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on June 25, 2013 :
I have to admit straight up that I am a real sucker for Space Operas, so it won't surprise you that I enjoyed this book. Based on a Ross Hunter concept with new material of it's own, it is a tale involving a beautiful bounty hunter on a mission to rescue a mass murderer, who also happens to be her former partner, from a death sentence on a planet named New Venus. A world ruled by women where it is death for a man to even go there. But New Venus is at the center of something much bigger, as two galactic empires collide on a course to certain war and are looking for an excuse start the fireworks.
I won't play spoiler here but there is plenty of action, some memorable characters, and good, old fashioned interplanetary warfare to keep the reader entertained. True to the form of Space Opera, it unfolds its story and opens the door to even further mayhem in future volumes. A light, undemanding read, it succeeds in delivering a satisfying action tale with plenty of action, galactic politics, secret weapons and warlike characters to fill the dark recesses.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 21, 2013 :
I loved the description I read of this book. An intergalactic bounty hunter? Maybe a little out there, but sometimes good books are. Having said this, I did encounter a few good and not so good surprises when I read this. I received a free ebook copy for a review, and I am glad I got to read it. I loved the over all plot. I thought the female lead was excellent, and I think my favorite part of the book was how the story unraveled, going between the past and present until they finally connect. The writing was very smooth. It only took me a couple hours to read this, because it was so fast paced and such a quick read. However, I am not a fan of LGBT relationships, so I skipped through all the romantic scenes involving that. But that is something that is just my preference not to have, so I tried not to let it hinder my opinion on the rest of the book. I thought some of the dialogue was a bit predictable, like it could have easily been guessed what certain characters would say before they said it. Some of the more secondary/minor characters seemed too fake, but the main character did shine. Would I read a sequel? Probably not, but I would recommend this book to all lovers of science fiction and butt kicking female leads.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Jan. 10, 2013 :
I received a free ARC e-book from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I am going to start off by saying that I liked this book but did not love it. There were a few parts that I had to skip because I couldn’t care too much for it.
This book is about a bounty hunter named Zyra Zanr who ventures to New Venus to retrieve a notorious terrorist/ex-lover, Boris Skringler. She is one of those women you just don’t want to mess with. I wouldn’t want to be in a fight with her, for I know I would lose. Zyra goes to New Venus’ Queen and asks to have Boris in her custody but the Queen denies her. The law in New Venus is that no men are allowed. The Queen is like a pissed off preschooler. ‘No boys in this clubhouse!’ Anyway, so the sentence for men on their planet is death. Harsh, but those are the laws. Boris tried to hide away on New Venus but got caught and now Zyra wants to bring him back to the InterGalactic Alliance to retrieve the bounty that is on his head. Zyra figured she could start a new life with her girlfriend and stop bounty hunting with the money she would receive for that mission. She is determined to capture him, but things don’t go as planned. She decides to break him out of New Venus’ jail and when he betrays her, she ends up in jail. I would say read to find out what happens, but I’m not too sure if I would recommend this book. When I first started reading this book I knew Zyra was bad ass, but I wish she would have done something to Boris sooner. She needed him captured but I felt like she gave into him too easily and lost too many chances she had at him. That aggravated me.
There are some parts in this book where you just know it was written by a man because the mumbo jumbo of all the space galactic lasers and switches and space ships and bombs could not come from a woman. I skipped over the parts where they spoke of radiators and bombing the enemy ships. That kind of story is just not for me, but definitely for other people. Some parts where she was going after Boris were a bit confusing when they were underground in the Garbage disposal area or something. I don’t know. Over the rest was a good story line, but JUST good. It has me a bit intrigued to see what happens in the next book, even though I will probably not read it. That’s all.
(reviewed long after purchase)
on Jan. 09, 2013 :
There are at least three layers in this novel. One is the story of Zyra Zanr, an independent bounty hunter, who travels to New Venus to try and extradite to InterGalactic Alliance Boris Skringler, a terrorist, her teacher, and ex-lover. As you can see, this is a giant can of worms wrapped in dynamite that Zyra has to open. The government of New Venus is not cooperating so, Zyra decides to take matters into her own hands but while springing Boris from the jail where he is awaiting his execution on charges of being a male on a planet of females, things go wrong and Zyra is captured. Now, she is facing a death penalty and Boris is at large.
