My rating: 5 of 5 stars
Last month, I read and reviewed The Crimson Deathbringer by Sean Robins, a new author who’d debuted his science-fiction novel to great feedback and tons of positive reviews. This time, I’m devouring the second in his series, The Golden Viper. I’m digging the theme of his titles containing colors and murderous intent… might be the mystery-lover inside me… or is he trying to convert me into a mega-fantasy fan too? Let’s dive into the review…
The second book in this series picks up where we left off last time. In a great opening scene, we discover that all didn’t end as well as we’d hoped. We’re immediately dropped into chaos, introduced to a frightening new character, and a knocked on the head with a huge shocking surprise when chapter two kicks off. All in all, this book was equally strong, but I daresay, I wish it were a bit longer.
In comparing the two, this one has a slightly more subtle humor enveloping the story from beginning to end. We have a few fun quotes and pop culture references, helping to cement the voice of the narrator and his friends. No matter what, I do think Jim is my favorite character. Kurt is right up there, but he’s got a whole lot to deal with this time that makes it hard for him to deal with the losses he suffered in the last book.
This is a story about multiple species who are suddenly aligned to fight the common enemy. There are bound to be issues and disagreement. They are disorganized at first, then they find their footing and build friendships. We’re introduced to fun and scary new characters. Some I wouldn’t want to be anywhere near, others I could be friends with. At first. The end changes everything, of course. The truth always comes out. There is a scene early on with a gun, a new character, a mind-control technique, and romance (of sorts)… it’ll make your eyes bug out, and then of course, when we learn what that nasty alien race is up to (OH MY)… the proverbial you-know-what splatters everywhere.
Mass genocide is the theme this time — those Xortaags are evil! Basically, these fights come down to a numbers game. Each side gains control, and as readers, we can’t wait to see the battle scenes. Robins delivers in all of them. How many civilizations or planets can each control? Who will take over the universe? So many questions… until it comes down to the real negotiations. As I said earlier, the Truth comes out. Alliances are revealed. Yikes! This definitely sets the perfect stage for the third book in the series. I can’t wait to find out what might happen… at least we have a cool teaser at the end of this one. I have my suspicions, but the clever author has a way of tricking us, so I’ll be prepared.
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For those new to me or my reviews… here’s the scoop: I’m Jay, an author who lives in NYC. My stand-alone novels, Watching Glass Shatter and Father Figure, can be purchased on Amazon as electronic copies or physical copies. My new book series, Braxton Campus Mysteries, will fit those who love cozy mysteries and crime investigations but with a twist. There are five books: Academic Curveball, Broken Heart Attack, Flower Power Trip, Mistaken Identity Crisis, and Haunted House Ghost. I read, write, and blog A LOT on this site where you can also find all my social media profiles to get the details on the who/what/when/where and my pictures. Leave a comment and let me know what you think. Thanks for stopping by. Note: All written content is my original creation and copyrighted to me, but the graphics and images were linked from other sites and belong to them. Many thanks to their original creators. Follow my blog with Bloglovin.