Exceptional: "Renegades (Recruits Series)" by Thomas Locke

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about the book....

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, a young soldier is coming into his own. Logan has known since childhood that he possesses a special gift--he can detect others who have the ability to transit, or ghost-walk. 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.

my review....

"Renegades" is truly exceptional, a tautly written follow-up to "Recruits" that moves the series forward in unexpected ways. Both of the twins, Sean and Dillon, really grow over the course of this story and settle into the roles they have been called to embrace. Though they continue to wrestle with some uncertainties about their abilities and their place in the Human Assembly, together they continue their fight for good, no matter the cost - or location. "Renegades" weaves together a couple of different plot lines into a unified whole, and does so in a way that is action packed and intense, such that I couldn't put it down!

I admire that although Locke has created a fascinating science fiction story, the focus is not only on the interesting worlds and the twins amazing abilities, but is on the characters themselves. As such, readers will be able to relate to their struggles and hardships, while cheering on the way that they confront evil and fight for the good of all peoples. Though this novel and the series is released by a Christian publisher, the books will appeal to a wide audience as they are not overtly Christian per-se. And, while they may be branded as young adult fiction, I enjoyed every moment of "Renegades" and believe that people of all ages will find something to love here. I know I did!

I give this book a high rating of 5 out of 5 stars, and am eager for what lies in store next for Sean and Dillon. "Renegades" reveals quite a villain in the story, and I can't wait to see good and evil collide again in book 3!

Book (ARC) has been provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group and Graf-Martin Communications, Inc.

about the author....

Thomas Locke
Thomas Locke is a pseudonym for Davis Bunn, an award-winning novelist with worldwide sales of seven million copies in twenty languages. Davis divides his time between Oxford and Florida and holds a lifelong passion for speculative stories. He is the author of Emissary and Merchant of Alyss in the Legends of the Realm series, as well as Trial Run and Flash Point in the Fault Lines series. Learn more at www.tlocke.com.

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