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The Lazarus Men: A Lazarus Men Agenda (The Lazarus Men Agenda Book 1) Kindle Edition
A thrilling sci-fi noir adventure combining the best mystery of the Maltese Falcon with the adventure of Total Recall and suspense of James Bond.
It is the 23rd century. Humankind has spread across the galaxy. The Earth Alliance rules weakly and is desperate for power. Hidden in the shadows are the Lazarus Men: a secret organization ruled with an iron fist by the enigmatic Mr. Shine. His agents are the worst humanity has to offer and they are everywhere.
Gerald LaPlant’s life changes forever the day he accidentally witnesses a murder and discovers an alien artifact in his pocket. Forced to flee, he is chased across the stars by desperate men who want what he has and are willing to stop at nothing to get it. Along the way Gerald meets a host of villains and heroes, each with hidden agendas. If Gerald has any hope of surviving, he must rely on his wits and avoiding the one thing that could get him killed more than the rest: trust.
For he has the key to the galaxy’s greatest treasure. Half want him dead. Half need him alive.
It’s a race against time to see which wins.
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Set in the 23rd century, mankind is living in settlements and cities across the galaxy. The Earth Alliance rules the galaxy but is losing power. The alliance is desperately looking for ways to increase their power, but it's not Gerald Laplant's concern until his life is suddenly turned upside down.
Gerald's life changes forever when he witnesses a murder and finds an ancient alien artifact in his pocket. Suddenly, he's running for his life across the galaxy. Ruthless men are chasing him desperate to get their hands on the relic. They know it's the key to the great treasure in the universe.
Along the way, Gerald meets heroes and villains. Some want to help him, while others are plotting his demise. Everyone he meets has a hidden agenda, and Gerald is quickly learning trusting anyone will mean the end of his life.
In the shadows lurks the Lazarus Men, led by the enigmatic Mr. Shine. Ruling the organization with an iron fist, his agents are everywhere. Gerald Laplant is in a race against time, and no one is sure if he can win.
"Shine peeled the bloodstained, leather gloves off and tossed them down on the flower pattern comforter. He wasn't smiling but lacked the seriousness Carter expected after murdering two people in their sleep. Instead, he wore the look of grim satisfaction that only a man trapped in such a profession could produce. And professional he was. Only a single speck of blood escaped the bed, landing squarely on his right cheek. Shine looked down to where Carter had collapsed in a pile of vomit and tears. "It's done, Mr. Gaetis," he announced quietly. "As far as anyone knows you and your family died here tonight in a regrettable gas fire. Welcome to the Lazarus Men." Carter failed to see the thin smile creep across Shine's face."
The Lazarus Men is a fast-paced and thrilling story, starting on page one. A father must take on a hideous task, and from there, readers get to travel to distant worlds. Filled with rich details, readers can imagine themselves on Old Earth or in McMasters burgeoning empire.
Christian Warren Freed is an acclaimed author of several popular series that include The Forgotten Gods Tales and The Northern Crusades. In The Lazarus Men, he has woven together another rich world readers can get lost in for a few hours.- Entrada Publishing
About the Author
- ASIN : B09L2CPT2L
- Publisher : Warfighter Books; 2nd edition (April 1, 2022)
- Publication date : April 1, 2022
- Language : English
- File size : 5772 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 276 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,510,858 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Freed does a really good job here of creating times and places in our future that really come alive on the page. While some reviewers have mentioned the pacing and details, it's reminiscent to me of Tom Clancy or Stephen King, where you can envision everything happening in an era that don't yet exist but feels as familiar as the room you're reading in at the time.
From the alien races (and their familiar struggles with being colonized), to the warring factions vying to control the object so many have been murdered for, to the way Gerald gets propelled into a life he always thought he wanted, but didn't when it found him, Freed keeps you guessing at the final outcome. In the end, you realize that no matter how far we travel or how much we evolve, there will always be those who want ultimate power all to themselves. And those who must always try and stop them.
As well, recruiting an innocent bystander "everyday man" into a web of espionage and fistfights is an old reliable technique, but it does stretch incredulity at times when he's able to outwit or outfight the universe's best trained agents, or be spared simply because the assassins like him too much (more like because he's not expendable as the main character and as mostly the narrator). It's also quite inconceivable that he could break into or approach highly volatile or highly secure guarded zones with the ease he's had in this story.
The title of the story is "The Lazarus Men" but there's precious little about them. Most of the plot revolves around the machinations of the dastardly villain, Roland McMasters.
Still, the jungle and treasure part was by far my favourite part of the book. The escapades leading up to the final scene were serviceable, but not overly thrilling to me despite the numerous dodges and battles. This book has more of the feel of a thriller set on Earth in today's time rather than a science-fiction feel. The alien race, the Naem, was pretty cool though, although we don't really get to know them, or see what they really look like.
Unlike other authors, I don't mind shifting points of view when I read another's work. However, there is quite a lot of padding and observation, which I guess is what critics call "telling" and that could be trimmed back.
I'm a bit undecided on how I feel about the pacing of this story. At some points I felt myself being sufficiently drawn in to the action, and at other points, I found things to be a bit plodding, with perhaps a bit too much in the way of explanation. There's a fine line between making sure you paint a good scene for your readers and 'telling', as the 'show vs. tell' debate goes. Sometimes the battle was won here, and...sometimes not so much.
I believe this has been said in other reviews so I apologize for reiterating, but I admit that I'm also not a huge fan of the idea of an 'everyman' being roped into a world of intrigue, who seems to be able to keep up a little too easily. But then, I like underdog characters who have things stacked against them. I just feel that the aforementioned setup makes for a great opportunity to frustrate our protagonist, by forcing him to learn as he goes. Further, it helps to make a character relatable (and a fantastic plot device) when they don't have a proverbial clue anymore than we do. Gerald doesn't have all the answers, sure...but he sure has a lot for the kinda guy he is.
I know there are some folks out there who twitch a bit over the concept of changing perspectives within the same chapter or the same story at all, but I for one find very little wrong with doing this - indeed, it's rather commonplace in many literary classics, and helps to get inside the head of multiple characters from a third person perspective. It definitely happens here, and though it's possible for it to be done in a jarring way, I felt the instances of this were acceptably small. Just be advised that it does happen, if that sort of thing causes you ulcers.
Despite my concerns, I'm happy to have read this, and I would consider pointing others towards it. I think there's enough going on here to attract an interested sci-fi reader to the story, and perhaps even hope for more at some point.