Reverence

Reverence

by Joshua Landeros

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It is April 2065. The White House is now a mere memento from an age long gone, the Pentagon is now a daunting tower that watches over all, and the people have embraced the security with open arms. Enforcing this new world order is William Marconi, just one of an elite super soldier army of 144, 000. Part man and part machine, it is his sworn duty to annihilate any suspected threat to the new utopia. In a single heartbeat, however, William is faced with an opponent he has never known the likes of. Civilian and soldier alike become victims in a bloodbath that threatens to consume all he knows. In order to win, he’ll have to question his allies, his enemies, and himself.

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BN ID: 2940154409312
Publisher: Joshua Landeros
Publication date: 06/09/2017
Series: Reverence
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 19,832
File size: 1 MB

About the Author

Greetings, everyone Welcome to my humble little page where I am building my self-publishing business. Ever since I was in grade school I loved the art of writing. As a compulsive TV/movie/book addict, I always wanted to tell my own stories. So I started working on my first novel way back in high school, several really, but none that pleased me. Finally, I picked a story I believed would connect with people and also test my limits as a writer. Thus, my first book "Reverence" was born. Ever since I discovered the wonders of self-publishing, I realized we live in an age where authors do not have to beg at the feet of big publishers to see the light of day. Though it takes A LOT of hard work and dedication (and unmentionable amounts of coffee), I find writing my stories probably the most fulfilling experience in my life. This page will detail my works as they are published, starting with "Reverence Volume 1" which was published early 2016 but was re-released in December. My books touch on a lot of topics that I find relevant in our world today, among them war, poverty, political apathy, family, all wrapped in engrossing sci-fi epics with plenty of action and touches of humor. That being said, let the books speak for themselves and check them out. Please like, share, and thank you for all the support guys!

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Reverence 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Kelly Caldwell More than 1 year ago
In the year 2065, the United Nation Republic, run by Carl Venloran, practically runs the world. With its well trained army and a group of cyborg super soldiers, what began as a beacon of hope and stability in a time of war has become a vicious dictatorship that squashes any opposition. Will, one of those cyborgs, has given twenty years to the UNR without ever questioning his mission, but glimpses of his past life and an encounter with a group of rebels leads him to a place he can’t help but explore further. For Will, the past and the present are about to collide. “Reverence”, by Joshua Landeros in the first in a series of books that explore Will’s life and the rise of the UNR. In this book is a familiar story, one where a seemingly unstoppable power is confronted by a rag-tag group and in the process, loyalties are challenged. As far as it goes though, Landeros excels at making the narrative fresh and exciting. The cyborgs who fight for Venloran, now called Chancellor, are well written, complex characters who are presented as perfectly fine tuned killing machines yet still exude enough humanity to elicit sympathy at times. Even Venloran, the villainous force behind the oppressive government, is given a degree of warmth that is sometimes lacking in an antagonist. The relationships between Venloran, the cyborgs, the soldiers, and the rebels are all built in a way that leaves the reader wanting to know more, especially as their intertwined backgrounds are slowly revealed. These details are provided in frequent flashbacks throughout the narrative, giving insight into the cyborgs’ lives when they were simple soldiers, and also shows the beginnings of the UNR. The plot is not all story driven though- there are plenty of action scenes throughout to keep things interesting. Throughout “Reverence” the themes of love, loyalty, and regret are constantly revisited. Will, as well as Luis and Valerie, the other two cyborgs, each deal with their unexpected memories in different ways, but the feeling of loss drives each of them the most. While Will and Valerie can’t seem to remember fully what it even is that they lost, they both have the desire to learn. Luis on the other hand, fuels his loss into anger to better perform his job. Even the rebels are motivated by the loss of liberty and freedom that the UNR seeks to eliminate in its quest for power and submission. “Reverence” gets 5 out of 5 stars for being consistently entertaining and well written. I lost track of time while I sat and read! The balance between story and action is perfect, and the characters are exceptionally well rounded and interesting. It was easy to be invested in their futures and interested in their pasts. There are bonus excerpts of both the sequel and prequel to give just a little more of the story and I plan to read both!
