24 December 2016

The Azrael Initiative (Kayla Falk Series, #1)

Action & Adventure

By K. Hanson

Paperback 310 pages
Publisher CreateSpace Independent Publishing (6th Mar 2017)
ISBN-13 978-1540841841

📕My Review

I thought this was a good story, although written in a somewhat simplistic style. I'm sure the situations Kayla and Olivia found themselves in should have been far more violent and problematic. Everything was just a bit too easy for our female protagonists. If it hadn't been for the subject matter I would have thought this book was intended more for a Young Adult audience (no slight intended as there are some excellent YA books out there). I also thought the dialogue was slightly clumsy and struggled to flow naturally.

That said, the characters of Kayla and Olivia were likeable and well-developed. The reader is able to both empathise and sympathise. It was interesting to follow the developing bond between the two women in their fight against evil. Overall I enjoyed this book and will be interested to see how this series develops.

My thanks to author K. Hanson for providing a copy of this book.

Barnsey's Books Rating ⭐⭐⭐

📗The Blurb

Best friends Kayla Falk, an engineering student, and Olivia Bellamy, who is studying nursing, are nearing the end of their college career when terrorists attack their university. Through a combination of cleverness, bravery, and luck, the two manage to foil the deadly plot. A mysterious man from the United States government, Mr. Hightower, sees their potential and attempts to recruit Kayla and Olivia for a program to take on ISIS. They initially refuse, but another terrorist attack that strikes close to home pushes them to change their minds and join the Azrael Initiative.

After several months of hard training, the two women are dropped into Al-Raqqah, the capital of ISIS, in Syria. Once there, they must blend in with the locals as they strike from the shadows to kill ISIS leaders, destroy their facilities, and free captives. As Americans deep within enemy territory, they know that they will be killed if discovered. As women, they also know that they would suffer before death. Walking the line between vengeance and justice strains their relationship. As they work to resolve their differences, the symphony of brutality around them ultimately pushes them closer together and forges them into the warriors that they were meant to become.

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