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

Book 2 Review - HERE
Book 3 Review - HERE

Synopsis -

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.

Review - 

Retribution is the first book in a series by author R. J. Amezcua.  It is true science fiction - placed in the far reaches of space with unique races and religions. As a Sci Fi fan who writes non-fiction, I am always in awe of how these authors create the multitude of strange names for the people, the worlds, etc., then keep track of them throughout. It has to take a lot of organization and focus. Then there is the science aspect to deal with in a way the reader can understand without getting tedious. Not easy.

In this first book, we are introduced to the foundation of this series - the history of an attempt to wipe out the Marium Kahnet, the characters important to this story's plot, the races involved in this conflict, rogue elements plotting revenge and the shape of what this revenge will be. As well we learn of a new threat that is being created - the Leviathans - that will threaten all they hold dear.  Can the rogue element's efforts make a difference?

While I should have been overwhelmed by all the information I needed to absorb, it didn't seem to be an issue. The story flowed right through all the details.  I also appreciated him keeping each book short in terms of word count.  When there is a lot of absorb, this really makes a huge difference in pacing.

If you're a true Sci Fi fan, this series will be great to sink your teeth into.

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Meet the Author -

Read a fab author interview HERE!

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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  1. I would like to thank Oli by Marilyn for taking the time to review "Retribution"
    Sincerely, R. J. Amezcua


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