This is how the beginning of the story, more or less. For about a third of the book, Zyra's trial and flashbacks bring us up to date with what is happening, until the storyline catches up and things start progressing more linearly.
These flashbacks; Boris; Mikaela Darr, Zyra's more-than-just-a-friend; and Zyra's own contemplation about her life and choices she's made, represent the second layer in this book that allows us to get to know the main character, her past, and some of her motivations.
And the last layer is the backdrop of a political and military struggle between InterGalactic Alliance, Legion of Worlds, and an independent New Venus that is either a desirable ally or a potential enemy to fear to both above mentioned superpowers. This makes the storyline more interesting to those of us who are into the space opera genre and hopefully, in the future instalments, a larger picture of this particular Universe will be presented in much more detail. Without giving any spoilers, I would just like to mention that I am still not really clear as to Zyra's possible connection with the Alliance; I think the ending deserves a little more clarification.
A note about the action scenes - there are aplenty here, just like one would expect - hand to hand combat, escapes, even a space battle. My only criticism here is that as the action kicks in, the description gets wordier somewhat. For my taste, I would prefer the action move a little faster, not hindered with flashy description. However, it is simply my personal preference and can I see how perhaps focusing on a scene like that would appeal to many readers.
One more thing I'd like to mention - I've read previous works of this author and I am really impressed with how his writing craft has improved over such a short period of time. He always writes entertaining stories but now, with this novel, he is showing us that his books are fast approaching a commercial-grade material. This is a solid 4.5 stars at least.
(reviewed within a month of purchase)
on Dec. 24, 2012 :
LUST AND FURY COLLIDE IN A GALAXY ON THE VERGE OF WAR.
Fearing retribution from ruthless gangsters over an unsettled debt, intergalactic bounty hunter Zyra Zanr ventures to a distant world to collect the reward for Boris Skringler, a notorious terrorist, who has been sentenced to death by political rivals of the InterGalactic Alliance. When she fails to secure his release, she decides to break him out of prison. Zyra soon finds herself an unwilling participant in events that lead to a climactic showdown between the most powerful worlds in the galaxy.
Torn between her desperation to rid herself of the threats to her life and her guilt in agitating the conflict between two galactic superpowers, Zyra is horrified to learn that the lives of an entire world of people hinge on her ability to return Skringler to his captors. However, her distrust of Skringler gives way to lust, unraveling her plans. Will Zyra give into her passion and allow Skringler to go free? Or will she surrender him to her enemies to stop an impending war? The fate of billions depend on whether she chooses life for a killer or the death of her lover.
Zyra the main character is a relentless bounty hunter who tries to do the right thing and free an evil terrorist Skringler from New Venus (a world where men are forbidden) and bring him back to her world Inter Galactic Alliance.
Personally for myself I must say that although sci-fi isn't my genre, I still found myself very intrigued and drawn into it. It was a very impressive and well written book, kudos to the author who definitely has a way of keeping his readers captivated. It's a must read for all you sci-fi fans out there, trust me you won't be disappointed!
(reviewed within a week of purchase)
on Nov. 28, 2012 :
Date I started the book: 11/26
Date I finished the book: 11/27
Genre: Space Opera/ Sci-Fi
Overall: Very good book, the plot was entertaining and it was very fast-paced. The characters were well written and with strong personalities.
Stars: 4 out of 5
Skringler frowned and leaned in closer to her.
"Maybe you're making too much of that little incident at Siliros"
"Killing 300 people isn't a little incident!!!"
