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- Print Length: 324 pages
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- Publisher: Kitsune Incorporated (December 1, 2016)
- Publication Date: December 1, 2016
- Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LW6WMDG
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- Lending: Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #85,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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My two biggest criticisms would be that there is entirely too much "filler" or slice of life. It seems like a large chunk of the book is spent watching as two people I was uninterested in and could not relate to wandered around an idyllic town.
Secondly, firearms. *SPOILER* The MC has apparently trained for about a decade to become a badass dual-wielder with swords and pistols. Cool, I get that. But, in all those years of physical conditioning, weapons training, martial arts training, training handling explosives, he never once shouldered a rifle and learned how to aim? Doesn't seem very plausible that because he is a 'warrior' that he can't use a rifle.
I guess, mainly it's that the author isn't very knowledgeable about firearms. He talks about how the sniper rifle has an extra long barrel at 24", but that's a pretty standard length for rifles in the 7mm, .308, and .338 range. And this particular rifle was a .50, and they usually have barrels closer to 30" to take advantage of the cartridges ability to hold a ton of powder.
Then there was a scene when the MC fired a "hail" of bullets, 12 shots in 6 seconds. Considering he was using two guns, that works out to 1 shot/second, which is laughably slow. I can fire my handgun up to ~8-9x a second, and fairly accurately at ~4-5. I wish the author actually knew what he was writing about, instead of using knowledge from video games and a couple of quick glances through wikipedia.
My last bone of contention is narratively, the author set up a bunch of cool mysteries, gave plenty of hints to people that watch for foreshadowing and all that stuff, but then never really paid them off. It was like he built up all these questions and was like, well if you want to know then you'll just have to pay 4.99 for the next book in the series!
Story is told in limbo of two perspectives between our hero and heroine. Good pace in beginning, kinda slow in the middle, and fast at the end. A lot action when there were any, some were harder to follow than others. A few things didn't make sense from time to time but if you can get past that it's no biggie.
MUST KNOW - Like our authors other books, there are elements of Eastern anime tropes
Overall, a good fun read.
This is a must read, the only thing I have against this book is that the author didn't edit it well, typos and mistakes have been observed, that's why it's not five star.
I'm not saying its a bad book -- I still enjoyed it -- just not what I expected from Brandon Varnell, so perhaps my unfulfilled anticipation leads to me being a bit stingy with stars.
Can do better, and hopefully will do so with book 2.
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