I thought this was a cool read. Set in the early 1930s, a period that I'm quite fond of, it's the tale of a small aviation company run by veterans of the Great War and how they get involved in a dangerous, thrilling occult adventure with its roots back in ancient times.
We have the three aviators, Lewis, Alma and Mitch, and the Jerry, the archaeologist. The First World War, the Great War, left its scars on everyone that fought and these four are no different. There are the obvious wounds, such as Jerry's missing lower leg, Mitch's abdominal scars, and there are also the mental and emotional wounds that all four suffer from. I liked all of them and I thought the authors did a good job of introducing and portraying them. It's the first in a series of books, so I expect to be learning more about them - especially my favourite, Mitch. I think he was the least fleshed out, but maybe that's because he doesn't seem, right now, to be as complicated as the other three?
So, the adventure includes an ancient evil from the time of the Emperors Claudius and Nero and possibly even before. We have a demon run amok and our quartet are on the chase. The only real problem I had with the whole thing was the time we spent reading about the intricacies of the aircraft involved. I didn't feel I needed to know things in such detail, either about the Terrier plane or the dirigible. The one part where I felt it worked was the big chase scene.
Now, I have to say, the book reminded me of a favourite book of one of my favourite authors - Katherine Kurtz and her Lammas Night. It also reminded me of her Templar series of books, but mostly Lammas Night. I wonder if the authors were inspired by her?
Anyway, I enjoyed my read and as it's the first volume of an omnibus, I have the next 2 books in the series to look forward to! If I was one to binge read, I'd be reading them right away, but I like to space my series out for the most part.