Saturday, December 13, 2014

Rack & Ruin

Title: Rack & Ruin
Author: Charlie Cochet
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
ISBN: 978-1-63216-420-9
Genre: {M/M} Paranormal Series
Rating: 5 Nymphs
Literary Nymphs Reviewer: Chocolate Minx 

A war, street gangs, extremists fighting for principles and revenge, violence has always been a part of Earth’s history. With each new generation of mankind the hostility as well as history is repeated.

Rack & Ruin is the third book in the THIRDS series. The setting is a future time, yet the issues illustrated are realistic problems of today’s world. Featured is the team members’ emotional conflicts between a dangerous job, painful memories and personal relationships.

The exciting plot exhibits the violence between the Order of Adrasteia, an extremist group of humans on a mission to exterminate all the shifters known as Therians and the Ikelos Coalition, a Therian group seeking revenge for their slaughtered family members.

The Therian Human Intelligence, Recon, Defense Squadron A.K.A the THIRDS  is a military style version of law enforcement consisting of teams of both human and Therian agents working together to implement peace. The Thirds are, for all intents and purposes, caught in the middle of the warring factions.

What I find really interesting is that the shifters are actually a medical creation by the world’s top scientist. Animal strains of DNA were infused into a vaccine created to cure a lethal virus infecting millions. However, some who survived the virus developed an altered human DNA. The children born with the ability to shift were deemed abominations by their own parents. Therians became the targets to be despised by bigots, replacing the homophobic attitude of an earlier era.

Charlie Cochet has created another exhilarating installment to this extremely enjoyable series. The characters are absolutely engaging. The storyline blends intense skirmishing, moments of amusement along with poignant romantic clashes. 

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