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by LM. Preston

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THE PACK: RETRIBUTION by LM Preston is the follow up story to The Pack and explores Shamira, Valens and the rest of the group as they try to stop yet another conspiracy on Mars while hoping to make it through the Security Force Elites and graduate from cadets.

The book starts right off with the action, with a fire fight in the first chapter and many more following as the story continues. Shamira and the others are questioned about the shooting, and proceed to try and figure out who could be gunning for them (pun totally intended). Besides fire fights, there are some good old fashioned hand-to-hand fights, chases, explosions, computer hacking and the seedy drug underworld of Mars to contend with. Honestly, it exhausted me just reading it all. There was hardly a moment where the characters had time to just exist and breathe. The story does have a really good mystery and some wonderful suspense built up, leaving little clues along the way for the reader to decipher and put together.

While Shamira gets a bit more character exploration and depth in this second book, I still just don’t click with her. And her group of friends? Very little character development outside of how loyal they all are to each other, and how much Valens is in love with Shamira. I still enjoy the society and technology found in LM Preston’s future Mars and Earth, even though a lot of the technology was created very fast and produced some often un-believable results (and Valens has to be a genius of epic proportions to create all the tech that he does). The language and writing is a bit awkward in places with sentences that seem too abrupt, others too convoluted and a mix of swearing next to censured swears (bastard in one sentence, crud in the next), and just some different phrasing and choice of words.

Despite my quibbles with parts of the book, I do have to admit that THE PACK: RETRIBUTION by LM Preston kept me reading to find out how the twists and turns are revealed and the explanations behind why Shamira, her group of friends and her family are being targeted for death. Picking up the story not too long after the first book left off, readers can look forward to a fast-paced, shoot-em-up ride through the streets of Mars, and even some romantic hiccups as Shamira comes to gripes with her relationship with Valens. Fans of The Pack should definitely enjoy this sequel. ( )
  thekams | Mar 29, 2013 |
Shamira and friends wanted to be Mars Elite Officers more than they wanted to breathe. However, someone has it in for them – big time. It’s only been a year since they were all rescued from the Monev – drug dealers and viscous criminals all. It took a lot to upset them – they’d already been through Hell on Mars but when their leader, Cal, is murdered in an ambush attack it shakes everyone up. Shamira is supposed to graduate the class as the leader of her small group of rebels, but when the team is basically held responsible for Cal’s death, they go back to some of the things they learned while captives to do their pay back.
Valens is so in love with Shamira that he can’t think straight so when she dumps him to go it alone, he is fairly sure something isn’t right. She takes off on her own to solve the mystery so one else gets hurt. But, of course, it doesn’t work. Shamira may find she needs all the friends she’s got before it’s all over.
This YA tale is a bit violent but quite well written. It is a sequel to the novel The Pack, but you certainly don’t have to read that one first – this one has enough excitement for everyone! Great job on plot and characters. ( )
  macygma | May 28, 2012 |
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Revenge doesn't have a name, but has chosen a victim - Shamira. But she's never been the type to lie down and let someone hurt her family or her friends. In order to find the mastermind behind the threat to all she cares about, she must give up the one person who's found his way into her guarded heart, Valens. Valens refuses to back off easily, and neither will Shamira's friends. They join forces with her in order to deal with a new enemy who seeks to kill everyone in Shamira's life that dared save the missing kids on Mars.

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