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Deception Paperback – November 16, 2020
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- ASIN : B08NQMMDMX
- Publisher : Independently published (November 16, 2020)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 370 pages
- ISBN-13 : 979-8566069845
- Item Weight : 14.1 ounces
- Dimensions : 5 x 0.93 x 8 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #4,127,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“In politics, my dear fellow, you know, as well as I do, there are no men, but ideas - no feelings, but interests; in politics we do not kill a man, we only remove an obstacle, that is all.”
—Alexandre Dumas, The Count of Monte Cristo
There is a marriage of sorts between the new ruling powers and a new religion. No more than a cult that is run by the government it was one of the saddest parts of the story. This is a twisted man made version, certainly not the “Love the Lord, and take care of the widows and orphans.” This is a works by following orders religion.
Aside from the politics and corporate church the story which provide plenty of lies and secrets, deception, and open government dominance there are those who will stand against it. These characters are engaging, crafty, colorful, and uniquely supernatural, the superheroes of the book. Within their witty and often cynical dialogue are many references to books, movies, and ideas of today. It was quite entertaining so I found myself looking for these.
Warlock Milo Velazquez finds romance even though he is not looking for it. Destiny wants to love and she wants to love Milo. Their relationship is complicated but passionate. Her role in the new world is one of mystery but it is more then Milo’s better half. Little by little it is revealed.
From the beginning Deception grabbed my attention. Just when I thought I knew what will happen some event changed that prediction. The story is full of twists, turns and surprises. It is a character driven story so that as their emotions played across the pages mine followed suit.
Destiny sums up Deception with “We can’t control where we come from, who our parents are, …. but that doesn’t stop us thinking for ourselves. We can choose what we are. If we can see past the lies that other people tell us.”
An ARC of the book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley which I voluntarily chose to read and reviewed. All thoughts and opinions are my own.
Destiny awakens, after having been asleep for 322 years, to find their ship has landed on a planet designated as Trakis Four. She knows no one on the vessel except for Dr. Yang and had been told that she is special and must be protected but she has no idea why. She is taken from the ship and finally gets to step onto land, breathe real air, feel sunshine. She also sees a man who catches her attention and causes her skin to tingle. Then she is taken to a castle and locked in a cell - for her protection.
Milo and Dylan, a werewolf, have taken a shuttle to Trakis Four for a meeting with the representatives from the remaing Trakis ships. Each is supposed to inhabit a separate planet in the system. When Trakis One was swallowed up by a Black Hole, their president and other officials were lost and it seems that named Luther Kinross has declared himself in charge, for now. But what exactly is he up to? He conveniently has an army, weapons, and a castle. He also has apparently aligned himself with a religious leader and this sets Milo's teeth on edge. Nothing good has ever come from religion in his opinion.
I will let you enjoy the story for yourself. Lots of mystery surrounds Destiny. Lots of action as Milo and Dylan try to figure out Luther's plans. Lots of heat between Milo and Destiny. Enjoy.
I was given an advanced copy of this book by the author. My review is voluntary.
Destiny knows her place and has no doubt that she has an important role to play but sadly has absolutely no idea exactly what is expected of her. Awake and on a new planet she's curious and oh so excited to finally start to live but oddly those around seem to want her confined and kept in the dark. What Destiny hadn't expected was for a stranger to quite literally walk in and then out of her cell ! Milo is gorgeous but very different from the few others that Destiny has met but is he exactly what he seems ?
Such a fabulous concept and so very original. I loved seeing Rico the Vampire and even better was the humour that Dylan the Werewolf added to this story. I do think Destiny was a bit clueless at times because to me her purpose was glaringly obvious. However Milo made an intriguing hero with abilities that I would have liked to know more about and I really enjoyed reading this book and look forward to more set in this world.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair