It's been so long since I've read a work of contemporary fantasy, I've almost forgotten what they were like.
|Seven Kinds of Hell|
There's a lot going on in Seven Kinds of Hell. So much in fact, that the book kicks off before you realize it. Zoe is an archaeologist. One day, she takes home what she thinks is tourist junk that got tossed in with some other donations to the materials just because she took a shine to it. It's so out of character that she's surprised at herself. She forgets all about it when mayhem breaks out around her wherever she goes. And then Zoe's cousin is kidnapped by the aforementioned Russian gangster. He wants the figure Zoe stole. He wants it because he believes that it's part of an ancient relic that will turn him into a werewolf.
While Zoe hopes planes and trains to get her cousin back, she also has to wrestle with her discovery that there are werewolves and vampires running around the world and that she is one of them. Zoe has a lot to deal with in this book and she doesn't know who she can trust. She only has her instincts to rely on. It's a rip-roaring adventure all the way.
The beginning of Seven Kinds of Hell is a bit rocky, but Cameron hits her stride when the action moves to Europe. She's very fond of one sentence paragraphs. I enjoyed the book anyway. Sometimes you need something that just entertains you, with some archaeology and werewolves thrown in for fun.