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The Bond of Chains: The Xrath War: 1 [Paperback]

Robert John Burke

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15 July 2012
For a thousand years, the armored giants known as Xrath were oppressed by the technologically advanced Armada. Only one of the common races rose to their defense: A plucky group of talking primates called "humans." The Liberation came, and the Xrath were set free. But the friendship did not last. The human race proved capricious, and spread themselves throughout the stars in their eternal quest for wealth and power. Meanwhile, the Xrath isolated themselves, suspicious of all outside their borders, awaiting their time of reckoning with such false friends. Now, hundreds of years after that first encounter, the time is at hand. Krion xk'Kialar, the bringer of thunder, greatest of all Xrath generals, has assumed command of their forces and launched a daring campaign against the humans and their allies. All that stands between humanity and a fiery judgment is the courage of an unlikely group of heroes: An arrogant fighter pilot with a troubled home life. A no-nonsense soldier trying to live up to her father's name. A castoff reporter with a chip on her shoulder. A mercenary with a history working for the Xrath. And a funny little man named Skyler, a technical genius on the run whose affinity for chaos may render him more dangerous than all the ships and soldiers in all the worlds... Full of action, political intrigue, and space opera, The Bond of Chains envisions a dark Universe where mankind struggles for its very survival, where the demons within are always more frightening than the monsters without. The Xrath War begins now, and the Universe will never be the same...

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  • Paperback: 350 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (15 July 2012)
  • ISBN-10: 1478244410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1478244417
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15.2 x 2 cm

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Amazon.com: 3.0 out of 5 stars  1 review
3.0 out of 5 stars Bond of Chains 15 Mar 2013
By D. Cox - Published on Amazon.com
I usually don't read a series book until I have more than one of the volumes available. I broke my own rule and now I believe reading this book may have done more to reinforce that rule anything else I could have done. Any time in the future that I find I am tempted to read the first book in a series without having access to number two, all I will have to do is remember the last couple of chapters of Bond of Chains and I am quite sure I will be able to stand firm and put it away until the next volume is in my possession.

Making matters worse, in this case, the author has not released a second book yet. That's what really gets me because I was thoroughly enjoying a good story, lots of intrigue, and interesting characters with hidden motives and backgrounds. It was working its way to 5 stars until I reached about 85% done and then then it just lost its way. I don't know what the author was attempting with this ending. If he was hoping to hook readers into coming back for book two, this ending is counter productive. It makes me very leary of reading a book two (if one appears) for fear of having the same thing happen again. The force was not with him. Confusing, it was.

Actually, it is not a ending at all. There are so many things up in the air --- worse than The Empire Strikes Back. Not really cliff hangers but things that I think were supposed to be cleared up were not clear at all and some of the characters practically disappear. It almost felt like somebody else wrote the ending because it did not do justice to the rest of the book. It is to be expected, even necessary, to leave doors open when doing a series but you should have a good stopping point for the end of any book and that just doesn't happen.

If that type of thing doesn't bother you, then dive into Bond of Chains. I believe you will enjoy it. I certainly did until I got to the ending. But if you don't like TESB endings either, you really should wait for book two.
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