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Thursday, September 3, 2015

Book Review: Influx (Clandestine Daze #1) by Tim Marquitz

Influx (Clandestine Daze #1)
by Tim Marquitz
Kindle Edition, 199 pages
Published June 30th 2015

by Ragnarok Publications
For Theodor Crane every day is a lie.
A doppelganger, Theo is trapped in the role of the man he murdered. Tasked with safeguarding the secrets of his homeland his loyalty is torn between his new life and his mission when an influx of militants stream to Earth. A pawn of both sides, he's given just days to bring the terrorists to heel. Failure means war, but success comes with its own consequences.

Either might see Theo dead.

I grabbed this book first because the guy on the cover is hot…yes, I can be swayed by a pretty face. After reading the blurb I thought it sounded pretty badass. I felt like I was dropped into the middle of the story and was playing catch up to figure out the world building and flash backs of Theo's (Zentikuli "Z" is his Ael name) life. That kind of slowed me down a bit, but once I hit the midway mark I was off and running and finished book thinking… “Is it over already!?” This story is full of action, betrayal, double agents, and a conspiracy that needs exposing. And it is bloody violent. Considering our two main characters are usually sent in to “clean” things up, this makes sense.

I really like the main protagonist. Z isn't a nice guy. He can shift into anyone and take over their life, including their memories. How he does this isn't very pretty. He does morally questionable things to get his assignment done. Due to circumstance he has no choice, but he does it well. His current assignment requires him to take over Theo's life (after murdering him), which includes a wife and new baby. He's getting to live a life he has no business wanting. His handler, Jace, is one tough women who also has no problem doing whatever it takes to get a job done. They both do morally questionable things to get a job done. Z is from another dimension called Aellisar and lives in our dimension spying on humans and the Aels living there and making sure no one uses the gate (portal) to cross dimensions without permission. His is a race of were-creature and vampires. The first one we meet is a Ram shifter, but he’s a bad guy.

This was a dark mix of science fiction, thriller and snarky humor. I will be looking for the next in the series.

“How about we hold off on the gunslinger bullshit for a minute,” I said raising a pacifying hand. “This doesn’t have to end with all of you dead.” Well, it kind of did but that didn’t mean I couldn’t play with my food a bit first.

…feral growls spilling loose from the vampires I’d coerced Rutan into lending me for the day. It took some doing, let me tell you.

Bloodsucker surprise parties are expensive.

They’re also a little more dramatic than I factored in … “Seriously?” Jace would laugh her ass off if she learned I’d died because my vampire backup plan paused to non-verbally monologue. It was like watching a low budget action movie.

4 “Quay traveling” Sheep


About the Author:
Tim Marquitz is the author of the Demon Squad series, the Blood War Trilogy, co-author of the Dead West series, as well as several standalone books, and numerous anthology appearances including Triumph Over Tragedy, Corrupts Absolutely?, That Hoodoo Voodoo that You Do, Widowmakers, At Hell’s Gates 1&3, Neverland's Library, Blackguards, SNAFU Survival of the Fittest (Cohesion Press), and the forthcoming In the Shadow of the Towers (Night Shade), and Unbound (Grim Oak Press). Tim also collaborated on Memoirs of a MACHINE, the story of MMA pioneer John Machine Lober.

Tim is co-owner and Editor in Chief of Ragnarok Publications.

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