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At the same time within a distant outpost system, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possessed a special ability--a distinct form of transiting called ghost-walking. Though ghost-walking has been outlawed for centuries, Logan is secretly drawing together a crew for a risky quest. The fates of these three young men will lead them, along with the entire Assembly, to the brink of destruction in this inventive tale of adventure, honor, and the things worth fighting for.
Number of Pages: 320
Publication Date: 2017
|Dimensions: 8.50 X 5.50 (inches)|
At the same time within a distant outpost system, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possessed a special ability--a distinct form of transiting called ghost-walking. Though ghost-walking has been outlawed for centuries, Logan is secretly drawing together a crew for a risky quest.
The fates of these three young men will lead them, along with the entire Assembly, to the brink of destruction in this inventive tale of adventure, honor, and the things worth fighting for.
SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: female5 Stars Out Of 5Another in-depth sci-fi story!January 22, 2018SusanPMichiganAge: 35-44Gender: femaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5This is one of those fantastic world building, future envisioning, action packed, page turning, in-depth storyline, imagination stimulating stories. Yes, this book has it all! The characters are engaging and endearing with their flaws and personal battles they struggle with. The dialogue and interactions between characters are thought out and kept me turning pages. The twins are back in this second one of the series and the author has them growing into themselves and their futures with some hard hitting growing pains. There are many characters and names to keep up with, but the story flows so well that it shouldnt be a hindrance. Add this one to your bookshelf!
debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: Female4 Stars Out Of 5Sean & Dillon save the world--again!January 1, 2018debhgrtyPlymouth MAAge: Over 65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 4Debs Dozen: Sean and Dillon use their adept powers to save the world-again!
Renegades is the second book in Thomas Lockes Recruits series. I posted about Recruits, the first book, Beautifully fashioned and written new world a beyond many will wish is reality. Thomas Locke has outdone himself with The Recruits series. Five Stars. I loved watching twins Sean and Dillon become aware of and use their new powersenjoyed watching them fall in love with Carey and Elenya. You will certainly enjoy the first book if you love speculative fiction and great characters.
Almost the first thing we learn in Renegades is that Sean and Dillon have split from Elenya and Careywhat we felt was soul-bonding in Recruits was just another romance. Supposedly, Elenya would want to be the controller in her marriage and Carey loved who Dillon was, not who he was becomingan adept Warrior.
Okay, the girls are goneon with the new assignments. Seth and Dillon are summoned back to Earth because the son of a senator has been kidnapped and their powers are needed to find him before hes delivered back in pieces. Successful, they transit home only to be arrested and imprisoned for those actions. The story becomes convoluted at this point with new villains and new heroes being introduced. And then there are dragons! And a new love interest for Sean.
I liked Recruits better than Renegades, perhaps because the concepts were being introduced for the first time as well as the characters. I found only the character of Logan as well-developed as the twins. However, the book is a good readIm anticipating the next in the series. A great addition to the realm of speculative fiction. Four Stars.
Thomas Locke is the pseudonym for Davis Bunn, a prolific writer who has won just about every award there is as well as the Christy Lifetime Achievement Award. He lives in Oxford, England, half the year where he is Writer in Residence, and half the time on the east coast of Florida. Hes always loved speculative fiction and has several new series in that realm.Hes also a great guy with a heart for teaching and helping new authors. Youll love his books.
Revell gave me a copy of Renegades, but I was in no way obligated to write a review.
LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: Female2 Stars Out Of 5Most confusing read of 2017December 17, 2017LadySnowAngelAge: 18-24Gender: FemaleQuality: 4Value: 3Meets Expectations: 3At 98 pages I was confused...what exactly is the plot for this book? At the end of Recruits both Sean and Dillion had girlfriends, but now neither is in a relationship and the reader doesn't know why. What does this Logan guy have to do with Sean and Dillion? How does Landon's kidnapping figure in? So many questions, but no answers.
At the halfway point the story starts to gain, but I still found it easy to set Renegades aside and read another book. Had I not been given an advanced reader's copy of Renegades in exchange for this review, I probably would not have finished reading the book.