Bergen_Dox More than 1 year ago
Reverence by Joshua Landeros is a dystopic futuristic story of war, humanity, and cyborgs in space. It follows a group of characters that vary from an aging general to young rebels to a jaded cyborg super soldier and everything in between. The characters are one of the strongest parts of this book, and each felt like unique individuals with backstories, motives, relationships and quirks that set them apart. I had a bit of a hard time keeping them all straight, as the cast is large, but they were all well crafted. The action in this novel is vibrant and shocking, fully immersing the reader in visceral scenes of warfare. The fight scenes intersperse wandering chunks of dialogue like exclamation points, underscoring the brevity of the lives of the majority of the human characters thrown into a world of violence and eternal war. The cyborg characters serve both as protagonists/antagonists (depending on who you sympathize with more) and also as allegory, and he does a good job of letting the reader draw their own conclusions from the complex story he tells. There are themes of anti-war, posthumanism, corruption, nationalism and much more woven throughout, without it being only about one thing. I think the multi-layering of the themes helps make it both an interesting story and keeps it from feeling preachy or like it is pushing a specific agenda. The author also uses time jumps exceptionally well. The story is told non-linearly, and this works to his advantage as he retroactively reveals how the world came to this, who the characters are and where they stand in the world, and where they are all coming from. They enrich the narrative that would honestly be pretty boring to my personal tastes if told in order and make it interesting and surprising as it bounces around through time and space. My only real qualm is that the story in general felt a bit too long. Dialogue scenes drag on, and scenes open with excessively elaborate descriptions of characters' clothing or surroundings full of passive voice. He has a tendency to tell rather than show, which takes a pretty solid story and makes it less engaging. Another round of content editing and an increased focus on being concise would have done a lot for this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reverence Volume 1 is a futurist, science-fiction book written by Joshua Landeros. The book takes place in the year 2065, and the future is very different and bleak than we could imagine. Super soldiers reign the world. With the latest technology of the future, some soldiers are now part machine and part human. The book follows William and how he has to navigate his world to win against his enemy. The main goal of these super soldiers is to guard against any threat to the building of utopia. The ever-watchful government, the enemy, and the bloodbath threat make an adventure. Landeros creates a futuristic world that is not too far off-base of what could be. I mean this in the sense of how the government functions and the fighting for utopia. To me, there is nothing more realistic than killing people for peace. I also found the involvement of the government, the Pentagon specifically, watching over people to be pretty realistic for a future. The fact that the White House is now just a museum piece of sorts was also something that would make sense, but at the same time, pretty shocking since it is such a figure piece of the United States. One of my favorite parts of the book was the cyborgs. Part man and part machine were reminiscent of Terminator but in a much cooler way. At one point, you could see how the cyborgs opened up and had some of the technology explained. It was very vivid and descriptive where I could see it in my head. Landeros does a great job describing things without making it too descriptive. He paints a pretty good picture of what is happening in the book. While I said that this book is a futuristic, science-fiction book, it is also heavily military very based. Not only does it have a heavy military presence, there is a lot of fighting, which makes for an action-packed book. The book is fast-paced, exciting, full of action, and as mentioned previously, perfectly described as a movie is playing in your head. I think this book is good overall, but it was not something that I would read typically. I do not care for military centered books. However, I could appreciate it for what it is. Reverence is a work for military fans who also enjoy science fiction. It definitely paints the picture of a world that would interest those within these genres. The science fiction was interesting on its own. The futuristic aspect is what drew me into the book, and I think that is a strong part of the storyline. However, the book is also very heavily military centered, and there are so many readers out there who would love the battle aspect. There was also a touch of humanity in the book. I greatly enjoyed the parts discussing religion and the Bible in particular. The characters brought up such great points that were thought-provoking. Overall, I really liked the meaning behind it.
EmersonRoseCraig More than 1 year ago
Reverence, by author Joshua Landeros, is the story of a not too distant future. In the year 2065, a lot of things have changed in the United States, and the super-soldiers will do anything to protect the new utopia. One of these elite super soldiers is William Marconi. But something is threatening his world, and no one is safe from the bloodbath. The story is quick, exciting, and action-packed. This is a great story for anyone who loves military science fiction. This action-adventure combines in-depth and exciting fight scenes, intriguing character development, and a great and fun plot. Landeros has done a wonderful job pulling this book together and making it a captivating read. Some of his writing choices were somewhat hard to follow sometimes. The writing was either awkward or slow, but I did not find this to be very distracting. The plot itself was so mesmerizing that I was able to get completely immersed into the story. Generally, military fiction is not my go-to, but the science fiction elements of the story were such unique and fun aspects, that the book really pulled me in. The fighting and set-up and characters and plot all complement each other well. I found William Marconi to be a very fascinating character to follow through this dangerous journey. William is a talented, brave, and hardworking person with a very clear set of morals. He is a direct outcome of the world that he lives in. But he also has his own dreams and truth that he is striving for. The book was an exciting read from beginning to end. The book definitely can get dark and violent at times, so that is something to keep in mind before going into the book. This is the debut novel of the author and I was very impressed by his work and look forward to seeing more from him in the future. Overall, this book is a great read, I was continuously pleasantly surprised by it as I read it, and I would definitely recommend it! Five stars!
