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Review of RATH S DECEPTION by Piers Platt Janus Group 1 Rath s Deception is the first in a delightful hard science fiction series set in the somewhat distant future Distant because of many colonized planets, faster than light travel, medical upgrades far in advance of anything dreamed of today except in science fiction, and highly advanced nanotechnology, controllable by the user The protagonist is a young man with whom most readers can identify We first meet him at fourteen, devoted to h Review of RATH S DECEPTION by Piers Platt Janus Group 1 Rath s Deception is the first in a delightful hard science fiction series set in the somewhat distant future Distant because of many colonized planets, faster than light travel, medical upgrades far in advance of anything dreamed of today except in science fiction, and highly advanced nanotechnology, controllable by the user The protagonist is a young man with whom most readers can identify We first meet him at fourteen, devoted to his brother Vonn, who works for a small time criminal enterprise, and in avoidance of their addicted parents Rath has an eidetic memory, but when he loses Vonn, he leaves home and drops out of school Three years later he is recruited for testing to enter an organization so secretive that the real name is never known, employees contractors are killed if incarcerated, and the mere idea of such a group is considered fantasy, a sort of long lasting urban legend.Author Piers Platt neatly constructs a multiplicity of worlds, and smoothly handles the science and medical aspects The Group s ability to mimic, not just in voice and mannerisms, but in biological appearance, is phenomenal and fascinating [[ Ebook ]] ↾ Rath's Deception ⇘ On the cut throat streets of Tarkis, orphaned teens like Rath end up jailed or dead So when the shadowy Janus Group offers Rath a chance to earn riches beyond his wildest dreams, he seizes it But the Janus Group is as ruthless as the elite assassins it controls Rath will have to survive their grueling, off world training, and fulfill all fifty kills in his contract before a single cent comes his way And ending so many lives comes with a price Rath can t anticipate It ll certainly cost him what s left of his innocence It may well cost him his life Interview with the Author Q What makes the Janus Group series special A Growing up, I loved books like Ender s Game and the Tom Clancy Jack Ryan series When I sat down to write the Janus Group books, I wanted to capture what I liked best about those books sci fi thrillers or action thrillers in a fast paced style The series is best characterized as cyberpunk science fiction thrillers, with a little detective and police procedural elements thrown in to boot Finally, I like my characters to be relatable, and facing overwhelming odds the plot is action packed, and keeps you guessing Beware plot twists ahead Q What order should I read the books in A Last Pursuit is a short story set in the Janus Group world it s the prequel, and the story that inspired me to write a full series You can read that first for free , then Books Rath s Deception, Rath s Gambit, and Rath s Reckoning in order from there Books are a complete story arc Bookresolves everything from Booksand Q Why should readers give these books a try A Because the Janus Group books are fast, inventive, page turners that kick ass and take names They ve been described as Jason Bourne meets Bladerunner Any fans of hitman books, science fiction assassin tales, or cyberpunk thrillers will enjoy themQ Can readers get the whole series in one bundle A Not yet sorry, just haven t had a chance to get around to it But sign up for my newsletter at copy and paste into your browser , or follow me on my author page here at to find out when I do release a bundle Thanks for reading The Janus Group Series eBook Categories Sci fi actionSci fi thrillerCyberpunkGalactic Empire Corporations ConspiraciesBounty hunter KillerAction adventure Suspense PulpCrime Detective Mystery MurderAIs Artificial intelligenceSpace Space travelGenes Genetic engineeringSpace warrior Military Decent cyberpunkish thriller but nothing to keep you on the edge of your seat.So Rath enters a very hush hush guild of untraceable assassins He has 50 kills to perform before hitting the jackpot and retirement A journalist and a cop are trying to get proof of the existence of this guild.After basic training it s basically a succession of murder before a subplot emerges and goes toward an end you can see coming from miles away around half the book The characters are a bit functional and could Decent cyberpunkish thriller but nothing to keep you on the edge of your seat.So Rath enters a very hush hush guild of untraceable assassins He has 50 kills to perform before hitting the jackpot and retirement A journalist and a cop are trying to get proof of the existence of this guild.After basic training it s basically a succession of murder before a subplot emerges and goes toward an end you can see coming from miles away around half the book The characters are a bit functional and could have been better developped I never cared for any one of them, Rath included.It s well paced and decently written though and if I weren t enthralled I weren t bored either I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Call me morbid, but I m kind of a sucker for cold blooded assassins When the author offered me a free read for review copy, I agreed without hesitation The premise alone was enough to pique my curiosity mysterious group recruits and trains troubled orphans to complete contract kills, and once the contractors complete 50 kills, they re entitled to 50% of the profits from said contracts But everything is not as it see I received a free advance copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.Call me morbid, but I m kind of a sucker for cold blooded assassins When the author offered me a free read for review copy, I agreed without hesitation The