Review of Earthman Jack vs. The Secret army

September 15, 2015 Uncategorized 0 ★★★★½

Review of Earthman Jack vs. The Secret armyEarthman Jack vs. The Secret Army (The Earthman Jack Space Saga, #2) by Matthew Kadish
Published by Twelve Oaks Media on September 15th 2015
Pages: 663
Format: eBook
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four-half-stars

After his heroic battle against the Deathlords on the Ghost Planet, Jack Finnegan is looking forward to arriving at Omnicron Prime, the capitol planet of the Galactic Regalus Empire -the largest and most advanced civilization in the universe.Things are looking bright for Jack. He has his unconventional group of friends, his mystical spaceship, and the girl of his dreams -Princess Anna. Not to mention a secret mission that could save Earth and everyone he cares about.But things get complicated when he arrives at Omnicron. Not only is Jack uncomfortable being thrust into the spotlight for his courageous actions to save the universe, but he soon finds life in the Empire isn't everything he'd dreamed it would be.His friends abandon him to pursue their own interests. Greedy and cunning politicians conspire to steal his spaceship. Even his relationship with Anna is strained now that she's gone from being "the girl next door" to the most powerful woman in the universe.But beneath all that lies a new and terrifying threat from the Deathlords. A threat that grows in secret, slowly spreading throughout the Regalus Empire like a plague, and it threatens to destroy from within the only thing powerful enough to stop the Deathlords and their malicious rampage throughout the galaxy -the Empire itself.Worst of all -Jack is the only one who knows about this new threat, and no one will believe his warnings.Suddenly, the Empire is no longer safe for Jack and his friends. Even the people they've come to rely on the most can no longer be trusted. As those he's sworn to protect turn against him, how can Jack hope to save the day?Fighting the Deathlords was one thing. Fighting the "good guys" is quite another. Will Jack be able to find the strength to be the hero the universe needs?Or will he finally be defeated by this Secret Army?

In this second Earthman Jack novel, Jack and friends return to the Imperial Empire homeworld and Anna must resume her princess duties. However, the Deathlords aren’t finished with them yet.

I really enjoyed this second novel and it went into such detail about the empire and its workings, as well as the backstory of the ancients and their technology. The characters are all wonderfully developed, except perhaps some of the bad guys who keep their motives close to their vest. The story is really involved in political intrigue, Deathlord maneuvering, imperial politics, and more.

The book is really long and the plot sometimes got bogged down in a lot of excessive telling that could be edited to make a bigger impact. But overall, there is a gem of a story here and it was a real treat to be immersed in this world again. You really feel for Jack and what he has to deal with when it comes to the bureaucracy of one of the largest empires in the universe. I’m really looking forward to the next book to see how things play out.

four-half-stars

About Matthew Kadish

Matthew Kadish is an independent author and world-recognized evil genius. When he isn’t writing or being evil, he enjoys relaxing at the beach and videos of puppies. Much like Scottish cuisine, most of his literary works have been based on dares. He currently lives in Las Vegas and always bets on black, because Westley Snipes has yet to steer him wrong in life. He is the most talented author ever. His mother tells him so every day.

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