Summary

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 50 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.
©2015 Piers Platt (P)2015 Piers Platt
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4 out of 5 stars
By G. P. Brown on 19-03-17

Pulp sci-fi with a noir mystery feel.

I felt like this one delivered on the premise of the blurb. The story was mostly told from the POV of Rath, an assassin, and those segments of the story had the feel of an action thriller. There was additional POV's from a police detective and a journalist and those segments of the story had a noir mystery feel to them.

This was light action sci-fi. The story was interesting and the pacing was decent. The flaw that held this back from being a better book was the fact that I never really managed to form an emotional investment with any of the characters.

All in all I felt like this was an OK listen and worth the bargain price I paid for it.

The big bonus was the narration. I felt like James Fouhey gave an excellent performance. He dealt equally well with the general narration and voicing characters of both gender.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 30-01-16

Hello to a future version of Jason Bourne. Cool.

Would you listen to Rath's Deception again? Why?

Yes. And soon. This is fresh, inventive and absolutely 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? Wow.

What did you like best about this story?

I love the technology and also the authors experience and military knowledge. I enjoyed the occasional glimpse into the control room where The Group was monitoring all of its contractors/assassins. 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 339.

Which character – as performed by James Fouhey – was your favourite?

Rath. A smart kid with a perfect memory. He doesn't like killing but it's his only way out. A great character. The worlds are well planned and Rath is a complex character. We feel sympathy for him even as he does terrible things because we see the price he pays for his actions.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Glorious cyberpunk and an assassin you can root for? Loved it from start to finish.

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Jim "The Impatient" on 23-08-17

Boring

I just could not get into this book. I gave it a little over 2 hours, but the plot is overdone and the characters are not interesting. The narrator did not help.

Skip this one

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2 out of 5 stars
By John on 14-07-16

Rather Shallow

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

May appeal to mystery buffs.

Has Rath's Deception turned you off from other books in this genre?

Not turned me off. But no more books by Piers Platt or narrated by James Fouhey.

How could the performance have been better?

A more professional narrator would have helped. I found Fouhey to be too monotone in his delivery.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment in time wasted by listening to the entire book.

Any additional comments?

Not a fan of author's writing style. Not a fan of the narrator. Story was not detailed nor interactive enough for this reader.

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