For the past twelve years, fugitive Jedd Altran has sought to infiltrate the PASTOR agency to rescue his goddaughter, Madelin. She is one of many children kidnapped by the organization for their power to step between alternate realities. As a random memory helps him unlock the ability to astral project, Jedd discovers her location and finds a way to set Madelin free. PASTOR agents, however, are not far behind.
Within the first few pages of this novel, it was readily evident that Kincade is an adept storyteller. I was almost instantly drawn into the conflict, torn between moral outrage at Madelin's treatment and smug satisfaction at her ability to evade recapture. The story was the perfect blend of varied pacing, dishing out both adrenaline highs and emotional, thoughtful revelations. With that said, the final third of the novel sort of felt like a descent into madness, though fans of cross-genre writing may appreciate the sudden shift from science fiction into horror. Personally, I thought that the book lost some of its momentum as the ever-present pursuers receded into the background for several chapters in favor of a new antagonist.
Also lost in the last section of the novel was a clear sense of character. There were offhand comments made by Madelin that were difficult to swallow, given her supposed memory loss. How is it she was confused by coffee but remembered the sight of a Doberman? Juno's lapses into modern-day speech forms only compounded the disbelief engendered by the group's sudden readiness for battle and their never-ending supply of bullets. Daniel's and Roger's personalities also began to blur, which is a shame as I had thoroughly enjoyed their character development up until that point.
The writing itself is sort of a mixed bag. While there are some perfectly lovely passages, showcasing the author's talent, there are an equal number of sentences that were strung together in the oddest of ways. Grammatical errors abounded, a mixture of homophone confusion and sloppiness, e.g. "should" for "shoulder," "synched" for "cinched", or, my personal pet peeve, "agent's" (possessive) for "agents" (plural). One could easily deduce the intent of the phraseology, but it was still galling sifting through the mistakes when I really wanted to focus on the exciting story at hand. In other words, lack of proper proofreading was a serious distraction from a book that otherwise held a great deal of promise.
Invisible Dawn is a fairly riveting story, with a good sense of rhythm and a creative combination of three different genres: fantasy, science fiction, and horror. With that said, the text could stand a considerable amount of clean-up, with an eye geared towards character consistency.
(Review copy provided by the author)