Sunday, 3 March 2013

Shadowstorm #2 Hammer of Angels

As marvelous as the first and if not with much more action than before. Presenting Shadowstorm #2 Hammer of Angels by G.T. Almasi.

Here is the summary of the book:

In G. T. Almasi’s thrilling alternate reality, the United States, the USSR, and the Republic of China share a fragile balance of power with Greater Germany, which emerged from World War II in control of Europe and half of the Middle East. To avoid nuclear Armageddon, the four superpowers pursue their ambitions with elite spies known as Levels, who are modified with mechanical and chemical enhancements. Nineteen-year-old Alix Nico, code-named Scarlet, is a kick-ass superheroine with killer Mods and an attitude to match. She’s considered one of America’s top Levels, even though her last mission nearly precipitated World War III. So now Scarlet and her new partner, Darwin, have been sent to Greater Germany to help sow the seeds of anarchy and prevent Germany’s defection to Russia and China. But where Scarlet goes, chaos follows—and when her mission takes an unexpected turn, she and Darwin must go ever deeper into enemy territory. As Scarlet grapples with a troubling attraction to her new partner, explosive information comes to light about the German cloning program and one of its prisoners—a legendary American Level who just happens to be Scarlet’s father.

Espionage and adrenaline-square-action, Hammer of Angels has it all. Alix Nico is back with her mods, 'lil Bertha and that crazy madrenaline pupping through her veins. Still dealing with the repercussions of what happened in Blades of Winter, Alix suffers through great loss. Anxious for a new case to leave behind all the hurt and the accessories that come along with this particular emotion, Alix and her new partner Darwin start tailing a suspect but the revelations and the unload is actually much bigger this time.

Alix, the machine gunning, modulated special agent of ExOps, now jumps a case to infiltrate Germany, with Darwin. She suffers from great loss. Patrick gone and no idea where is dad really is? Thats a hard thing to process. But she is more than determined to see it done. Then there is the fact that she is way past her limits and its finally showing through with her work....a little thing called consequences. All those escapes and near death shots Alix had averted are finally taking their toll. Beautifully put and progressed to show that she has weaknesses and that she is not perfect in any sense at all.

I liked one thing about this book, we got to meet a lot more special agents at a personal level than we did in the first one. Besides the superb alternative world building by the author and the tallying load of info that seals the deal, it is a marvel to read about of whom we never heard of before in the first book or were just mentioned in passing.

G.T. Almasi has done it again though, built a convincing alternative world whose history differs a little bit from the real one. Built up the enormous amount of info needed to make it look real and even then the plot fast-paced, and action-oriented till the last sentence.

"A fast-paced spy thriller with an alternate history, designed to keep you on your toes....the perfect and well measured sequel to Blades of Winter"
Genre :      Alternate History, Espionage, Action, Adventure

Publisher: Del Ray

My Copy netgalley and publisher

Rate:              5/5 (It was Amazing)


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