One Man’s War by Steven Savile is a fast-paced, high action revenge thriller set in a future where corporations rule the Earth.
Savile showcases how shorter books written at a James Patterson ‘Bookshot’ pace can work in science fiction.
What I liked was the gritty characterisation, the pacing, the right amount of backstory and with RC Bray narrating…
Seriously, RC Bray could read the Corn Flakes packet and turn it into an action thriller.
The story is told in first person, the hired mercenary/assassin Marco Guerra narrating the tale.
Guerra was part of a four-man team (including one awesome, kick-arse woman) headed by Randall Fate who specialised in raiding tech corp secrets/new technology/the occasional hit.
A mission goes very wrong, and Fate is killed.
At Fate’s funeral, the rest of the team-with the exception of Guerra-are gunned down.
Guerra plots his revenge, determined to make those responsible pay.
But dead men aren’t always as dead as they seem…
Who’s this book for?
If you’re someone who doesn’t like sci-fi but likes Lee Child/assassin-type action thrillers, then I recommend this. It’s fairly light on the sci-fi, a few advanced weapons and pieces of tech, and some genetic engineering is as sci-fi as it gets.
My only complaint is that the book is short (it’s a little over 5 hours as an audiobook) and it really did leave me wanting more…especially of the new team which Guerro assembles to exact his revenge.
Tenebrae…OMG I have a girl crush on her!
This was my first Steven Savile book. It won’t be my last.
Hurt me bad action, a few laughs and RC Bray.
What’s not to like?
My rating: Four action-packed, hurt-me-bad stars.
Steven Savile’s website: http://www.stevensavile.com/
Get the book on Amazon here.