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Reviewed by Kimberlee J Benart for Readers' Favorite
Retribution is an exciting and engaging prequel novella in the Jason Conrad USAF thriller series by Michael Byars Lewis. Three story lines converge in the character of Jason Conrad, a married newly-commissioned lieutenant in the Air Force who is about to start Undergraduate Pilot Training. First, his personal life and a marriage showing the signs of cracks and fissures. Second, his (unbeknownst to most of the world) politician father, who is about to engage in a run for the office of President of the United States and doesn’t need it known that Jason or his mother exist. And third, a distraught man, a total stranger to Jason, shoved to the edge of insanity and seeking revenge after the brutal murder of his wife and children in Rwanda.
If you like fast-paced suspenseful stories that blend a complex plot with characters that run the gamut from nice guys to assassins, and blend political conspiracy and touches of psychological thriller into the mix for good measure, you’ll like Retribution. Lewis introduces the beginnings of the Jason Conrad thriller series in a novella that is packed with all the punch of a novel. With its flowing narrative, crisp dialog, page-turning action, plot surprises, and some interesting military history along the way, this is the kind of book you don’t want to put down until the very last page. Jason Conrad is a superb protagonist, humanly flawed but with that tough-mindedness and courage you expect in an Air Force pilot. I haven’t read the other books in the series, but this certainly inspires me to do so. Highly recommended.