premise alone was enough to pique my curiosity mysterious group recruits and trains troubled orphans to complete contract kills, and once the contractors complete 50 kills, they re entitled to 50% of the profits from said contracts But everything is not as it seems I have to say that for the first half or so of the book, I anticipated rating it 4 stars There was something about Young Rath that irritated me a little, but I was curious enough about what would happen that I was willing to keep reading I m honestly not sure if I really love Rath as a character, but he did grow on me as the book progressed, and I do like his story I found all the contractors technological capabilities really intriguing At first I thought all their implants hemobots Forges would give them a level of power and skill that would make the things they did seem totally unrealistic, and while that was still the case to an extent, they didn t seem too out of place given the futuristic environment I found all of the tools Rath used to solve problems really interesting, and even with his enhanced abilities, he still had to fight his way through every mission, so it didn t seem nearly as far fetched as I was afraid it would As the story moved forward, I becameandcurious about what was going to happen Realistically I probably would have given the book 4.5 stars, but I m rounding up to 5 simply because I was pretty engrossed there toward the end There were a couple of parts where I was thinking EhhhhhI know this is sci fi but I doubt that could have actually happened and I did feel like there were some kind of expository chunks of dialogue that gave the reader a lot of information that I would have preferred to figure out on my own But neither of these things made me scoff or throw my Kindle across the room in disgust, so I m just kind of overlooking them I do have to say that I appreciated the fact that the author has a military background and therefore used correct terminology when it came to firearms, tactics, etc.One other small thing I enjoyed was the occasional glimpse into the control room where The Group was monitoring all of its contractors There was something fun about getting that inside look, and I liked how those scenes also told us a little about what the other contractors were doing I m very excited to see how things play out with the other two contractors who have been introduced to the story, particularly Contractor 339because if there s anything I lovethan badass assassin characters, it s badass lady assassin characters The intrigue of Jason Bourne meets the tech and grit of Terminatorin space This is kind of a dark story verging on cyberpunk, but it s a story I enjoyed very much.Oh, and it might be worth it to suggest reading the prequel short story, Last Pursuit I actually read it while I was about halfway through this book It could serve as a good introduction to the series, or in my case, a refreshing look back at a different character going through the same struggles as the characters in the main story The Janus Group is an interplanetary corporation that operates assassins For law enforcement its existence is nothan rumor and it s been that way for a few hundred years They have a unique recruitment program They recruit orphan teens, male or female, and offer to teach them the trade on a very specific contract They must accept any job At the end of 50 assassinations the recruit will split 50% of what Janus Group received for all the jobs The 50 50 plan If they get killed on the jo The Janus Group is an interplanetary corporation that operates assassins For law enforcement its existence is nothan rumor and it s been that way for a few hundred years They have a unique recruitment program They recruit orphan teens, male or female, and offer to teach them the trade on a very specific contract They must accept any job At the end of 50 assassinations the recruit will split 50% of what Janus Group received for all the jobs The 50 50 plan If they get killed on the job, too bad If they get arrested, too bad If they tell anyone, they re dead.Rath agrees to recruitment His parents are dead and his brother was killed by a gang The idea of millions in his bank, maybe hundreds of millions, is too attractive to pass up.The book follows him through testing for the obscure group and his training He s then released on the populated worlds with augmentations Nanobots enrich his blood and provide drugs when needed, facial and hair implants allow him to change his identity at will, augmented sight and hearing give him evenedge.Despite technicians and watchers giving him no chance to make it to the money, Rath develops his skills and his resourcefulness But things get deadly when he s contracted to kill a missing female assassin from the group, and things get really weird when he reaches his last kill.Given the subject, the book is generally not as gruesome as you d expect Rath has determination to get through recruitment tests and training and Platt has created a character who you re determined to root for, despite his work Especially when Rath s world goes pear shaped you really want him to make it out alive.It s an interesting future with a really nasty secretive corporation as the bad guy It may be that, as determined as he is, Rath is a little inept at what he does that makes him sympathetic Despite his first job ending up being farbloody than intended his kills are mostly focused on fairly bad people, and one contract that he s forced to take is one he avoided taking and is extremely unsettling for him In addition, the Group has his life in its hands and can kill him by remote control at any time It s a motivator to follow instructions.This first volume in the series is currently free on Kindle check before you click and also available in paperback and as an Audible selection The two volumes that follow are Rath s Gambit, and Rath s Reckoning There s also a Janus Group short story available free on Kindle My original Rath s Deception audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Rath s Deception by Pier Platt is the first novel in a series called The Janus Group After becoming an orphan at a young age and fending for himself on the streets of Tarkis, Rath is recruited by the Janus Group to become a sought after intergalactic assassin The contract is for 50 kills If the contract assassin survives 50 kills, then he or she is entitled to 50% of the money that the Janus group My original Rath s Deception audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer.Rath s Deception by Pier Platt is the first novel in a series called The Janus Group After becoming an orphan at a young age and fending for himself on the streets of Tarkis, Rath is recruited by the Janus Group to become a sought after intergalactic assassin The contract is for 50 kills If the contract assassin survives 50 kills, then he or she is entitled to 50% of the money that the Janus group made on that contractor s kills It s an enticing prospect, but intense prospect for a destitute young man who has never killed anyone As Rath progresses through the grueling training and his kills mount, he becomes aware that there is something not quite honest about the Janus group Simultaneously, the police are constantly on the hunt for a way to bring down the Janus group, which is essentially a group of highly trained and efficient murderers Meanwhile, Rath must figure out a way to complete his 50 kills and retrieve the money that he was promised.This is an action packed and unique novel I really enjoyed every part of it Rath is trained by the Janus group to become a killer, but he is still a sympathetic character Rath is a determined, but ultimately becoming a world weary man, focused on this one objective However, knowing his back story makes it hard not to like him Meanwhile, the Group only seems to becomevicious and ruthless as the novel progresses The police detective and reporter that are trying to track down the contract killers are an excellent addition to the story, because then the reader doesn t have to hear about each of Rath s kills and the story moves forward I also really liked the little insights into the Janus Group s operations that are revealed during Rath s missions and the use of 3D printer like technology The one thing that I didn t like about the novel was that it was hard to tell how much time had passed from chapter to chapter Overall, it was fast paced and action packed story.The narration by James Fouhey was well done Each of the characters was distinguishable and the voicing fit the characters The production quality was good as well I would recommend this story to anyone who likes action packed stories about rebel assassins mixed with a police mystery.Audiobook was provided for review by the author Unfortunately i did not find this book gripping, novel or even interesting in tiniest of bits Its plain, unimaginative and so very shallow Every time i turned page, i fought urge to put the book down Finally I did I just did not get any feel of character development, plot development or anything a kind Just some super tech description without any attempt to relate to physics Plain third eye view of some linear characters unerring and untroubled plodding through unlikely events Somehow San Unfortunately i did not find this book gripping, novel or even interesting in tiniest of bits Its plain, unimaginative and so very shallow Every time i turned page, i fought urge to put the book down Finally I did I just did not get any feel of character development, plot development or anything a kind Just some super tech description without any attempt to relate to physics Plain third eye view of some linear characters unerring and untroubled plodding through unlikely events Somehow Sandersson writes better fantasy, Corey writes better sci fi action and Gibson is better at Cyberpunk I am all for giving writer a good chance at trying but I hate when crap is advertised as oh so super good thing High stakes thrill ride truly entertainingPlatt has found his niche in writing a series that is fresh, inventive and captivating Rath, orphaned, is sold the idea of joining a super secret organization of highly lethal assassins His task Get 50 confirmed kills and he gets 50% of the monetary rewards The only thing is, he can t get caught and he can t fail, regardless of the assignment Can he make it to 50, and can he trust his employers Think Jason Bourne with the high tech of James Bond c High stakes thrill ride truly entertainingPlatt has found his niche in writing a series that is fresh, inventive and captivating Rath, orphaned, is sold the idea of joining a super secret organization of highly lethal assassins His task Get 50 confirmed kills and he gets 50% of the monetary rewards The only thing is, he can t get caught and he can t fail, regardless of the assignment Can he make it to 50, and can he trust his employers Think Jason Bourne with the high tech of James Bond combined with a space age covert military operator and you have a hint of what Rath and the Guildsmen are capable of Excellent storytelling Unfortunately I found the book absolutely painful to read Perhaps I ll give the second book a go, but only because I finally became partially invested in the last few chapters.A few of my major issues with the novel The world universe that the novel is set in seems so lazily constructed I only got a decent sense of the uniqueness of a few of the later planets visited, otherwise I don t see why this novel wasn t set primarily on Earth In one instance the author didn t even bother to give a p Unfortunately I found the book absolutely painful to read Perhaps I ll give the second book a go, but only because I finally became partially invested in the last few chapters.A few of my major issues with the novel The world universe that the novel is set in seems so lazily constructed I only got a decent sense of the uniqueness of a few of the later planets visited, otherwise I don t see why this novel wasn t set primarily on Earth In