Sarah Nantais More than 1 year ago
If you’re looking for an action-packed, psychological thriller with science-fiction elements, Reverence by Joshua A. Landeros is a good book for you. As part one of a series, we are thrust into a post-apocalyptic world that is a mesh of George Orwells 1984 and Terminator come together. Our protagonist, Will Marconi, is a super-soldier with cyborg additions. Set in the not-so-distant future of 2065, this exciting book will get your heart pumping as you delve into a world that is not as fictionalized as perhaps we’d like to believe. Blood, guts and gore line the pages of this book. There are intense battles and combat on nearly every page. As a reader that lives for that, it appeals to my aesthetics completely. However, the level of gore might be too much for other readers. While imagery of this type can be seen as excessive and unnecessary, it fits with the themes of Landeros’ world. No one is safe as the bloodbath threatens to consume all in its path. Will begins as a cold character, not only because of his machine parts, but because of his personality. As much as he may try to deny it though, Will is human and that humanity may be his downfall. The detractions to this story are minimal. When a book relies so heavily on combat, blood and intensity, it needs to be balanced with superb story-telling and character building in order to appeal to various audiences. Landeros drops the ball a bit here as he either has too many side characters that take up precious real estate, or the fighting overtakes the narrative. This is the first book in a series, however, so it’s possible that the world-building for this series is just taking a bit longer than expected. It does capture intrigue into future installments so hopefully the subsequent books build upon this precedent. Excitement abounds within the pages of Reverence by Joshua A. Landeros. The first book in a series, we are thrust into a future where Big Brother is watching everything and super-soldiers storm the battlefields. This is a false utopia and those in power will do anything to keep it as it is. Join Will Marconi as he experiences the new reality of 2065. Not for the faint of heart, this impressive installment in the science-fiction genre is definitely one for the ages and is sure to be a welcome addition to any fans shelves.
aaron washington More than 1 year ago
The book is set in the future, in the year 2065. The reader is taken through extra action, adventure, and extreme events as the story unfolds. Joshua Landeros incorporated a futuristic, advanced and graphic style when writing the book. You will love the military action as the author was explicit in the narration. ‘Reverence Volume 1’ is a story about an authoritarian system that uses cyborg soldiers to contain those who are opposing the regime. The battles were exciting to follow, the conversations intense and the characters remarkable. Reading about the action during battles was a chilling but wonderful experience. Human soldiers who were not strong were not lucky as they underwent torment and abuse by the half-human, half-robot cyborgs. Technology and the military were among the major themes in the book. How thrilling were the cyborgs? I was amazed all through as I read about them and the powers they had. Will became an immediate favorite character as not only was he among the very first cyborgs, he was also more knowledgable than most. He examined situations well and made sober decisions most of the time. Will had witnessed how gangs, terrorists, and politicians operated. He had crashed a lot of them in the past and that made him a special character. Reading about the military personnel and their ranks, the gear they wore and tactics they used to suppress opponents made one feel like they are present on the ground with the military. The author’s style of describing the events is what made the book an excellent novel. Get taken to a universe with the New World Order, futuristic sci-fi, and a warlike state as you read through the twenty interesting chapters in the book. Other themes that can be highlighted include politics, power, social norms, consciousness, and superhumans. Will Marconi was among the conscious characters in the book. He at some point started to keenly observe and think about the route their allegiance had taken. We can see that even with the change that happened to Will and his colleagues, the characters did not lose all of their human features like their emotions. You will have moments that you will tense on behalf of the characters as you imagine that their schemes will fail. ‘Reverence Volume 1’ is an incredible book that will be loved by readers who enjoy reading about serious violence, sci-fi and military action. Joshua Aaron Landeros outdid himself with the development of the plot and character creation. I loved how the United Nation Republic packaged themselves from the start. The mood in the book is thrilling, energetic and exciting to read. Joshua Aaron Landeros wrote a thriller that is both captivating and highly electrifying The author wrote an instant classic that has mind-blowing scenes. I found every chapter to be both stimulating and fun to read.
