Reviewed by PizzyGirl
TITLE: The Sim Ru Prophecy
SERIES: Werecat #4
AUTHOR: Andrew J. Peters
PUBLISHER: Vagabondage Romance
LENGTH: 288 pages
RELEASE DATE: June 27, 2017
The final installment of the Werecat series, a finalist in the 2016 Romance Reviews Readers’ Choice Awards.
A fugitive from two murder investigations in New York City and a bizarre, big cat attack at a bank in Barbados, Jacks Dowd flees to South America to find the ringleader of a shifter terrorist organization deep in the Amazon. The world is on the brink of all-out war between shifters and humans, and Jacks needs to somehow broker a deal for peace.
But a special U.S. intelligence agency emerges as a new, possibly even more dangerous enemy. Both the terrorists and the U.S. government will stop at nothing to get an arcane codex that could unleash an unstoppable threat to mankind or exterminate werecats everywhere.
While Jacks dodges danger from both sides and decodes the ancient book, he’s left with the impossible choice of how to use it.
I was so very eager for this story after finishing Werecat: The Trilogy. However, I am sad to say, when I finished this story I was left feeling let down and confused.
I want to start by saying I think this author has a great imagination and is one hell of a storyteller. His creation of violent yet loving shifters was unique and his incorporation of mythology/folklore/legend was fantastic and really had me yearning to do some more learning on my own. The imagery of wild cats and of the other planes of existence were beautiful and imaginative. The premise and promise of this story had me turning the pages wanting to know what happened and how.
However, for me, the execution left me wanting so much more. Things started out really well with legend being explained and the prophecy really taking focus in the story. And then it just felt like things got lost in the set up. So much time was devoted to a romance that I still don’t feel was beneficial or necessary to the story. So much time was devoted to trying to make a “normal” life while dealing with corruption and greed. Even though I yearned to know more about the prophecy and the story resolution, I often felt bored and so confused as to why things even needed to happen as they did. The purpose of the characters and their actions was never clear to me and it took away a lot of my enjoyment.
I never really connected to anything other than my desire to know more about the prophecy. And to be honest, I was really let down at how that was resolved. I never really cared about the romance nor about the characters. In fact Farzan got on my nerves more often than not. I only cared about the prophecy and in the end I still feel like I don’t understand the prophecy or how things will be now that it was “fulfilled.”
Finally, I could not get past this overwhelming sense of OTT in terms of the realistic portions of this story. I get it, paranormal is not normal or realistic, but this story had elements that were rooted in reality. And it was those elements that felt wrong to me. Like the calling of the N.S.A. and the government response and being able to tell your family everything about witness protection. Maybe it is a case of me not knowing enough to know what I am talking about, but I never could shake the sense of things being a bit too farfetched.
Overall, I think this story had some really strong points and has so much amazing potential. I know for a fact others will love reading this. For me though, it fell flat and left me more disappointed than not.