This review is based on a complimentary book I received from NetGalley. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.The Days of Tao by Wesley Chu
Series: Tao #1
Genres: Fantasy, Science Fiction
Release Date: April 30, 2016
Publisher: Subterranean Press
Format: ARC, E-book
Purchase at: Amazon
Cameron Tan wouldn’t have even been in Greece if he hadn’t gotten a ‘D’ in Art History.
Instead of spending the summer after college completing his training as a Prophus operative, he’s doing a study abroad program in Greece, enjoying a normal life – spending time with friends and getting teased about his crush on a classmate.
Then the emergency notification comes in: a Prophus agent with vital information needs immediate extraction, and Cameron is the only agent on the ground, responsible for getting the other agent and data out of the country. The Prophus are relying on him to uncomplicate things.
Easy, except the rival Genjix have declared all-out war against the Prophus, which means Greece is about to be a very dangerous place. And the agent isn’t the only person relying on Cameron to get them safely out of the country – his friends from the study abroad program are, too. Cameron knows a good agent would leave them to fend for themselves. He also knows a good person wouldn’t. Suddenly, things aren’t easy at all.
The Days of Tao is the latest in the popular Tao series from award-winning author, Wesley Chu. Following after The Rebirths of Tao, this novella carries on the fast-moving and fun tone of the series.
“Nazar closed the door firmly behind him and approached the showering minister. He cleared his throat. ‘You remember when I saved you from that assassination attempt?’ ‘What of it? You are acting strange, Nazar.’ ‘You got it all backward, sir. I was the assassin. I botched it. The explosive embedded in the binding of the book went off while I was placing it on your desk.’ Nazar raised his mangled arm. ‘It earned me this.’”
This novella starts off fast and takes you along for the ride. Nazar reminds me of a character that triggers a detonator and Cameron is the newbie character from the bomb squad who is trying to remember his training and decide “do I cut the blue wire or the red wire.” *smirk* Oh Cameron, have you not been training to be an agent since you were five? Did they never cover the concept that two is better than ten when you are trying to escape from a territory? Apparently not as Cameron just can not say ‘no’ to his college buddies when he lets it slip that there is a conflict coming and everyone should leave. Sigh. While reading this novella the main character shifts between a big-hearted college kid and a hard-core operative. Makes bad choices but it is because his heart is too big. I can find this believable because he is young still. In the end he pulls it together and learns a hard lesson. I would have liked this story better without the annoying college kids but it did make the times when it was just him and his Quasing (alien being that merged with Cameron), Tao, more enjoyable. That was really what endeared me to the character. There relationship was interesting, witty, and informative. The ending is a quick wrap up but leaves enough out there that you would want to read the next installment. If you were looking for a good example of Wesley Chu’s style of work, then I would recommend this novella to you.
*Thank you to Subterranean Press & NetGalley for this ARC of The Days of Tao*