Thursday, December 29, 2011

BOOK REVIEW: 7 Scorpions: Rebellion by Mike Saxton

7 Scorpions:  Rebellion is Book One in the 7 Scorpions Science Fiction series.

Vincent Black, aka Night Viper, is a man with incredible talents, talents he has no idea how he acquired.  He recalls he was a vigilante, rescuing the less fortunate and delivering his own justice on the evil that permeates his city.  He remembers his past through flashbacks and dreams and as he tries to stop the madness that is ensuing around him from destroying the Earth, he also has to fight his own demons.

Vincent has super-human strength, speed and agility and he is the only person able to stand up to Zodiac and his Seekers.  Zodiac is able to brainwash people in order to become drones who serve his purpose and that is to collect every person they come across while destroying everything in their path.

Some of the people are used as drones, others are killed for pleasure and some of used as food.  No one is able to stand up to the machines and technology nor the psionist attacks of Zodiac and the populations around the country begin to fail. 

Pockets of survivors have removed themselves from the technological radar so that it isn't as easy to track them, they have holed themselves up in old government silos, abandoned towns and army surplus centers.  It will take one person brave enough to bring the groups together in order to push back the attack that has been systematically annihilating everything in its path.

Vincent uses his wit and his skills to bring everything together and after he kidnaps one of Zodiac's generals, things begin to look better, however, everyone has secrets and some of them know about Vincent.  When the truth and climax join will Vincent be able to fully understand his potential or will he turn his back on all of those who have come to depend upon him?

I thought 7 Scorpions:  Rebellion was an excellent read.  I thought the story, from the onset, captured the readers imagination and draws you into the plot.  The story unfolds with a smooth pace without much interruptions in flow.

I enjoyed the plot, the characters and how they all interacted with each other.  I enjoyed reading how Vincent's back story unfolded, giving the reader clues into his past allowing them to draw their own conclusions before the truth is revealed.

I found the whole premise behind the plot to be an interesting idea and was equally pleased to watch it reveal itself.  The bleak future of humanity was written with depth and allowed the reader to feel the dismal outcome of the events happening on Earth.

I thought Zodiac was a bit cliched and I wasn't as impressed with him as I had wished.  I thought the premise behind the events unfolding to have been flat in its defense.  Zodiac's motivation wasn't as believable to me as the rest of the story was.  I also thought his General's were, for the most part, wimpy under pressure.  I would've liked to have seen more intensity with the antagonists.

There were also a few editorial issues such as when everyone is running hither and tither through the sewers trying to escape the destruction; when they feel it is safe, they crawl out of the sewers and Vincent's car is sitting there.  Now, at first I thought I had read that wrong, but after my son read it and found the same outcome, I knew that is was a mishap with the editing. 

I would give 7 Scorpions:  Rebellion a four out of five stars.  I would love to know  the outcome of the story, it is has captured my imagination and kept me turning the pages.  I would recommend this to any science fiction fan, especially those who are just starting in the genre.


SYNOPSIS:
On May 7th, the mysterious dictator known only as the Zodiac unleashed an event called the Flash Storm, destroying every major city and military base across the world in one moment. No one saw it coming. There was no warning. There was no terrorist chatter. Hundreds of millions perished almost instantly. Humanity across the globe was plunged into chaos. In the days that followed, the enigmatic and frightening Seekers marched on the remnants of humanity, systematically enslaving or destroying everyone in their path.

All attempts to stand up to Zodiac's Grand Army failed. His Seekers, who radiate a mysterious aura that induces intense fear were virtually unbeatable.  It seemed as though the prophecies of the End of Days were coming to pass until the day came that a glimmer of hope arose in the form of an exile who had been part of a super soldier experiment. It is up to this man, Vincent Black, to rally a resistance to free humanity from the grips of oblivion, if he can let go of his past.
 
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