Publishing Date: June 2016
Publishers Description: Martin Wheeler—AKA Jaxon Rasner, is hiding from his past. After nearly a decade of living in obscurity, a team of killers is sent to end his life. Making matters worse, his estranged daughter is brutally abducted.
Review: This was a fun read. Constant movement, harrowing escapes and a conspiracy where the mole is easy to figure out based on his code name. Jaxson used to be a government assassin until he opted out and hid from his past living an anonymous life on a space station…selling tea.
The fight scenes lacked a sense of believability, from choices made to simple gun operation. Take for instance his second fight with armed assassins. He reloads his gun twice but only has two clips. That action would require 3 clips if one was in the gun (which it was). He is pinned down by sniper fire outside his apartment and a lady gets shot right between the eyes by sniper fire. Somehow he manages to allude sniper fire, while standing and shooting up at the snipers without a rifle and kills them all. Riiiiiight. During this melee he finds the time to chamber a round without a reload. Why he would need to with a semi-automatic without losing a round already in the chamber is beyond reasoning.
Phrasing was used repeatedly to expedite the scenes. In particular the dreaded “Actually”, Used 27 times. I hate this word as it is never needed and is a know-it-alls crutch to imply that they are knowledgeable and that you should believe what they say.
On the plus side the character development was pretty good and the players, interesting in their own way. The world building was great with a multitude of venues and ring colonies (including the moon) where all aspects of humanity are represented. From scum filled Ring colonies housing gambling, prostitution, drug running and slavery to fairly benign places to work and settle down.
This gets close to 5 stars with concerted effort in the firearms department and a better editor (lots of grammatical errors).