This post is part of the book tour for the Brink of Distinction Trilogy hosted by Juniper Grove Book Solutions. I received a copy of Burden of Sisyphus free for an honest review.
Title: Burden of Sisyphus
Series: Brink of Distinction Trilogy, Book 1
Author: Jon Messenger
Published: September 6th, 2013
Publisher: Crimson Tree Publishing
Word Count: approx. 80,000
Genre: Science Fiction
Morality Rating: PG13 for Language and Violence
Readability Rating: 4 stars
About the Author:
Jon Messenger (Born 1979 in London, England) serves as an United States Army Major in the Medical Service Corps. Since graduating from the University of Southern California in 2002, writing Science Fiction has remained his passion, a passion that has continued through two deployments to Iraq and a humanitarian relief mission to Haiti.
Jon wrote the “Brink of Distinction” trilogy, of which “Burden of Sisyphus” is the first book, while serving a 16-month deployment in Baghdad, Iraq. The trilogy was accepted for publication through Crimson Tree Publishing, an adult imprint of Clean Teen Publishing. Jon Messenger’s young adult novel: Wind Warrior was published in June 2013 through Clean Teen Publishing and has hit bestseller status and has been nominated for a Readers Choice Award.
Between the alien Alliance and the Terran Empire, a neutral zone stretches between the galaxies, a demilitarized zone that was established 150 years previous, following the Great War. The peace accord granted a semblance of peace to the universe. The peace, however, is a facade, and it is the responsibility of Michael Vance and his covert operations team to maintain that illusion.
Recently, the Alliance lost contact with one of their outposts near the neutral zone. Surveillance scans show an abandoned city and no signs of life. The Alliance does what it always does: send in the best. But an unexpected betrayal leaves Vance and his team stranded. Worse, the city that was supposed to be dead is quite alive. And the monsters that now roam its streets are slaughtering his team, one at a time.
I had no idea this book reached bestseller status when I reviewed it, but I’m not surprised. I really liked this book. This classic sci-fi book reminded me of Timothy Zahn’s Star Wars books, which were probably my favorite books to read in junior high. It’s a well-written, action-packed story.
Plot: There isn’t a complete plot in this book. I think since this book belongs in a trilogy, the events in this book are leading up to a larger plot. The book kind of ended at an action point, which I thought was a little unusual. Even though there were not any clear events that said, “this is where the plot is going,” I found the events that did happen enjoyable to read.
Characters: There were two main characters in the story. Karyn and Vance. Vance seems a typical military by-the-book kind of guy. Pretty much what you would expect from a writer with a military background. Karyn is a tough girl trying to buck her race’s traditions and strike out on her own. She wasn’t overly sexual or masculine like you find in many sci-fi stories. Most of what happened to the two of them were unrelated, but I have a feeling they will eventually meet.
Setting: The setting for this story reminded me of Star Wars. The two main factions are even called the Alliance and the Empire. Maybe there is only so much you can do with aliens and ships in space. I don’t know.
Writing: I really approved of the writing style in this book. There were a few odd editing issues (one time I think it said the character’s heart felt like led), but in my mind, that is more a fault of the publisher than the writer. Jon Messenger writes clearly and with enough detail to paint a picture without detracting from what is happening in the story. You’re not hit in the head with details, but the background information is clear enough to see the scenes in your mind. It’s not the same impressionism as The Night Circus, but the imagery is solid.
There is an international tour wide giveaway. One GRAND PRIZE winner will get all this:
- An eBook copy of all 3 books in the Brink of Distinction Trilogy
- An eBook copy of Wind Warrior
- A Wind Warrior bookmark
- A Brink of Distinction Trilogy bookmark
- $10 Amazon Gift Card