mam2wm More than 1 year ago
Joshua Landeros’s novel, Reverence: Volume One, is an absolute show-stopper. I could end my review right there, but potential readers deserve a taste of what they’ll experience as they race through the 350-page novel. Reverence alternates between two years in the not too distant future, one in which the world is divided by war, in 2044, and one in which it is led by the United Nation Republic (or UNR) at the will of the all-powerful Chancellor Venloran in 2065. Landeros’s futuristic tale is not full of aliens and spaceships, but rather perhaps more terrifying modern terrors: authoritarian leaders who can kill at a whim, cyborg super soldiers capable of wiping out hundreds of civilians, and, of course, a small but gutsy resistance force. Undoubtedly meriting a full 5-star rating, Reverence will keep readers entertained from the very first page until the last. Reverence is heavily action-packed, but it does not rely only on action to move the plot forward. Landeros spends an equal amount of time dedicated to developing interpersonal relationships between his characters and offering just the right amount of background information along the way to keep readers guessing. But forget about what you think of typical science fiction or action novels, because Reverence will surprise and delight readers at every turn. Reverence focuses on the cyborg known as both Unit 21, or Will, his name before he became a cyborg. In truly skillful authorship, Landeros turns someone who readers might expect to be a villain into an amazing protagonist. Will is powerful but sensitive, obedient but questioning, and, above all, complex. His complexity is what will draw in readers from the very first pages: someone who seems like a run-of-the-mill robot serving his all-powerful overlord transforms into an incredibly well-developed and fascinating character. Will is not your “Terminator”-style superhuman; in fact, it is his humanity that will have readers in awe and perhaps in tears as they experience the ups and downs of Reverence. Landeros weaves an intricate web of relationships around Will in Reverence, developing multi-layered connections with fellow cyborgs, human soldiers, unlikely friends, and family. By alternating between two time periods, Reverence is able to provide vital information about the characters’ pasts and the history of the United Nation Republic, without which would make for an incredibly complicated plotline. And by writing about both time periods in the present, Landeros ensures that readers always feel as if they are in on the action, and not stuck reading a history textbook. And, by spending time in decades in the somewhat close future, Reverence will elicit introspection in readers, who are perhaps looking critically at tumult in their own present-day. What seems at the outset an action-filled science fiction novel becomes so much more in Reverence. Which is not to say that Reverence isn’t an action-packed and fun read – it absolutely is. But it’s also a story that questions what it means to be a human; what it means to be a soldier; what it means to love your country; and what it means to have faith. The 350 pages of Landeros’s first volume in the series will fly by for readers and leave them ready to devour the next installment.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“Reverence” is Volume 1 of Joshua Landeros’ series. It’s his debut novel and holds great promise for the novels to come in the series. I’m going to give it a 3.5 out of 5, in the hopes that that portrays how much I enjoyed the novel, even if it isn’t necessarily the next Hunger Games. But don’t get me wrong, I am seriously looking forward to the next installment… Let’s step into the distant future: it is 2044 and a Great War is being fought. The result is that the group called the United Nation Republic is put into power in 2046 in form of government. Now, let’s jump forward, to the present day in the book’s world: it is set in 2065, where super soldiers who are genetically modified act as guardians of their Utopian world. Their leader, Chancellor Venloran, ensures that the prospect of resistance is squashed, and he does so through control of his soldiers. A pleasing structure of the novel is that we learn of the context through flashbacks – it’s both artistic, exciting and necessary to learn as much as we can about the world we find ourselves immersed in. This world painted by Landeros is clearly not the world we live in today – with cyborgs as well as advanced technology and weaponry. Yet, despite this disparity, the world still grapples with issues we currently face. The notion that “history repeats itself” runs through the plot strongly. Something that can often be put on the bottom of a writer’s checklist when it comes to science fiction is humor and clever dialogue. Luckily for us, this is not the case with “Reverence”. Instead, we find ourselves laughing at the jovial chatter between characters and relaxed by the casualness of it. It reads like an actual conversation would when it comes to dialogue, which is a breath of fresh air in terms of the content’s density. One of very few flaws that I would comment on in terms of the novel’s style is its pacing. In novels such as these, the plot has to remain quick and easy to digest. While the writing style leads to an ease when it comes to consuming each sentence, it tends to drag a little bit in terms of plot development. There are times when I wondered when something was going to happen, because it was taking quite a while. But other than that, the story was great and I’d go as far as to say the only reason I found this lag frustrating was because I was so encapsulated by the story line and was desperate to know what would happen next. At the end of the day, this is a novel that you’re going to enjoy, despite any issues that arise technically. It is fun, witty and adventure packed, providing you with a fix of energy over the couple of days it’ll take you to read it. Bravo on Book 1, Landeros. I look forward to the rest!