If Renegades had been written by almost any other author it probably would have been fine, but this book wasn't. It has Thomas Locke (Davis Bunn) across the front and I know he can do better.
I received an advanced reader's copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. I was not required to write a positive review and the opinions I have expressed are my own.
Benjamin LilesMarble Falls, TXAge: 35-44Gender: Male5 Stars Out Of 5Non-stop Action, SuspenseDecember 7, 2017Benjamin LilesMarble Falls, TXAge: 35-44Gender: MaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5The latest in the Recruits series has a lot of non-stop action. From start to finish it is a thrill-ride of Tolkienesque proportions. And that's the thing of it all. While I enjoy reading/reviewing Locke's books, it seems the further he goes with his writing as he's giving a nod to the late Lord of the Rings author. In a sense it feels that way to me. And in saying that it's not a bad thing in and of itself. Actually, if anything, Tolkien would be proud to see a man come so close to emulating his style and prose for a series as classic as Lord of the Rings.
Even though I say all of that to this point, I also add on that the book is fast-paced, well written, and it's got a ton of suspense to it. It picks up on Sean and Dillon Kirrel's (mis)adventures in finding out who they are in their lives. This latest in the series shows them dealing with consequences of their actions. Or, in their sense, they have done nothing worth of imprisonment. But it seems it's planned that way for their help for a new threat that the Assembly is facing.
Without giving any more spoilers of what happens (or not happening), I would add on that Locke's books have done well, as far as I know. Thomas Locke is the pseudonym for Davis Bunn who has won awards with his writing. From the Lion of Babylon (as Davis Bunn) to this latest book as Thomas Locke, he has sold over seven million copies and in twenty-two languages.
I received this copy from Revell to review and provide honest feedback on.
GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: Female5 Stars Out Of 5The action in this book is tight, precise, military and filled with suspense--yet a clean readNovember 21, 2017GazpachoHarrison, MIAge: 55-65Gender: FemaleQuality: 5Value: 5Meets Expectations: 5If you like a good blend of pure science fiction and fantasy, then this is a book you must read. It involves multiple governments, several planetary systems, alliances, super creepy creatures, humans with special talents, the usual blend of human frailties such as injustice, greed, power struggles, prejudice, and unfair treatment. Yet there is plenty of good character qualities on display as well. Such traits as rising above your circumstances and poverty, leadership qualities, good intuition, team work, testing your mettle, and much more are part of the story that brings out the best we wish to read in our heroes.
The book starts out a little slowly as it sets up the main characters and their backgrounds. Once we get to know these men better, the action intensifies considerably until we are sitting on the edge of the seat, gripping tightly while the suspense and action build. The author is creative in developing twists and turns in the plot.
There are two sets of heroes. Logan is from another world in a planetary system within the Human Assembly. He has just graduated from the military academy with honors and was about to be commissioned to his first assignment. He volunteered and requested what appeared to be an impossible assignment. It looked to General Brodwyn like a suicide mission. Yet she agreed because she had no choice. The general gave them three weeks to accomplish their task.
The second set of heroes are Dillon and Sean living on Earth. They are twins gifted with special abilities. They are considered Adepts. Dillon loves the military and a physical challenge. Sean is more comfortable in the diplomat role, but has been gifted with the ability to create unique plans and to foresee consequences. He was attending a diplomatic academy when the twins were called by the Messengers to complete a rescue. This one small event set in motion a series of problems that eventually affect the entire Assembly.
The action in this book is tight, precise, military and filled with suspense. Yet I consider this a clean and wholesome read. I never missed the overwhelming darkness, hopelessness, meanness and lack of soul you often find in today's contemporary sci fi and fantasy. Evil is evil and needs to be conquered. I thoroughly loved reading it. I believe this is the second book in a series. The first book is only referred to concerning some action meant as background to set up for this new premise. However, the book stands very well on its own. I am looking forward to reading other books by this author.
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a complimentary review copy of this book from Librarything on behalf of Baker Publishing. I was not required to write a review, positive or otherwise. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising."