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SPOILER ALERT!

Great surprise with some niggles

Bone Rider - J. Fally

THE BOOK WAS A KINDLE LOAN.

PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE ARE POSSIBLE SPOILERS
IN THE SECOND PART OF THE REVIEW - NOT BIG SPOILERS, BUT SPOILERS
NONETHELESS

A friend enthusiastically recommended this book - I would
have never picked it up on my own. The authors I never heard of lately tend to
be massive duds for me for the most part - but I listened to the recommendation
and boy am I glad I did. Let me tell you - I avoid the books with Russian
gangsters like plague. I am from that part of the world and I am so very sick
and tired that the characters of my descent seem to mostly have only one
occupation in the fiction books - gangsters. Anyway, the friend told me that the
characters will break through my defenses and sure enough they did. I adored
Misha and Andrej and Kolya by the time I was done with the book, but this was no
small feet to accomplish. And there was Riley and McLaine. Outspoken, hilarious,
loyal McLaine who made unexpected, but so very fitting symbiotic relationship
with Riley. Story moved fast, was bursting with tension, I loved every second of
it.

POSSIBLE SPOILERS BELOW

Well, actually, no not every second -
I felt that the author spend too much attention on the "villains" of the piece
and while it worked for the tension purposes, I wanted more time with Riley,
McLaine and Misha. I put villains in the quotation, because really nobody in the
story is black and white and if you think about it, everybody had motivations,
it is just for me the army people just really really did not have enough
motivations and mostly annoyed the crap out of me. I am sorry, was the general
supposed to be a nuanced character? If so, that was a fail for this reader,
because "shoot now, try anything else later" for me encompasses the worst traits
of army personnel and I wonder what was the purpose of the female scientist? To
show the readers that intelligent people do work for US army but nobody would
listen to them anyway, especially if she is a woman? I get if aliens went around
killing people, sure, then I can see that the army needed to defend the
civilians. They instead were defending themselves *all the time* and I wanted to
ignore the idjt general character instead I was forced to hear his ramblings way
too much for my liking.

I know I just spent a paragraph ranting about it,
but believe me, it is still an excellent book and awesome discovery, which I
highly recommend.

4.5 stars