This review is based on a complimentary book I received from Fiction-Atlas Press LLC. It is an honest and voluntary review. The complimentary receipt of it in no way affected my review or rating.Land of the Free by Michael W. Huard
Series: Mystical Slayers #1
Genres: Action, Adventure, Dystopian, Post-Apocalyptic, Science Fiction
Release Date: January 09, 2018
Publisher: Independently Published
Source: Fiction-Atlas Press LLC
Purchase at: Amazon
LIVE FREE OR DIE in this Sci-Fi & Fantasy Adventure of a Lifetime! All hope lies with a SISTERHOOD of amazing Martial Arts Masters. It's a 31st Century battle of ROBOTS VS GIRLS. One thing is for sure; the women have learned that LIBERTY is not given; it is TAKEN!
In the year 3016, the United States of America has fallen into great despair. The advent of advanced technology, AI, robotics, and a power-hungry corporation rule the nation. However, there is hope. A WONDER WOMAN like sisterhood of enhanced, highly intelligent, patriotic martial arts masters are out to make the country free again.
THE HORROR STORY SO FAR
Your friendly leaders of the 31st century are now a boys club of rich aging men. This greedy Corporation now controls all gas, oil, healthcare and everyone’s standard of living. They govern with ruthless robots, droids, clones, and cyborgs; all with top-notch artificial intelligence; many with terminator programing.
NO ONE CAN STOP THEM
The USA needs a real-life super-hero, but in reality there is no Captain America. The country will have to settle for one amazing group of beautiful, God loving, spiritual, freedom fighting women; heroines whom have learned that JUSTICE is not FOR THE FAINT OF HEART!
Raise your sword and laser guns up high. The Mystical Slayers have arrived!
Land of the Free is a futuristic dystopian fantasy filled with kick-butt heroines, villains, intelligent robots, and the never-ending desire to throw off the shackles of tyranny. The setting is in the year 3016 where the world has been ravaged by a series of wars that has significantly decreased the human population, essentially destroying the middle class, dividing the humans between the rich and the oppressed.
Under the thumb of the worldwide organization known as Y-Wood Corporation a small resistance started with the leader being Metaya Valteese commonly known as “Mother.” Metaya was determined to create a group of super fighters that would be able to battle the corrupt forces that were in power. She worked tirelessly with specialists of all fields which eventually yielded advancements that were utilized for the creation of a fighting force that could change the world.
The creation of the secret formula, Starigen 6280, allowed humans to have increased brain power, exceptionally strong bones, an increased pain tolerance, as well as stronger muscles and thicker skin. It was a revolutionary formula created by the resistance and the manufacturing of it was top secret. there was no written formula, it was only handed down verbally to members that could be trusted above all others. Not every human could tolerate this formula and it took a unique person who could handle the drug as well as adhere to the rigorous training that came with the increased abilities.
Eventually, through careful selection, a group of women were born and they were far beyond all those who had come before them. This sisterhood of women, also known as the Mystical Slayers, were the best of the best and they were on a mission to overthrow the corrupt Y-Wood Corporation. In world filled with tyrannical humans, intelligent robots, and advanced technology, this was going to be a tall order but this fighting force was determined to set things right and give the oppressed a chance to reclaim their rightful positions in this world. It would not be without loss as the sisterhood knew full well but they had to strike back if they were ever going to take back their country and turn it into the land of the free!
There were many great elements in this story, Land of the Free. I loved the sisterhood and how they were patriotic, strong willed, and passionate for their cause. They suffered setbacks but never gave up because they were all about the bigger picture. I loved the world that was developed, I could really visualize this post-apocalyptic society, which was also a little terrifying to consider. I thought that the robotic and AI characters/elements were diverse and there was no black and white in terms of whether or not they were all good or all bad. If you like action packed fight scenes that use a variety of techniques, this story will knock your socks off! I am no trained fighter but the fight sequences seemed quite realistic to me.
With that said, I did have some issues with the story but there were more of an issue with execution of the story, mainly repetition of character information and story narration. In the beginning, there is a lot of information given out in a tell fashion and that was ok. As the story continued though there was a lot of tell and then show. One example is this sentence “The two would make love this day” which is telling me what was going take place and then in the next paragraph the writing showed what took place. Which made the tell sentence unnecessary. Another example of telling me something: “With a deep breath, she found her beloved Lomax’s arm draped over her shoulder. Lomax smiled at her. She wanted to have a deep conversation. He kissed her forehead” This statement was not an internal thought from one character about another. This was the narrator telling me the one character wanted to have a deep conversation, that sentence could have been omitted and written to show me that she wanted a deep conversation. It was just not a very fluid narration for this story.
This part is a personal issue more than an execution issue. The author referred to the Mystical Slayers as “girls” throughout the story, but they are close to thirty years old. If the characters had been referring to each other as girls, as in “hey girl” or “my girls,” then it would have been fine with me but for the narrator to keep referring to the women as girls just didn’t work for me. If there was a group of battle hardened men who were warriors in their own right, no one would refer to them as boys, ever. That’s how I feel about these women being referred to as girls, just doesn’t work.
Overall, there was a lot of good with Land of the Free. As I noted above there are several positive elements in this story and it is engaging. There is a definite woman-power vibe to the story and the fight scenes will keep your eyes glued to the pages. Not to mention that the cover is just lovely! I definitely have an issue of cover love at first sight. I think that if this story grabs your interest then you should consider reading it. Maybe my issues with this story are not something that others would consider but for me they just got in the way of my enjoyment of this story.
*Thank you to Fiction-Atlas Press LLC for this eARC of Land of the Free*