Retribution review

Jan Domagala
Kindle Direct Publishing
ASIN: B00FNK10UQ, $4.62
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Retribution is Book 4 in the Col Sec series (other books not seen by this reviewer), and while it should be noted that coming into a series midway often proves a challenge, given that plot, setting, characters and action have long ago been set in previous books (in this case, Ronin, OMEGA and Discovery), the joy of this series appears to be (if Retribution is any indication) that the books do succeed in standing alone. In this case, a prologue sets the scene where a quasi-sleeping woman aboard a starship, Zara, is puzzled about her surroundings and how she came to be there – and her discoveries help readers learn about the background of OMEGA and other facets presumably covered in prior adventures.

Tension builds: there’s a woman in a lab exploring what memories she has of the past (including a lost love); there’s a man buried alive yet regenerating amid memories and the rubble of a discovery that may have caused his downfall; and there’s a deadly political enemy that demands that Kurt and his Wildfire Team confront and play a dangerous game indeed.

All this is presented against the backdrop of a military struggle that revolves around a serum and a plot to involve violent creatures which may be set loose within Col Sec to kill everything. Add clones, a cat-and-mouse game that is ongoing and unpredictable, and plenty of action, and readers who enjoy politically charged, military-based sci-fi will find in Retribution a satisfying read that stands well alone, powered by believable protagonists and richly-drawn scenarios.


About jandomagala

Having worked in the ceramic printing industry since leaving school in the early 70's I've had a passion for the written word. I started writing in the 80's and since discovering the self publishing world have finally seen the first part of my ambition come to fruition, my name in print. Now with the help of wordpress and other promotion tools I hope to see the second part of my ambition come true, to earn a living from writing.
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