Book Details for Decimation:
Book Title: Mantis Force: Decimation (Marium Kahnet Book 2) by R.J. Amezcua
Category: Adult Fiction, 200 pages
Genre: Sci-Fi, with elements of fantasy
Publisher: Quentorex Studios
Release date: October 18, 2017
Tour dates: Oct 1 to 31, 2018
Content Rating: PG + M (No explicit sex scenes or bad language)
Book Description for Decimation:
Led by Victoria and Balese, the rogue sisters of the Marium Kahnet have successfully completed their life-long quest for revenge against the sorcerer’s guild. Now a new mission has begun, one of survival, as their enemies seek their lives with a vengeance. As planned, the sisters who managed to survive the destruction of the testing facilities have joined their adopted family’s nefarious criminal organizations, plotting to escape with detailed plans of the Leviathan project to justify their actions to their home world of Ramah. But they are unaware they are being hunted by elite mercenaries hired by the sisterhood.
Last week I reviewed Retribution, which is the first book in the Mantis Force trilogy. These books are not stand-alone and must be read in order. The first book introduced us to a cast of interesting characters and left the reader with an unresolved ending and a story that needed to be continued.
As with the first book, there is fantastic world-building in Decimation and the book is well-written. Whereas the first book felt more like fantasy than sci-fi, this one felt more like sci-fi with spaceship crashes, battles with monstrous creatures, and the decimation of enemy weaponry stations that caused toxic radiation. There was more action in this novel and the author's writing shines when he is describing these scenes. There are not as many Biblical references as in the first book.
Decimation continues from where the first book ended but there is no reference to any backstory. We are introduced to a new cast of characters, more unfamiliar names and terms, also with little backstory to each new character and to the why of certain events or actions. As I mentioned in my first review, a glossary would have been very helpful. As I was reading, I kept feeling like I was missing info and thus was confused at times.
As much as I enjoyed the writing, I had a difficult time being invested in the story or its characters. I didn't care for the rogue sisters who caused tens of millions of casualty deaths and destruction in the name of revenge.I thought they were selfish and were just doing what had been done to their families. I found it disappointing that the main character Jazrene Vallo from the first book does not appear at all in this one. Once again, there is an unresolved ending and the story needs to be continued in the next book Rebirth.
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.
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