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Reverence (Volume 1) Paperback – February 27, 2016
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The Amazon Book Review
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"In a great story by debut author Joshua Aaron Landeros, Reverence:Volume One will grab readers from the very start and will keep them reading obsessively through until the very end." (Reader's Favorite)
"Five stars to Reverence. Readers will come away exhausted by the nonstop-explosive action and satisfied by the climactic conclusion."
(Publishers Daily Reviews)
"The story does such a good job of unfolding its mystery that it can be hard to put down once the seeds of doubt are planted in William's and the reader's mind."
(The US Review of Books)
"A thrilling and well-written journey of one man as he balances the humanity he has left with the powers that he has been given.
The thorough nature of the plot, along with the detailed aspects ofcyborg technology, makes this book stand out. Blended with philosophical musings about war, human nature, and the evolution of thought, thisinstantly engaging plot will thrill you through every twist, and leaveyou with plenty to think about when you're finished." Self-PublishingReview, ★★★★
From the Author
The themes and topics of the book are focused on a number of things: the horror of war, the duality of politics, the role of religion in the modern era(or future), the advent of technology, and ultimately the importance of humanity. It is a dark story where the characters all question the society they live in which was probably one of the most integral aspects of the story: the need for mankind to keep asking questions. It is not-so much a science fiction story where the setting is full of space travel and time adventures. It is relatively 'down to earth' which is why I wanted it to take place only a few decades from now.
Another very important point of the story to me is the inescapable nature of history to repeat itself. This is reflected in the favored weapon of soldiers like Marconi: the1840 Cavalry Saber. Though he and his kind are man and machine melded as one, the United Nation Republic bestows them with these weapons so that they equate their mission with a dire war that challenges the stability of their country. In the end, the Reverence Series is about peace and prosperity being weighed against vendettas and morality.
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Top customer reviews
From the opening pages of the book, you are thrown into a world unlike ours, from the introduction of the cyborg super soldiers and the descriptions of futuristic technology. Witty banter between the characters pulls you in immediately, and the reoccurring flashback chapters offer a bit of mystery that will leave you eager to turn each page. The story takes place mainly in Washington, D.C. at the UNR headquarters, with a few exhibitions to places such as Iran, Virginia, and other locations with strong political influence. Despite the many flashbacks and location changes, Landeros makes the journey effortless as you read, and his colorful writing style brings the images to life as if you were seeing them on a screen.
Strong elements of action, politics, and even romance bud in the corners of this revolution driven story. As rebels rise up against the UNR in attempts to bring them down by assassinating the Chancellor, life goes on amidst the characters. Themes of forbidden romance are touched on as android super soldiers face their own mortality and the lingering human emotions of their previous lives before their existence was rewired. The satisfaction of mystery solving is included through thematic flashbacks to the beginning of the war that began the UNR in the point of view of a young Joseph Halsey, a prisoner when the story begins. He is a personal favorite of mine, as I love a story of moral transformation and strong beliefs.
Landeros brings together the appeal of a utopian future and corrupt government together in a beautiful way. The story highlights human nature and what is behind a person that drives them to fight against what their heart tells them.
At times, the story was slow, but was always urged along with clever dialogue between characters. It was the super soldier units that made this story a blast to read. The flashbacks that Will suffers in secret and the mysterious connection between him and the lovely Val sucked me in and made me want more. I loved seeing Landeros showcase the difference in maturity with the varying ages of the characters, especially with Cisco. A little more information closer to the beginning of the story about what the UNR was would have helped with early understanding and interest, as well as more time spent on flashbacks for a more clear picture.
Will and Luis are part of the super soldier army, both cyborgs who from the very beginning of their military career seem to get themselves into all types of trouble. Both soldiers are equipped with guns as well as sabers to defeat the enemy, and they are not afraid to use them.
In this novel we see flash backs of when the UNR began starting in 2046, and the situations which occurred with the government and the world that made that possible. In the future, someone is out to get the leader of the UNR, and they will stop at nothing to assassinate him. When he is finally murdered, the uprising of the army is underway.
This book is extremely well written; the story flows into the next chapter, as well as the flashbacks with ease, even the cyborg characters have great personalities. They have their own unique sense of humor, and find different ways to make the story entertaining. This is not the typical kind of book that I read, but it has a lot of heart, and even some romance. I enjoyed learned about Will and Luis, their struggle, their beginning, and the sacrifices that they had to make in order to become soldiers.
I really enjoyed that this book wasn’t strictly a political or war book, there were aspects of romance, which gave the cyborgs some human qualities that I could really relate to. I also enjoyed that the action scenes were descriptive, and you could see them play out almost like a movie in your head.
Another great thing about this book was the flashbacks, it was great to understand the history of the UNR, and really find out what happened between the United States and the rest of the world. I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but it was quite interesting to see the things that can happen to a government to take it over. It’s almost scary to think about the outcome of some of the government’s worst ideas.
The best thing of all about this book are the characters, you would think cyborgs would be boring, with one track minds, but the author gave Will and Luis personalities that outshine the rest of the book. Will has some flashbacks about a girl, and the heartbreak and love that he feels are tremendous. It really kept the story going for me, and left me with mystery that I really enjoyed.
One of the things that I didn’t like about this book was that it seemed to drag on at some points, and it left me bored and finding it hard to pay attention. Maybe the high intensity of the action scenes left me with a little hangover so that I couldn’t quite get into the duller scenes that talked about political standpoints and other information that seemed to drone on.
If you are looking for a book with a mix of political, thriller, military and romance, this is definitely the book that you want to pick up. The futuristic plot, and the super soldier cyborgs really hold the story together. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, very entertaining, high intensity and fun.