Oath of Vengeance (Vigilante) Paperback – February 12, 2019
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Brad Madrid is a successful mercenary captain still scarred by the murder of his loved ones. Life has continued to move on since that point, but despite his successes, vengeance is still one of his ultimate goals. Or perhaps they're not separate points; his goal fuels his efforts as a top-ranked mercenary. The sequel takes place after he's established his bona fides as a mercenary and is offered a mission with major political implications. Thankfully, he and his company are up to the task and they give chase.
Interestingly, the story seems to expand beyond the expected limits of its genre. Yes, it's military sci-fi. But it's also more; as the characters track down their mission objective, there's a sense of adventure with elements of crime and mystery fiction to it as well. All of which ties together. If you're a fan of Terry Mixon's other works, particularly Storm Divers, you'll see the similarities.
Co-authored books are tricky things. It's easy for authors to stumble over each other, accidentally overpower one another at various points in the book, or turn out something that seems muddy at best. For self-published authors, that's even more of a risk. Especially when you have two well-known authors who have strong, well-developed voices and writing styles that their fans are already familiar with.
Oath of Vengeance avoids that pitfall entirely, somehow managing to preserve the voices of each author in a synthesis that blurs the line between the two. Which sentence was Glynn's? Which was Terry's? Despite being a fan of both authors, I can't tell. And that's the goal for this kind of collaboration. It takes the best of both authors and fuses them together in a way that makes perfect sense.
A large part of that is the book's skillful editing. The plot is fast-paced, as is common with both author's works, with very little in the way of extraneous information that gets in the way of the plot's advancement. As a result, it reads very quickly even though it's not a short book. Characters are well-developed, with realistic interactions throughout. Common mistakes, typos, and other artifacts were caught in editing, and the result is a highly polished example of the best of self-publishing.
I heartily recommend reading Oath of Vengeance. As an aside, I've helped Terry out as a beta reader in the past. I also received an early copy of this book in exchange for a review. Despite that, having so thoroughly enjoyed the book, I wound up purchasing a copy of it. While that might represent a potential bias, I did my best to avoid letting it influence my opinion. If I didn't like the book, I'd say so.
I liked this book as much as the first one. It is roller coaster ride of not only well done action by also plot development and character development. Brad continues to grow both his company and himself. He and his friends are indeed very likable kick-ass characters.
As the plot thickens Brad encounters his nemesis, the Terror, again but it also becomes clear that there is more going on than just bunch of pirates and the Terror is just one part of the puzzle.
Even though the combat action is well done these books are more action and adventure books than pure military science fiction. As such the story, and the hero in particular, does get away with some Indiana Jones style actions and strategy that could be considered somewhat unrealistic. If you take the book for what it is it probably will not bother you. At least it did not bother me.
I am definitely looking forward to read the next one/
Another fun book from Glynn & Terry. Brad doesn't come off as *quite* the Gary Stu that he was in the first book.
The writing is OK, the story-telling is great - I contrived to *not* loose a night's sleep by waiting to start in until a weekend afternoon, when I had time to finish it before bedtime.
As has been the case in the past, I have just bought a copy, to support Glynn & Terry so that they'll be able to write more books!
I received a free advance copy in return for an honest review.
Initially I had the impression that it was targeted at the really young adult reader. But as I got deeper into the book, it seemed to read like a children’s story book.
The hero’s love tries to sacrifice herself and then is miraculously rescued by the villain who holds her captive for the final swashbuckling duel.
I nearly stopped reading at that point.
Again, I think the ideas are there. But the storyline itself feels shallow.
That said, it is a pretty well plotted pair of stories, character development a bit sparse, but interesting characters. Brad does seem to grow up.
All in all, I did enjoy the stories, and will probably give the expected sequel a spin, but this is light fiction that really doesn't succeed as much more than its style. Seems to be much more Mixon than Stewart, I think.
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Note: I received a free electronic copy in exchange for an unbiased review (but liked it enough to buy a copy anyway)
All I can say is I hope there's either another book in this series or a sequel to cover what isn't revealed here but it's still a humdinger!
Despite this worth reading. Enjoy
Sollte noch ein dritter Teil erscheinen, werde ich den auf jeden Fall auch wieder sofort kaufen.
Really looking forward to the ongoing work for Madrid and company.