John Truman, a bright, introverted, college student belongs to the New Dawn… he just doesn’t know it yet. The plans of the 300-year-old, Oxford-based, secret society revolve around him, the final piece in their puzzle. He struggles with almost everything—the girl he loves, the extroverted uber-social best friend, his estranged father, and the recurring visions that compromise his ability to interact with others. All John wants is to get through today; all they want is to rule the world.
John Truman is an ordinary guy, he has a good job, good friends and a relatively good life. Well, maybe he’s not that ordinary, because he speaks Latin as much as he speaks English—something that sometimes bothers his friends, who have to keep asking him what does he mean with those old words.
When one of his closest friends is kidnapped, he has no idea how much his life is about to change. Two years later, the Police still has no clue about what happened to George, so John and Paul set off to California to get a fresh start. John suddenly remembers something that can be important on the investigation about George, but before he can do anything, he’s captured too. With his life in such risk, John start to rethink about his entire life. This beginning is kinda slow, but after that, the book is a roller coaster.
Mark Aidar’s main characters are well built, with flaws and qualities, and the POV alternates between John and Paul, although John’s always the focus. You’re going to laugh with Paul’s thoughts about women, he’s hilarious, and I’m sure there are a bunch of Pauls out there. I find myself a little bit annoyed by the fact that John is so naive, sometimes he can’t see what’s clearly in front of him. The secret society behind George’s disappearance, called New Dawn, makes you think about what the power and the desire to dominate the world can do to people.