Thursday, August 8, 2013

After Dark Review of Faceless by Dustin Sanchez

I have added After Dark Reviews to my blog as a way of notifying you of a review of a book with Adult themes and scenes. From now on I will keep my reviews of all books I read that have explicit scenes in them for late night posts for those of you who prefer to avoid them or easy to find for those of you who seek them out ;)
Synopsis: "Faceless contains three "arcs" to its story.

Arc 1: NightCard, a private genetic engineering agency, has been creating experiments with a multitude of astounding abilities. Experiment 1343, or “Faceless” as he calls himself, is one of them. He was genetically designed with the ability to rip his face off and morph it into anyone he can imagine. His hyper-reflexes, along with diverse martial arts training, make him the perfect spy. Craving freedom he escapes to Paris in search for the woman he met and fell in love with as a child. NightCard sends the Four Kings, their best assassins, with orders to bring him back dead or alive, and they may be closer than he thinks. The girl he met as a child was treated for a psychotic break. Her unbelievable story about a man who could tear off his face had her parents believing she was crazy. She grew to be a beautiful artist, and her collection of art features a faceless man dancing with a woman. Spade, one of NightCard's Four Kings is a lover, as well as a fighter with a habit of spending too much time with too many women. He has been searching for something to quench his hunger. Spade befriends a man that's in desperate need of help getting the girl of his dreams, not realizing it's the very man he is supposed to be hunting.

Arc 2: years before the events of arc 1, Joan Saint, the former caretaker of Faceless, is forced into NightCard's Gene Coliseum. The Gene Coliseum forces experiments to fight each other the in bone breaking fights to weed out the weak while the rich and corrupt watch on for sport. A captured man named Fractal, with the ability to split himself off into multiple copies, plans his escape back to the life he used to know. Inside the Coliseum he faces telepaths, assassins, and a young Faceless.

(Mild Spoiler Warning)

Arc 3: Faceless meets with Fractal in an attempt to charge the NightCard base Fati, where they will try and take something and someone they both sorely need. Fractal has his team the Living, and together with Faceless, they are in for the fight of their lives, one of which may not return.

Faceless includes an array of characters, all uniquely brought to life with unconventional powers. Featured within are bone-shattering fights, erotic love scenes, and a romance story that will touch the heart and remind us what love really is."

My Review: This one was a little different for me, it stepped a little further into the Sci-Fi world than I am normally comfortable with, but the concept really caught my eye. I really was intrigued by the world that Dustin created and the unique characters (I love the card theme throughout). I kind of feel that this should have been made into three books. The first arc was very well developed and I loved the storyline, however as we went into the second and third arcs I felt as though things began to jump around and become too rushed. It feels as though with a little more work the second arc could be a novella, introducing new characters and giving their backgrounds and then the third arc could be a second book in the series. All that said the storyline is very interesting and the twists in the ending are shocking.
My Rating: For being out of my genre comfort zone Faceless captured my interest. I really enjoyed the characters that Mr. Sanchez created. I think the book could use a little editing and developing for some minor typos and filling out of the story.  I give it a rating of Two Paws.
Note: Faceless is appearing in our After Dark reviews for language, violence and sex scenes.
Faceless was sent to me by the author for an honest review.
You can obtain your own print copy of Faceless on Amazon or digital copy on Barnes & Noble.

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