|The Seventh Wave is Paul Garretys first
novel, which tells the tale of magic, greed, power and betrayal in modern Australia, and
is the first half of the Helix Prophecy.
The seventh wave in question is the
seventh power surge from higher beings, who have grown tired of living as being of light
and thought and want to rediscover the joys of bodies corporeal. The seventh wave will
deliver their minds into waiting and unsuspecting bodies. Standing in their way is a corps
of magic practitioners who find the prospect of new resurrected, immensely powerful,
sociopathic mages most undesirable. Enter cat burglar Callum, journalist Sam, and white
light mage Freda and the fight is afoot.
If that synopsis of the plot read as a bit chaotic and disordered, then that was a fair
summation of the book. A promising story told well in stops and starts, but for this
reader the author was trying too hard. The characters were well drawn, but acted
erratically. The characters, goodies and baddies both, were running to a deadline but the
time frame leading up to that deadline lacked urgency. And the god in the machine, the
provider of maguffins and coincidences, was working overtime to engineer enough
coincidences that at times the reader could hear its panting breath. All in all a less
than satisfying read.