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Another thing I liked about this book was how the author took the characters from book one and gave them another level of depth. From the weakest supporting character to the strong main characters, everyone grew as they overcame what seemed like insurmountable obstacles. Carolyn was forced to make impossible decisions in an attempt to save and protect those she loves. Michael had to choose between keeping his promise to Carolyn and trusting the aliens who were there to help him. Arnie, Sam and the other remaining characters each faced their own difficult trials as they tried to survive in an ever changing world. By the end of this book Carolyn was no longer naive and fragile. Michael was more compassionate. And the supporting characters that were left had grown in amazing ways as well. I’m not going to go into the story line because of spoilers but I would highly recommend this series to anyone who loves a good story whether they are fans of Sci-Fi novels or not. A Ring of Truth will not disappoint.
Michael Valiant takes centre stage again, but he is neither invulnerable nor infallible, which for me makes him a wonderful character. Valiant is a hero, villain, lover, fighter, killer, saviour and a few things besides, but he is human - not a God. He’s a covert operative who has literally ‘seen the light’, and from one scene to the next it’s hard to second guess his priorities.
Here we have a story with adventure, love, hate, sex, torture, life, death and the finest mix of relationships I’ve read for a while. The pace is rapid as it was in the first story. It takes skill to engineer a breather for the reader, but Val Tobin does so more than once - and it is needed. Prepare your hot drink before picking up the story again.
I’m not keen on extra-sensory theories, but if created and introduced with depth and reasoning - they work. An area in which this author excels is in the action sequences. Chases and fight scenes are choreographed well, which proves the writer has done her homework.
The final few words create the perfect ending for this story.
To ensure Fairchild’s compliance, her teenage daughter Samantha is held captive in a sort of Stepford town run by the Agency. Meanwhile, others of Fairchild’s associates are in lock-down with Carolyn, and subjected on a daily basis to physical, psychological and sexual torment to extract information or perpetuate their ongoing indoctrination.
Many of the principals are exposed to manipulation of one kind or another, and it’s an exercise in character development to see how each resists, succumbs and resists again in a struggle for their own identities and futures, against the pervasive control of the Agency and their unseen masters, the aliens.
Ultimately, the good quest prevails, but not without many consequences. As a result of Valiant’s actions, a hell-storm of violent weather is unleashed, followed by other natural disasters, disease and sweeping social unrest. In the midst of this chaos, rivalries and unexpected alliances come to a head, resulting in many deaths, many transformations and birth of a new order.
Thanks to Tobin’s brisk writing style, this is an effortless read.
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