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Sudden Death

by L.L. Richman

Pub Date: August 31, 2021

Page Count: 321

Goodreads here. Amazon here.

This title is also available on Kindle Unlimited!


‘Sudden Death’ is just a theme park thrill ride. Until it’s not.

Fresh off his first Marine deployment, Boone must now choose between two schools: Intelligence or Scout Sniper. Though he’s shown clear aptitude for the second, he’s not sure he has what it takes to do the job.

When he puts the decision aside to join his buddies on a day of leave, the last thing Boone expects to see is a naval weapons locker in the hands of a man who is clearly not Navy. On impulse, he shadows the man, only to find himself running for his life… smack into a Unit operator.

Now he has two options: join the fight or remain behind. But the choice he’s been given is really no choice at all. For the only way to save the park is for Boone to embrace his calling.

The fate of thousands rests on this one decision. He’d better make it a good one.

Sudden Death by L.L. Richman was sampled by three of our team members. For those new to our system, at least two members of the Wayward Stars read each book for about 20-25% before deciding whether we recommend it as a quarter-finalist to the group. Here is what we thought about this one.

I actually quite liked the characters we were being introduced to in the sample. They felt like they really had history, goals, and personality, and I was looking forward to their adventures.

It also sounded like Richman really knew what he was talking about when it came to writing about the science and military in this book. Sadly, there was a bit too much explaining happening for us. We were pulled out of the story regularly due to too many details about objects, armor, and weapons to the extent that it felt a little bit like mansplaining sometimes when we thought that some of that could’ve been assumed to already be known by the reader.

By the time I finished reading this sample, I felt like the stakes of this book weren’t quite high enough, which is a rather unfortunate feeling about a book named Sudden Death. I do go into books knowing next to nothing about them usually so when I read the synopsis again while writing this post, I did see that it tells you that the lives of many people are in danger but sadly 25% weren’t enough to really give us that sense of danger and excitement we were hoping for. One reader, while finding it intriguing, still had the feeling like it didn’t kick off yet after a third of the book and we felt that was asking for too much time for us to really get invested.

So while this book had both ups and downs for us, in the end, the votes came out to 1 Yes vs. 2 No, which means it is a Cut from the Wayward Stars.

The first quarterfinalist for the Wayward Stars was announced here yesterday by the fabulous Tessa. The decisions will happen more rapidly in the next few days so stay tuned! We are excited to be a part of this competition despite the difficult decisions we have to make and are enjoying the discussions all of these books have sparked. We appreciate all the hard work that goes into publishing these books and want to say thank you to everyone that is following along on this journey!

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