Friday, June 26, 2015

Book Tour Review: Outlaw Trigger (Epic #2) by Lee Stephen

Book Series: Epic, Book #2
Genres: Science Fiction, War, Christian Fiction, Fantasy
Format: eBook (Amazon)
Length: 300 pages
Release Date: September 25, 2007

They say every man has a breaking point-every man can be pushed off the edge. Scott Remington entered EDEN with the heart of a lion. He forged glory in the furnace of war. But on the heels of dawn, darkness awaits. Only when stretched to the limit will a man truly learn who he is. That limit is about to be breached. Lines will be crossed. Sides will be chosen. And faith will be put to the test. Will the righteous prevail?

Well... this wasn't where I was expecting the story to go at all. I think this book may have been the first time I've ever encountered a protagonist's complete transformation. I really liked Scott in Dawn of Destiny; it was really said to see that person die.

I have to say though, as soon as Nicole arrived in Novosibirsk I felt a sense of impending doom. Actually, it was  before that. When the Nightmen recruit was given the photo of his target, something told me it was going to be her. As horrible as it is to say, I think that it was Scott's faith that let me know something had to give. Everything was too easyhis unit, his promotions and notoriety, and his successes on the battlefield, and his purpose for being there. He had to be tested; I wasn't expecting in this way.

Scott's transformation was really interesting to watch. I think that Clarke's poor leadership should be called into question. There's no way he should have let him go on that second mission, Galina's final mission. I was so pissed at how Clarke reacted toward Scott. Yes, Scott led Galina into danger, but that was Clarke's fault. He called off Dostosevsky's order for Scott to go with the Nightmenwhen Dostosevsky was the one who wanted him to even go on this mission in the first place. Then Clarke assigned his soldiers to go off with someone who was clearly unstable. And what happened—someone died. What did Clarke expect; Scott would act reasonably on the battlefield when Clarke knew only rage, revenge and blood lust was on Scott's mind. 

I was really disappointed in both his AND David's reactions. Being both a cop and a solider, I am sure David has seen enough to not blame Scott for what happened. Yes, it was reckless for Scott it insist that Galina be his shadow; but it was also stupid for her to follow. And even more so, bad of Clarke to but her in the position of having to follow Scott. 

The only person who reacted rationally was Max. I find it really telling that the only person to have his back completely was the person who has been least likely to have his back. And you now whatmaybe this proves his harsh judgement of Scott has been justified. How strong was his faith really if his grief turned him into someone who'd kill out of revenge? He knew she wouldn't want that; as much as he claimed to do it for her, he acted for himself.

Back to Dostosevsky. I feel like an idiot for believing he was really aggrieved at his role in Scott's loss; I bought his emotions hook, line and sinker. His final betrayal wasn't something I saw coming. Wow!

I'm really interested to see where Scott can go from here. Where the Fourteenth can go from here. Is there a way that they can be saved? Is Sveta the answer? You know -- I wondered if there was more to Scott and her before. She felt significant to me; almost like if Nicole was gone, and Antoly was gone... would something happen between them. Only time will tell.

Great addition to the series. Can't want to see what's next.

 Outlaw Trigger (Epic #2)   Dawn of Destiny (Epic #1)


Born and raised in Cajun country, Lee Stephen spent his childhood paddling pirogues through the marshes of South Louisiana. When he wasn’t catching bullfrogs or playing with alligators in the bathtub (both true), he was escaping to the world of the imagination, creating worlds in his mind filled with strange creatures and epic journeys. This hasn’t stopped.

Now a resident of Luling, Louisiana, Lee spends time every day delving into the world of Epic, the science-fiction series that has come to define him as a writer and producer. Alongside his wife, Lindsey, their sons, Levi and Lawson, and their dog, Jake, Lee has made it a mission to create a series that is unique in its genre—one unafraid to address the human condition while staying grounded in elements of faith.

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