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Rath's Gambit (The Janus Group) (Volume 2) Paperback – November 26, 2015
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Ok so the story continues seamlessly from book one, and gives us more of the same fun stuff. If you tried the first book for a shocking price of 0 dollars, this is well worth getting. If not move along, the beauty of capitalism in action (which is also the main plot of the series. don't pay your hired assassins? expect to get assassinated with interest)
As other reviewers have mentioned, "Rath's Gambit" contains less action, and more intrigue, which in my opinion moves the story along very effectively. Rath isn't a very sympathetic character in the first book, "Rath's Deception". In fact, he's a gutter rat whose only redeeming value is his loyalty to friends and family. By "Rath's Gambit", he has developed an informal moral code of sorts, which in effect aligns Rath more with the "good guys" than even he suspects.
Some of the things I really appreciate about this series are: The realistically cool science and technology developments, some of which are in development now; Very realistic police investigation methods (I'm a retired cop, and the approaches rang true to life); All of the main characters are developed beyond superficial sketches, and most of them grow in a multi-dimensional manner.
Speaking of multi-dimensional, author Piers Platt demonstrates that quality in his transition from a soldier writing autobiographical non-fiction to this clearly creative sci-fi. I write book reviews so that others may get turned on to new works by both favorite authors and new discoveries...and to provide my opinion when I believe a book is less than awesome. The Janus Group series is definitely of the former category. I think you will enjoy a good time, and at a very reasonable cost!
1. A suspenseful story that won't bore you.... and unfortunately that's it...
1. Multiple POVs done badly.
The first book was almost exclusively filled with Rath's POV. There were others but their stories only added depth or enabled the plot to move forward. The detective's POV was prevalent. It worked... why break it?
In "Rath's Gambit" we get a sloppy 4 or 5 POVs of superficially depicted characters and a lot less of Rath. I didn't care about them.
One of them is a "idealistic and pure young woman" that gets deceived by an older "despicable manipulator". The seduction was so stereotypical i had to close the book up or risk throwing the tablet out the window. Maybe i'm too cynical but no woman i ever met would fall for lines like those.
2. Rath doesn't evolve...same as the first book really. He may not be as clumsy but you can't really identify him as an assassin. He is more a "Mary Sue" wannabe with cool implants and gadgets rather than a kickass assassin.
3. In terms of world building and location flavor we get a rather good description of a prison "colony" but not much else. The first book was full of interesting locals. This one isn't.
I really hope Piers Platt actually reads customer feedback. Rath's story has tremendous potential.The universe described can probably spawn more series if the author doesn't drop the ball with this one.
p.s I have NOT received a free book copy to write this review.
Rath is searching for the one who explained to him the retirement plan for The Group. He has to team up with someone that an assassin would be least likely to ever team up with.
The second problem I have is the over use of EMP grenades. Perhaps I am wrong, but wouldn't an EMP grenade shut off everything that is electical including the vehicle someone might be driving? A cell phone someone might be using? All electricty around the effected area... the author uses it as a crutch in alot of situations to get Rath around certain problems.
Overall, it is a very good book and a very good series, just a couple questions I had... hope this review helps and does not disuade you from reading these excellent books. Looking forward to the 3rd.
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