Paperback: 316 pages
Sean Michael O'Brien
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 20, 2017)
Kindle: 871 KB
Publisher: Create Space; 1 edition (January 23, 2017)
Available on Amazon
I Reject The Premise But the Execution is Amusing
This is a brand new kindle release from new Horde writer Sean O'Brien.
When I read the blurb I has serious doubts about featuring it, and for the first time ever I asked for a sample copy first. I was actually wondering if I was being punked.
Here's the blurb:
Mackenzie Boru earned the nickname Reaper from his colleagues in black ops due to his violent tactics and insane bravery. But when the US government no longer has need of his services, he retires the Reaper—or so he thinks.
Mac is now in the middle of his fallback plan. He’s gotten a PhD in history and has moved to Las Vegas for the climate and the female companionship. But then he finds a bit more than he bargained for.
Her name is Danni Greenbow, and she’s drop-dead gorgeous. She is a brilliant and outspoken software engineer. She also happens to be a transgender woman. Mac has had little experience with the types of challenges she has faced in her life, but he decides he wants to be there for every new one that arises.
Then, the unthinkable happens. Danni is kidnapped by los Toros del Diablo, a motorcycle gang that operates gunrunning and narcotics enterprises all over the Southwest. To find his girlfriend, Mac will have to become the Reaper once again, but will his killer instincts and commando skills be enough to bring Danni back alive?
I'm around half-way through it. My guess, and this is just my guess, is that the author took the standard romantic thriller formula and said to himself "Now how can I tweak the nose of every political identity group on the internet?"
I'll have to admit, he's a good writer and if you suspend all judgement the story unfolds like a typical romantic thriller. Maybe a little slow on the pacing at the start.
I also admit that the political in-fights made me laugh. Bonus points for references to Ace, ShoeOnHead, and John Ringo. Speaking of the latter, I think no matter what side of the political spectrum you are, there is something in here that will make you shake your head and say "Oh no he didn't!"
It would definitely make an interesting and controversial book club read. This is a politically incorrect book from any angle, which is why I ultimately decided in favor of blogging it.
Reviewed by VM on January 26, 2017