one instance the author didn t even bother to give a proper name to a local dialect Instead he literally used the words local dialect and left it at that the exact line is, Be careful, he may speak local dialect Though later on another planet we were treated to a monologue translated from Mandarin Chinese and read phonetically to a group of people which I thought was ludicrous If you know Mandarin you know it s a tonal language and I simply didn t believe that the character, who didn t even know what a deep scan in a computer security system was in a universe that is so technologically advanced that humans have colonized multiple galactic systems , knew how to read Mandarin Chinese phonetically in a way that could be understood by those listening The reason is because at no other point are any other languages mentioned other than the mysterious local dialect , in addition to the fact that the character doesn t actually learn any other language as far as I know because he is augmented with a multi purpose tool that can function as a translator And speaking of translating, at one point we are treated to two German words in a descriptive paragraph Biergarten as opposed to beer garden , and Hefeweisen as opposed to wheat beer This came off as incredibly self gratifying on the writers part, and in no way interesting or satisfying on my part as the reader The words stuck out like a sore thumb because the narrator did not change, the story simply changed focus to another character and the words only seemed to say, Look how cultured I am as a writer and how cultured this character is by extension My second major issue with this novel was the amount of times I read the word grimace or any variation of it hint several times per chapter By the end of the book a was rolling my eyes because the word had become a joke to me Sometimes characters grimaced at things that were not, by any means, grimace worthy It was by far the laziest show don t tell I have read in a long time.I also didn t have any perception of how much time was passing in the story Towards the end of the novel I was surprised to learn that I was around 8 years behind what I thought the time frame of the novel up to that point had been It wasn t a surprise for the main character so it shouldn t have been a surprise to me, the reader Perhaps it was a intentional choice, but it made me feel alienated as I had to reimagine the main character as older than I had thought he was In addition, there were many times when it seems like time magically spead up in moments, where within just a few thoughts or sentences entire minutes which in this novel was a glaring issue because timers are used often and relied upon had passed.Another major issue with the novel, and ironically what saved it from a one star rating, was that the parts of the novel that weren t spent with Rath, our main character, were excellent I was most excited when people were talking in a room about Rath or, in a few characters cases, gathering clues pertaining to the mysterious guild of assassins These were the clearest moments in the novel and were very refreshing in lieu of the often ridiculous and sometimes unbelievable happening within the main action Even for a novel about hyper futuristic assassins, I simply couldn t suspend my disbelief enough to accept that Rath could come so close to death so often so close that the people watching over him assumed he was dead too and not die In this regard it felt like the author constantly wrote himself into a corner and conveniently got out every time.Luckily these issues becamesparse towards the end, with the exception of the facial expression that shall not be named, and the novel was actually capped with a really smart ending I may pick up the second novel to see if the improvements continue, in which case I can see myself enjoying this series overall As it stands, though, I can t recommend the series based on this first entry.I expectedfrom a novel with such hype Rath s Deception is a burned spy story with a twist Instead of starting with a veteran agent who is framed for something they ve never done, we follow Rath, orphaned and disconnected on the lower tier of his planet both socially and physically , as he is recruited by The Guild also known as the Janus Group He is trained as an assassin and given the type of equipment one might actually expect a shadowy organization in a high tech society to rely on His goal is 50 for 50 Upon his 50th ki Rath s Deception is a burned spy story with a twist Instead of starting with a veteran agent who is framed for something they ve never done, we follow Rath, orphaned and disconnected on the lower tier of his planet both socially and physically , as he is recruited by The Guild also known as the Janus Group He is trained as an assassin and given the type of equipment one might actually expect a shadowy organization in a high tech society to rely on His goal is 50 for 50 Upon his 50th kill he will receive 50% of the proceeds from his missions.Rath isn t the smartest agent on the block in fact, there are times I really wanted him to get busted for being so stupid but he has one natural advantage a photographic memory Platt realistically turns this strength on its head though Rath cannot forget the faces of those he s killed Add in a washed out police officer and an investigative reporter looking for the story of the century, and all the elements are in place for a wild ride.And Rath s Deception delivers I was engaged and invested in the story all the way through That isn t something I can say about most sci fi assassin stories The plot is predictable and there are definitely points that could use improvement time skips are common, but vague group techs should have names and identifying features so we connect with them too everything is a little too obvious for smart people not to catch on both in universe and as readers etc , but the writing is clear and well edited and the audio performance is excellent I definitely enjoyed this book