Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Review: Blades of Winter (Shadowstorm #1) by G.T. Almasi
In one of the most exciting debuts in years, G. T. Almasi has fused the intricate cat-and-mouse games of a John le Carré novel with the brash style of comic book superheroes to create a kick-ass alternate history that reimagines the Cold War as a clash of spies with biological, chemical, and technological enhancements.
Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, a self-described “million-dollar murder machine,” is a rising star in ExOps, a covert-action agency that aggressively shields the United States from its three great enemies: the Soviet Union, Greater Germany, and the Nationalist Republic of China. Rather than risk another all-out war, the four superpowers have poured their resources into creating superspies known as Levels.
Alix is one of the hottest young American Levels. That’s no surprise: Her dad was America’s top Level before he was captured and killed eight years ago. But when an impulsive decision explodes—literally—in her face, Alix uncovers a conspiracy that pushes her to her limits and could upset the global balance of power forever. ~ Goodreads
It took me a long time to get into this book. I picked it up and set it aside several times over the course of two weeks.
Blades of Winter is all about the adrenaline rush and that style didn't really work for me. On a pure action level I would give it five stars but I like a slightly slower pace so I get a feel for what's going on and to get inside the characters heads. Instead of feeling something for the characters, I was whipped around again and again in a series of action sequences.
Alix is totally badass. Maybe too badass for her own good though. She's a young girl with loads of potential but she takes too many risks that have negative consequences that she rarely feels guilty about. Even if she does, it’s a momentary emotion that she blows off rather quickly. I'm of two minds about her. I loved certain aspects of her character, she's tough yet shows a vulnerability, but I also wanted her to be put on administrative leave with intense counseling. lol
As an assassin, with coworkers who rely on her, her rash decisions should have had dire consequences but instead she got a stern lecture, rewarded or people covered up for her. That didn't work for me at all.
Rating: 2 out of 4 If you like intense action sequences, love alternative history with a dose of sci-fi and some cool twists then this is the book for you. An interesting start to a series but Blades of WInter left me too detached from the heroine to really let go and enjoy it myself.
Source: Amazon Vine program for my honest review
Buy it! Blades of Winter: A Novel of the Shadowstorm (also includes a Chapter 1 excerpt so you can check out the writing style. While it didn’t work for me – it might be something you will love.)