This story is about Zyra Zanr a bounty hunter who is in debt and needs a lot of money, the only thing that could give her the money she needs is returning the terrorist Boris Skringler to The Intergallactic Alliance. Skringler is in New Venu’s prison and he was sentenced to death for breaking New Venus’s law. Zyra thought that the sentence to death was ridiculous, they were going to kill him because he was a man (men weren’t allowed in New Venus) , and not because he was one of the most dangerous criminals in the universe who killed a lot of people! She decided to risk everything that was at stake and free him from New Venus’s prison and then return him to the InterGallactic Alliance, where he would be judged and then probably sentenced to death anyway but because of what he did, not because of what he was.
What Zyra didn’t know was that both governments had other plans, and nothing was so simple as it seemed to be at first... In just seconds the fate of New Venus’s habitants and the peace between the worlds depended on her...
Zyra is a strong heroine and a kick-ass bounty hunter, she tries to do the right thing all the time and not to kill people who doesn’t deserve it, it was interesting to see the motives behind that attitude and some of her fears. Skringler is one bad cocky m*f*cker, but regardless being a criminal I kinda liked him. The best thing in the book (in my opinion) was how New Venus was portrayed, why the men were forbidden, the history of the place, the strength of the women, their abilities to still have children and know everything first, they are really intelligent women! But regardless how they believe that New Venus was the perfect world and their habitants were beyond perfection, it was all a lie, they still had their issues, their perverts, their criminals... The politics in this book were amazing and easy to follow and it was an important part of the plot.
The only thing I didn’t like was that according to the description of the book I thought that the relationship between Zyra and Skringler was going to be full of lust, passion or something like that, and that was not the case, I was expecting all the time something to happen between them or between them and Mikaela or something that justified the “Lust and Fury” that was described, but nothing never happened (except for some scenes between Mikaela and Zyra).
If you like sci-fi/space opera books read it because you won’t be disappointed, it’s a really intriguing and entertaining story full of action with strong characters and the best part it’s the twist in the end, I won’t say what it was but you’ll be expecting for more, that’s for sure!
My thanks to the author that kindly send me a copy of the book in exchange of an honest review. Sincerely, I’m not into Space Opera, it’s not a genre I read at all, but after I’ve read the blurb I was too intrigued so I decided to give it a chance. I’m glad that I did because the book is really well written, and the character development was great. Thanks Kevis! :)
(reviewed the day of purchase)
on Nov. 06, 2012 :
Kevis Hendrickson’s Rogue Hunter
First impressions: It brought to mind movies such as The Fifth Element, Star Wars and definitely Star Trek. I love a strong female protagonist, who kicks ass. I even liked the villain Skringler (perhaps a little too much) who had some great classic lines and an accent, which made him hard to hate. The description of his sex appeal was lacking, where the main character’s was not, nor was her love interest’s allure. Skringler possibly should have been introduced with more description, earlier in the plot -though Kevis seems to favour slow discovery of important plot aspects.
I was less interested in the star ship war chapters at the end, than I was in the conflict between Zyra and Skringler and the triangle between the two and Zyra’s lover, during the battle. I liked the history between them which seeped from the page. The beginning was vividly drawn; it however lagged slightly after the first chapters until chapter 13 when things suddenly changed a little, and there is hope again. I love the unexpected and the thrill of wondering how the character will inevitably end up in the situation portrayed at the beginning of the story. After some thought I wondered what did happen with Molly that shook her up, before the book begins? Zyra is emotionally distant even from herself and I assumed quite traumatised from spending most of her adolescent life hunting.
Zyra’s fight in the end was reminiscent of the ballsy tenacity of the character Lisbeth Salander. Skringler is relentless, Zyra determined as a dog with a bone.
The only thing that was lacking for me was the description of the scene setting, at certain points, like the escape in the garbage disposal bay and some things such as the weapons which are only explained as they appear in the story. Boris Skringler was too likable, being that he was supposedly a man with a ruthless reputation and Zyra’s motivation at certain points wasn’t as convincing to me as it should have been, because if she had killed a lot before, then why take so long to kill a certain character who hurt, taunted and irritated her so much - for me this needed a clearer reason. I liked the ending (no spoilers here). It felt like an important chapter in something bigger.
(reviewed within a week of purchase)