When it becomes clear that there is a link between Dana's dreams and the teenagers who are dying, she can't resist investigating. For someone who wants to have faith and wants to believe, it is a challenge to figure out what is real and what is not. Her new friends may be able to help her solve the mystery, but not everyone is what they seem. With her dreams haunted by an angel that leaves a trail of death and destruction, Dana seeks help to untangle her developing psychic gifts. Time is running out though, the angel has plans for Dana Scully, and so does the mysterious Agent Gerlach. Can Dana untangle the mystery before someone else dies?
I have been an X-Files fan for years, eagerly watching each episode (when it finally appeared on New Zealand television) and ordering copies of the books from the States (because you couldn't buy them here!) so when I discovered the X-Files origin books I was eager to read them to see how the younger characters were portrayed. I read Agent of chaos first because it had Mulder as the main character, and after reading a few other books to clear the story out of my head I jumped into Devil's advocate and I have to say that after finishing it I was left with the rather unflattering impression that while Kami Garcia nailed the Fox Mulder character, Jonathan Maberry missed something when he wrote the backstory for Dana Scully.
Agent of chaos was effortless to read and I read it in a single sitting, but I had to force myself to keep reading Devil's advocate. If I had to explain why it comes down to two things - one, the story was too in-depth and convoluted - two, the character just doesn't seem to sync perfectly with the adult version of Dana Scully that has become so familiar from the television show and other novels. If the focus of the novel had been another character I would have enjoyed it much more, but so many little things kept bugging me. Don't get me wrong, this isn't a bad book - for me it just feels like it was slightly wrong the whole way through. Judge for yourself though as you may be able to ignore the little niggles and thoroughly enjoy the book.
If you like this book then try:
- I hunt killers by Barry Lyga
- The Christopher killer by Alane Ferguson
- The X-Files origins: Agent of chaos by Kami Garcia
- X-Files: Ground zero by Kevin J. Anderson
- X-Files: Ruins by Kevin J. Anderson
- X-Files: Antibodies by Kevin J. Anderson
- X-Files: Skin by Ben Mezrich
- X-Files: Whirlwind by Charles Grant
- X-Files: Goblins by Charles Grant
Reviewed by Brilla