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Black Steel (The Matadors) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Perry

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Book Description

Sleel's story ...

Another classic Matador novel.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 414 KB
  • Print Length: 256 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: FS& (10 Jan. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006WC6KKY
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #496,624 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Time to Face Yourself, Sleel 5 Nov. 2004
By Alan - Published on
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Ok, you've read the Matador Trilogy and loved it (I hope). But it's not over. The Matador's have finished their prime mission in life but now what? "Black Steel", "The Albino Knife" and "Brother Death" are the continuing stories of Sleel, Emile and Bork.

In "Black Steel", our friend Sleel is as full of arrogance as ever. But life has, perhaps, gotten a little boring - not that he would ever admit that. Along comes a new contract as a bodyguard for an old thief - Jersey Reason. Fine. No big sweat for a man like Sleel. But two challenges are building on two distant planets for unsuspecting Sleel. First, the Lord of the "House of Black Steel" wants the thief dead and will let absolutely nothing stand in his way. On another planet a young women, with ties to the Matadors, is looking for her "perfect student". These four characters meet and the result (not to give too much away) nearly kills Sleel and crushes his ego, utterly.

The second half of the book is the story of Sleel finding himself (maybe), falling in love (maybe) and facing several of his greatest fears (definitely).

In the previous Matador books Sleel was an amusing character but didn't really add a great deal to the story. Many times he was simply a comical break in the story. In "Black Steel" all that changes. Sleel, it is discovered, is a person of great depth, high honor and deep pain. I particularly liked the part of the book that introduced Sleel's parents. If ever there were two people who should not have had children it's these two. Sleel's stone cold pain from trying to get through to his parents will make you want to put the book down and stare off into the distance.

I've read this book at least half a dozen times and lent it to numerous friends. Needless to say, I highly recommend it.
4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! 4 Dec. 1997
By A Customer - Published on
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I'm the kind of person that reads a lot and has learned to put down books to do other things. I just couldn't do it with this book! I opened the book to start reading it and I couldn't close it until I was finished. Then I went back and read it again.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Plenty Bang for the Bucks 1 Oct. 1997
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Before reading any book one must consider one's expectations of it. Black steel was, for me, a book I would read during my 30 minute commute to school. I can honestly say that I enjoyed it immensely. The writing is smooth (if simple), The characterization sufficient and the action superb. What more do you need ?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read 19 Mar. 2014
By Bruce C. Prater - Published on
Format:Mass Market Paperback|Verified Purchase
This sequel by Steve Perry to his great Matador series explores a slightly different cast of characters and in a different setting. Fun read that does not disappoint. Well plotted and good characters.
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best, perhaps even the best, in the series 5 May 2015
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This is an awesome series and timeline in a terrific universe-construct. Perry has written lots of books in it as well, so you can really dig in.

Great, well-developed characters both male and female, fun and fairly believable martial-arts content, solid story sub-arcs in the context of a much greater, multi-volume super-arc, considerable humor, a reasonable, not-particularly explicit amount of sensuality, fascinating locations and a really nicely done sprinkling of interesting and mostly-plausible technologies.

On the one hand, this isn't "fine literature", but on the other, I would have been delighted it they had made this series into a movie instead of Star Wars, and I say that as a fellow who really likes Star Wars.

One tip: Be sure to read the books in order. It definitely matters, there's a significant timeline underlying it all.

Highly, highly recommended.
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