Price of Vengeance

Price of Vengeance

by Kurt D. Springs


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"Liam! What have you done?" Marcus demanded. "You know our teachings on revenge."

Suddenly, irrationally angry, Liam straightened. "How can you defend him after what he did? To you, to Mom, to my birth parents, to everyone we cared about?"

With a howl of despair and emotional agony, Liam dashed forward, through the shade of his father, blindly running into the sewers.

What is the Price of Vengeance? One could understand why Liam is angry. Orphaned at the age of two by a group of giant carnivorous insects called the chitin, he was adopted by High Councilor Marcus and his wife, Lidia, and raised with their older son, Randolf, in New Olympia, the last remaining city on the planet Etrusci.

As an adult, Liam becomes a soldier. After being cut off from the city, he finds that there is an alien intelligence behind the chitin. To defeat it, he must discover who he is and how to use his powers. When Liam discovers that a traitor responsible for his birth parents' deaths has also murdered his beloved foster parents, he might find that the price he has to pay in his quest for vengeance will prove to be an even more unbeatable foe.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781629944586
Publisher: Tate Publishing & Enterprises, L.L.C.
Publication date: 04/22/2014
Pages: 320
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

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Price of Vengeance 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
LAWonder More than 1 year ago
 For all fans of Star Wars, War off the World, etc., this book is for you! Orphaned at age two - after witnessing the horrifying death of his parents - Liam was given a home with High Councilor Marcus and his wife, Lidia. Along with Randolf - their biological son - they raised him as their own son.  Now as grown men, both sons were members of the colony's military.  Once again the same giant, carnivorous insects who savagely killed Liam's biological parents, were again attacking in huge swarms. Liam was smaller than most of the others but as a Finnian, he was  more agile and able to move much more quickly. Although very close as brothers, Randolf was three years older and higher in rank so they did not serve together. The majority of the story is the ensuing battle between the two forces for the survival if the last city remaining on the planet, Etrusci. The people were being massacred by the hideous creatures, who attacked in swarms.   The time period was centuries into the future. Survival of the planet's inhabitants seemed hopeless. They would have to succumb to a heartless individual. The action and suspense was constant. There were surprising, plus, predictable twists. There were a few typographical errors but essentially, the writing was very well done. Although too dark for my liking, the book cover is eye-catching and the title is a good "fit". The characters and creatures were well defined and real. The background scenes and actions were painfully described and easily pictured. The attempts at limited romance were awkwardly depicted. Although a well-written, well thought out tale, it was way too violent for my recommendations -as so many stories are, this day and age. This is recommended for ages 13 - up because of violence. My rating of this book, through my review offers a Four Stars eating. *This book was generously sent to me by the author for an honest review, of which I have given.
Jessica_Lauryn More than 1 year ago
An interesting, well written story! Though I don’t generally read science fiction, I was instantly pulled in by the author’s voice and vivid descriptions, which are consistent throughout the book. Orphaned after witnessing the death of his parents, hero Liam is adopted by the High Councilor Marcus and his wife, who raise him along with their biological son, Randolph. Year later, Liam and Randolph become members of the colony's military. The chitin, who killed Liam's parents, are attacking once again, and Liam realizes that the insects are being driven by an alien intelligence. To defeat them, he must learn how to use his powers. Price of Vengeance is full of adventure and suspense. It’s set in a futuristic time in which the human race has been genetically modified and to have super powers. The book is true to its title. Liam has been greatly affected by his parents’ death and his inner battle for revenge, and his overcoming that battle, shapes him to become the hero he does. Springs strikes an excellent balance between world creation and character development. He paints a vivid picture, while simultaneously developing and executing a strong plot. This book was hard to put down! Kurt D. Springs is an author to keep an eye on! I can’t wait to read Promise of Mercy!
AMadisonMom More than 1 year ago
Total sci-fi, action, adventure. It had a very “Ender’s Game” vibe to me… with the one man/boy best equipped to fight the enemy… and the enemy armies consisting of huge insect like hive-mind creatures. The story building was very detailed, with a lot of history. I liked that that background history wasn’t unloaded on the reader all at once, but unfolded as Liam and Randolf learned the past events. I also enjoyed that, while the story was FULL of fight scenes and action, there were enough quieter, thoughtful scenes interspersed. Heartfelt, thoughtful talks, between many of the characters. While I loved Liam’s character (and how much he grew through the story) I have to say a couple of supporting characters stole the show for me. Swift-Hunter, a bear-lizard who communicates telepathically, brought a sweet and humorous note to the story that really helped balance some of the stress and violence. While he was every bit of the strong and capable warrior you would assume a “bear-lizard” sounds… his compassion and loyalty was pleasantly unexpected. Jarek had a similar feel. As he trained Liam in the Dreamscape… he still had a quality that kept things light. His sense of humor had me laughing a couple of times. The majority of the book was focused on battles and violence… so the touches of humor, love, and lightness were nicely placed. While the book was full of action and adventure and all things sci-fi… it was clear to me that the story also had a theme of acceptance running through it. Acceptance of things not at face value. Breaking of stereotypes and prejudice. Liam was a Finnian adopted into an Etrucian society. He was shorter, and darker, and just… different. Society wasn’t accepting of him and so he kept himself separated… even though those that DID get to know him loved him and respected him. Swift-Hunter was one of a species that was feared simply from afar because of their appearance. In reality he was trustworthy, and loyal, and compassionate (although still something to be fear if crossed). Things are not always as they seem.
Cherylkochbooks More than 1 year ago
When I first picked up this book to read it I was unsure about it. I like sci-fi/fantasy type books but the prospect of killer bugs/chitin being the enemy was a little far fetched for me. My first thought after starting to read this book was Starship Troopers featuring Casper Van Dien. Yet, this book was so much better than this movie. Liam exceeds Casper's performance and is a great leader. I also liked Liam's older brother, Randolf. They knew the true meaning of blood is thicker than water. This book had a really good storyline with strong characters and lots of action to keep it moving at a steady pace. I was flying through the book. Mr. Springs has a good talent for storytelling. Instantly I was transported to this world as if I was one of the residents experiencing everything that was happening. I can't wait to read book two.
MarkBordner More than 1 year ago
Excellent pacing, wonderfully creative, and tugs at your emotions. Here is an emerging writer that clearly knows what he is doing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
War is Upon Us First of all, this is not my genre. I rarely read sci-fi owing to a “technical detail” fatigue, but the prologue of this wonderful book started with the character dynamic, not an elaborate sci-fi world. I HAD to care. I had to know what was going to happen to my poor characters.  Liam has been raised in an adopted military family. The culture and heritage felt genuine. He’s a bit of an outcast, and I loved that he’s an introvert and man of action, always stepping forward when there’s a job to be done. He takes the initiative and finds some rather startling and creative solutions, even when it seems like all may be lost. I loved that he wasn’t a crowd pleaser, although definitely a hero. The dream walking aspects were fascinating and rather mind blowing while the world building left me anxious to know more about their universe.  The author doesn’t bog the reader down with the technical aspects and the story is action focused. I would definitely read more from this author