Terran Empire, a neutral zone stretches between the galaxies, a demilitarized
zone that was established 150 years previous, following the Great War. The peace
accord granted a semblance of peace to the universe. The peace, however, is a
facade, and it is the responsibility of Michael Vance and his covert operations
team to maintain that illusion.
Recently, the Alliance lost contact with
one of their outposts near the neutral zone. Surveillance scans show an
abandoned city and no signs of life. The Alliance does what it always does: send
in the best. But an unexpected betrayal leaves Vance and his team stranded.
Worse, the city that was supposed to be dead is quite alive. And the monsters
that now roam its streets are slaughtering his team, one at a time.
Most the time I don’t know where to
start my reviews but this time I’ve got it!
I will start by saying this
novel was not my typical genre. I’m mostly a paranormal romance, suspense
romance and YA reader. I’ve been trying to expand my mind and read outside of
my norm… and this book was definitely outside of my norm.
And it was so
good. I’ve read a few shorts my the author and I find his style engaging, his
attention to detail is pretty amazing, and is something I find I lack in my own
writing. He is blaringly descriptive yet I didn’t find myself skimming because
of it. It truly added to a fantastic read.
Vance is the leader of this
amazing special ops team of super cool creatures. I won’t lie Eza was by far my
favorite, though each added something unique and wonderful to the
As much as I loved the characters and found them amusing at times,
there is no question that this book while imaginative is a bit violent and
gruesome at times. And it is so very obvious that a man wrote it (that’s not a
As the team sets on this covert mission into a city where the
inhabitants have disappeared, you can
almost feel the devastation as it’s
described to you; super creepy at time and definitely made me feel like I was in
a devastated post-apocalyptic/ post war city.
Messenger has a brilliant
way of filling you with false hope in this book lol. So be ready to be shocked
and at times devastated by what you read. I’m often accused of being sensitive
(yes I cry at commercial featuring abused animals) and this book definitely had
me crying throughout.
So all in all I’m so glad I stepped outside of my
typical read as I really did enjoy this book. The one thing that caught me as a
little off was Keryn’s character, the chapters devoted to her character felt
like a separate novel to me. Though it all came together in the end. Had I not
gotten to know her character as well as I did I’m not sure I would have had the
emotional reaction to the ending of this book that I did.