Sunday, August 9, 2015

Book Review: Chaos Company by Christopher Slayton

The highly effective team of genetically enhanced soldiers code-named Chaos Company has returned to the United States to be commended for their bravery. While on leave the team finds themselves at odds with the highly dangerous mercenary Liam King, who has been contracted to assassinate President Jennifer Grey. Chaos Company thwarts Liam’s attack, but at the cost of their team leader's life.
With their leader killed the team looks to Corporal Desmond Striker to guide them in a hunt for Liam. During their hunt the team will find themselves in the cross-hairs of a private military company and have their abilities pushed to their limits. Before Chaos Company finally comes to blows with Liam they will discover that their greatest threat is a leader within their own country.

Christopher Slayton was born and raised in New Castle, Delaware. During Chris’ high school years he earned two All-Conference awards in lacrosse and three national awards in JROTC. Chris attended the University of Delaware, where he earned a B.A. in Psychology. While in college Chris was a UD ambassador, and wrote sketches for his school’s comedy show. Chris was a member of his school’s Tae Kwon Do team, where he earned multiple honors in nine tournaments. Chris has incorporated his passion for both martial arts and videogames into his writing, helping him finish his first ebook Chaos Company.

My Review:
When I read the description I was expecting something like the Agents of Shield. Not everyone can be a writer for Marvel, but Slayton definitely pulled me in from the first page. This book had a good balance of action, emotion, and mystery--what is Liam King's next move? Since this book focused on so many characters I expected a couple to fall flat and seem two dimensional. But for the most part, they were all pretty well rounded and distinct from each other The ending left me feeling like there was no closure. Not that it was a bad ending, but I wouldn't mind a second book to tie everything up.
The only downside: I have trouble envisioning an Australian accent, so the flow of reading for me was a bit stilted whenever the antagonist spoke. That's on me, though, so it doesn't affect the star rating.
My rating: 4.5/5

Kristi's side note that doesn't at all affect the review: Would you just look at him for a moment? If I wasn't a married woman....

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