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- Print Length: 338 pages
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- Publisher: Global Endeavor Publishing (June 28, 2016)
- Publication Date: June 28, 2016
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B01HFJ48VK
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Jaxon is a dead man walking. Eight years ago, he and a colleague faked their deaths to get away from “the company.” When he’s forced out of hiding, shock reverberates, from the fellow agents who’d heard of him to the beautiful Camille, who as his former fiancée has a more personal, vested interest in his unexpected “resurrection.”
Jaxon has to complete the current mission. Camille is an unwilling teammate, refusing to forgive him for faking his death and hurting her. Too much is at stake for Jaxon to allow personal feelings to get in the way. He has to save lives, even though an enemy may be closer than he realizes.
If you’re looking for more Paul Kohler, his shorter works are also amazing. Borrowed Souls is a riveting short story. It offers a cross-section of life in a bureaucracy, with a petty, tyrannical functionary as a boss.
“[He] was trying to fit his head through the neck of his secretary’s blouse. It would have fit, too, if it weren't for her still being in it.”
Linear Shift is a series of four short stories. Single father Peter tries to raise two teens, loses his job, and is on the edge of losing his home. When a face from his military past surfaces with the answer to all of his problems, Peter embarks on an exciting secret mission.
Through flashbacks to the hero's past, we learn about his previous missions, his previous relationships and lots of unfinished business in his life. Jaxon has been living a lie for the past 8 years.
Some quotes from the story:
"Martin repacked his satchel with all the weapons that he'd scavenged from the assassins before doing a final pass through of the warehouse, hoping to pilfer any additional items he might need."
"If you ask me, you look like some kind of techno-nerd. Because that suit looks out of this world. I've been up on this rock looking down on earth for coming up on six years now and boy, let me tell you. That is on fancy, suit yer wearin' there."
"They've told me that you are a positive thinker. Always looking at the bright side of things."
"...her raging fear jackknifing into righteous joy at seeing life fill his eyes."
I have also read and thoroughly enjoyed a previously released set of books called Borrowed Souls. I will definitely be looking for more books by this talented author Paul Kohler.
Martin Wheeler aka Jaxon Radner is hiding out on a space station. For many years, he worked for Global Security Agency (GSA) but one day, he decides to leave the agency. Only one problem, it is not easy to leave the agency, they won't let you go. Instead GSA sends assassin to kill Martin.
This is a very intriguing story which has a fast paced plot that takes us readers on a action packed adventure. Not only is Martin trying to stay alive but he wants to find his daughter who was kidnapped.
This is a fantastic story that will keep you on the edge of your seat with action and suspense. Paul Kohler has taken a futuristic story to a whole different level by adding awesome characters, a strong storyline and his excellent writing skills.
Forced to rejoin his old employer, the Global Security Agency, Jaxon knows that he needs to solve this mystery of who’s hunting him down because they will not rest until he’s dead. He must go on the offensive, not just to get to the bottom of this but also to find someone he once thought lost to the past.
But there’s a mole in the GSA and while trying to work around that problem, Jaxon must also put together a team to search for his enemy, a man entrenched deep in the underworld. In doing so, he also has to work with an old flame, Camille who he didn’t depart on the best of terms with. Two others round out their small task force, being sent to the outer ring of space stations for one last mission for the GSA to search for and disable an insidious drug production ring. But when it gets personal for Jaxon, will the mission go sideways and can everyone make it out of this predicament alive?
This is definitely a page-turner in the vein of James Bond in space, with roller-coaster action scenes punctuated by constant paranoia about who the mole is and who Jaxon can trust, even if it’s a member of his own team. It has all the hallmarks typical of this genre: a retired agent pulled back in from the cold for one last job, a lost love from long ago, a hidden enemy bent on Jaxon’s destruction, harrowing escapes, a mole where anyone could betray you and of course, some cool technology.
However, the refreshing spin the author utilizes here with these tropes feels like a cool breeze, mixing them together in such an entertaining way that it whisks you along quickly like a summer blockbuster movie filled with breathless adventure, mighty explosions, and high stakes. It doesn’t feel stale because it’s all brought together in such a creative way that I couldn’t help but smile at what I was reading.
Even in the midst of these escapades, there’s plenty of room for character development for Jaxon, Camille, and their comrades. As we learn more about Jaxon through flashbacks, they not only flesh out his personal and professional history, they also become increasingly more important to understanding his current dilemma, as aspects of his past have a tremendous bearing on his present. The emotional impact this has on Jaxon is what gives his character extra depth, something you don’t usually see in a novel of this type and something I truly appreciated.
Also worthy of mention is the character of Francisco. He’s the youngest on the team and he’s also good for some comic relief, especially towards the finale of the novel. His beliefs were more surprising than I expected and his concern for others and their well-being was touching. And his actions as a result of this were out of the norm for this genre but not an unwelcome one, as it added a dash of extra spice to the mix by what he does and how he does it.
I also really enjoyed the opening scenes, which are so adrenaline fueled, you can’t take a breath because the action is intense and fast moving. The diabolical enemy was also a couple of steps above your average bad guy and their motivations were well detailed and believable, given their origin. Throughout the whole novel, the machinations of the enemy and the action scenes were just well done, easy to follow and unpredictable, both features that give the novel extra weight and potency.
The mole aspect of the story was the only weak part for me. While I liked how this subplot affected the whole story, giving it an extra dimension, it was relatively easy to figure out who it was early on. The author tries to throw in some red herrings that make it harder to figure out but it felt almost like an afterthought in some cases. However, those red herrings weren’t convincing enough to make me believe in the bait.
Overall, this novel has the words “exciting fun” stamped all over it, infused throughout the entire story. It caught me up in its spell and the pages whipped by in undeniable delight. I read this novel very fast because it was so gripping, suspenseful and compelling. It’s a true pulse-pounding action-adventure novel with some very unexpected surprises. Thankfully, there will be more stories featuring Jaxon and I’m looking forward to reading them whenever they’re published.
Please note I was given a free copy of this ebook in exchange for an honest review.