Power Games by Richard Peters
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
I have a policy and it’s called honesty. Richard Peters, the author, sent me a copy of this book to read and review and asked for feedback, whether it was negative or positive. As you read through, I hope that my words will be helpful. As someone who’s writing his first novel, I hope that others will be kind enough to help me like this when the time comes.
I’m crazy about the post-apocalypse and dis-utopian society. The idea of a second civil war gripping the United States of America easily fits into both of those quite easy. I had finished another book the day before I received a copy of Power Games and luckily I had a free rainy Saturday, so I read.
The story starts with bang, literally. Quickly after the opening scene the situation spirals out of control, the balance of power teeter on a knives edge. Before you can almost blink, a high-stakes game of chicken involving Congress, individual States, and the President develops.
I’ll be real honest; I didn’t really like characters in this story. That’s not a bad thing unless I was supposed to like particular ones. I couldn’t even root for anyone, I felt like they were all very easy to hate. This especially rang true for any of the politicians and most of the press. If you like a lot of detailed battle scenes, this is the book for you. Each of the firefights and full-fledged battles were laced with military jargon, tactical detail, and a grisly imagery.
The biggest issues I had were pretty simple. I got lost here and there as the story progressed. The scenes pick up speed the further I progressed through the book. Essentially the story and characters started to blur together. I hope in further installments that the characters develop more and that I get to know them a little better.
Long story short is that I liked the story and wish I could give it a three and a half stars instead of three. I look forward to seeing where it goes, since the ending defiantly leaves things unresolved and the horizon open.
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