Californian student Michael Asher is a prodigy for hire, born with the unexplainable ability to read a glimpse of thoughts through a person's eyes. Clients seeking the truth about spouses and business partners pay dearly for his insight--but after one client tries to assassinate him, Michael believes it is more than a job gone wrong.
Following clues left by his attacker, Michael uncovers a conspiracy higher than any earthly power. An organization with control over world leaders, celebrities, and the wealthy will do anything to keep their presence unknown, leaving no trace of others who asked the wrong questions. Dodging the crosshairs of the world's largest secret society, Michael must uncover the truth that humanity is not being told... as his body begins to transform into something not human.
I actually purchased the Kindle version of Harken when it first came out so I could have something I could read on my phone. I didn't actually get around to reading it until a few weeks ago. I enjoyed Kaleb's first series because of his creativity and his fun characters. I think I enjoyed this book for the same reason. The story is just so interesting and inventive that I can't help but wishing I had thought of some similar kind of plot for my own writing. Just as with the Bran Hambric series, I really liked his characters as well. They are fun, relate able, and they remind me of real people in my own life. The story was both fantastical and realistic in it's story and I just love how it's based on conspiracy theories that actually exist, it adds an extra feeling to it.
There are a couple of things about this book that did bother me. There were times in his writing that I felt Kaleb was not quite living up to the full potential of the book. Some conversations and situations seemed a bit unrealistic which made it hard to connect with those moments. There were also times when I felt like the characters weren't acting the way I would have thought they would act which meant that he either didn't do a good job of giving me a clear view of each character from the start, or he wasn't keeping to their personalities as closely as he should have. I also thought that the plot moved a little too quickly for me while the actual action moved a bit slowly. New information was thrown at me but nothing was actually happening at the same time. If those are things that tend to really bother you about a book, then it may not be a good one for you (though I am a firm believer in giving books a chance by reading them for yourself rather than just trusting someone else's opinion of it). It has it's problems, yes. I put those little problems aside, however, because the story idea and the characters were enough to keep me interested and intrigued about what was going to happen next. I also noticed that his ability to help the reader see the scenery and situations clearly through description has improved vastly from what it was in his first two books.
Having read his books as they have come out, I can confidently say that Kaleb is improving. This new path he is taking is a great one for his writing career and for readers. It is an intriguing and almost terrifying idea for a series. The fact that research into actual conspiracy theories lies behind the pages of Harken also makes it that much more real to the reader and that much more terrifying. In the end, despite the flaws, I enjoyed this book and would recommend it to most people, especially teens and young adults.