Friday, February 28, 2014

A Few Good Men review

Sorry for being so late everyone. This week has been less than pleasant.

This week I decided to review A Few Good Men by Sarah A. Hoyt. The novel opens with Lucius Keeva, elder son of one of the Good Men who are totalitarian rulers of Earth, in solitary confinement in a secret prison where he’s been held for a murder he didn’t commit for over a decade. His only company has been a hallucination of his best friend and lover Ben whom Lucius killed as an act of mercy long ago after Ben was tortured by their imprisoners. A force identified later in the book launches an attack on the prison and Lucius seizes the chance to escape. Not long after this he discovers that both his parents have died and his younger brother has been murdered, leaving him as sole heir to the throne of his father’s regime. He returns home and soon discovers his younger brother’s best friend and lover, and many of his new staff, are really members of the Usaian religion, an outlawed group that worships the ideals of the former United States of America. He soon discovers greater horrors of what life is like for those under the reign of the Good Men, a terrible secret about the origin of the Good Men, and that he was a clone grown so his father’s brain could be transplanted into a younger body and his younger brother, a replacement grown because Lucius, being a homosexual, was considered flawed. It was a flaw his brother shared however, and his brother’s lover was the man who finally killed the father of Lucius after post-transplant Maximilian revealed that he wasn’t the real Max by forgetting things the real Max never would. In the end Lucius joins the rebel movement and a full scale revolution begins…
I give the book a 7 out of 10. It wasn’t bad but there was little that drew me into it. I was also disappointed because while the main character fights in a few raids, once the full scale war begins you don’t see him on the front lines. I still plan to continue reading the series though while hoping that later books will include more frontline action.

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