Thursday, December 19, 2013

Book Review: Amari by Steven Atwood

By Steven Atwood
Publisher: Steven Atwood
Published: Sept. 15, 2013
ISBN: 9781492707097

Amazon Synopsis:

Amari Prokop murdered her first victim at age eight...

She acquired her own starship at twenty-four...

She started smuggling people from Earth to the freedom on Europa for a price, but found that blackmail and murder paid much better. All that wealth should have made her happy. But it didn’t, nothing could fill that void she felt. She had to get out and start over.

Now on her last job, all she has to do was kidnap Cloee Thompson from a government transport ship and hold her until Amari’s employer was ready to take her. The promise of a pardon from the United Nations was too good to pass up. It was the only way to leave that life behind.

Colin Ross was an Interplanetary Space Security Force (ISSF) agent, handpicked by the United Nations to 

recapture the mysterious terrorist Cloee Thompson and stop Amari, dead or alive. With his partner Marlie, they began the chase across the stars.

Can Amari escape Colin and the ISSF? Will she get her freedom? Who will steal Amari’s heart? Why is Cloee Thompson so important? Who is pulling the strings and why?

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My Thoughts:

This was a very interesting space adventure story. I got caught up in it right away. Despite the fact that the main character Amari was a pirate, a supposed “bad guy”, she was very likeable, as was her XO (executive officer) Borris. Their mission was to kidnap a terrorist for a high government official and deliver her at a specific time and place to be terminated in return for a pardon for herself and her crew. Then she was going to retire. A perfect last mission, right? Sometimes things are too good to be true, and this was one of them.

I loved how Steven Atwood turned everything upside down, and what we thought was supposed to be right, wasn’t. The government is supposed to look out for the people it governs after all. But the government turns out to be not what it seems. In fact, nothing is what it seems.

Amari discovers that the real reason that Cloee was originally sent to the re-education camp on Mars is because…… she stutters. And even more sinister than that, she is a Christian and doesn’t worship the Secretary General. I wouldn’t say that this is an end-times novel, although it does have some elements that are included in most end-times novels, but there certainly is a lot of persecution not only of Christians, but of anyone who has any kind of disability or disfunction, and their families.

I liked how this book made the storyline made this happen using some of the political structures we have in place now, such as the United Nations (although the UN has different powers politically at this time). I think the author also showed how easy it is for a government bent on grabbing power can manipulate things to gain “temporary” powers that end up permanent – just like the enactment of federal income tax was a temporary measure to help us fund World War II.

I loved the clean romance in this novel and thoroughly applaud Steven Atwood for having Borris and Amari decide to hold off on consummating their love for each other until after their marriage. There was little swearing in this book, mainly confined to the word “damn”.

This book was full of action, and fairly fast paced. It was a very interesting read with some very unexpected things happening. I’m very glad I had a chance to read this book, and I look forward to reading the sequel.

 I gave this book a rating of 4 stars.

Thank you to the author Steven Atwood for providing a copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. I was not required to provide a positive opinion. All thoughts are my own.

About the Author:

My life had its ups and downs, like most people. Along the way, I met my beautiful wife who saved me. I was in the darkest part of my life at the time, practically lived in seclusion even though I had a roommate. I smoked, drank very heavily, believed everyone owed me something, and I had a dead end job. My life was spiraling into the abyss, until I met her.

To make a long story short, she reached into a bucket of sludge, picked me up, hosed me off, and married me. She never asked me to change, but her example and my love for her made it my priority.

Soon after we were married, I rejoined the military after 9/11.

About six years ago, we were drawn into the church. We had a need that neither one of us could explain. As we continued along our journey towards God, we decided to become Catholic. Everything that both me and my wife do shows our faith at center stage.

We have been married for over thirteen years and have three loving children. Steven is still serving in the US Army.

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