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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Eoin N. Andrews knows how to take you by surprise. His novel Survivability Report has all the makings of an exciting military action story, where Sean, the main character, is a military contractor. Along with other seasoned servicemen, Sean works for a British contracting firm. Just when you expect realistic military action, along comes Titania, a female Djinn who grants him a wish. While downing his beer, Sean wishes for omnipotence so that all bases are covered. But his new godlike power seems to have a viral effect on the people he interacts with, as they have contracted some special abilities including his daughter. As Sean and his team are trained to maintain peace and security in foreign lands with enough money to acquire their services, they are in for the biggest challenge of their military careers: An ancient Spartan queen is no pushover. She is angry and determined to instill her version of order in the here and now.
One of my favorite parts in fantasy fiction is the explanation of the fantasy element. In Survivability Report, we are given the origins of the Djinn, and why it has chosen a man like Sean to have his wish granted. The centerpiece of the action is how they deal with an ancient female threat whose knowledge of military strategies rivals theirs, and she wields the same powers that they have. Eoin N. Andrews has molded Sean’s character with the typical man in uniform personality that implies sharp wit and a sense of fraternal bonds with his teammates. He brings the pages to life simply through his kinetic energy and his idiosyncratic responses to given stimuli. You may well find yourself interested in how Sean and his team will get out of such a troubling situation. It is not often that you get to read military action with a fantasy element thrown in.