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Rath's Deception Audiobook

Rath's Deception: The Janus Group, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

On the cut-throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed...or dead. So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it. But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite assassins it controls. Rath will have to survive their grueling, off-world training, and fulfill all 50 kills in his contract before a single cent comes his way. And ending so many lives comes with a price Rath can't anticipate. It'll certainly cost him what's left of his innocence. It may well cost him his life.

©2015 Piers Platt (P)2015 Piers Platt

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    Jim "The Impatient" 08-23-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Boring"

    I just could not get into this book. I gave it a little over 2 hours, but the plot is overdone and the characters are not interesting. The narrator did not help.

    Skip this one

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    Sailfish 11-21-16
    Sailfish 11-21-16 Member Since 2013
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    "50 kills and out"

    Moderately interesting futuristic murder-for-hire story but too reliant on gizmos as the glue to keep the protagonist alive and successful. Also, it's fairly fast and loose with SciFi elements such as the make-all machine and Faster-Than-Light (FTL) escape vehicles.

    The narrator did a fine job at portraying the various characters but even that was not enough to move the book past a 3-star rating.

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    jlcoomer 10-18-17
    jlcoomer 10-18-17
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    "A great find!"

    I just stumbled upon this book and am glad I did! Very creative story and kept me interested until the end. A tale with no real good guy, but characters you sympathize with and for that reason want to see succeed. If you’re wondering whether to read this or not, do it.

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    Micah 09-24-17
    Micah 09-24-17
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    "Rath's Deception delivers"

    Rath's Deception is a burned spy story with a twist. Instead of starting with a veteran agent who is framed for something they've never done, we follow Rath, orphaned and disconnected on the lower tier of his planet (both socially and physically), as he is recruited by The Guild (also known as the Janus Group) . He is trained as an assassin and given the type of equipment one might actually expect a shadowy organization in a high-tech society to rely on. His goal is "50 for 50." Upon his 50th kill he will receive 50% of the proceeds from his missions.

    Rath isn't the smartest agent on the block—in fact, there are times I really wanted him to get busted for being so stupid—but he has one natural advantage: a photographic memory. Platt realistically turns this strength on its head though. Rath cannot forget the faces of those he's killed. Add in a washed out police officer and an investigative reporter looking for the story of the century, and all the elements are in place for a wild ride.

    And Rath's Deception delivers. I was engaged and invested in the story all the way through. That isn't something I can say about most sci-fi assassin stories. The plot is predictable and there are definitely points that could use improvement (time skips are common, but vague; group techs should have names and identifying features so we connect with them too; everything is a little too obvious for smart people not to catch on both in-universe and as readers; etc.), but the writing is clear and well edited and the audio performance is excellent. I definitely enjoyed this book.

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    J 05-23-17
    J 05-23-17 Member Since 2015
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    "great story"

    sets up one of the best series I've read. great story and characters. the development is fantastic and makes sense. so many good characters. read them all

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    Jaron McMullin 04-15-17 Member Since 2014
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    "I didn't know today's profanity would be around in 2396"

    The storyline and action were good enough to pull me back again and again, but the intermittent use of today's profanity and some weird technological deficiencies (year 2396 tech can't recognize and mimic faces despite dozens of other futuristic advances) were distracting. Combine that with a quality of writing that has the simplicity of a young adult or teenage genre, and that's why I gave only 3 stars overall, but 4 for story and performance.

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    B. Burgess 04-14-17
    B. Burgess 04-14-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Can't help but root for the "bad guy""

    No spoilers here.

    The science fiction here is interesting enough that I found myself trying to brainstorm ways to solve some of Rath's more interesting predicaments.

    I find his conflict between morality and self-preservation to be compelling enough that I bought the second book in the series, but so far, Rath as a character is not particularly likeable if only because he's only interested in self-preservation. To be fair, he's shown flashes of concern for others, but circumstances simply haven't allowed things to develop further for him. He's a very flawed character and for that alone I am interested to see how his story develops over the series.

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    Quella 04-11-17
    Quella 04-11-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Fell a bit flat for me"

    Let me start by saying this book was almost a “Did Not Finish” (DNF) for me. But, as I continued to listen to the story it improved quite a bit during the second half. It was like a good cheese that takes time to get better with age. “Rath’s Deception” is the first book in the “Janus Group” series written by Piers Platt; a New York Times best seller. The series, at the time of this review, consists of six titles published on Audible. If you found that you enjoyed this book there are plenty more available afterwards. All the current audiobooks are narrated by the same narrator; James Fouhey. Overall I enjoyed the narration, if I had one complaint I would say it was paced a bit slower than I like; I know this is very subjective.

