December 12, 2016
Lovecraft Code by Peter Levenda is an occult thriller that features mystery, suspense, action and more.
Like a roller coaster, Lovecraft Code starts out at a steady pace laying the context for the book, picks up speed as the mystery deepens, changes directions through different historical narratives, and just when one thinks things are likely to slow down the book then spirals off into a new direction.
The attention to detail the author features in making this book feel realistic is superb. With a story woven through different time periods but which ultimately coalesces in the present, Levenda merges many seemingly disparate subjects into his first fictional opening salvo that leaves the reader wanting more.
If you enjoy topics such as H.P. Lovecraft esoterica, secret cults, spycraft, necromancy, and all of this with a dash of remote viewing, Nazis, ancient archaeology with additional topics to boot, then this book is for you.
If you’ve read Levenda’s gamut of work, which admittedly encompass many various disciplines, then you should appreciate this.
Lovecraft Code, which was originally to be named Lovecraft Codex but Levenda had to change it, does a rather trenchant job in bringing about a believable backdrop upon various esoteric subjects in an interplay of events that makes you question whether the book is fact written as fiction…or something else entirely.
Now, if you happen to have never read any of Levenda’s work, but still appreciate H.P. Lovecraft’s work, give this a shot. Levenda does a very commendable job in continuing “The Call Of Cthulhu” mythos but in a very modernized and yet precise setting.
The characters are believable, the story flows rather well, the historical individuals/backdrops the author chooses to include at certain junctures gives the book an even more vibrant feel. Heck, Levenda even deftly interlaces H.P. Lovecraft himself, as well as Himmler for a minute!
With all things considered, this book does not read like someone’s first fictional novel. Lovecraft Code feels like a book composed by a seasoned writer of fiction. Then again, some might argue that Levenda has written books before, and that’s correct. However, just because someone can write non-fiction books doesn’t mean they can execute fictional ones. There are plenty of disasters out there, and this one is not one of them.
As a follow up to H.P. Lovecraft’s renown ” The Call Of Cthulhu” this book gets two thumbs up – and a few tendrils! – for a job well done. Definitely looking forward to more work from Levenda in the future.