- File Size: 3363 KB
- Print Length: 290 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1988035198
- Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
- Publisher: Faolan's Pen Publishing Inc. (August 21, 2017)
- Publication Date: August 21, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B075146S2K
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #21,327 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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A little simplistic but fun story.
Yet being big fans of both authors I found the world building in this book to be lackluster or at least lacking. There's quite a bit in the book that's just handwaved and I couldn't help but feel frustrated by that, especially given that I wanted to know more.
Hopefully the next books in the series will add more depth to the universe the series takes place in!
Earning a heavy corvette as his reward, he builds a Mercenary company and from there he begins his quest.
The first issue stems from the authors' decision to use amnesia as a plot device. Amnesia has been overused in books and movies. It often indicates a degree of intellectual laziness upon the part of a writer who has refused to put in the necessary time and effort to come up with a more plausible plot device. The truth is that amnesia is far rarer than books and films would lead us to believe. Otherwise, we would be surrounded by martial artists, boxers, football players, race car drivers, and others who have developed amnesia as a result of head injuries. I frankly would have had more respect for the authors if the protagonist had simply pretended to have amnesia in order to avoid divulging his real name. This could have created some interesting tension between the protagonist and the various government players as they decided whether to believe the protagonist's claim of amnesia as well as his later assertions about the pirates and slavers.
The second problem with the book stems from the fact that we are repeatedly told that the pirates and slavers have spies every where. Because of this, the characters are reluctant to pass information through official channels for fear of that information being intercepted before they have a chance investigate and catch the bad guys.
Despite this, the hero repeatedly shared all of the critical details with many people. None of these were people the hero had known for very long or very well. The government agent who accompanied the hero throughout the latter portion of the book seemingly had no objection to this. Why? There is no answer to this question. It would have made far more sense if these two characters had maintained stricter control over the flow of information. Some details would surely need to be shared with some other characters so that they had an adequate understanding of what needed to be done and why it needed to be done. Almost nobody, however, actually needed to know all of the details. The words "operational security" and "need to know" come to mind with regards to this kind of problem. It would have been bad enough if this had happened once but it happened repeatedly. This repeatedly threw me out of the flow of the narrative as I stopped to wonder why the heck the characters were doing this.
Let me be clear on this point - I have never been a highly trained secret agent. If I was stopping to think about issues of operational security, then the highly trained secret agent who accompanied the hero should have been thinking about it. She should have been taking action to preserve operational security. The reasonably intelligent and paranoid hero should himself have been aware of the issue and should have been controlling his tendency to run off at the mouth. And yet, this didn't seem to occur to either character. It just doesn't ring true.
A five star rating should indicate that a book is free from material problems or errors. That was not the case here. Although I still enjoyed the book, these problems were enough to stop me from giving a five star review. The authors should take the time to revise the book with an eye toward eliminating these issues.
Heart of Vengeance is the story of Brad Mantruso. Pirates, led by the Terror, captured his family’s inter-planetary freighter, Mandrake’s Heart. Mantruso battled the pirates, but was left for dead, afloat in his space suit. He is rescued by a Fleet ship, his memory damaged from his time in space, but as he recovers his memories, his feet are placed on a path to vengeance. He acquires a ship and becomes mercenary Captain Brad Madrid. Along the way he manages to bring down a slaver ring and free a number of slaves, killing the head of the ring. By the end of the book he discovers that family and crew from his family's freighter might still be alive and that he might just be targeted by the mysterious Cadre, the criminal organization behind the slaver ring. He is also determined to take down the Cadre and to make the Terror pay.
Stewart and Mixon have created an exciting universe - one with many stories waiting to be told. I can't wait for the next one.