    If you enjoy science fiction that has a feel of Blade Runner with a mix of a detective story woven in, you may enjoy this series. I felt it had a few twists and turns that I would not have expected and of the main characters were believable, and in most cases likeable. There was travel to distant worlds and where our main character, along with others in the group, were required to fulfill their obligations often meaning they had to assassinate one or more individuals. Once they completed their assigned duties, they would be set free to live out their lives.

    The first half of the book seemed more Young Adult (YA) focused whereas the second half appeared to have more depth and plot and the writing itself seemed to improve. I’m not sure if that was intentional on the author’s part because the first half was when the main character was younger. If you expected this younger writing style, it should not be a surprise. However, I did not and I think this is what turned me off at first. It is hard to describe, but the first half of the book seemed like it was written by a high school student. The conversations often included heavy use of vulgar language and this was throughout the book. I did not get the sense that this was because of the character’s surroundings; every one of the characters spoke this way. Vulgar language was used for no other reason than to fill in sentences and make the characters appear cool. For me it had the opposite effect.

    If you can get over the rough start the book has a decent premise and I began to care more for the characters along with the buildup of more suspenseful moments or events, later in the book. I will say that because of the language and strong graphic violence, this book would not be recommended for younger audiences. As the publisher’s summary says, this is about someone forced into a criminal gang where contract killing is the requirements of all involved.

    Apart from the slow pace, I thought James Fouhey did a good job narrating the book. He tells the story in a way that was believable. As stated earlier, it was read a bit slower than I often like when listening to an audiobook, but this can be corrected by adjusting the audio speed; to a point. There were a few times I was not sure, because it happened quickly, I thought the narrator pronounced the main character’s name incorrectly; however, it may have been the speed I was listening to the book at. The audio itself seemed very clean and crisp lacking any noticeable audio artifacts. The narrator has quite a few other books on Audible and many have received high marks. Maybe someone to watch.

    In summary, although it is said to be more a piece of science fiction, for me it fell a bit flat and seemed more like a detective story with science fiction elements. If this is your thing, and you do not mind the heavy use of language, you may want to pick this one up.

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    Samuel 10-21-16
    Samuel 10-21-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Some great ideas buried under... bad"
    What would have made Rath's Deception better?

    I found myself frequently bored in the story. Even when the main character is dodging police and running for his life, it could be boring. I'm not sure if it was the narration or the writing.

    I LOVED the ideas of the future sprinkled in it. Talking about phones, online forums (in such detail that the author indeed knows how forums work), and drones. I feel like this is a not TOO crazy idea of what the future could look like.


    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    He was very, very slow. I had a hard time paying attention. It is a must to listen to him at least 1.25x speed, and I never listen to books at a faster speed.


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    Count B 10-06-16
    Count B 10-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "REALLY BAD IT ENDS ON A CLIFFHANGER"
    Any additional comments?

    A good fast paced romp for a Sci Fi, but is real bad it ends with no conclusion apart form you need to buy book two to find out how the story pans out. Rather disappointing.

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    "Pulp sci-fi with a noir mystery feel."

    I felt like this one delivered on the premise of the blurb. The story was mostly told from the POV of Rath, an assassin, and those segments of the story had the feel of an action thriller. There was additional POV's from a police detective and a journalist and those segments of the story had a noir mystery feel to them.

    This was light action sci-fi. The story was interesting and the pacing was decent. The flaw that held this back from being a better book was the fact that I never really managed to form an emotional investment with any of the characters.

    All in all I felt like this was an OK listen and worth the bargain price I paid for it.

    The big bonus was the narration. I felt like James Fouhey gave an excellent performance. He dealt equally well with the general narration and voicing characters of both gender.

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  • Tony Bough
    1/30/16
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    "Hello to a future version of Jason Bourne. Cool."
    Would you listen to Rath's Deception again? Why?

    Yes. And soon. This is fresh, inventive and absolutely captivating. Rath, orphaned, is sold the idea of joining a super-secret organization of highly-lethal assassins. His task? Get 50 confirmed kills and he gets 50% of the monetary rewards. The only thing is, he can't get caught and he can't fail, regardless of the assignment. Can he make it to 50, and can he trust his employers? Wow.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the technology and also the authors experience and military knowledge. I enjoyed the occasional glimpse into the control room where The Group was monitoring all of its contractors/assassins. There was something fun about getting that inside look, and I liked how those scenes also told us a little about what the other contractors were doing. I’m very excited to see how things play out with the other two contractors who have been introduced to the story, particularly Contractor 339.


    Which character – as performed by James Fouhey – was your favourite?

    Rath. A smart kid with a perfect memory. He doesn't like killing but it's his only way out. A great character. The worlds are well planned and Rath is a complex character. We feel sympathy for him even as he does terrible things because we see the price he pays for his actions.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Glorious cyberpunk and an assassin you can root for? Loved it from start to finish.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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  • Dominic
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    "rarh's deception"

    Can't wait for book two and too see what's next for rath and his partner

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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