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Bringer of Chaos: The Origin of Pietas (Military Genetic Engineering in a Dystopian World) (Volume 1) Paperback – March 19, 2016
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5 Stars Ms. Allen writes fast but with much depth of character. ... she manages to make human nature so recognizable and also so wrong at the same time. Great writing. - Amazon reader
From the Author
When I write, I feed my muse with music, especially when Ichoreograph an emotional moment, or an action scene. My immortal hero, Pietas,is at home with himself, cocky, sure, and confident. He comes across as anarcissist but in truth, he harbors no doubt whatsoever about his abilities. Atthe beginning of Bringer of Chaos, Pietas is already almost two thousand yearsold. A man should have plumbed the depth of his strengths and weaknesses bythen, and Pietas has mastered them. Sadly, that doesn't mean he always makesthe best choices.
Writing the fight scene in chapter six meant I needed newmood music. The sequence where Pietas faces eight reanimated special opssoldiers was unlike anything I'd written before. I studied stunts in actionmovies and listened to so much new music I was afraid I'd forget what I wasthere to do. I finally settled on combinations of moves by Jackie Chan (forsheer speed) and Captain America (for smooth motion). I wrote notes such as"jumps on and spins" or "leaps and twists". Not much, butit was enough for me to write.
I believe the best way to write a fight is not to spend toomuch time on details. I know that sounds wrong, but the truth is, the humanmind can picture action much better if writers don't try to fill in all the blanks.
A punch to the jaw is fast and hard. Taking the time toexplain the impact of the fist against flesh and the way the jaw moves, theexpression on the person's face, how they fall back -- that takes up time.Writing a fight means writing a scene that's fast. Pietas is decisive. Hedoesn't hesitate to do whatever it takes to win. To show his incredible speedand the reason he would take the risks he did, the reader needed to understandhis desperation.
Those who had betrayed him gave Pietas two options.Surrender or die a horrible final death by fire. They trapped him in asituation and location that made escape impossible. Defiant even in defeat, hecreated a third option of his own, and that is what sets the scene for the restof the book. Was it a mistake for him to have chosen that option? Should hehave submitted? Those are questions Pietas will have to answer for himself.
Found in almost all my other scifi stories, Pietas hasalways been portrayed as the dark and dreaded king no one dares to cross. Howdid he become such a fearsome creature? This book reveals the origin of his journeyinto the bleak shadows of his soul.
On YouTube, the music video Queen's Breach by Critical Massis listed as "epic action aggressive driving rock powerful". Onelisten and you'll agree. If that song isn't Pietas in action as a fighter, Idon't know what is. Read chapter six of this book while you listen to that, andyou'll see him in action. I listened to it repeatedly while I choreographed andwrote the fight of his immortal life.
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Top Customer Reviews
I really liked this background view of the bad guy in the series as far as I have been reading. The interaction between the human and the ultra makes both their points of view that much more believable. It is I think the first half of a two book story line, because although it has a clear ending, it also has a clear starting point for the return of the ultra's. I'm really looking forward to the next book.
Great book. But now I desperately want the next one!!!!
As a fan of science fiction and fantasy, I was eager to dive into Bringer of Chaos: the Origin of Pietas. Based off the book summary, my expectations were set high. Certain aspects of the story caught my interest, but then, several sections dragged on and didn't reach their full potential.
High points: Kayelle invented the Ultras. Whose abilities would astound anyone. They heal quickly, diseases don't affect them, can survive any wound, and can be "reborn". Only two ways ensured their death was permanent. 1) Immolate, freeze and then shatter the Ultra. 2) Put the Ultra through a bone shredder.
During Pietas captivity, he never met his true death. Actually, he was reborn 1000 times over and, according to him, that's almost worse than dying. Imagine your body wasting away, perishing, coming alive again, & repeat. I can see why Pietas had no love for humans --- Until he met Six (not his real name).
Six started off his adversary but things changed in the year it took them to reach Sempervia. Once they landed, Six became the hunter, caregiver, protector, comrade and, most importantly, a friend to Pietas (or as Six dubbed him, Pi).
There on Sempervia, I felt Kayelle could've done so much more for the readers. She could've added more scifi elements to this science fiction tale. I expected more trouble with the elements. Heck, give me a battle with unknown creatures on the island. Something. Anything.
We did see a storm, numerous birds, and cats but that's it. But basically, there was nothing really holding my interest.
I, once again, had such high hope things would pick up when Pi finally reconnected with the other Ultras in chapter 24 but nope, nothing.Read more ›