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<blockquote><strong>"All who threaten me die."</strong>
These words made Morgan Stormrider's reputation as one of the Phoenix Society's deadliest IRD officers. He served with distinction as the Society's avenger, and specialized in hunting down anybody who dared kill an Adversary in the line of duty. After a decade spent living by the sword, Morgan wants to bid a farewell to arms and make a new life with his friends and his music.
Despite his faltering faith, the Phoenix Society has a final mission for Morgan Stormrider. A dictator's public accusations made Morgan a liability to his organization. He must put everything aside, make his way to Boston, and put down Alexander Liebenthal's coup while taking him alive to prove he is not the Society's assassin.
Despite the gravity of his task, Morgan cannot put aside his ex-girlfriend's murder, or efforts to frame him and his closest friends for the crime. He cannot ignore a request from a trusted friend to investigate the theft of designs for a weapon before which even gods stand defenseless. He cannot disregard the corruption implied in the Phoenix Society's willingness to make him a scapegoat should he fail to resolve the crisis in Boston without bloodshed.
However, the words with which he forged his reputation haunt him still.</blockquote>
First and foremost, I must share just how much I love the book's Disclaimer.Read more ›
This is a fast paced thrill ride of science-fantasy. The plot, the twists, the revelations, and the parallels to society today make a mash-up of the best of science fiction and fantasy and meld it deliciously with speculative fiction. There is something for everyone here: conspiracy theories, martial arts, action, spying, high tech hackers, aliens that aren't so alien, and weapons that are only dreamed of, yet have kernels of possibility and truth.
If you are looking for one new author, one new book this year, this is the one! I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
Set in a near-future world in the wake of Nationfall, this book combines great sci-fi elements—cool new tech, a slightly futuristic setting—with many fantasy themes. Swords have come back into fashion as commonly-used weapons, as a means of honor as much as murder. The lower focus on guns, and the return to such a classic weapon as the sword, gave some real character to the setting.
Speaking of setting, it was masterfully done in Without Bloodshed. None of the "future" tech was over the top—in fact, I found myself perfectly imagining these exact kinds of technological advances becoming popular in real life. The first thing that springs to mind are these implants people have. It's some kind of device connected with your brain, and it allows you to text, make calls, and communicate with a personal AI assistant, all controlled directly by your mind. Reminds me so much of how cell phones are used nowadays, and this jump felt completely natural. And the book is filled with other little cultural references, which added greatly to the sense of realism.
At first, I have to admit I found the story a little disorienting. It felt almost like this was the second book in a series. There was so much background to each of the characters, and it didn't immediately explain it all. I thought I would find that confusing, but the more I read, the more I found the opposite to be true. Not knowing kept me interested, not confused. The narrative gave me just enough information to hold my curiosity and interest.
Truly, this is one of the few books I found myself frequently thinking about when not reading it. I had to know more!Read more ›
For example, I have no idea what the world is like post-Nationfall. Graybosch never bothered to explain this and there are many unanswered questions such as Who is Imaginos? What is the deal with the Executive Council? Who the heck are Amellech, Astoreth and Thagiron? What are asura simulators vs. devas? What the heck is up with CPMD other than to let the author express his liking of cats?
Back to something good. The author managed to make me look up several words/terms/concepts in wikipedia and dictionary.com while reading. This is good, this means the author challenges the reader. I urge him to keep doing this to stretch the reader a little bit.
I found the attempt at trying to mimic humanity lacking. The character building was poorly done. I hate the cardboard cutouts of Naomi and Morgan. And also the oversexualization of women in this novel. There's this myth that women control men through sex and several women such as astoreth, claire and Thagirion (I can't spell her name) do this, as if their only power lies in what they can give men. There were also several times that women in the book conceded power to men, such as when Naomi was fighting against Thistlewood and Morgan ex deus machina style came to save her at the nick of time, and also when Thagirion was fighting Imaginos…and conceded to his power and then submitted to him sexually.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a fun fantasy book and Morgan is very cool. A lot of romance though, which okay I guess. Hopefully in the next we get more battle scenes.Published 2 months ago
Listed with sci-fi, cyberpunk, and action adventure tags by Amazon, Without Bloodshed delivered on all fronts. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Elsie Elmore
A well crafted novel, and each sentence was written with care. Read it.Published 13 months ago by V. M. Jaskiernia
Interesting take on the gothic/fantasy with a libertarian sci-fi twist. Some extended expositions were skipped to keep me interested in continuing the plotline, but I did like the... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Mike
One of the things that independent published allows authors isa freedom to step outside traditional genre limits or push them in different directions. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Eoghann Irving
Could not get into the story. Too many characters to keep track. Very disappointing.Published 19 months ago by C. S. Bollman
It was a different Type of Syfy. Not my normal type of reading but entertaining to the point I had to finish to understand what was happening.Published 21 months ago by Elaine Tutwiler
This is a good sci/fi story. This has a different approach than any I have read, and it was refreshing. Well written and well presented.Published 22 months ago by John Shearer
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