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War is the means to an end, usually waged for vengeance, destruction, or conquest. But then, imagine living in a world where war is nothing more than a pro sport, and solely orchestrated for entertainment. This is the era in which the famous war superstar Ranger Monroe of the American Army of Liberty lived. Now a billion-dollar industry with hundreds of film production companies managing different armies, and millions of fans across the world, it was the dream of most would-be war superstars. This was also Annie Kennedy’s dream, but when she is on the verge of attaining her ambitions something terrible happens to Ranger Monroe, and Annie becomes the captain of the Army of Liberty. Simultaneously, a domestic terror group in America called The Invisible Dagger is rapidly gaining fame and popularity from live-streaming its bomb attacks. Will war be a match for The Invisible Dagger’s sensationalism? Will Captain Annie be a war superstar? Find out in Luke Swanson’s Spectators of War.
Luke Swanson’s Spectators of War will appeal to lovers of suspense novels. There are thrills, tension, deceit, passion, deals, battlefield action, guns, casualties, army recruiters, bureaucrats, elite production companies, auditions, feuds, and deadly rivalry. Swanson describes his scenes vividly, capturing the settings colorfully. This made me feel as if I was next to the characters in every scene, closely watching them make their every move. His narration switches effortlessly between designated characters, and at the same time digs through their present and the past. He develops the cast by clearly highlighting their abilities and emotions. Salvatore’s charm and perhaps feigned empathy makes it hard for people to turn down his offers, making him an excellent recruiter. Annie is a strong-willed woman who will stop at nothing to pursue her dreams.