Sons of Cain is an action-packed page-turner with spiritual and political intrigue that hits eerily close to describing our world’s present culture of death. There is definitely a sense of darkness and evil versus goodness and light that goes far beyond the usual conflicts addressed in most of the high stakes adventure novels I’ve read over the years (which, by the way, are also too numerous to count).
Because it’s more believable and representative of the real world, I liked that there are some admirable Catholics in the novel, some who have fallen away from the faith, and others who are clearly corrupt and leading others astray by their lies. The inclusion of Catholic prayer in the book and faith discussions typically felt as if they fit and were plausible rather than added as an afterthought.
I found this book sufficiently disturbing because so many of the main conflicts are precisely the ones being debated and fought over in the United States this very minute: abortion, euthanasia, same-sex marriage, government run healthcare, and men in power who tend to abuse it. It’s frightening to consider how much of what Bianco writes about has, is, or will actually happen in terms of our government, society, laws, politicians, religious beliefs, and morality in our country.
There are more and more academics and intellectuals who are choosing reason and science that support convenience rather than protect the dignity of human life from conception to natural death. The author describes hauntingly well what’s happening in America and around the world. This thriller brings to surface the issues and decisions that are of current interest and have eternal consequences that go with them.
I sense the author’s left room for a sequel. Many of the characters are strong, likeable, and complex enough to be used for more missions. I would certainly read another novel about missions led by Commander Nick Reiper and blessed by God.