Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Book Review: Bandits by LM Preston

Photo taken  from Goodreads
 Book Info

Title:  Bandits
Author:  LM Preston
Publisher:  Phenomenal One Press
Language: English
Format:  Paperback
Pages:  348 pages
ISBN - 13:   978-0984198931
ISBN - 10:  0984198938
Source:  From the Author and Publisher


From Goodreads:

"Daniel's father has gotten himself killed and left another mess for Daniel to clean up. To save his world from destruction, he must fight off his father's killers while discovering a way to save his world. Time is running out, and Daniel must choose to either walk in his father's footsteps or to reinvent himself into the one to save his world."

Ever wondered how a video game would translate into a novel?  Well, wonder no more because Bandits, the new novel by LM Preston, is coming out in June of this year! 

Bandits is about a young man - Daniel - whose father was killed because of a particular treasure that he has stolen and kept away in some hidden treasure trove.   Upon his father's death, Daniel, along with his younger brother Nickel, his best friend's sister Jade, and his cousin Faulk, decides to find the treasure in the hope that it will reveal to him who killed his father and commit revenge.  Little did he know that the road is treacherous and full of adventure, and the treasure itself will test his limits and challenge his views of his world, his heritage, and of his own self.

Part science fiction, part mystery, part young adult fiction, and part love story, once you prop yourself up to read this book you will find yourself in for a very intense and action-packed ride into exotic places, scary and intriguing planets, and death-defying situations.  Bandits is not for the faint of heart, as every chapter is riddled with flesh-heating trees, deadly beasts, and even more deadly traps.  You will not be given a minute's rest as if playing a video game where you advance to a higher level as you turn the pages.  Make sure to check your pulse rate before, during, and after reading this book to see if your heart can still take the hard-hitting, fast-paced, and dynamic scenes that will assault your brain and confront your imagination.

I really think that the elements of this book - the characters, the voice, the plot - all these combined to make a really fantastic, unbelievably believable story.  Each character contributed to the uniqueness of the plot and they were all very credible and responsive to the demands of the story.  Daniel and his brother Nickel's characters were very strong and dominated the novel's entirety.  The voice was also able to convey the appropriate feel for each character's point of view.

One concern I have though is the too-quick coming together between Daniel and Jade.  It felt like their love story was too hurried and a bit unemotional.  But maybe that's just me.  It's probably because since I got too used to this book's intense scenes, I had too high an expectation for the romantic angle that I was unable to fully appreciate the simple approach that the author used to bring Daniel and Jade together.

Overall, I would recommend this book to almost everyone else, especially those who love to play video games, as well as those who read fantasy, sci-fi, and dystopian stories.  But for the faint of heart, better steer clear from this book - unless you are willing to risk a cardiac arrest.


If you have any questions on this particular rating, please refer to my ratings system here.


I received this book free of charge from the author, LM Preston and the publisher, Phenomenal One Press, in exchange for an honest and truthful review. This, in no way, affected my opinion or review of this book.

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1 comment:

  1. I've seen this one circling around the blogosphere lately, and it seems that a lot of people have enjoyed it. I definitely love to play video games, so maybe I should give this one a try. :) Thanks for the review!


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