The Jagged Man
Put an eight thousand year old man, Hurricane Katrina and an ancient papyrus together and you have Michael Sirois’ novel The Jagged Man. The premise is an immortal man who hates humanity and has spent his long life gleefully causing as much trouble as possible. At the beginning of the story we watch him planting bombs in the levees in New Orleans. We do get to see a little of Otha’s origins, but not enough to distract from present day activity.
Sarah Brown is asked to build a website around an invaluable papyrus by John Rodriguez, they quickly become a couple and the target of Otha’s anger as the document contains a description of him. Throw in a socially inept young man with a thing for Sarah and the set up for a solid thriller is there.
I liked the characters of all the people in the book. They are well drawn and believable. The book takes a bit of time to get set up, but tidbits about other stunts Otha has pulled through the ages keep the flow. The action is well choreographed and there is no ‘helpless’ female to be found. The sole challenge for me is the exhaustive description of minor details that have nothing to do with the plot. I don’t really need a mini tutorial in photoshop especially as the version and operating system is already out of date. Aside from that relatively minor complaint The Jagged Man is a fun read that I would recommend to any who don’t mind a premise that involves an immortal troublemaker.