An enjoyable adventure story from also comic book writer Steve Englehart. It's got fights, chases, zombis (old school Haitian style, not Romero flesh eaters), and a well-developed implementation of both magic and technology. Actually, as I read it, John Twelve Hawks' The Traveler kept coming to mind, insofar as both books deal with secret societies, technology, and magic. The difference is that Steve Englehart doesn't ask you to leave your brain at the door like Twelve Hawks does. The characters and magic system are much better developed, and the technology is used in a much more realistic fashion. You can tell this is a writer who cares about realistic science. Recommended for fans of fantastical adventure fiction or for anyone who found the later books in the Fourth Realm trilogy disappointing. Englehart, by the way, is the writer who created the (truly) insane Joker character and Two-face as they appeared in the film of The Dark Knight (adapted from his characters in Batman: Dark Detective).