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Cry havoc is a Sci-fi fantasy novel depicting the rise of the space mercenary clan Dogs of War. The reader will be drawn into a post-apocalyptic future where a disowned group of mercenaries band together to uphold the warrior code and carve out a name and future for themselves.

Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars The beiginning of a post-apocalyptic Sci Fi series by a great storyteller Reviewed in the United States on May 4, 2020 Verified Purchase Cry havoc is a Sci-fi fantasy novel depicting the rise of the space mercenary clan Dogs of War. The reader will be drawn into a post-apocalyptic future where a disowned group of mercenaries band together to uphold the warrior code and carve out a name and future for themselves.

Haley R Littleton5.0 out of 5 stars Check this book out, it’s a good read. You will like it. Reviewed in the United States on February 25, 2020 Verified Purchase Cry Havoc is a compelling look into the world of 2235. Written by a bona fide war dog. I used to think Buck Rogers, Star Wars and going to the moon, and now Mars, was pretty far fetched. I don’t think that anymore.

MBSPLS5.0 out of 5 stars It’s a unique story that will leave you wanting more. Reviewed in the United States on June 14, 2020 Verified Purchase Unique story, easy to read, relatable characters, fast paced, love the story line and there’s more to that story in sequel books.

Review from Quirky Book Reads for the Science Fiction thriller “The Vendetta Against Vendetta”, the third book in the series A Saga of Dogs of War-A Story of Mercenaries

Dec 06, 2020Regina Jones rated it, really liked it, A HUGE thumbs up to the author for writing it. One’s Evil Desire

Dec 06, 2020Johnny Mayfield rated it ,really liked it, A nice fun read. I would love to read more from this author. One’s Evil Desire

Dec 05, 2020Patricia McReynolds rated it, it was amazing, Great book. Highly recommended. One’s Evil Desire

Sandy S

Dec 19, 2020Sandy S rated it liked it 3.5 stars–ONE’S EVIL DESIRE is the fourth instalment in M. Short’s A SAGA OF DOGS OF WAR-A STORY OF MERCENARIES science fiction series set in a futuristic twenty-third century. I recommend reading the series in order for back story, history and cohesion as ONE’S EVIL DESIRE picks up shortly after the events of the previous story line.

SOME BACKGROUND: Approximately one hundred years earlier Earth suffered a cataclysm, and close to half of the Earth’s population escaped to Mars and its’ surrounding moons. Fast forward a century, and the governing Corporations are now resettling Earth with the people on Mars. Four regulating Corporations formed the Corporate Alliance, while the remaining two were driven from Earth because of their tyrannical rule.

Told from third person perspective following several intersecting pathways, ONE’S EVIL DESIRE covers approximately a twenty year span wherein the newly formed Confederation of Planets discovers the existence of a race of people who call themselves the Kapacaras, an early descendant of the people of Earth but all is not well as the Kapacara’s enemies, the Trajan and the Cnut, are readying for war in an effort to claim more of valuable space, and targeting the Confederation of Planets along with the Kapacarians. Forming their own alliance, the Confederation of Planets and the Kapacarians prepare for war, amassing a large fleet of spaceships and technology in defence of their area of space. War ensues several times, with new combatants at each battle but in the end the Confederation of Planets is victorious, once again.

ONE’S EVIL DESIRE reads like a serialized or episodic television program akin to Star Wars ™ and the numerous Star Trek ™ franchises with all of the familiar jargon from Earth’s twentieth and twenty-first century science-fiction/ speculative fiction movies and shows-the characters reference several of these programs and movies, including important battle strategies of WWII. There are a number of time-jumps throughout the story line from days to weeks, months and years, in an effort to explain how the Confederation was able to prepare for a war, years in the making.

I had a few issues that I want to address: From the outset, the reader is thrust into the story line without any preamble or introductory build up. There was more telling rather than showing, and in this the story reads like a script for a television series. The numerous characters and references to previous plotlines was a little confusing therefore I recommend reading the series in order. ONE’S EVIL DESIRE is awash in repetitive and redundant text whereby the characters often recapitulate instructions, directives, stories and scenarios when new visitors arrive without prior information. The individual characters, most of whom were introduced in the previous story lines, are identifiable via too many names, nicknames and aliases for the same character, often leading to confusion wherein I had to go back and forth several times throughout the story to ensure that I didn’t miss the introduction of someone new. There was also no marked delineation between different points of view-often, each successive paragraph would address or concern a different scenario, a different character, and a different timeline, all within a few sentences of one another.

ONE’S EVIL DESIRE is an interesting and entertaining story similar in presence and style to the Star Trek™ franchise. As I read, I imagined watching Star Trek Voyager or Deep Space Nine, in an effort to place myself into the story line action.

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