Book Review of Renegades by Thomas Locke

A Recruits Novel

Once again Thomas Locke’s novel entertained on Thomas Lockemultiple levels. He starts right out with a kidnapping, snarling gangsters and rebellious twins at a military academy. From there you know you’re in for an entertaining action adventure. The book begins with two main plot lines in clearly delineated chapters. As with many of Locke’s books, you know they’ll converge so you read on, enjoying the plot set-ups, as you anxiously anticipate their interaction.

The story is heavily testosterone driven with the twins, Sean and Dillon, and the military dudes, Logan and Vance. Female generals’s and a female advocate keeps it modern and adds balance. Although peppered with romance, the romance is a side element to the story, more of an admittance that romance is an element of life than a predominating plot point.

Teleportation and telepathy play a primary role in the main characters. Sean can project his mental vision outward in order to “hunt” for the information he wants, and the twins can both  jump to any location they know. The military team Logan put together, from the ragtag of adepts he assembled from book one, boasts similar powers.

As the second in the Recruits series, Renegades stands on its own nicely. References to the first story provide a little background, but the story doesn’t rely on you having read the first book. Undoubtedly, the first book will prove an equally fun read. I haven’t read it, but expect to enjoy it when I have time.

Thomas Locke’s Social Commentary

As with all good sci-fi the story-line functions as a vehicles for the authors views on life and/or society. Locke writes about things as he would like them to be, in specific, how people get alone, support each other and work together. His views come out in his depiction of interpersonal relationships. Many novels emphasize conflict between characters, in particular within family. Locke depicts the twins, Dillon and Sean, as an examples of how brothers can interact with respect, understanding and support for each other’s individuality.

Military scenes are similar. Interactions among the team Logan put together show how a trusting team can work. It may not be realistic, but that doesn’t distract from the story. In fact it makes it better.

Book Review of Renegades by Thomas LockeRenegades (Recruits) by Thomas Locke
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company on November 7th 2017
Genres: Novella, Science Fiction, Young Adult

Twins Sean and Dillon are using their transit abilities for good--but not everyone sees it that way. Arrested and imprisoned by a clandestine group within the highest reaches of the Human Assembly, Sean and Dillon are forced to choose sides between those who wish to serve and those who seek to rule. At the same time within a distant outpost system, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possessed a special ability--a distinct form of transiting called ghost-walking. Though ghost-walking has been outlawed for centuries, Logan is secretly drawing together a crew for a risky quest. The fates of these three young men will lead them, along with the entire Assembly, to the brink of destruction in this inventive tale of adventure, honor, and the things worth fighting for.

Flash Point by Thomas Locke, an intense urban suspense with heroines

Flash Point by Thomas LockeRedd Becker Book Review

Another great read by Thomas Locke. An intense urban suspense filled with twists, turns and some strong female leads who carry the story with brash calculating intensity. I didn’t expect such a riveting story, but I hand it to Locke for entertaining, regardless of genre.

Locke takes you into the world of Wallstreet finance. I was never sure who to root for. Lena, an analyst on Wall Street, gets a message from “beyond” to take action for a company take-over.  While Reese is a hard calculating strategist condemned to life in prison, if she doesn’t do what she’s told. Hell bent on revenge Reese takes control of a project to mine gifted people’s minds and their ability to determine the future, while Lena’s companies are set up to do the same thing they never quite intersect. Their lives are bound to converge, but that’s left for another gripping tale.

Characters explore what being true to yourself means. The thinness of the veil between physical and spirit.

Other books by Thomas Locke

My Rating five-stars

Flash Point by Thomas Locke, an intense urban suspense with heroinesFlash Point (Fault Lines #2) by Thomas Locke
Series: Fault lines #2
Published by Fleming H. Revell Company on August 2nd 2016
Genres: Adventure, Contemporary, Science Fiction
Pages: 359

What If the Limits of Time and Space Were Breached?Junior financial analyst Lena Fennan loves managing risk and making money. Yet when she gets a mysterious invitation to take a leap into the unknown, she does not hesitate. Soon a series of events takes her to the brink of destruction. But Lena refuses to give in, entranced by glimpses of a future that redefine everything. Reese Clawson emerges from prison gripped by the slow burn of revenge. She will track everyone who hand a hand in destroying her--and take them out. First on the list is Charlie Hazard. As time and space become jumbled, Lena and Reese are pulled into a collision course that could alter the parameters of human consciousness.

Merchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke

Redd Becker Book Review

What fun to share in an honorable quest with characters I’dMerchant of Alyss by Thomas Locke like to know; as real and vibrant as friends. Dragons, witches, elves, ancient spells and lore entwine in an adventure that spun me into their space and time. A test of endurance, the purity of love and loyalty meshed together in Merchant of Alyss, an Ursula LeGuin type adventure.

In Merchant of Alyss a dragon summons a sorcerer who lost his power in order to save their world. A troupe of magicians, apprentices and guards assemble for a journey through devastated lands in search of answers on their quest. Allies solidify where tensions once stood in a kingdom threatened from every side. A girl forges her path to queen and ancient rules bend while fighting evil.

Merchant of Alyss is one of many fun Thomas Locke books

Thomas Locke writes prolifically. Merchant of Alyss is book 2 in his Legends of the Realm series. He also wrote the techno-thriller Faultlines series.  I wrote a short review on book two in the series, Flashpoint since I enjoyed Merchant of Alyss so much. This contemporary urban thriller taps into a very different science-fiction world, but with equally engaging results. An interview with him in Happily Everafter gives you some insights to the author.

My Rating five-stars

Merchant of Alyss by Thomas LockeMerchant of Alyss (Legends of the Realm, #2) by Thomas Locke
Published by Revell on January 5th 2016
Genres: Adventure, Magical Realism, Young Adult
Pages: 384
Format: Standard
Source: Goodreads
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Life for Hyam is bittersweet. Admired by the citizens of Falmouth for his heroic rescue mission, he cherishes these peaceful days with Joelle by his side. Yet grief over the loss of his magical skills during the great Battle of Emporis threatens to engulf him. Sometimes he even wishes he had never known magic at all.
When Hyam comes into possession of an ancient Milantian scroll, he is thrilled to feel the surge of power that courses through him whenever he touches it. But what he discerns in the text could mean war. He embarks upon another journey to determine its true meaning and forestall any attack. But as Hyam is seeking answers, he is unaware that the merchant of Alyss is seeking him . . .