Author – Wrathe W. Acting
Genre – Action, Adventure, Military Thriller
283 Amazon Pages
Rating 3 stars out of 5 Posted 8/6/16
Shadow Soldiers was definitely not what I expected. It is not a single novel but a compilation of three novella length tales. There is graphic violence in all three. The main theme is retaliation akin to vigilante justice.
Enough is the story of 'Sarge' and six other leading characters. Sarge's family members were beaten, raped and murdered while vacationing in the national parks in Wyoming. A son of the head of a Mexican drug Cartel was identified as the man who led the group in their attack on the five civilians. Sarge takes his six mercenary friends plus seventy others to extract revenge on the entire cartel. The story is fast paced and delves into the personalities and relationships of the six leading characters.
Mercy Strained never reveals the name of the central character as she embarks on a mission to kill one hundred sexual predators. She was abducted when she was seven and was tortured and sexually abused for six years until she escaped.
Enough hits, not all one hundred, are detailed that they soon became somewhat repetitious. Remember she is an assassin, so this is what she does and who she has become.
The writing is rather stiff and could use more contractions to soften the prose to the way most people speak.
When she flew to Alaska she suddenly had a rifle but didn't procure one there. It seemed improbable that she would have stashed it in her luggage and taken it through airport security.
At the end of the story the reader has a chance to pick the ending, is she guilty of crimes or justified?
The ending was an unexpected surprise as her life took a major change.
A Child's Cry is the third story and it is pretty much a modified copy of 'Enough' with different characters and locations.
Again a character called 'Sarge' is the central character who calls upon his mercenary friends to right the wrongs imposed by evil doers. This time the assembled team of bad-assed ex Special Forces warriors, and a few others, is after antagonists who abduct and sell children to sexual predators. I felt the details of the group's actions were a bit complicated and too numerous and hard to follow.
Much detail about the group procuring major equipment was left to the readers imagination. Things like helicopters, explosives, ships etc. appeared like magic when needed. Even the US Navy played its part when requested. Somehow, people are shot, boats are blown up and the police never intervene.
Overall, the editing of all three stories is good, not perfect, but better than most. There are a few issues with sentence structure.
The plots are interesting but not overly clever.
Details were adequate but not excessive and a depth of research was apparent.
Character development was adequate for the number of characters and the length of the stories.
I don't recall any serious cursing and there were no detailed sexual encounters.
I enjoyed the stories and recommend them for readers who are not against vigilante justice with very violent and extreme retribution. The bloody body count is very high.
This review was provided in exchange for a free book.
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