- File Size: 4808 KB
- Print Length: 299 pages
- Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1544916388
- Publication Date: April 7, 2017
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B06Y4QX6BF
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #88,848 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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When Roland is approached by a seemingly helpless female asking for help, he is at first suspicious and reluctant, but he is forced into a decision. In a future when humans can be “augmented” with artifical, cyborg parts, a fight can turn deadly very quickly.
I found myself drawn into the story, and as a reader who requires a lot of action and fast moving plot, Ordnance was a satisfying and enjoyable read. I would recommend this book for readers of Cyber-Punk and Sci-fi.
The story has Roland, the MC, climbing out of his self imposed, purgatory of numbing complacency, by the triggering of a lifetime debt, to a long ago friend. This friend, freed Roland from his cyborg slavery, and now, Lucia, his emancipator's daughter, needs Roland to help her find and rescue her kidnapped, bio-geneticist father.
Mr. Vaillencourt, writing very ably for a first time author, has a dry, dark wit, that keeps in balance, the moral conflicts of Roland, regarding who he is, what he has done as a weaponed warrior, and the man he wish he could be.
There are a few minor glitches that do undercut, an otherwise worthy book. The author tends towards verbosity, needlessly adding to an already good story (less sometimes is more). A "fondness" for certain words, that reappear way too often, is a writer's tic. Finally, an erratic and overuse of colons/semicolons, is another "tic." A good scrub by a competent editor/proofreader, would make a good book, a great book.
"Ordnance," a much better reading book, than described by the reviewer, is highly recommended and was fully read via Kindle Unlimited. Future works by Mr. Vaillencourt, are hoped for by this reviewer.
Roland Tankowicz is a retired military cyborg in 25th century Boston. Tipping the scale at over 900 pounds and nothing short of heavy weapons can even ding him, he's the ultimate fixer, but he prefers to commiserate alone, being the only remaining member of his cyborg squad, whom either suicided or died when black market hacks triggered their failsafe. Roland often wonders about what atrocities his body may have committed while his mind got switched off on certain black ops missions, but he can only see the aftermath. When Lucia Ribiero stumbled into his watering hole, followed by multiple bounty hunters, all hell broke loose. For Lucia was the daughter of Don Ribiero, the man who saved him (technically, his sanity), and Roland goes out for one more mission... for Don had been kidnapped by someone from Roland's past, trying to resurrect a project that created Roland and his now dead team. And between Don and Roland is a good chunk of mercenaries, criminal goons, and corporate security intending to protect the project, some of whom may even outclass Roland himself.. and then there's Lucia, who has her own secrets that she may know about...
There are a lot of bodies (and broken robots) by the time this adventure will be over, but then that's what happens when you have half-ton cyborgs and exoframes going full contact MMA fight on each other. Action is quite good, and it was an enjoyable and predictable read.
Highly recommend for fans of detective noir and near future sci fi. A few small typos here and there--if you're the type to get angry about those, consider yourself warned.
slowly building up the characters as the series launches. Will be interesting to see if the author can sustain interesting plot and
development of Roland.