Book One of The Irrevocable Change Trilogy
Author – Robert Schobernd
Genre – Thriller, Assassin
Rating - 5 stars out of 5 Posted 7/25/2017
No. 50 - 2017
My impressions: frighteningly realistic, violent yet caring, driven, tenacious and unrelenting.
Clayton Albrecht – The Assassin
Tony Giliano – Clayton’s mentor and father of his best friend, Mafia boss of a territory in southwest Chicago.
Anna - Tony’s wife and wannabe bad woman Mafia boss.
Joey Tadono – Tony’s second in command of his illegal activities and chief enforcer.
Clayton’s mother Margaret and younger sister Lizzy.
Adrianna Giliano – Tony and Anna’s only daughter.
Near the beginning of the plot, Clayton is involved in the accidental death of a drunk who attacked him. He then took up the vigilante murder of a man who killed his lifelong best friend. Months later he avenged another gang's attack on Tony that put him in the hospital. Under Clay’s tutelage fourteen of the attacking gang’s leaders were killed in a single attack.
Circumstances quickly arose that led to Clayton being blackballed from his union laborer job. When Tony mentioned another boss was looking for a hitman to take out a convicted pedophile, Clayton volunteered and began his career of killing for money. The conversations between Clay and Tony about Clay’s choice to be a professional assassin were realistic and brought out the close relationship they shared.
An unexpected aspect of Clay’s new career came through when he had to deal with a situation involving his younger sister, Lizzy. He hadn’t expected his murderous skills to be used in his personal life and was deeply troubled by it.
Clay discovered there were other family problems to deal with and again it involved Lizzy. I laughed out loud as the situation with Lizzy and Irish unfolded with Clay in the middle. I found the writing hilarious.
Eventually, after starting a business to cover his extended trips away on contract kills, Clay bought a home and moved away from the watchful eyes of Margaret.
Clay’s life became more complicated when he and Adrianna began a secret affair without telling Tony or Anna. Soon, Adrianna pressured him to marry her and issued an ultimatum; marry me or I’ll find someone who will.
The account of a contract kill in Canada was an exceptional tale of planning and execution that I found superb in its detail and composition. It was an outstanding segment and one that made a profound and lasting impression on the assassin.
Near the end, Clay was injured in a shootout that reeked of tension. It was one of the high points of the plot.
The editing is excellent with only minor errors and the sentence structure is good.
Character development is in depth for all main characters.
Details are outstanding where needed but are not wasted on issues of little consequence.
Research is evident in location descriptions, and weapons are defined as to makes and models.
The plot is not the typical assassin story. Clayton’s family relations and friendships are explored in depth and add clarity to the story.
The writing style is fast paced with just enough breathing room for readers to catch their breath before the next action sequence.
The story contains strong cursing and violence and some sexual situations.
Reverse Metamorphosis actually reads like a soap opera because of the personal involvement with the families of the main characters. I enjoyed it and recommend it highly.
This story is violent; readers who reject detailed violence, rape and torture should skip this assassin series. The Assassin is a cold-blooded killer.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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