Tuesday, 5 August 2014

Review: Caitlin Star by James J. Caterino

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/18215029-caitlin-star?from_search=true
Goodreads Synopsis:
Caitlin Star is our last hope.

After losing her foster parents at the age of thirteen, Caitlin is uprooted from the only home she had ever known. Heartbroken, she travels back to her birthplace––Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania––to live with a relative.

One night Caitlin is harassed by a carload of drunken fiends. Just as the would-be rapists prepare to move in on the teen-age girl––a muscle-bound rescuer steps out of the shadows and intercedes on Caitlin’s behalf––a mysterious and charismatic man named Gunner Star.

Gunner Star takes on Caitlin as his protégé and trains her in the ways of the Bull Mongoni, a mythic species of hominids that lived long ago. An exciting, brave new world opens up for Caitlin as she discovers a new philosophy, achieves an astonishing level of physical and mental focus, and begins to see the world around her from a new perspective.

Caitlin learns she is not alone as Gunner Star’s Bull Mongoni philosophy grows into a world-wide, cultural movement. But there are dark forces at work in a new right-wing extremist government. The separation of church and state is banished. The Supreme Court is eliminated. New laws are passed deeming that anyone who believes the earth is older than 6000 years is a criminal who must be hunted down by a government police force known as the Moral Authority. 

Free thinking is considered dangerous to a government who has turned the National Parks over to the Big Oil Mafia and controls the bodies of all post-pubescent women via an inserted tracker probe. Soon the Moral Authority sets their sites on the Bull Mongoni and it falls upon Catlin Star to lead her fellow rebels, battle a sadistic enemy, save the very freedom of North America, and restore hope for the future of the planet itself.

Action, romance, satire, sex, suspense, political intrigue, and sword fights to the death—this book has it all. Caitlin Star is the femme fatale action hero of the new generation.


Review:
I have to say that this is perhaps the most action-packed novel I have ever read! It was a never-ending line of battles, whether they were physical or mental, there was always something going on to sink your teeth into. This did nothing to decrease the suspense, which was as big a part as anything else. You wait with bated breath to see what would happen next; would the plans pull through? Or would it end in utter chaos? There was quite the mixture that’s for sure.

The plot-line was very well developed, and detailed as well. The world has been politically corrupted by people who think nothing of women’s, homosexual’s and animal’s rights alike. They’ve destroyed national animal parks for oil productions, and in turn need to be destroyed. This is what a man named Gunner Star has set out to do.

Gunner Star is the epitome of bad-ass. He basically runs the revolution that fights against their repressive government, with the help of his protégé Caitlin Star; equally as bad-ass. She is such a strong character, and not only in the physical sense, but in the way she can face all the hardships the world throws at her and bounce back to do the right thing. She is an inspiration to all women, and if I had just a pinch of her courage I’d be set for life.

However it’s not just the girls who play a big part in this book. I can’t forget Tyrone. I loved how you saw his character develop, the before and after he met Gunner, then the before and after he met Caitlin. But don’t get me wrong this is not a romance book, and the second you read it this will be vividly clear. It’s about the individual fights these people face, and the decisions they make.

The blood and gore and other awesome stuff were extras in a really quick but great book.

I do feel the obligation to warn readers that there is a lot of “adult content” in this book like swearing, and intense violence but for me personally it doesn’t offend in the slightest and only enhances the writing. To each his own. But if you’re like me, you should go pick up this book. You don’t even have to start from the first book, I read Caitlin Star before it’s prequels and caught onto the story no problem. I didn’t even realise it wasn’t the first in a series! So instead I’ll be reading them after.
Favourite Quotes:
“Bull Mongoni training was more than an activity, more than a job; it was a lifestyle.”

“Blood and bone spread across the hallway floor in a glorious, arching victory rainbow.”

“The joy of life, the innocence of beauty, the purity of nature – all of it instantly destroyed by the cowardly pulling of trigger by a hate-filled fiend.”

“After all, if an idea could not stand up to a serious challenge, then it was never a very good idea in the first place. Question everything.”

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