Reverse Metamorphosis The Irrevocable Change Trilogy

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As a construction laborer, Clayton Albrecht, was going nowhere fast. Then he discovered a trade he was better suited to. His natural abilities guided him to the unholy profession of paid assassin. The pay was fantastic and the hunt soon became a need, his emotional drug of choice. But there are heavy personal tolls to be paid when your victims invade your mind every night.

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About Robert Schobernd

Robert Schobernd has published nine novels and two short stories. His favorite genres are hard core crime, but he ventured to the horror genre with a short story and a zombie apocalypse tale. Robert and his wife live NE of St. Louis, Missouri, where he pursues his passion for writing.

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Review by: SCader on Oct. 31, 2017 :
I didn’t expect much out of the ordinary from this story although the sample did interest me enough to buy the book. I’m pleased to say my expectations were far exceeded. It’s a great plot with lots of exciting action and sensible details. The assassin’s involvement with his friends and family raised it several notches above similar stories.
The shoot out near the end was full of tension and conflict and the final scene with Anna and her children set the direction for the next book. It was apparent she was going to become a major player in the plot.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: Rable on Sep. 25, 2017 :
This book is a good solid read following the transition of a young man to a career as an assassin. The attention to detail was meticulous and the planning before the assassinations was thorough and involved. It was realistic that he made mistakes as he learned his trade. I liked it a lot.
(reviewed 44 days after purchase)
Review by: VigilantReader1 on July 25, 2017 :
Title – Reverse Metamorphosis -
Book One of The Irrevocable Change Trilogy
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Thriller, Assassin
104,800 Words
Rating - 5 stars out of 5 Posted 7/25/2017
No. 50 - 2017

My impressions: frighteningly realistic, violent yet caring, driven, tenacious and unrelenting.

Main Characters:
Clayton Albrecht – The Assassin
Tony Giliano – Clayton’s mentor and father of his best friend, Mafia boss of a territory in southwest Chicago.
Anna - Tony’s wife and wannabe bad woman Mafia boss.
Joey Tadono – Tony’s second in command of his illegal activities and chief enforcer.
Clayton’s mother Margaret and younger sister Lizzy.
Adrianna Giliano – Tony and Anna’s only daughter.

Near the beginning of the plot, Clayton is involved in the accidental death of a drunk who attacked him. He then took up the vigilante murder of a man who killed his lifelong best friend. Months later he avenged another gang's attack on Tony that put him in the hospital. Under Clay’s tutelage fourteen of the attacking gang’s leaders were killed in a single attack.
Circumstances quickly arose that led to Clayton being blackballed from his union laborer job. When Tony mentioned another boss was looking for a hitman to take out a convicted pedophile, Clayton volunteered and began his career of killing for money. The conversations between Clay and Tony about Clay’s choice to be a professional assassin were realistic and brought out the close relationship they shared.
An unexpected aspect of Clay’s new career came through when he had to deal with a situation involving his younger sister, Lizzy. He hadn’t expected his murderous skills to be used in his personal life and was deeply troubled by it.

Clay discovered there were other family problems to deal with and again it involved Lizzy. I laughed out loud as the situation with Lizzy and Irish unfolded with Clay in the middle. I found the writing hilarious.
Eventually, after starting a business to cover his extended trips away on contract kills, Clay bought a home and moved away from the watchful eyes of Margaret.
Clay’s life became more complicated when he and Adrianna began a secret affair without telling Tony or Anna. Soon, Adrianna pressured him to marry her and issued an ultimatum; marry me or I’ll find someone who will.
The account of a contract kill in Canada was an exceptional tale of planning and execution that I found superb in its detail and composition. It was an outstanding segment and one that made a profound and lasting impression on the assassin.
Near the end, Clay was injured in a shootout that reeked of tension. It was one of the high points of the plot.

The editing is excellent with only minor errors and the sentence structure is good.
Character development is in depth for all main characters.
Details are outstanding where needed but are not wasted on issues of little consequence.
Research is evident in location descriptions, and weapons are defined as to makes and models.
The plot is not the typical assassin story. Clayton’s family relations and friendships are explored in depth and add clarity to the story.
The writing style is fast paced with just enough breathing room for readers to catch their breath before the next action sequence.
The story contains strong cursing and violence and some sexual situations.

Reverse Metamorphosis actually reads like a soap opera because of the personal involvement with the families of the main characters. I enjoyed it and recommend it highly.
This story is violent; readers who reject detailed violence, rape and torture should skip this assassin series. The Assassin is a cold-blooded killer.

This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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(reviewed 7 days after purchase)
Review by: Lomar on June 20, 2017 :
The story began with action from the very beginning. As Clayton struggled through two murders, one accidental the other pre-meditated, he became accustomed to killing. When a chance to make money for killing a pedophile came along he jumped in to being a full-time killer. I think the writing is good and the plot is well thought out. I lost some sleep getting to the end of this book because I didn’t want to stop. And when it ended I was totally surprised at what happened to Tony and Anna. A great setup for the next book.
(reviewed 15 days after purchase)
Review by: batulax on Aug. 18, 2015 :
(reviewed 5 days after purchase)
Review by: Lillith Dunn on Jan. 28, 2015 :
Oh my gosh! Once I started this I couldn't stop. This story is written just as I could imagine someone on the edge of crime being dragged into becoming a killer. Clayton wasn't very good at anything until he got involved in murder. I liked it in spite of the abundant violence because, after all, the main character is a killer. I'm definitely reading book 2.
(reviewed 10 days after purchase)
Review by: Nora Lee on Dec. 10, 2014 :
This story is not for the faint of heart. The language is coarse and the violence is abundant, but not overdone considering the characters; it's what I expected in a novel about an assassin only done better than most. I was drawn to the humanity of the characters and amazed by the details of the planning and execution. A lot of internal thoughts by Clay let me feel who and what he was as he turned from a nice young man into a killer. This is by far the best and most realistic story of its kind I've ever read. An excellent read.
(reviewed 4 years after purchase)
Review by: Clair Roxanna on Oct. 2, 2014 :
My God! This book is exciting and scary. I loved it. I wonder if cold blooded killers can really be this dangerous and still have ties to normal friends and families as depicted. The scene where Ron Weaver was attacked was intense as it revealed his feelings when he was shot and dying. The segment where a mobster in a New York hotel was ambushed was complicated and very detailed and believable. This assassin isn't perfect; he makes mistakes just like everyone does. A great read.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
Review by: Jay Patterson on Sep. 3, 2014 :
An excellent read. Down and dirty. Long enough that it took me three long evenings to finish. Well defined characters. The story flows well and I like the details of the hits. I recommend it if you like in depth crime stories.
(reviewed 2 years after purchase)
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