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From the Author
The story came to me from troubling thoughts about the compromise between liberty and security free societies must make. What is labeled by some as "collateral damage" that is unavoidable in a war (even one on terror), is to the unjustly tormented a far more personal reality. The ghosts of souls broken by wars throughout the ages would certainly haunt our societies if they existed. EXTRAORDINARY RETRIBUTION was written because I heard their voices and could not get them out of my mind. As with book 1 of the series, THE RAGNARÖK CONSPIRACY, the genesis of the novel was as much from an effort to exorcise these voices as tell an involving story.
In the process, two new characters came to life that have become a part of me and the continuing series. One is a rogue CIA agent, something not unusual for the genre. The other is a Catholic priest, which is decidedly not a common element in a high-octane thriller. Both go through a transformation by fire that forever changes their lives.
About the Author
His novels have been called "unique" and "pulse-pounding" (THE RAGNARÖK CONSPIRACY), "altogether profound, reminiscent of Bradbury and Dan Simmons' Hyperion" (DAUGHTER OF TIME TRILOGY), and "startlingly dark" (EXTRAORDINARY RETRIBUTION) with five star ratings in Foreword Reviews, San Francisco Book Reviews, Portland Book Review, and others.
- ASIN : B00GNR8466
- Publisher : Twice Pi Press (January 12, 2014)
- Publication date : January 12, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 10263 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 392 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,851 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The storyline was very interesting, and the plot was revealed at a good pace. Stebbens keeps you guessing sometimes, and he definitely did here. The only real complaint I could make is that he writes his characters into seemingly impossible situations, but they always manage to escape. At least he makes the escapes interesting, and you don't have to suspend belief too much while reading 😉
All in all, I enjoyed the book, and I recommend it for adults. There is no sexual content, but (spoiler) there is a description of an attempted rape. There is profanity, but it is moderate. There is a terribly high body count, so much so that it is almost impossible to actually comprehend it. I suppose that is a good thing, though, because I like my reading without a heavy serving of gut-wrenching nightmares, thanks.
The author has that peculiar obsession to describe every road travelled in detail. Do we care? Not one jot. Just get from A-to-B.
There is a tendency to pad the story with extraneous detail and philosophising.
The author also seemed to be using the novel as a novel way to advance his own theories and concerns about American politics.
STILL, that said: there's a vaguely interesting story in there....
Top reviews from other countries
The story unfolds so rapidly the reader is swept along oblivious to the passage of time and the need to get on with daily tasks. It takes a strong force of will to put the book down before getting to the climax. The book will obviously make a terrific all action film, plenty of explosions, gun fights and unarmed combat scenes, ferocious car chases, huge chunks of technology and gizmos -- one is breathless at their recall. Houston, the beautiful blond secret agant, will be a sought after role, as will Lopez, the priest dragged into the chaos as many other characters are eliminated.
Hugely recommended, the author is a master of this type of story.
This is a world that you hope doesn't really exist... even if you have suspicions that there might be some people (like Dick Cheney) who might actually have this kind of mindset.
Overall, it was quite entertaining (3* is a bit mean but I couldn't quite bring myself to give it 4*). Some of the main characters weren't really that plausible - particularly the wraith.
Reads like a Hollywood blockbuster.
A definite page turner once half way through. A fairly credible secret service(s) story infused with cruelty and romance about powerful people who are corrupt. Come -uppance is always satisfying and this happens after weaving a long trail of the results of abuse of power. The main uncorrupt pair are likeable and their characters very highly easy to visualise.