Author: Zach Richardson
When you sacrifice the lives of your wife and children to prevent the world's most powerful clan of assassins from unleashing the Apocalypse, what does that make you? And what do you do when you learn that it was all in vain? For Jin Sakai, that sacrifice turned him into a mere shell of a man, filled only with guilt and hatred. When he learns that it was a sacrifice made in vain, he instantly sets out on a violent one-man war to tear the assassins' clan down around their ears. After all, who better to destroy them than the man who brought them together?
Things soon turn down a darker path as Jin uncovers the disturbing truth behind his family's sacrifice; a truth he was never meant to learn. Undone by the revelation, Jin is consumed by doubt and confusion and very nearly loses his life. It is only later when he meets Leah Lawson, a woman who overcame her own dark past, that his doubt and confusion vanish and he begins to see a path that will not only lead him to his revenge, but to his redemption.
Unfortunately, there is far more going on behind the scenes than Jin realizes. Forces are at play that have been manipulating the course of his life ever since he was born. By setting out on his quest for vengeance, Jin unknowingly cements his destiny as one of the key warriors in the apocalyptic war that’s brewing just beneath the surface.
Chronicles of the Apocalypse is a well written, fast paced book. The action starts on the first page and doesn't really slow down. Jin is a former assassin living in exile. He has lost his whole family because of the life he led. When he finally seeks revenge, he nearly dies. This story is about his path to forgiveness and redemption with the help of a new love.
I will admit, this was a very different genre than I usually read, but I always like to expand my horizons. The actions scenes reminded me of movies like Kill Bill. I could picture them on the big screen and I think they would be very entertaining to watching. This book might be a little violent for some, I know I was disturbed in a few places. So I recommend it to those who don't mind swords and guns. The book does end in a cliffhanger, which I tend to dislike. I think that the book was well written and thought out for a first novel. Mr. Richardson has a bright future ahead of him!
About the author:
Zachery Richardson, casually Zach, was born in Seattle WA on August
8th, 1989, and was raised in Lake Oswego, OR. It is perhaps the greatest
irony of all that his chosen career is that of an author when as a
child, his second least favorite subject in school was writing. Math was
number one, and their relationship remains strained to this day.
However, the switch was flipped in middle school when his teacher
assigned a creative writing project. Having finally been given a
productive outlet for his wildly active imagination, Zach dove headfirst
into the world of author-dom and never looked back. By his freshman
year of high school, he'd completed his first "book"; a 300 page
fanfiction set in the Mobile Suit Gundam universe. Afterwards, he turned his attention to a series of wholly original works that would become Chronicles of the Apocalypse in the subsequent year.
While Chronicles of the Apocalypse (or COTA as he
likes to call it) remains his central focus, Zach has also begun work on
several other projects in the Young Adult and High Fantasy genres.
He currently lives in Wilsonville, OR