Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Mantis Force: Retribution (Marium Kahnet Book 1) by R.J. Amezcua (Review and Giveaway)

Mantis Force: Retribution is the first book in the Marium Kahnet series, a sci-fi / fantasy saga. Check out my thoughts and enter to win a copy in the giveaway at the end of the post.

Book Details for Retribution:

Book Title: Mantis Force: Retribution (Marium Kahnet Book 1) by R.J. Amezcua
Category: Adult Fiction, 150 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: April 11, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)

Book Description for Retribution:

In a war-torn galaxy, Jazrene Vallo, the supreme spiritual leader of the Marium Kahnet, is close to fulfilling her divine destiny: refashion the Order as a beacon of light. But her plans for the sisterhood to become the official ambassadors of peace are compromised when she is forced to send mercenaries to capture rogue elements of the sisterhood seeking revenge against those responsible for murdering their families. Failure to capture them will bring an irreversible blemish upon the sisterhood. Unbeknownst to her, it may be too late to stop them.

After fifteen years of methodical planning and burrowing into the highly classified Leviathan project, the cadre of vengeful sisters are ready to execute their mission. Their goal: to destroy the Stadageos, vast military testing and bio-engineering bases where the twisted machinations of fallen creation formed the ungodly fierce races of Leviathans. Their failure will release death and destruction on a scale not experienced since the fall of creation. But even if they succeed, not all of them will survive.

My Review:
Review by Laura Fabiani

Mantis Force: Retribution is the first book in the Marium Kahnet series, a sci-fi / fantasy saga. I'm not a regular reader of this genre, but when I do read it, I expect it to be well-written with a good plot line. 

The first thing that struck me as I began to read was the fantastic world-building by the author. I could easily visualize the scenes before me. Secondly, there are parallel references to Biblical events, persons and divine prophesies, of which I am very familiar. I was immediately engaged in the story, but it took me awhile to get used to all the foreign terms, names, places and creatures of this fantastical Mantis Force world. A glossary at the beginning of the book would have been very useful and helpful to keep it all straight.

There are many characters introduced in this first book, some of which are well-developed, such as Jazrene Vallo and others who lack physical description and are not well-developed. The universal theme of good versus bad is central to the plot, with a few in the group of the Marium Kahnet sisterhood who want to exact revenge for a mass genocide that happened thirty years ago. But what stood out to me was the Christian theme, with beliefs about gaining the crown of victory to eternal life, following the Messiah, a new religion called "The Way", etc. The problem I had with this is that there wasn't enough explanation about this "new religion" as it pertained to the Mantis Force world. It was new versus what other religious institution, since none other are mentioned?

Retribution is an introduction to the trilogy and it does not offer a resolution by the end of the book. I had many unanswered questions as I finished reading it and hope they will be answered in the second and third books.

If you are a fan of Christian sci-fi with fantasy elements, this trilogy may appeal to you. Be prepared to read the whole trilogy in order as these books are not stand-alone.

To read more reviews, please visit R.J. Amezcua's page on iRead Book Tours.

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Meet the Author:

R. J. Amezcua was born and raised in Silicon Valley, and is happily married to Sheryl. As a young boy, one of his favorite TV shows was Lost in Space. Being an entrepreneur and visionary by nature, he has begun his journey as an author and writer. Using his love for science fiction, he created the epic saga “Mantis Force,” which encompasses a vast universe.

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