51NJ8Nfk34L._SY344_BO1,204,203,200_Reviewed by Caleb Shadis

The River of Souls is a tale of Matthew Corbett, a “professional problem solver” in 1703 Charles Town—a Carolina settlement—who finds danger lurking amongst plantations and swamps as he valiantly attempts to keep himself and those around him alive. Executing his duties, similar to those of a modern-day private investigator, Matthew has faced his fair share of danger. He’s also faced his share of people preferring he keep his nose out of their business.

After some cajoling and far from his New York home, Matthew acts as escort to a rich man’s daughter. He suspects the real reason for her father’s extravagant measure of paying for an escort is because the daughter is as ugly as they come. Little does Matthew know that the real reason for his commission is much more sinister than ensuring his date’s companionship for the evening is fulfilled.

Matthew’s assignment brings him to the wrong place (or right, depending on your point of view) at the wrong time—upon the murder at the plantation of a lovely young lady, he is swept up in an adventure on the River of Souls. Encountering mythical beasts, alligators and snakes, and treachery from those around, he fights to capture the murderer. Matthew’s  physical, emotional and mental limits are tested, and he comes out a changed man. More changed than he ever realizes he could be…

Author Robert McCammon’s story is one of adventure, courage, and danger. Normally I would have loved this book, but a few things got in the way of my completely enjoying The River of Souls. First of all, I don’t think I should have listened to this book; I think I should have stayed with a written copy. The narrator was very good, but some of the passages took way too long to get through. I am hesitant to pass judgement on series as a whole but I didn’t like the ending at all and I’m pretty sure that will stay the same with the future installments.

I really liked the character Matthew Corbett, and I plan to try another one of his stories. I am intrigued by the hints of back story of previous adventures. You don’t really need to read any of the previous books in the series to understand The River of Souls, but I would still recommend starting with an earlier novel to fully experience McCammon’s story. With the ending finishing as it did, this is the latest book in the series

Rating: ★★★½☆ 

Caleb is a software engineer and amateur woodworker living in southern Minnesota. He has more hobbies than he has time or money for, and enjoys his quiet time reading.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Subterranean Press. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.