Title: Tides of Maritinia
Author: Warren Hammond
Publisher: Harper Voyager Impulse (HarperCollins)
Release Date: December 2, 2014
Acquired Via: Publisher
Maritinia is at the far edge of the Empire, a planet with little economic value in the Sire's sphere of influence.
And it's just rebelled.
The people of Maritinia believe the Empire will not care that they've broken free. But the Empire is built on the belief that if an insignificant planet can revolt, then other, more important planets might follow suit.
So the Empire sends an agent to Maritinia with a mission: assassinate and replace one of the conspirators, and do enough to sow discord that when the soldiers do land, any opposition will be quickly crushed.
Thus Jakob finds himself immersed in the inner circle of the madman who led the rebellion. A raw recruit with only his political officer—a separate consciousness inserted into his brain—to speak with, Jakob is out of his element as an operative. And while he falls deeper into the conspiracy, he begins to question everything: the despotic admiral in charge of the coup, his feelings for a native woman, and—most troublingly—whether he still agrees with the will of the Sire.
I love me some science fiction, and I was really wanting something with a huge galactic empire after reading Golden Son. When I saw the synopsis for Tides of Maritinia, I was so excited by the premise. Who doesn't like galactic rebellions, assassins, and a narrator questioning everything?
Unfortunately, it all fell short for me in Tides of Maritinia.
That's not to say the book didn't start off really good. It did. Jakob was an interesting individual, and the plotting between him and Pol (the other consciousness inside his head) was fascinating. I think it all started going downhill after he took over as Kell and "met" Sali. The scene faded to black, but it still gave me the heebie-jeebies. And once the leader of the rebellion came along, I was pretty much done. He wasn't exactly an underdog that I wanted to root for. I moved on to other books.
As always, just because a book isn't for me doesn't mean that you won't find some merit in it. If you read Tides of Maritinia, stop back by and let me know your thoughts on it.
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