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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Fighting Shadows: Survival Has its Costs is the second book in the Cortii series by JC Steel, an absorbing sci-fi read that will enthrall fans of the genre. The scientific elements of the story come out clearly from the very first line when the “mellifluous voice of the computer” informs Khyria Ilan, the Cortiora, that she has one hundred and sixty-seven communications waiting. From this moment on, the reader is pulled into a whirlwind of action, intense and exhilarating. Meet the group of mercenaries called the Cortii, a powerful group that offers unique services to those who can afford them, mostly governments and powerful organizations, a shady group whose reach extends to all galaxies and no single government or organization can destroy it. Now be ready for one-of-a-kind ride as conflicts escalate and unexpected twists get introduced into a tale involving compelling characters, intrigue and manipulation of the finest kind.
In clear and powerful prose and with a narrative voice that is as hypnotic as it is enjoyable, JC Steel weaves a story that will appeal to readers with different tastes, introducing unique elements of sci-fi and fiction. The story features powerful passages that allow readers to journey into the inner workings of the minds of the characters. The conflict is well-developed and it drives the plot strongly. There are insightful and intelligently written passages and conversations between the characters. JC Steel has a gift for plot and character and combines this gift with humor to create characters and scenes that are delightful to read. Fighting Shadows is a work of great imagination with vivid settings, a fast-paced plot, and memorable characters.