This type of story isn't usually the type of Sci-Fi that I like to read/listen to. The books I normally buy are the space battle and future military-t..Show More »ype novels. Somehow, this one stuck out to me. All in all, having finished the first 3 books, I'm, glad it did. The story focuses around a now orphaned teenager (Rath) in the slums of a backwater world. Despite his upbringing and lack of emphasis on education, he has a keen intelligence and photographic memory. After nearly getting caught pick-pocketing a cop, he is recruited by an underground assassin's guild know as the Janus Group. After a grueling initiation and testing phase, the Group offers him the same deal that it offers everyone who passes the tests: Become an assassin for the group and agree to make 50 kills. After 50 kills, you will be given 50% of the money made from your kills (making you insanely wealthy). Refuse to become an assassin, you die. Refuse to take a job, you die. Fail to make the kill, and you die. However, assassins live a life of luxury with all expenses paid, have access to the best medical and military technology, and receive performance-enhancing implants. The deal, especially for Rath who grew up in bitter poverty, is too good to pass up. The story follows Rath over years as he makes kills on gang lords, industrial spies, revolutionary leaders, and cheating spouses. Throughout the story, the main character struggles with the moral and ethical implications of his actions, and comes to wonder how much he can actually trust the Group. Several simultaneous story lines include a reporter tracking the rumors of an underground assassin's guild, and a police detective tracking mysterious deaths and murders. I really liked all of the different future tech that the book explored. It also had so really good characters and an excellent narration. I would definitely recommend this one. Lots of suspense, great story, very good narration, and well worth the credit.
Absolutely. Book one (Rath's Deception) was a gripping and thrilling novel. I had to find out what happened next. Like many mystery/thriller novels..Show More », you're left wanting more, more, more. This is a great addition to The Janus Group series, one that doesn't fall short of a new, enticing story as a stand alone book.
Rath's Reckoning, Book 3 of Piers Platt's The Janus Group picks up where Book 2 left off. Bousaran is saved by his father-in-law who reveals his part ..Show More »in the guild, while Rath and Paison are saved by Martin. What follows is an engaging sleuthing exercise that gradually leads to the real guild leaders. Rath's super memory plays a central role. While the story cycles between a Paison solution (kill everyone) and Boursaran's solution (arrest them all), Rath engineers a clever, orthogonal compromise that leads to a most satisfying conclusion.
The sci-fi elements are in line with earlier installments, although some military style weaponry is employed. Cyber this time out becomes critical. The story suffers a bit from some simplistic plot lines and the characters are still a bit too formulaic in execution, but the overall story is both compelling and engaging.
The narration is again quite well done with an excellent range of voices. Pacing and tone are nicely aligned with the action. Book 3 nicely completes a trilogy, although Rath's character is just too intriguing to simply go to ground and disappear.
This legal thriller is set in the future and is Book 4 in a series. I have not listened to any of the prior three books, nor will I. The novel is in..Show More »teresting so I can well understand why many people love it. It is simply not for me.
I love the diversity and depth of the characters. The intro of Six was my favorite storyline, followed by the ex-Guild members. I love how it logicall..Show More »y showed how people that are allies can be on opposite sides. Only criticism would be the ending seemed a bit rushed, and villain actions seemed lucky and stupid at the end.
Rath's Redemption is the final installment in Piers Platt's 2nd Rath trilogy. When we last saw Rath, he was drifting in space in a suit without oxygen..Show More » after General Yo-Tsai had doubled crossed (and killed) Anders Rickers. At the same time, Dazi is closing in on the Neopuritans and Rath's homeworld, Tarkis is the Jokuan;s first invasion target. Fueled by anger, Rath must channel his inner contractor to save his life, his girlfriend, his planet, and the Federacy so that he can return to Scapa to be sentenced for murder. He's seen worse.
The sci-fi elements are in line with earlier installments with a cute addition by Pasien to overcome a ship in the wrong place. The stupidity of Rickers' plan to actually place weapons of mass destruction over every world even though he was bluffing, backfires. The Jokuans are basically barroom brawlers and Pasien's contractors finally get taken off their leash. Dazi and Bouceron make a great team, although Bouceron and his girlfriend are destined to partner up permanently. Senator Fos and Rowan finally get some cosmic justice, but not before nearly screwing the pooch for the whole federacy. This is light-hearted fare without much complexity or subtlety.
The narration is more than respectable for an adequate range of voices, good pacing, and a tone ideally set for the sophistication of the plot. This is a fast, easy listen that does not require close attention.