Today is not only the first book review of January but my first book review of 2018. Even though we are two weeks into January, it still doesn’t feel like a new year. I hope things are going well for yourself and you’ve had a good start to the year. This week, I am privileged to be on the Ordnance Blog Tour, organised by the lovely Emma Green at The Book Marketing Expert.
I have my fingers crossed that I can continue these monthly blog tours into 2018, I loved reading each month last year, with thanks to Jenny Marston over at Neverland Blog Tours. By reading Ordnance, I am one step closer to my January Goal of reading a total of 3 books this month, I have also got a 2018 Goal of reading a total of 15 books. I think that is pretty manageable, don’t you?
I’ve set myself this challenge through Goodreads, you can keep up to date with my 2018 Reading Challenge here.
Now enough chit chat, let’s start the review of Ordnance, a science fiction book by Andrew Vaillencourt.
Ordnance? Let me tell you a little bit about it;
Roland Tankowicz wasn’t even legally a person anymore.
The ageing cyborg had never really recovered from being betrayed and enslaved by his superiors in the Army. The final insult of being permanently classified as “defunct military ordnance” had been a bitter pill to swallow. Now, he spent most of his time drinking beer and working as a fixer for the crime families in 25th-century Boston. But then Lucia Ribiero stumbled into his favourite watering hole dragging a squad of bounty hunters behind her.
Shadows from his own dark past, and old debts still unpaid conspired to drive the old war-horse out for one more mission. Like any good soldier, the mission is all that matters for Roland. Linked by a shared connection to her kidnapped father, the duo will face veritable armies of criminals, mutants, cyborgs, and corporate executives as they search for the missing man. The secrets of the Ribiero family are exposed as they approach the centre of the labyrinth.
Roland will have to face the horror of his past one more time, and Lucia will need to get a grip on her future if they expect to survive a running battle with an entire galaxy’s worth of mad science gone awry.
I’m not 100% sure about Ordnance, it’s definitely a little different from what I normally read, but after falling in love with the Nadia Laksheva Spy Thriller Series from J. F. Kirwan (a genre I don’t normally read) I thought I had to give it a go! I’m currently upto Chapter Ten and this is definitely better than it started out, I will admit it was very slow in the beginning. I felt I wasn’t given enough background information on what was happening.
I pushed through this block and reached an interesting part of the book, where Roland is informing Lucia, the girl who stumbled into his favourite watering hole, of what he actually is, even with things looking normal from the outside. Thankfully this made the book picked up a little more and I did get gripped by their lives. I’m just under half way and I’m definitely going to continue.
Andrew has placed a variety of questions in my head, where is Donald Ribiero? Will they manage to find him? What’s happened to Lucia? How can she not know what she is? Andrew has done very well to include a good twist in Ordnance, I think this is definitely going to continue as a slow book but after the last couple of chapters, I’m happy to continue.
Thanks to the backstory by Roland, I feel better equipped to understand the story, this helped me a lot to take an interest to Ordnance, I just wish it was a little sooner as I was ready to stop reading around Chapter Three. I’m glad I continued reading though as I’m at the part where it’s getting interesting, as Roland is trying to figure out who can help them track down Donald.
With a Military background, of course, it’s no surprise there’s violence and fighting included, I feel this is interesting as it relates back to why Roland was created. I love the unusual storyline, it sort of reminds me of something like I, Robot with Will Smith, it’s that genre with robots and cyborgs. Which is something that I don’t normally take interest into but with the mystery element, I’m intrigued.
How about a little about the author, Andrew Vaillencourt;
Andrew is a former MMA competitor, bouncer and gym teacher, he wrote his first novel, Ordnance, on a dare from his father and has no intention of stopping now. Drawing on far too many bad influences, Andrew is committed to filling the heads of readers with hard-boiled action and vivid worlds in which to set it. His work pulls characters and voices born from his time throwing drunks out of a KC biker bar, fighting in the Midwest amateur MMA circuit, or teaching kindergarteners how to do a proper push-up.
There are a few bloggers on the Ordnance Blog Tour so I would love for you to check out their reviews! You can do this by searching #Ordnance. As well as giving some love to Andrew and if you can not wait any longer to read it for yourself, you can buy Ordnance to read in Ebook (Kindle Format) and Paperback from Amazon. You can also find it on Goodreads now!
I hope you have enjoyed this little review! I highly recommend Ordnance to all those who love a sci-fi book and something a little different from the norm.
*Thank you Emma Green for hosting the Ordnance Blog Tour. The Ebook was kindly sent to me for free, in return for an honest review. The feature image and those included within the post, were sent to me in the Media Pack, for more information please see my About Page.