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The Mission by Bill Talcott

The Mission follows a group of mercenaries as they take a dying scientist to the planet Valdorion in what they believe is a search for a cure. Under advisement from Senator Tyrell and against his better judgment, the commander of the Undead agrees to take the youngest member of his mercenaries on the mission to the distant world. Mack gives fourteen year old Darkblood the task of protecting and transporting Victor Magnus, a scientist who is dying as a result of an accident in his lab. It is only when they reach Valdorion, the planet's only city, that Darkblood discovers the dark truth behind their mission.

The Mission

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Story, Beautiful World, April 24, 2012
This review is from: The Mission (Remnants of the Past) (Kindle Edition)
I look at the stars every night and think about home...

The leader of the Undead - a group of mercenaries - agrees to take Darkblood with them, against his better judgement when they are tasked with taking a dying scientist to the planet Valdorion in search of a cure. Once they've arrived, Darkblood is given the task of protecting the scientist, which also gives him a small amount of protection. Soon, the mission falls apart, and Darkblood slowly learns what the real mission was - and how he can stop it.

Set in a beautiful world similar to ours, the language making it easy to envision the surroundings and the people. The interactions of the different characters clearly defines each of them - and they are all clearly different. Mostly through dialogue, the characters come to life, encouraging the reader to feel right along with them. The tough decisions made and the depth of emotion shown add to the complexity of Darkblood et al, making them very "real" and relatable.

Undertones of friendship, loyalty, love and loss, as well as conspiracy and treachery, abound as the cast of characters grow before the reader's eyes. Masterfully interwoven between the characters, The Mission is a quick read with a vivid world that can easily entertain more stories, as well as the reader.

5.0 out of 5 stars Delightfully Dark With A Pinch Of Hope, April 12, 2012
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This was one mission I was happy to embark on.

I'm not going to go into the basics. I think this is one better for the reader to get into without knowing much about it, much as I did when I jumped into it. What I will do is describe it in a manner that suits it, without giving much away.

Adventure, love, anguish, loss, hope, and a little comedy help to create a world in which the characters, even for the time spent with them, are alive. The planets are also described to the point of having a great mental picture of what it could potentially look like.

The mystery of The Mission unfolds before you with the help of some flashbacks. It is a lot deeper than you'll think at first and as it goes on, the appreciation for the story grows. At times you'll be left wondering what is happening to the characters as a remnant from the past gives you one more piece of the puzzle.

You'll be pleasantly surprised at this tale. The pacing will keep you reading each passing page in anticipation for what's coming next. The descriptions are so powerful, and so short, that they do a better job at conveying things than having a long, drawn out explanation.

I'll end this review with two notes.
- I do hope that this isn't the end.
- Excellent work in having me care in such a short amount of time.

5.0 out of 5 stars Good Story, March 11, 2012
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I really enjoyed this book. I am looking forward to more by this author. He kept the suspense going, and the pieces didn't start to fall into place until well into the book. I highly recommend this book.

4.0 out of 5 stars great scope, March 9, 2012
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The author uses a rare skill to begin a story part way through and then effectively communicate prior events that led to where we are. There is good resolution,and it is a complete story, but the author has allowed room to continue if desired. Character complexity has been attempted, and succeeds for the most part. There is room to improve this aspect, and is the only reason it is not 5 star. That being said, it is definitely worth the read.

5.0 out of 5 stars Loved it!, January 28, 2012
This review is from: The Mission (Remnants of the Past) (Kindle Edition)
So great to read a story where you feel the depth of 'what has gone before' and the potential of what is to come. Fun reading - action, heart and intelligence. Mr. Talcott, give us more!!

4.0 out of 5 stars
The Mission, Remmnants of the Past by Bill Talcott, February 8, 2012
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Transported by missionaries into a world far removed from the home he left behind the Professor is charged with being sure this world does not attack. But what is the message the professor is bringing? Is it one of peace or is it a threat? Will he succeed in protecting his home planet or will he find himself caught in the middle of a political crisis which may no longer exist? Is he prepared for the consequences of visiting a planet which has been cut off from contact with his home world for hundreds of years.

The missionaries have been given a directive; get the Professor to the planet by any means necessary and at any cost. All, except one, veterans of combat, now free-lanced to the highest bidder, they are prepared to risk their lives to protect their cargo. But how much do they really know about his mission? What if it isn't what they thought it was? Will they still go into battle to save him?

An action-packed space thrill ride which combines a up to date story with politics, romance and royalty, The Mission grips you from the very beginning. I found myself caught up in the story and the mystery that is The Mission from the first page and read straight through until the end. For anyone who likes fantasy, mystery and action with a little soft g-rated romance thrown in this is a great read.

Karen Bryant Doering

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The first of hopefully many, March 30, 2011
Couldn't put this one down once I started! I can see this one being the first of many books. Whether its more sequels or other stories involving the characters we get to know in the authors universe, I want to read more. Pick this one up if your a fan of sci-fi, or if you just really enjoy a good story with some thoughtful twists and interesting characters. One of the things I appreciated most about this story was how attached I got to the characters and how surprised I was by their outcomes. Great work, This story could easily stand on its own but I hope to see more of this series in the future.

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read, January 1, 2012
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I have to admit that I bought this book because of the Authors last name, With that being said i was hooked very shortly after I started reading this book.
Other than some mistakes that can clearly be linked to spell check this book is a very good read and I'm waiting anxiously to read some more by this author and I hope it happens VERY soon!

5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read!, March 19, 2011
Wonderful book! I am not a big reader and not usually into sci-fi but got through this in no time at all. Can't wait for another one by this author!

4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised, December 29, 2011
The story went far beyond and exceeded my expectations. For 99 cents I figured I had nothing to lose. After I began to read, I found myself pleasantly surprised by the quality of the story and how attached I became to the characters. My only disappointment was that the story came to an end. But then, like the author mentions at the end of the story, (It's never the End!) I'm really hoping this is true!