Publishing Date: December 2014
Publisher Description: In the world of Altadas, there are no more human births. The Regime is replacing the unborn with demons, while the Resistance is trying to destroy a drug called Hope that the demons need to survive.
Review: Jason is a smuggler with a smartass bent, living by the skin of his teeth under the crushing Demon Regime. When he gets caught moving contraceptive jewels for the Order, events rapidly cascade into chaos.
Some reviewers were confused about the story line progression, brevity and what one reviewer deemed as being “insta-love” between Jacob and Tabs. I didn’t read that at all. I thought it was well written, flowed wonderfully and the characters built and developed very well within the confines of a fast pace. In fact this was brilliantly executed. There was no insta-love or love at all. Tabs has her reasons for banging Jacob so soon. A little bit feral for sure but mostly calculated. She continually iterates that people have their uses when others within the Order would rather see them banished. She is trying to win a war and resources are scarce. Jacob is a conniving smuggler with a heart of gold. He is growing attached to Whistler and Tabs as the story evolves but is not smitten in any way.
Connecting the dots is not too hard and gives the reader imaginative license. Take for instance the characters are never really physically described. Yeah she has long hair, or wears tight, distracting leather pants but you really have no idea what they look like. Everyone has their own ideas about what characters resemble, even when described. So why waste time on it? I pictured Teller as a fat, greasy dude with stringy hair and bad teeth. The actions of the characters render them physically.
Really looking forward to this world in successive novels. Each, I am sure, will be its own great adventure and perhaps Tabs and Jacob will solidify in my mind as the novel is rendered more intricately. And how about that kickass cover!