Publication: September 2012 from Phenomenal One Press
Series: book 2 in The Pack
Rating: 2.5 ♥ / 5 ♥ – it was ok
Revenge doesn’t have a name, but has chosen a victim – Shamira. But she’s never been the type to lie down and let someone hurt her family or her friends. In order to find the mastermind behind the threat to all she cares about, she must give up the one person who’s found his way into her guarded heart: Valens.
Valens refuses to back off easily, and neither will Shamira’s friends. They join forces with her in order to deal with a new enemy who seeks to kill everyone in Shamira’s life that dared saved the missing kids on Mars.
The Pack: Retribution by LM Preston is the follow up story to The Pack and explores Shamira, Valens and the rest of the group as they try to stop yet another conspiracy on Mars while hoping to make it through the Security Force Elites and graduate from cadets.
The book starts right off with the action, with a fire fight in the first chapter and many more following as the story continues. Shamira and the others are questioned about the shooting, and proceed to try and figure out who could be gunning for them (pun totally intended). Besides fire fights, there are some good old fashioned hand-to-hand fights, chases, explosions, computer hacking and the seedy drug underworld of Mars to contend with. Honestly, it exhausted me just reading it all. There was hardly a moment where the characters had time to just exist and breathe. The story does have a really good mystery and some wonderful suspense built up, leaving little clues along the way for the reader to decipher and put together.
While Shamira gets a bit more character exploration and depth in this second book, I still just don’t click with her. And her group of friends? Very little character development outside of how loyal they all are to each other, and how much Valens is in love with Shamira. I still enjoy the society and technology found in LM Preston’s future Mars and Earth, even though a lot of the technology was created very fast and produced some often un-believable results (and Valens has to be a genius of epic proportions to create all the tech that he does). The language and writing is a bit awkward in places with sentences that seem too abrupt, others too convoluted and a mix of swearing next to censured swears (bastard in one sentence, crud in the next), and just some different phrasing and choice of words.
Despite my quibbles with parts of the book, I do have to admit that The Pack: Retribution by LM Preston kept me reading to find out how the twists and turns are revealed and the explanations behind why Shamira, her group of friends and her family are being targeted for death. Picking up the story not too long after the first book left off, readers can look forward to a fast-paced, shoot-em-up ride through the streets of Mars, and even some romantic hiccups as Shamira comes to gripes with her relationship with Valens. Fans of The Pack should definitely enjoy this sequel.
ARC provided by LM Preston in exchange for my honest review. Thank you!
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