KerrieIrish More than 1 year ago
Reverence by Joshua Landeros begins in the year 2065, and a Utopion world has been created. In this new world, there are cyborg soldiers who have been made to take over a resistance army threatening to defeat the United Nations Republic, which is the new government system. Will and Luis are part of the super soldier army, both cyborgs who from the very beginning of their military career seem to get themselves into all types of trouble. Both soldiers are equipped with guns as well as sabers to defeat the enemy, and they are not afraid to use them. In this novel we see flash backs of when the UNR began starting in 2046, and the situations which occurred with the government and the world that made that possible. In the future, someone is out to get the leader of the UNR, and they will stop at nothing to assassinate him. When he is finally murdered, the uprising of the army is underway. This book is extremely well written; the story flows into the next chapter, as well as the flashbacks with ease, even the cyborg characters have great personalities. They have their own unique sense of humor, and find different ways to make the story entertaining. This is not the typical kind of book that I read, but it has a lot of heart, and even some romance. I enjoyed learned about Will and Luis, their struggle, their beginning, and the sacrifices that they had to make in order to become soldiers. I really enjoyed that this book wasn’t strictly a political or war book, there were aspects of romance, which gave the cyborgs some human qualities that I could really relate to. I also enjoyed that the action scenes were descriptive, and you could see them play out almost like a movie in your head. Another great thing about this book was the flashbacks, it was great to understand the history of the UNR, and really find out what happened between the United States and the rest of the world. I’m not going to give any spoilers away, but it was quite interesting to see the things that can happen to a government to take it over. It’s almost scary to think about the outcome of some of the government’s worst ideas. The best thing of all about this book are the characters, you would think cyborgs would be boring, with one track minds, but the author gave Will and Luis personalities that outshine the rest of the book. Will has some flashbacks about a girl, and the heartbreak and love that he feels are tremendous. It really kept the story going for me, and left me with mystery that I really enjoyed. One of the things that I didn’t like about this book was that it seemed to drag on at some points, and it left me bored and finding it hard to pay attention. Maybe the high intensity of the action scenes left me with a little hangover so that I couldn’t quite get into the duller scenes that talked about political standpoints and other information that seemed to drone on. If you are looking for a book with a mix of political, thriller, military and romance, this is definitely the book that you want to pick up. The futuristic plot, and the super soldier cyborgs really hold the story together. I give this book 4 out of 5 stars, very entertaining, high intensity and fun.
FindMeInFairytales More than 1 year ago
Reverence by Joshua Landeros takes place in a dystopian military environment, where super soldiers (cyborgs), Will and Luis, work for a government agency called the United Relations Republic. The majority of the story takes place in current time, 2065, but there are frequent flashbacks to 2044 (when the war began) and 2046 (when the UNR was first created to stop the war). The flashbacks show case various events that lead up to present time and the major events that occur along the way to get to where we are now. From the very first page, we are dropped right in the middle of a war. The beginning, all the way through to the end, is filled with action, thought-provoking elements, and fiery dialogue. What surprised me the most about this story, is that it has a deeper meaning with more complex elements. On the surface it started out as a human vs. super human war of good vs. evil, but as the story progresses various elements unfold to reveal that things aren’t so black and white. One of my favourite parts in the story was the two separate time frames. Starting in present time in the year 2065, then flashbacks starting from 2044 and 2046 showcasing various events that lead up to the current state the book is in. I really love when stories do this, I find it holds an element of surprise and keeps the reader engaged. Plus the mysterious aspect that the reader gets to find out what is happening as the book goes along makes for an enjoyable read. One of the negative aspects of this book, was the typical chauvinistic and macho attitude that is a stereotype of the military. If the story itself didn’t have an interesting premise to it, I definitely wouldn’t have been compelled to finish the story. The redeeming factor was that the stereotype attitude of the military was broken by Will, one of the cyborgs, as the book moved along. I really enjoyed how the author portrayed Will and his thoughts. He wasn’t supposed to have human emotions or memories about his past, yet he did. He wondered certain things and questioned whether what he was doing was right. Questioning his purpose wasn’t supposed to happen, but he was constantly thinking about things humans think about in terms of good vs. evil and right vs. wrong. I’m glad the author created Will like this because I think the human mind is so much more powerful than we give it credit for, even as a cyborg! Overall, I would give this book a 4 out of 5 rating. Even though it was an interesting story that was action packed and moved at a steady pace, I felt like it was a story that I had read before and it didn’t add anything new to the book world. It was very well written and I would recommend it for anyone looking to try reading a dystopian military book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Reverence