Fiction
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The Primary Protocol is the second book in The Dossiers of Asset 108, a series of espionage novels about a cybernetically enhanced secret agent trying to save Earth from an invasion of Lovecraftian monsters. Once again, JM Guillen takes readers on a wild ride through multiple worlds and dimensions our bold heroes struggle to stay alive, find their way home, and save humanity in the process.
The story begins as Michael Bishop wakes up to find himself in a nightmare. He doesn’t remember who he is, or how he got here. He just knows that a kinda familiar-looking woman named Caprice is telling him to run for his life, and he isn’t quite up to the task. Then people are shooting at them, and he is beyond confused.
Shortly after, reality (and rationality) sets in, and Michael and his cadre of agents find themselves whisked off into another world, which happens to be occupied by the very same Vyriim that are plotting to invade Earth. The agents learn that the Vyriim are not as unified as they had previously thought, and although even that intelligence is suspect, the only hope they have of returning to Earth is to treat with a faction of the Vyriim. The enemy of my enemy is my friend, right? Nothing could possibly go wrong!
Except for tentacle monsters, of course.
I found the foreshadowing in this book particularly interesting, because I’m starting to get the distinct impression that even though we’ve thought of the Facility as the good guys, they seem like they’re up to something. My guess, although it could be completely wrong, is that like the Vyriim, the Facility contains more than one faction, each of which has a different agenda. At this point, the speculation is half the fun. That’s one of the things I like about The Paean of Sundered Dreams–there are a lot of questions, and very few answers. It’s like solving a puzzle, and the more I learn about how the multiverse works, the more questions I have, and the more I want to keep reading. Lucky for me, the next installment in the series, Aberrant Vectors, will be released in precisely five days, and I already have a copy sitting on my Kindle, just waiting to be devoured.
If you haven’t checked out JM Guillen’s writing yet, you should!