Masters and Bastards

Masters and Bastards

by Christopher J. Penington

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ISBN-13: 9781640273030
Publisher: Page Publishing, Inc.
Publication date: 08/02/2017
Pages: 448
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)

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Masters and Bastards 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Ducu More than 1 year ago
This book really surprised me with the attention to details, while the same time the story is moving rapidly. The plot was several layers tick and I never found myself lost, only surprised. The characters were just as deep and well developed. I did not found a single cookie cutter character in the entire story, as all the characters were layered. The fast past action, the clever intrigue, left me in a continuous suspense. I could not put this book down and I couldn't wait to see this book becoming a screen play. Ducu PS: The action seemed to be believable and the dialog was incredible.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
While not a huge fan of sci-fi, I took a chance on this novel. I'm glad I did. The story is very interesting with plenty of action and suspense, well developed characters and some surprises along the way. Finished the book in two days and wanted more. All in all a very good read from a talented writer.
JParker-Houston More than 1 year ago
The book, M&B, was a great read. I could hardly put it down. I was left hanging after ever chapter wanting to know what happens next. I would like to see this story made into a movie.
Shannon Cunningham More than 1 year ago
This novel reminded me of Stephen King's "Dark Tower" series and Robert Jordan's " Wheel Of Time" series. Good character development combined with layers of suspense and plot twists leaves the reader wanting more. I would like to read additional work from this author.
Peter-Lahti More than 1 year ago
This story grabbed me and never let go. I quickly found myself in the mind and thoughts of Andreas Marset who was immensely more complicated than I first thought. Marset is a rare generational character, putting him on par with a more sophisticated version of Darth Vader, but for good guys. If he ever gets the notoriety I believe he deserves, the name of Marset will be spoken in the same breath with Gandalf the Wizard. At one stage I was wondering about our hero’s good looks and tough-guy-jock persona, which had me thinking that he might turn out one-dimensional. But this early Marset incarnation soon made it clear that I was just pulling away tiny threads from a well-wrapped, fascinating character that ran deeper than any initial clues suggested. The plot continued to thicken as storylines unraveled one hint at a time, all the time enriched by a strong cast, bringing to the story their own rich and unique characterizations. Midway through the story I wanted to stab Emperor Constantine in the eye with his dinner knife, but as his character evolved, I found his gruff, vulgarity and candor (hidden within charm and sophistication), stunningly enriching in every scene in which he graced our presence. Two separate women played the role of Marset's love interests at one time or another. Isabella Caravingian (big surprise coming here) and his sworn Scythian enemy, Hanna Comzatava sent to kill him. Both were remarkably strong characters, which led the story into unexpected delightful romantic interludes that never once slowed the real mission of the story, which ultimately revealed Marset, the military genius, the only hope for mankind thwarting the vast alien invasion forces of troops and armadas. The dialog flowed beautifully, reminding me of some of the best back and forth banter I've ever seen in the finest of cinema. Marset is forced to grow up quickly as he is often on the wrong side of secret missions, backstabbing, duplicitous scheming and skullduggery. The book was just like that, always clever, always on the move, painting beautiful scenes while never slowing the conflict between the characters or their varied enemies. The combat scenes where full of white-knuckled, hard-hitting, punch-you-in-the-gut realism that left me trapped in a world where I couldn't figure out if I had just landed on Normandy Beach in 1944 or in the jungles of Vietnam in 1968. But of course, this story was not on earth. This all takes place on earth-like worlds where human DNA has been resurrected many eons into the future. Fearing for my characters, I loved every minute of it. In the final twist, we are confronted by the crone, the great antagonist in the story and she is ready, buddy. Metaphorically, we get to watch Rocky Marciano vs. Mohammed Ali. A few twists and turns later, we are scratching our heads, and by the time the great general has battled the old crone, I was left with great satisfaction for reasons I cannot divulge unless I spoil the story. Expect a couple of rewarding surprises at the end. One last note: a couple of large scale battles in this story unfold with historical believability, the way war often goes in boggy, snow-glazed fields. The tactical and strategic discussions are superb; Marset really excels here. His mental powers make him a dual-threat, but not a man without weaknesses. I loved the story and this book was a one day read for me, which is astounding since I normally take a few weeks to read a book.
Erica Paris More than 1 year ago
Love this book, excellent author. Very unique writing style. I'd love to see this book made into a movie.
CuzCross 3 months ago
Quite a spin on “Noah’s Ark!” Masters and Bastards depicts a brave new world from a clearly futuristic perspective. A new face, yet an old face of the human race battles to save humanity from itself, as well as from alien invasion. The story really began to unfold in the second chapter and continued to pick up speed until the end! I typically don’t read science fiction, but I received the book as a gift and I’m glad I had a rainy day to consume it! The characters and the plot were almost Medieval but, strangely new and exciting at the same time. Well done, Mr. Penington! Loved the book and I definitely recommend it!