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Rath's Deception (The Janus Group) (Volume 1) Paperback – October 26, 2015
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- I don't really have a word to explain this, but the writing is a bit thin or convenient. People say or do things that they really shouldn't, just to move the plot along. This gets much better as the book goes along, so I think it's just a way for the author to get some background to us and to get the story moving.
- There are almost no differences among the various planets we visit during the book. These could almost be different cities in one country instead of different worlds spread throughout the galaxy. Similarly, even though this takes place in some indeterminately far-flung future, the society is pretty much indistinguishable from ours.
- The author uses FTL space flight which takes several days to get from planet to planet. Yet, the plot is almost entirely dependent on instantaneous personal communication/telemetry across those same distances. It's not the end of the world, but there's really no explanation for why physical ships take days to cross the distance while a telephone call or tracking signal can do it instantly and without lag.
- The bad guys' training program is not complete. They recruit minor orphans from the slums as their assassins, yet don't train them to fit into the society they'll be working in. They spend tens of millions of dollars training these people, charge a couple of million for each job, but most of their "contractors" don't survive to their 10th job. Their break-even point is probably 5 jobs. Yet, they don't bring their "contractors" back in for feedback or re-training. Seems a bit wasteful. For instance, in the case of our protagonist's first job, they could have hired some gang member off the street for a mere pittance to perform the same level of work. Along with wasteful, that would seem to bring down the reputation they have for subtlety.
Though those things are apparent in the book, they don't really bring down the story all that much. So, I'm rating the book at an OK 3 stars out of 5 and will probably continue the series (especially since by the time the ending rolled around, the book was much better than it was at the start).
The novels in Piers Platt's "The Janus Group" series are:
1. Rath's Deception (The Janus Group Book 1)
2. Rath's Gambit (The Janus Group Book 2)
3. Rath's Reckoning (The Janus Group Book 3)
Rath does not like his life, as he's got PTSD from his kills, and many doubt he'll make it to 50. He wants to make it to 50 so he can use the money to get his brain wiped so he can start fresh. But Janus Group has other plans for him. When he came into contact with the only renegade operative that escaped from the Guild, he learned some shocking truth that changed his outlook.
All in all, Rath's Deception is pretty good "yarn". Rath is far more complex than a "cold-hearted killer", and the amount of improvisation and the clever ways the assignments were accomplished were quite ingenious, but almost... a bit too convenient. Still, if you like the idea of sci-fi assassins, give this book a try.
The book is action packed, but there was a point in the middle where the story lagged a bit for me. I guessed one of the plot points before it was revealed, but there were many others that I didn't suspect until the author revealed them. I liked that Rath was a bit of a bumbler and that the killing bothered him. Thinking outside the box seems to be what keeps Rath alive.
Rath is a teenager with a secret, a photographic memory that is his and his brother Vonn's ticket our of the slums of their homeworld of Tarkis. Things go sideways when Vonn is caught double crossing the local drug lord. With Vonn dead, Rath leaves his drugged out parents and takes to the streets. Three years later he is still surviving on his own when he is picked up by a recruiter for the Guild. Rath is offered the deal of a lifetime: be trained as an elite hitman, and when he makes it to fifty kills, he gets fifty percent of the fees collected for his kills.
So Rath goes to work for the Janus Group, but something is wrong. He isn't a stone cold killer and no one thinks he will last long before getting captured or killed himself.
Can Rath survive his contract and collect a reward that would set him up for life? Or will he fail like so many others before him.
I suggest you pick up this great read and find out for yourself.
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