About half-way through I thought this was a solid 4 rating, then things got strange. About 75% into the book and the violence had to turn sadistic and twisted again. It's actually a pretty good story, and the grammatical errors in book 2 are gone. For some reason the author seems to need to take the violence of his characters (much of it integral to the story and quite well done) and twist it. That finally turned me off. There is a new, book 4, now out. I think I'll skip it. This story ends well and the ending pretty much tells you the next story.