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Book Review: Rath's Deception (The Janus Group Book 1) by Piers Platt

Rath's Deception (The Janus Group Book 1)
by Piers Platt
February 2, 2016
On the cut-throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed … or dead. So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it. But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite assassins it controls. Rath will have to survive their grueling, off-world training, and fulfill all fifty kills in his contract before a single cent comes his way. And ending so many lives comes with a price Rath can't anticipate. It'll certainly cost him what's left of his innocence. It may well cost him his life.

The novel set in the future on other planets. One day, Rath is found on the streets of the worse part of his home planet, Tarkis, and is taken by a policeman to a mobile station for the Janus Group, a criminal organization—what fantasy readers think of as the Guild. People like the cop are hired to find certain orphans who are tested, those who pass, are trained and molded into assassins. Contracts are made with the Guild and an assassin is sent out to kill the contracted victim. If the assassin makes it to fifty kills without dying or getting arrested, they are offered money out of those fifty contracted kills and set up for retirement. Except Rath learns from one who did make it, that not all is rosy with that deal.

Rath’s Deception is a science fiction mashed with a thriller, full of spaceships, murder, explosions, and technology. In a future, where a kill means a chance, eventually, for the good life, even the assassin may find himself or herself on the other end of the weapon. At first I did not care for Rath, but eventually he went from a tough-assed jerk to a 3D character I cared for. And the storyline grew into a twisting thrill ride on an interstellar Ferris wheel of intrigue and death.

I give Rath’s Deception 4.5 sheep

Pamela Kinney

About the Author:

Piers Platt is the New York Times bestselling author of "Combat and Other Shenanigans," a memoir of his year-long deployment to Iraq as a tank and scout platoon leader. Piers grew up in Boston, but spent most of his childhood in various boarding schools, including getting trained as a classical singer at a choir school for boys. He joined the Army in 2002, and spent four years on active duty.

When he's not writing or spending time with his lovely wife and daughter, Piers works as a strategy consultant in New York city.

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