Tuesday, 14 July 2015

{Review} Final Protocol by J.C. Daniels

25600888Posted by Melanie
Release Date: July 7th, 2015
Finished Date: July 2nd, 2015
Publishers: Samhain Publishing, Ltd.
Genre: Sci Fi, Romance
Source: For Review
Format: eARC
Pages: 107
Buy: Amazon UK Amazon US 

Tip #1: Don’t get on her bad side. Tip #2: There’s no good side.

Her name is Silence. If she was ever known by any other name, she doesn’t remember.

She is a killer. If she was ever anything else, she doesn’t remember.

She has an owner. If she was ever free…well, that she does remember. She was free and then somebody gave her to a madman to pay a debt that wasn’t hers. She’s his toy, his pet…and his trained killer. She kills at his whim or she dies.

She has a target. Her so-called owner…the man who makes her life a living hell. If she could kill anybody in the universe, it would be him. But he holds her life in his hands.

And she has a wish—to find a man she barely remembers. A man she knows she once loved. The man who betrayed her and stole away her freedom.

With one final target between her and the tantalizing promise of freedom, she moves in for the kill. There’s one problem. There’s something strangely familiar about her mark. Something that echoes in the void where love used to live.

Warning: One woman with a mission, one evil bastard who lies as often as he breathes, and a man who’ll stop at nothing to find what he lost. Be warned…some questionable consent lies within.

The Review:
This is my first try of this author and I enjoyed it quite a lot. For being such a short book, the story is jam packed with a little bit of everything that will keep you reading right up until the end.

Silence is an assassin, forced to work for a man that took her from everything she had ever known and now can’t remember. He uses her, he abuses her, to him she is a toy to be played with and a killer that he trained for his own ends – if she doesn’t obey….. well let’s just say, she obeys because the consequences are dire. She knows the time is coming when she will kill her owner but that takes time and planning, if only she knew who she was and where she came from, who the man she remembers in flashes is…. And why he betrayed her, leading her to her current situation. When she finally gets given a job that promises her freedom, she goes all out, determined to succeed but when she meets her mark….there’s something strangely familiar about him, begging the question – Can she do the job and gain her freedom or will she die trying?
I really enjoyed this book and it the kind of sci fi that I love. I really liked the premise of the book with a woman being taken from her home, kept as a possession and trained to kill people. She doesn’t recall anything about her life beforehand and that helps her situation in my opinion because she doesn’t have to regret that she can’t be with those she left behind. That made it really quite easy to empathise with her character too because she is in a no win situation and it becomes clear that her ‘owner’ really does treat her like a possession to do with whatever he wants, there is some ‘punishment’ that gets doled out to her and that really gives you the impression that he is a very bad man indeed and the sort of danger Silence finds herself in on a daily basis. She has an aura of a cold hearted person and it’s not surprising really when you see how alone she is and her owner gives her just enough freedom to resemble a life but she still knows that she is just a tool to be used. When she is offered the chance to be free of this man, she jumps at it but also knows that there will be a catch. She has a future mapped out, one that will either end in her death or his but she must complete the job first. For most of the book she spends a lot of time in her own company so there is a lot of internal thinking and planning, she also has some dreams which give her a couple of clues of her past.
Obviously there is going to be a twist on the assignment, I don’t want to spoil it but it was quite obvious. It’s through this that we get a real glimpse of more characters, species and how things work in their worlds – it also seems no two worlds are the same and that it seems as if there is some unrest with more than one of the planets. I can’t really say too much other than that, it was a good read it’s that simple, it had action, it had a lead character whose situation was dire and someone you could really get behind in her quest for freedom. It also has a lot mystery surrounding who she really is/was and we only just get a peek at that and we have an instant bad guy in her owner. I loved where the story went and I really got into it, it also has great potential for more which I’m hoping there will be. 

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