Reverence

Reverence

Volume 1

Fiction - Science Fiction
332 Pages
Reviewed on 01/23/2017
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Author Biography

Joshua Landeros was born in Pomona, CA, but was primarily raised in Perris in Riverside County for years uncountable now.

He comes from a large family in which he is undoubtedly the black sheep which started in childhood really. Landeros grew up on DBZ, Godzilla films, Batman the Animated Series and Star Wars. Oh, and Dinosaurs like any other child.

Landeros now attends UCR where he majors in History Admin Studies and minors in English.

Book Review

Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite

Protagonist William Marconi takes readers to a different world in Reverence: Volume 1 by Joshua A. Landeros. William Marconi is one of the 144,000 guardians of a new order, and people look at him with both awe and fear. He tries to uphold justice at any cost, along with the others. Things change when he realizes that there is a new threat to the peace they are trying to maintain, and though William wants to do his best to save the world, he is not too sure if they will be able to do it. He knows this war will be detrimental to all that he holds dear. Will William succeed in his mission?

The story is exciting and filled with action. For a new writer, Joshua A. Landeros manages to keep readers glued to the story till the very end. All the characters are sketched well and they complement each other nicely. William Marconi’s characterization is strong and powerful, and readers will connect well with him, his righteousness, and his anguish. He is real, relatable, and memorable, and will remain in the minds of readers for a long time. The narration is descriptive and detailed, making the scenes and images vivid and alive. For all those who love action, excitement, and challenges, this book is definitely a must-read. Joshua A. Landeros is an author to look out for and readers will be looking forward to the next volume. The author’s style of writing is simple yet effective, authoritative, and unapologetic, so that readers will feel the strength of his characters and plot easily.

Cheryl E. Rodriguez

Reverence by Joshua Aaron Landeros is a battle of humans versus androids. The old ways are over, but not forgotten. The year is 2065. The Oval Office is a mere exhibit of history. Where the Pentagon once stood, a tower stands imperially watching over its citizens. The Expansion war is over; Chancellor Carl Venloran is the supreme leader of the United Nation Republic. The Chancellor keeps the peace through his elite android soldiers, men and women “reborn as perfect beings, unwavering in duty.” Venloran maintains his rule by “eradicating the enemy... No negotiation, only submission and compliance.” However, there is an insurgence; a group of rebels is preparing to take on UNR and their Cyborgs! These dissident soldiers are willing to give their lives to destroy the Chancellor and reclaim their nation. When the UNR gets cocky, believing they are invincible, the rebels prove to be a valiant, formidable force. The Chancellor’s worst fear is realized; UNR is on the verge of civil war. “History truly does repeat itself.”

Joshua Aaron Landeros pens his debut novel Reverence with zeal, demonstrating that he is a promising science fiction novelist. Ironically, this student of history writes the future with youthful exuberance and imagination. Being a person of faith, I found interesting the undertone of biblical references included within the storyline. The cast of characters is intriguing and ruthless in conviction; both sides of the conflict believe they are morally just in their fight against the other. The story proves to be a tug of war of wills. Good versus evil, but who is good and who is evil?

The setting takes place in a not so distant future. The portrayal of an elite army of androids promotes the science fiction genre. The narrative unfolds quickly; taking place over just a few days, but a lifetime is endured for its characters. The use of flashbacks helps to fill in the gaps in the development of the characters. The thematic truth woven throughout the text is that without our personal history, namely our memories, we become nothing more than robotic, soulless beings. Depicting the reality of war, the ending leaves a lasting impression, one not easily forgotten.

Kathryn Bennett

Reverence: Volume 1 by Joshua Aaron Landeros introduces us to William Marconi, a man who is the face of both anguish and righteousness. His hands are bloodstained and he is a man whom people look upon with equal measures of awe and fear. He is not the only one of his kind, but is one of 144,000 protectors who are tasked with upholding justice, no matter the cost. The peace they have held together, however, comes under fire. William sees that a war could be coming and it will destroy everything. Can one man who is both honorable and bloody save all that he holds dear?

This book might be set in the future, but the messages it has within its pages ring true today and show us that history can and usually does repeat itself. William is a man who could be inserted into a story about the Knights Templar and fit in. I found this story to be engaging and fast paced while making me feel connected with everything going on within it. Who has not at least once had a feeling of their world falling apart and trying to save it? The circumstances might not be the same as in the book, but the feelings are the same. We can learn from this book, just as we can learn from the past and, in the case of the writing of Joshua Aaron Landeros, we can truly enjoy it. I felt the full gamut of emotions as I read this book and I truly enjoyed it. I would recommend anyone who wants a fast paced book full of action and emotion to pick this one up. I am looking forward to reading Volume 2.

Sefina Hawke

Reverence (Volume one) by Joshua Aaron Landeros is a science fiction story that will appeal most to a mixed audience made up of both adults and young adults who enjoy science fiction, where the hero is both a fighter and a guardian of the people, who faces both triumph and/or anguish depending on the path he chooses to walk. Reverence follows William Marconi as he inspires people with opposite concepts: anguish, righteousness, and fear. William Marconi is a part of the guardians of a new order who see justice upheld through the might of their swords and the power of their guns; however, a new threat leads to William Marconi questioning himself and all he holds dear as he attempts a mission that might be his last, and it could take everything he has and more in order to succeed.

Reverence was an intriguing book and it took me a few chapters to really get into the plot. However, once I did, I simply could not put it down and so I ended up finishing the entirety of Reverence in one sitting. My favorite character by far was William Marconi as he was the character I came to feel for and sympathize with the most throughout the course of the plot. I have to say that Joshua Aaron Landeros did a truly spectacular job with creating an entire world and my only disappointment was that I did not already possess book two in the series.