A very interesting series that started with "The List of Seven".
This is the sequel to The List of Seven and takes place ten years later. Doyle is now a world-famous author who is about to embark on a book tour of the US. His fictional Holmes recently went over Reichenbach Falls with Professor Moriarty and the public is not afraid to express their disappointment at the loss of Holmes...
While I found this book to be entertaining, it is not on par with The List of Seven. Jack Sparks is such an interesting character, yet I found him almost completely unlikeable for 95% of this book.
The List of Seven was a very tightly written book with good character development. The Six Messiahs introduces a whole cast of new characters that you know only in the present. You get very little background information on them, they simply appear. And then the book ends and they promptly disappear.
Because of that, I believe that the main thing lacking in this book is an epilogue. The ending is a fast-paced conclusion that builds a lot of momentum. As the final events in the book occur, your momentum carries you straight into the blank last page of the inside cover and it leaves you a little wounded. It was like running full speed and then suddenly hitting a wall.
For me, it's not enough to know simply what happened in the very end. I want to know what happens immediately after that. I have become invested in these characters...it would be nice to hear some little whisper of what happened to them next. Perhaps it is a credit to the author that I want to know so much more about the world he created, but at the same time it feels like he just got too tired to carry on for a few more pages. The book simply ends.
In all, it is still very much worth reading as long as you remind yourself that this book is not The List of Seven and you temper your expectations accordingly. Just like fans of Doyle pestered him about a possible resurrection for Holmes, I have the urge to write Mark Frost and ask him if any more books with these characters are ever going to appear again.