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A fast-paced, character-driven adventure through space.
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2017
Oath of Vengeance is an exciting sequel that manages to build on the unique appeal of the first book without simply duplicating it, or worse yet, losing itself somewhere along the way.
Brad Madrid is a successful mercenary captain still scarred by the murder of his loved ones. Life has continued to move on since that point, but despite his successes, vengeance is still one of his ultimate goals. Or perhaps they're not separate points; his goal fuels his efforts as a top-ranked mercenary. The sequel takes place after he's established his bona fides as a mercenary and is offered a mission with major political implications. Thankfully, he and his company are up to the task and they give chase.
Interestingly, the story seems to expand beyond the expected limits of its genre. Yes, it's military sci-fi. But it's also more; as the characters track down their mission objective, there's a sense of adventure with elements of crime and mystery fiction to it as well. All of which ties together. If you're a fan of Terry Mixon's other works, particularly Storm Divers, you'll see the similarities.
Co-authored books are tricky things. It's easy for authors to stumble over each other, accidentally overpower one another at various points in the book, or turn out something that seems muddy at best. For self-published authors, that's even more of a risk. Especially when you have two well-known authors who have strong, well-developed voices and writing styles that their fans are already familiar with.
Oath of Vengeance avoids that pitfall entirely, somehow managing to preserve the voices of each author in a synthesis that blurs the line between the two. Which sentence was Glynn's? Which was Terry's? Despite being a fan of both authors, I can't tell. And that's the goal for this kind of collaboration. It takes the best of both authors and fuses them together in a way that makes perfect sense.
A large part of that is the book's skillful editing. The plot is fast-paced, as is common with both author's works, with very little in the way of extraneous information that gets in the way of the plot's advancement. As a result, it reads very quickly even though it's not a short book. Characters are well-developed, with realistic interactions throughout. Common mistakes, typos, and other artifacts were caught in editing, and the result is a highly polished example of the best of self-publishing.
I heartily recommend reading Oath of Vengeance. As an aside, I've helped Terry out as a beta reader in the past. I also received an early copy of this book in exchange for a review. Despite that, having so thoroughly enjoyed the book, I wound up purchasing a copy of it. While that might represent a potential bias, I did my best to avoid letting it influence my opinion. If I didn't like the book, I'd say so.