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Reviewed by Lit Amri for Readers' Favorite
In The Children of Amalek by Anthony Civiletti, 40 years have passed since the Great Disaster, a brutal war that changed and divided society where peace between opposing sides is maintained through the Agreement of Terms. All is about to change when a recon dog named Lucky leads two young frontier soldiers, Private Amy Jones and Private Alex Smith, to the body of a woman in the Neutral Zone. The duty-bound pair report to their superiors but keep some details to themselves. Together with their comrades, Amy and Alex are about to discover the deception of the higher-ups who have an agenda of their own.
“Even the darkest of nights will always be replaced by the light of a brand new day.” The story starts with a mystery thanks to recon dog Lucky－a calm catalyst of the unraveling of a plot seeded deep in the command of the Sovereign Territory. With fascinating world-building, the short chapters pulse with the even pacing of a tale filled with quiet suspense and anticipation. There is a good balance between mystery, danger, friendship, and personal transformation, including a slight dose of romance enhanced by the clear writing style that conveys the moods well without extraneous embellishments. Protagonists Amy and Alex held my attention the most but another character became the unlikely chevalier who surprised and delighted me. All in all, The Children of Amalek is a fascinating, short dystopian read filled with surprising high stakes and challenges; a commendable tale from Anthony Civiletti.