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.
I'm writing 1 review for for the first 3 books. The title says it all.
These books have everything I look for in a "space opera". While n..Show More »ot David Weber's "Honorverse" books, yet there is a very complete "galaxy " built, and without long, explanatory paragraphs or tech details. Best of all,the lines between good and evil are often a little blurred. Our protagonist is after all, a murderer.
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 enjoyed the other books in the series so much that I was looking forward to this one. Unfortunately it sure seemed like there was a liberal agenda t..Show More »hat the author really was pushing through this book. The storyline on this book was definitely not as good as the others and developed way too fast. I hope the next one is better because it's starting to look like the good guys i.e. the police finally have someone on their side that can compete with the bad guys...