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Thursday, 7 November 2013

Peace Warrior

I'm going to do a quick review of a book that I've come across on Amazon recommendation list a few times but have been put off by the title. Well, after seeing the price go down to £0.00 and having no other book to read, I really had no reason why I shouldn't take the gamble. Besides the worst that could happen would be a waste of time.

The book is called Peace Warrior and is written by Steven L.Hawk.


Front Cover





Blurb



It’s the mid-21st century when Sergeant First Class Grant Justice is killed during an ambush on an enemy tank column. 
Six hundred years later, his body is retrieved from the frozen, arctic lake where he perished. Re-animated by a team of scientists, Grant awakens to a civilization that has abolished war. A civilization that has outlawed violence and cherishes Peace above all else. A civilization that has been enslaved by an alien race called the Minith.  
Grant is humankind’s final hope against the alien menace. He must be the... Peace Warrior.

My Opinion


This is a military sci-fi book. The main character is called Grant Justice (yes, that really is his name), a soldier who is killed in action. Now 600 years later, Earth is a peaceful planet with violence of any form prohibited, and those who don't abide by the rules are sent to prison for life. The only problem with this utopian world is the enslavement by an alien race called Miniths. Now the leaders of Earth are in a conundrum. They have no army, and their people have no experience of war. So, what do they do to combat this injustice, well, they decide the best course of action is to resurrect a warrior from the past to take the Miniths down- enter Grant Justice.

The plot is fairly simple. There is no overly complex storyline and is basically a 'what you see is what you get'. The characters are also straightforward. Grant Justice is your typical hero and I liked the fact that he wasn't whiny or melodramatic He knew why he was brought back to life and got on with it. 

The book is quite short and doesn't really leave a lot of room for characterisation and world building. It did feel a little rushed, but I did get a feel for the characters and it was easy to root for the good guys and jeer the bad guys.

I did like reading about how Earth had changed in 600 years and learning that people had developed second eye lids. 

One qualm I did have was the instant connection between Grant and his love interest Avery.  It was a case of turn the next chapter and they were madly in love.

Other than that I don't really have a lot to criticise. The book was well edited and I didn't pick up any errors. I knew what I was getting into and I've come away pleasantly surprised about how much I enjoyed reading the book. I finished the book within two days and I've just downloaded the second.

Conclusion


If you're looking for a simple book to keep you company while you're in a reading rut then give this a try. The characters are easy to cheer on and the story keeps you entertained.


Out of 10 Stars:


7 Stars

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