Volume 1 is the first book, from Joshua A. Landeros, in a planned series, with its sequel due shortly. A Science Fiction genre, the book is set predominately in 2065 with flashbacks to 2044. Society is democratic no more. The UNR (United Nation Republic) rules, with power hungry Carl Venloran at its helm. New regimes are in place, with anyone daring to venture from them facing death at the hands of a Cyborg. Cyborgs are Venloran’s Super Soldiers. Used solely for their lack of empathy, they are considered the perfect war machine; that is until they begin to question their own existence. I was pleasantly surprised to find myself captured by this rather intriguing style of book. The idea of a futuristic war story with cyborgs usually suggests a complicated masculine story, which I tend to avoid. However, I genuinely enjoyed Reverence and was glad I put my initial prejudices aside. In the story, the country is war torn and this concept is not difficult to relate to now. Also, the notion of a leader who has no empathy and will stop at nothing to bring people round to his way of thinking was terrifying, whilst so easy to imagine as a future possibility considering the current state of today’s society! The reader is forced to question their initial perceptions, as the idea of using damaged humans to create Cyborgs presents so many moral dilemmas. Referred to by the establishment as unit numbers, Joshua also mentions each Special Soldiers human name, immediately establishing a relationship between Cyborg and reader. As the current war prevails, some of the cyborgs find themselves developing emotions which ultimately force them to question what is being asked of them. In turn, the reader begins to feel sympathy for their plight. Will is commonly known as S.S.C Unit 21 and instantly becomes one of the most interesting and likeable characters in the book. It is through Will that we come to question a society without a democracy, and whether it is possible to reform it when it has breached so many limits. As hard as Will fights it, the snippets of his past and emotions that continue to haunt him soon become the catalyst for beginning to overturn the UNR, but it is not without its casualties on either side. With intense fighting throughout the story, I commend the extraordinary fight scenes towards the end of the book for their pure entertainment and fully descriptive verse. These are powerful scenes with the ability to lift the action off the page. After reading this, it is surprising to learn that this is Joshua’s first book, because the confidence in his prose suggests an established and experienced writer. The book in its entirety is very well written and captivating and Joshua’s writing style is engaging. The flashbacks to the time before the world changed are very well handled, allowing the reader to make sense of the journey in between. Reverence Volume 1 is a thrilling first debut with much promise for the rest of the series. I look forward to reading the next adventure.
TheHungryMonster More than 1 year ago
Reverence by Joshua Landeros is a futuristic military story based around the United Nation Republic, a group created in 2046 as a new reigning form of government. The majority of Reverence takes place in the year 2065, with flashbacks to what ensued during the great war that began in 2044 and how the UNR came to be in power. Reverence follows the stories of humanoid super soldiers Will and Luis as they work under their fearless leader, Chancellor Venloran, and follow his orders to demolish a budding resistance that threatens the utopian world. From the opening pages of the book, you are thrown into a world unlike ours, from the introduction of the cyborg super soldiers and the descriptions of futuristic technology. Witty banter between the characters pulls you in immediately, and the reoccurring flashback chapters offer a bit of mystery that will leave you eager to turn each page. The story takes place mainly in Washington, D.C. at the UNR headquarters, with a few exhibitions to places such as Iran, Virginia, and other locations with strong political influence. Despite the many flashbacks and location changes, Landeros makes the journey effortless as you read, and his colorful writing style brings the images to life as if you were seeing them on a screen. Strong elements of action, politics, and even romance bud in the corners of this revolution driven story. As rebels rise up against the UNR in attempts to bring them down by assassinating the Chancellor, life goes on amidst the characters. Themes of forbidden romance are touched on as android super soldiers face their own mortality and the lingering human emotions of their previous lives before their existence was rewired. The satisfaction of mystery solving is included through thematic flashbacks to the beginning of the war that began the UNR in the point of view of a young Joseph Halsey, a prisoner when the story begins. He is a personal favorite of mine, as I love a story of moral transformation and strong beliefs. Landeros brings together the appeal of a utopian future and corrupt government together in a beautiful way. The story highlights human nature and what is behind a person that drives them to fight against what their heart tells them. At times, the story was slow, but was always urged along with clever dialogue between characters. It was the super soldier units that made this story a blast to read. The flashbacks that Will suffers in secret and the mysterious connection between him and the lovely Val sucked me in and made me want more. I loved seeing Landeros showcase the difference in maturity with the varying ages of the characters, especially with Cisco. A little more information closer to the beginning of the story about what the UNR was would have helped with early understanding and interest, as well as more time spent on flashbacks for a more clear picture. Landeros is able to successfully create a realistic and intriguing world in this dystopian novel.
