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The Walking Drum
Ender's Game
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy
The Curse of Chalion
The Name of the Wind
Chronicles of the Black Company
The Faded Sun Trilogy
The Tar-Aiym Krang

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Review: The Agent G Omnibus, Volume 1

The Agent G Omnibus, Volume 1 The Agent G Omnibus, Volume 1 by C.T. Phipps
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Fun CyberPunk Espionage Story
Performance: ***

Book One: Infiltrator
Story: ****

The story opens with a hit where the target knows more about G and the shadow organization he works for than he should … which starts him thinking about things he shouldn’t be thinking about … especially as he starts his next mission to infiltrate and take down an Italian crime syndicate.  Of course, few things are as the appear on the surface and what follows is a series of betrayals and dubious allies the proves two things … there is no honor among thieves and no plan survives first contact.  At the end of the nearly none stop action you get an unexpected reveal that was actually pretty cool as everything G thinks he knows comes crashing down around him.  Despite the chaos that ensues … G still has a job to do.

Book Two: Saboteur
Story: ****

Same job, different employer … There are a few benefits to working for the US government, not the least of which would be a clean slate legally … if he lives long enough.  Of course, nothing is as easy as it seems when his ex wife is working for the other side.  Ultimately G teams up with an AI to take away power from the corporate oligarchs and their new hatchet man/org … the Invisible Hand.  Regardless … he should know better than to trust anybody, especially the home team.  There are plenty of surprises still in store to make this another fun ride.

Book Three: Assassin
Story: ****

The apocalypse is now here (courtesy of a new volcano in Yellowstone) and G, now going by the name of Case [G]ordon, is called out of his beach retirement to run the show as the Chief Security Office for Atlas Security hoping to put the chaos genie back in the bottle.  The only thing in the way is a former psychotic co-worker (aka A … yes his is a letter too); is anything worse than a cyborg assassin with leverage?  Perhaps an ex-lover who also has leverage?  Can a jaded G navigate between the two and come up smelling like roses while still taking out the trash? If he can keep his sense of wisecracking humor he has a shot.  

I was given this free advance review/listener copy (ARC) audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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My Ratings Explained ...

  • [ ***** ] Amazing Read - Perfect story, exciting, engrossing, well developed complex characters, solid plot with few to no holes, descriptive environments and place settings, great mystery elements, realistic dialogue, believable reactions and behaviors; a favorite that I can re-read many times.
  • [ **** ] Great Read - Highly entertaining and enjoyable, exciting storyline, well developed characters and settings, a few discrepancies but nothing that can’t be overlooked. Some aspect of the story was new/refreshing to me and/or intriguing. Recommended for everyone.
  • [ *** ] Good Read - Solid story with a 'good' ending, or has some other redeeming feature. Limited character development and/or over reliance on tropes. Noticeable discrepancies in world building and/or dialog/behavior that were distracting. I connected enough with the characters/world to read the entire series. Most of the books I read for fun are here. Recommended for fans of the genre.
  • [ ** ] Okay Read - Suitable for a brief, afternoon escape … flat or shallow characters with little to no development. Over the top character dialog and/or behavior. Poor world building with significant issues and/or mistakes indicating poor research. Excessive use of trivial detail, info dumps and/or pontification. Any issues with the story/characters are offset by some other aspect that I enjoyed. Not very memorable. May only appeal to a niche group of readers. Recommended for some (YMMV).
  • [ * ] Bad Read - Awkward and/or confusing writing style. Poor world building and/or unbelievable (or unlikeable) characters. Victimization, gaslighting, blatant abuse, unnecessary violence, child endangerment, or any other highly objectionable behaviors by Main characters. I didn't connect with the story at all; significant aspects of this story irritated me enough that I struggled to finished it. Series was abandoned. Not recommended.