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Kayos: The Bad & The Worse Paperback – January 5, 2017
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About the Author
Novelist, Reviewer, Content Editor, and Blogger, Tracy A. Ball is a native Baltimorean and a veteran West Virginian whose family is blended from three cultures. She’s opened her home to foster children, drug addicts, AIDS victims and anyone who needed an assist. She has an equal number of liberal and conservative friends. She knows people who have committed murder and people who have dined with the Pope.
Which is why she writes sweet stories about tough love.
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The story is certainly character heavy, which is certainly the direction storytelling must go with dystopia—which has become something of a dime-a-dozen trope. If you don’t have people like Lareina, Christian, Mckade, and Yukiyo moving the story it would just be more noise on the book shelf. I did especially enjoy the occasional text exchanges between characters. Also, Christian is cold as ice, and he owns it in a way that doesn’t make him any less human (but perhaps every bit inhuman).
The only thing that irked me somewhat is that it sometimes felt very YA. That’s not usually a concern, but if it was YA it might find its way into different hands. I guess I’m saying that this should maybe have a broader audience than what it’s listed under. There are adult novels with teen protagonists and then there are YA novels which nearly ALWAYS feature teenage main characters.
Check it out, along with Tracy Ball’s other novels.
Kayos centers around a brilliant and determined heroine, Lareina, who would give her life to protect "her" children—a brilliant group of teens and young adults that the government wants nothing more than to control and use to its advantage to win the war. Her children will stop at nothing to defend Lareina while the government will stop at nothing to destroy her.
Despite their dangerous skills there's a sweetness to this odd group, brought together through unfortunate circumstances, but as close as any family ever was. It’s impossible not to cheer them on. Tracy Ball has created an action packed adventure that will get the adrenaline rushing and keep readers on the edge of their seats waiting for the next twist.
I highly recommend Kayos for anyone who's looking for a suspenseful, action-packed, government conspiracy themed novel and I look forward to reading more works by Tracy Ball.
Growing up, most of us have played cops and robberies, superheroes, spy games, or something of that nature. For those of us with children, we have seen the good guy - bad guy playtime trend continue on. It's the thrill of the chase, desire to go on covert missions, being a secret agent, stopping an enemy target and so forth that keeps seats filled for movies such as Mission Impossible, Bourne series, 007 and the list goes on. The cinema even captures the interest and hearts of the younger crowd with movies like Spy Kids, Toy Soldiers, and (yes) Austin Powers series.
No matter what role we see ourselves in -- fighter, assassin, brainiac, mad scientist, villain, damsel in distress, double agent, or the dying hero -- there's a place for us all and so viewers keep shelling out money for their love of action and adventure. Rest assured, you'll get plenty of explosive action in Kayos: The Bad & The Worse. Unlike some movies, you'll NOT walk away from KAYOS thinking you wish it had more booms, surprises, heartaches, gun battles, or action. Tracy DID NOT falter in the deliverance of the triple A's --- action, adventure and awesomeness.
Oh yeah, she also treated us to a few smoochie moments. ;-)
Set in a dystopian society where a new civil war has begun, Kayos takes you deeper than your typical action story.
With the world at stake, Lareina, and her group of teenage assassins battle move for move. In living chess match against the antihero you can't help but admire, this eclectic group defines loyalty and family in a scary way all their own.
Delving into the mind of the characters and watching the strategies unfold; it's impossible not to get lost in the KAYOS.
It's an awesome read that you'll finish way too soon.