Reader_Views More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Susan Violante for Reader Views (02/17) Article first published as Book Review: ‘Reverence’ by Joshua Aaron Landeros on Blogcritics. In his debut novel “Reverence,” Joshua Aaron Landeros delivers an action-packed, post-apocalyptic tale that will have readers asking for justice in the battle for world domination. It’s 2065 and much of the world is dominated by the United Nation Republic, under the thumb of Chancellor Carl Venloran. Revered as a savior, Venloran is held in high regard by his soldiers, civilians, and world leaders; but there is an uprising brewing that threatens the existence of his empire. Super Soldiers William Marconi and Luis Viramontes lead the responsibility in protecting this new world order without question, and at any cost. When Will begins to suspect that Venloran might not be the Supreme Commander everyone thinks he is, he realizes that the cost just might be too much to pay. Landeros does a great job, delivering a clearly crafted, multi-faceted story, which is rich in details. Well-timed flashbacks give readers an inside look into the characters and their back-stories, tying all the elements of the plot together with an exciting flair. His characters have great depth and one really gets a sense of being inside their heads. Love them or hate them, Landeros has created strong and genuine characters that will provoke intense reactions from readers. There is a deep level of camaraderie between the soldiers, both on the side of the United Nation Republic and the rebel forces. The friction and internal conflict between the regular UNR soldiers and the Super Soldiers keep the dialogue interesting and the storyline moving. William Marconi, the protagonist grows and develops with the story, as he begins to question the motives of his Chancellor. The battle scenes are bloody, and fans of military Sci-Fi will appreciate the level of detail on the special weapons, the battles, and the protocol used throughout the storyline. It is evident that much research went into every aspect to ensure credibility. Overall, I found “Reverence” by Joshua Aaron Landeros to be an intense, dynamic adventure, sure to be enjoyed by Sci-Fi fans. I recommend it as a four stars out of five awesome read, and look forward to seeing more work from this young author in the future.
ReadersFavorite4 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Cheryl E. Rodriguez for Readers' Favorite Reverence by Joshua Aaron Landeros is a battle of humans versus androids. The old ways are over, but not forgotten. The year is 2065. The Oval Office is a mere exhibit of history. Where the Pentagon once stood, a tower stands imperially watching over its citizens. The Expansion war is over; Chancellor Carl Venloran is the supreme leader of the United Nation Republic. The Chancellor keeps the peace through his elite android soldiers, men and women “reborn as perfect beings, unwavering in duty.” Venloran maintains his rule by “eradicating the enemy... No negotiation, only submission and compliance.” However, there is an insurgence; a group of rebels is preparing to take on UNR and their Cyborgs! These dissident soldiers are willing to give their lives to destroy the Chancellor and reclaim their nation. When the UNR gets cocky, believing they are invincible, the rebels prove to be a valiant, formidable force. The Chancellor’s worst fear is realized; UNR is on the verge of civil war. “History truly does repeat itself.” Joshua Aaron Landeros pens his debut novel Reverence with zeal, demonstrating that he is a promising science fiction novelist. Ironically, this student of history writes the future with youthful exuberance and imagination. Being a person of faith, I found interesting the undertone of biblical references included within the storyline. The cast of characters is intriguing and ruthless in conviction; both sides of the conflict believe they are morally just in their fight against the other. The story proves to be a tug of war of wills. Good versus evil, but who is good and who is evil? The setting takes place in a not so distant future. The portrayal of an elite army of androids promotes the science fiction genre. The narrative unfolds quickly; taking place over just a few days, but a lifetime is endured for its characters. The use of flashbacks helps to fill in the gaps in the development of the characters. The thematic truth woven throughout the text is that without our personal history, namely our memories, we become nothing more than robotic, soulless beings. Depicting the reality of war, the ending leaves a lasting impression, one not easily forgotten.
