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Absolution: A Near Future Thriller (Forsaken Mercenary Book 2) Kindle Edition
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- Book 2 of 12 in Forsaken Mercenary
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About the Author
Jonathan Yanez is the author of dozens of science fiction and fantasy novels. He's the winner of a Jack London Award for his contributions to literacy. Two of his series have been optioned for film. His latest work is currently under development being adapted into a mobile game. You can find out more about him by visiting www.jonathan-yanez.com
Jay Snyder is a voice actor, voice director, and script adapter. He is best known as the voice of Yugi Muto from the Japanese manga television series, "Yu-Gi-Oh!" A native of California, he studied acting at Julliard School in New York City.--This text refers to the audioCD edition.
- Publication Date : June 10, 2019
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Publisher : Archimedes Books; 1st Edition (June 10, 2019)
- Print Length : 328 pages
- File Size : 422 KB
- ASIN : B07SV1MFB5
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #34,922 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book becomes a brutal hunt for the people that can give him answers, as well as trying to get some vengeance for her death.
Daniel has learnt that he used to be part of a pack of 7, working for an organisation called Immortal Corp, and, that after she disagreed with their philosophy, Immortal Corp had his Fiancé, who was also one of the Pack, killed.
Having hunted down Echo, one of the people responsible, he now wants more answers about who he is, and who he was, and how he lost his memory, and why they killed Amber.
However, as he is trying to find these answers with the help of an organisation called Phoenix, and a woman called Monica who works for Phoenix, Monica’s Father, a prominent Professor for the group is kidnapped.
At the same time, Daniel learns the location of another pack member, Samantha (Sam), who may have also been responsible for Ambers death. This is where the book goes from crunching a few heads type of combat, to full scale carnage.
I don’t want to give too much away, but when Daniel meets up with Sam, the other member of his Pack, after obligatory story, there is a fight scene that occurs, with the 2 of them on one side, and a full-scale force on the other. It is one of the most incredible, brutal, absolutely ruthless, and incredible combat scenes I have ever read in a book.
The description of the combat includes basically every form of combat you can imagine, with firearms, RPGs, Swords, Axes, Knives, multiple forms of martial arts, it is just one of the most brutal and intense combat scenes I think I have read in a long time. And it is so well written, with such exceptional descriptive work, so you feel like you are standing there watching the blows land, the bullets strike, the swords slash, and the axes cleave. At the end of the battle you find yourself all tensed up, turning page after page, just whipping through it to see what comes next, it is epic.
One of the things I am really impressed about with this Author and the writing style, and his skill in writing, is that even though you feel you are in the middle of this epic combat scene, that is brutal, gripping, thrilling, but, while it is seriously violent, Yanez does not go over the top as some people are want to do, and be ridiculously graphic. Whilst there is descriptive work on the damage done to people, it is within a certain boundary so that it has a certain standard, not becoming stupidly excessive with blood and gore just for the sake of pointless impact.
Instead, Yanez has used clever writing to create outstanding fight scenes that are just mesmerising, and leave you in stunned awe.
The other great aspect of this book is that it is not just a blood bath of super soldiers running around slaughtering things, it actually has a really good story, and some great Characters, with some good Character development.
One of the great aspects of the X-Men series was the Character development and the backstories, and Yanez has done a very similar thing here, in that Daniel is similar in a way to Wolverine, with his ability to take massive amounts of damage and yet heal, like nothing had happened. Daniel also has super strength and speed, but unlike Wolverine, he has the ability to stop and think Tactically and Strategically, whereas Wolverine just likes to shred anything that moves when he is in a berserker rage.
This makes Daniel a very unique Character, and rather remarkable on a battle field.
As we get to know more and more of Daniel through each of his encounters, we learn more of his background and his character, learning that he is someone of strong ethical and morale standards, and it is really easy to like his character and want to know more. The world building that surrounds the character is brilliant, with these shadowy organisation’s and hints at all sorts of things, (No Spoilers), with each book giving us just a little bit more, and also giving us new characters to explore new aspects of the Universe Yanez has created, and to open up more of the story.
Each of the Characters is just exceptionally well written, and a lot of fun.
Overall, this is an action-packed thrill ride that makes a Bond film look like a play school story, or the Bourne films like going for a walk in the garden. The Characters are just outstanding, and there is a very clever, well developed storyline that keeps you wanting more, with a wonderful Universe for the story to play out in.
If you haven’t already gotten into this, now is the time to, it’s just AWESOME!!!!
I like this book and series (just finished the second book) and I'll be interested to see how it develops, both in terms of story and the author's mastery of his craft.
There were a couple of places where the editing could have been a little tighter, (some typos and continuity issues) but on the whole it did not take away from an interesting read. This feels like a futuristic Bourne Identity in the classic Ludlum tradition.
I'd like to see some of the science tightened up (a one day trip in hyperspace to Mars???) and a little bit more background. What was a centurion in a bar? Some more about the GG and Prat organization would also be nice.
Given that I'm only on book two, I'd say there's room for improvement, and I expect I'll get it as I read the subsequent volumes.
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Book 2 started off immediately from the ending of book 1, even to the point, that the main character is in the same room, talking to the same person and this is my only gripe about the first 2 books, they could quote easily been 1. I am hoping that book 3 does not follow the same pattern, or the cynic in me will be seeing this as 2 books being split into 3 for no other reason than money