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Roshike has sacrificed himself to the cause, in the hopes that his partners and friends will be able to complete the mission in his absence. Held by the ruthless Batsu governor and tortured for information, will Roshike be able to hold out long enough for his friends to finish the modifications for the Gaku-net? Will this change in protocol allow for all members of their society to be treated fairly under the new code?
This Japanese spy thriller feels very much like a conclusion to the series about a subversive group trying to bring equality and fairness to their society. With great action sequences that would be at home on the silver screen, Endurance of the Free features non-stop thrilling moments until the very end. With more of an ensemble cast, no one character stands out more than the others. As Seiko is my favorite character, I would have liked to have gotten to know her a little better. This book provided the opportunity for the author to let readers into her world more, but I do not feel like I learned any additional facts about her. That being said, I enjoyed reading Endurance of the Free and would recommend that readers who are new to the series start with book 1, Whispers of the Dead.
The spirituality behind rebellion is convincing too, low-key enough not to slow the story, but deep enough to give the narrative genuine meaning and direction. Japanese names and ideas blend very plausibly with Christian themes. And it's all set in a futuristic (but believable) world, where samurai skills are as important as talents with computers, and hope is hard, but not impossible to find.
The action is exciting. The arguments are intriguing. And the plot flows nicely forward, making this my favorite of the trilogy. With minimal but nicely sufficient backstory, it would be well worth reading on its own as well.
Disclosure: I was given a copy and I offer my honest review.
In this third book Ro is in desperate straights, but his thoughts are for his friends and their mission rather than himself. Where there is life there is hope. Meanwhile, Seiko and Mark continue with the plan, but the Enforcers are closing in…
I really loved this story! This was a very satisfying trilogy, but I find myself wanting to know what happens next. There are still mysteries to explore in this future Japan.