ReadersFavorite3 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite Reverence: Volume 1 by Joshua Aaron Landeros introduces us to William Marconi, a man who is the face of both anguish and righteousness. His hands are bloodstained and he is a man whom people look upon with equal measures of awe and fear. He is not the only one of his kind, but is one of 144,000 protectors who are tasked with upholding justice, no matter the cost. The peace they have held together, however, comes under fire. William sees that a war could be coming and it will destroy everything. Can one man who is both honorable and bloody save all that he holds dear? This book might be set in the future, but the messages it has within its pages ring true today and show us that history can and usually does repeat itself. William is a man who could be inserted into a story about the Knights Templar and fit in. I found this story to be engaging and fast paced while making me feel connected with everything going on within it. Who has not at least once had a feeling of their world falling apart and trying to save it? The circumstances might not be the same as in the book, but the feelings are the same. We can learn from this book, just as we can learn from the past and, in the case of the writing of Joshua Aaron Landeros, we can truly enjoy it. I felt the full gamut of emotions as I read this book and I truly enjoyed it. I would recommend anyone who wants a fast paced book full of action and emotion to pick this one up. I am looking forward to reading Volume 2.
ReadersFavorite2 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Sefina Hawke for Readers' Favorite Reverence (Volume one) by Joshua Aaron Landeros is a science fiction story that will appeal most to a mixed audience made up of both adults and young adults who enjoy science fiction, where the hero is both a fighter and a guardian of the people, who faces both triumph and/or anguish depending on the path he chooses to walk. Reverence follows William Marconi as he inspires people with opposite concepts: anguish, righteousness, and fear. William Marconi is a part of the guardians of a new order who see justice upheld through the might of their swords and the power of their guns; however, a new threat leads to William Marconi questioning himself and all he holds dear as he attempts a mission that might be his last, and it could take everything he has and more in order to succeed. Reverence was an intriguing book and it took me a few chapters to really get into the plot. However, once I did, I simply could not put it down and so I ended up finishing the entirety of Reverence in one sitting. My favorite character by far was William Marconi as he was the character I came to feel for and sympathize with the most throughout the course of the plot. I have to say that Joshua Aaron Landeros did a truly spectacular job with creating an entire world and my only disappointment was that I did not already possess book two in the series.
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite Protagonist William Marconi takes readers to a different world in Reverence: Volume 1 by Joshua A. Landeros. William Marconi is one of the 144,000 guardians of a new order, and people look at him with both awe and fear. He tries to uphold justice at any cost, along with the others. Things change when he realizes that there is a new threat to the peace they are trying to maintain, and though William wants to do his best to save the world, he is not too sure if they will be able to do it. He knows this war will be detrimental to all that he holds dear. Will William succeed in his mission? The story is exciting and filled with action. For a new writer, Joshua A. Landeros manages to keep readers glued to the story till the very end. All the characters are sketched well and they complement each other nicely. William Marconi’s characterization is strong and powerful, and readers will connect well with him, his righteousness, and his anguish. He is real, relatable, and memorable, and will remain in the minds of readers for a long time. The narration is descriptive and detailed, making the scenes and images vivid and alive. For all those who love action, excitement, and challenges, this book is definitely a must-read. Joshua A. Landeros is an author to look out for and readers will be looking forward to the next volume. The author’s style of writing is simple yet effective, authoritative, and unapologetic, so that readers will feel the strength of his characters and plot easily.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Tracy A. Fischer for Readers' Favorite In a great story by debut author Joshua Aaron Landeros, Reverence: Volume One will grab readers from the very start and will keep them reading obsessively through until the very end. Following protagonist William Marconi, the story takes readers to a world very different from ours as it is. William is one of 144,000 guardians of a new order. A knight who has inspired fear and awe through his bloody exploits, William and his fellow guardians are prepared to do almost anything to uphold justice. But when a new threat comes upon him, they worry that even the strength of the 144,000 will not be enough. Will William be able to uphold all that is dear to him? You'll need to read the book to find out! I very much enjoyed Reverence: Volume One. Author Joshua Aaron Landeros has done a great job in creating characters that his readers will be able to connect with, relate to and come to care about, still thinking of them long after the last page has been read. If that isn't a hallmark of a great author, I'm not sure what is. Readers who enjoy a story with action, adventure, excellent characterizations, and a great science fiction plot should absolutely give this book a chance. I recommend this book to any such reader, and I will be watching for more from the very promising author, Joshua Aaron Landeros, hopefully in the very near future!