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Reviewed by Ray Simmons for Readers' Favorite
Through the Hostage by J.C. Steel is a weird mixture of space opera and military science fiction. It worked for me. These are two of my favorite genres. The pace is swift and filled with danger around every corner. This is a world of mystery and violence. I found it very easy to lose myself in it. J.C. Steel has his own unique style of writing. It is both understated and over the top in a combination that will thrill readers who like strong characters with enigmatic personalities. I haven’t seen women portrayed like this since I picked up Dune by Frank Herbert when I was a boy and read about the reverend mothers of the Bene Gesserit. They are strong, smart, intelligent, and determined. What more could you ask for in a female protagonist?
Khyria Ilan is a hero unlike any I have ever come across before. She is a commander in the Cortii, a ruthless mercenary society that is cruel and very determined to retain its fierce reputation as the best of the best. I loved Khyria. Her situation and memory loss gained my sympathy. Her skills and talents won my respect. She is a character to be reckoned with and J.C. Steel drops her into a complex plot worthy of her abilities. There are a lot of strong characters, especially female characters in Through the Hostage and I liked that. The writing is descriptive, and you can submerge yourself in the world and characters. I really liked this book. It made a perfect weekend read and is the beginning of a great series.