5 out of 5 stars
Revenge of the Cyber Dragons by C.T. Phipps and Michael Suttkus is a thrilling cyberpunk adventure that not only lives up to the standards set by its predecessor but takes the story to a whole new level. In this captivating sequel, we’re treated to a deeper exploration of Kei’s character, a richer dive into the cyberpunk world, and a healthy dose of humor that will keep you entertained from start to finish.
The first thing that becomes apparent is Phipps and Suttkus’ innate talent for crafting a gripping and entertaining narrative. They have a knack for storytelling that is evident throughout each book I’ve picked up from them. The action is relentless, and the pacing is spot-on, ensuring that readers are on the edge of their seats from beginning to end. This felt like a rollercoaster ride, filled with unexpected twists and turns that kept me guessing.
What sets this and most of Phipps’ books apart is their humor. Phipps, in particular, has a unique ability to infuse humor into his narratives without sacrificing depth or intrigue. The witty banter and clever one-liners add an extra layer of enjoyment to the story, making it not just interesting but genuinely funny. It’s a rare skill to combine humor and action effectively, and they have perfected it.
One of the notable strengths of Revenge of the Cyber Dragons is how it builds upon the foundation of the first book. The world and its characters are further developed, allowing readers to connect with them on a deeper level. Kei, in particular, receives more attention, and her backstory adds emotional depth to her character. This newfound vulnerability makes her all the more relatable and engaging as a protagonist.
The cyberpunk genre is embraced with open arms in this installment. The world-building is immersive, and readers will find themselves fully immersed in a futuristic realm filled with technology, intrigue, and all the cybernetic elements that make cyberpunk so fascinating. Paradise, Kei’s companion, adds an extra layer of intrigue and wonder to the story, showing the authors’ creativity and ability to blend the human and technological aspects seamlessly.
What’s truly remarkable about this book is how it takes the best elements from the authors’ previous works and cranks them up to eleven. There’s an intangible quality to these new titles that leaves readers with a sense of satisfaction and surprise. The narrative scratches at unexplored itches in your brain, offering a refreshing and innovative take on the genre. It’s as if Phipps and Suttkus have reached new heights with their storytelling, delivering something that’s not just enjoyable but profoundly memorable.
Catherine Ho does an incredible job of “becoming” Kei and really helps take an already great story and make it even better.
Overall, I think that this is a must-read for fans of the genre and a delightful surprise for anyone who appreciates humor, action, and deep character development. Phipps and Suttkus have once again proven their mastery of storytelling and have given us a sequel that surpasses all expectations. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, keep you on the edge of your seat, and leave you eagerly anticipating the next installment, this is it.
Ex-Rider Keiko “Kei” Springs was living with her adopted daughter Becky away from her previous life of crime.
Unfortunately, the past is not easy to escape and her sadistic former sensei, Snake, gives her an ultimatum: perform eight tasks for him or die. The final mission before her freedom is nearly impossible, though. Snake wants her to take down a luxury resort where the super-rich are implanted with their heart’s desires, only to be brainwashed into serial killers for blackmail potential.
Teaming up with the eccentric techjack Paradise, her on-again off-again lover Case, and a Judicial Magistrate named Parvati Rao—Kei thinks she can pull it off.
Unfortunately, that’s before she discovers the luxury resort is owned and operated by a nearly omnipotent AI that has it out for her.
Revenge of the Cyber Dragons by CT Phipps, Michael Suttkus
Narrator: Catherine Ho
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
Series: Cyber Dragons #2
Published by Podium Audio Format: Audiobook
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Also by this author: Cthulhu Armageddon, Agent G: Infiltrator, The Tower of Zhaal, Lucifer's Star, I Was a Teenage Weredeer, An American Weredeer in Michigan, Lucifer's Nebula
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