Kirkus Reviews THE SHADOW OF WAR

Kirkus Reviews THE SHADOW OF WAR!

They liked it!  See more below …

It’s a spoilerish review so click at your own risk.  The book is a heist/thriller that takes place totally underwater at the height of a new cold war between the superpowers.  The weapon my team of characters is trying to steal is meant to shock and surprise readers, and this review reveals its properties.  I really don’t want you to know what the weapon is before reading. However, I was thrilled to see this:

“Johnston presents readers with a diverse set of characters, along with a complicated world for them to navigate. The novel shines when describing the technology, as when the characters discuss the … weapon, nicknamed ‘The Water Pick’ … Fans of high-tech SF will enjoy the concepts and worldbuilding here …” — Kirkus Reviews

Thank you to Kirkus Reviews.

They mentioned some pacing issues due to the fact that there is some backstory from the previous books.  I feel these parts are short and concise.

The reviewer mentions the diverse cast of characters, which is pleasing.  I make a point of inclusion in my writing.  I try my best, at least.  I have said before that I can’t wait for you to meet Sahar Noor.  She is one of my greatest characters, ever.  I wanted to include a practicing Muslim in my underwater world.  She is powerful, strong, pivotal to the story, heroic, and more important, a counterpoint to the reckless violence that has occurred in the previous books.  She brings a sense of calm and peace to my team.  She is needed and essential to the plot.

Pick up a copy of The Shadow of War and meet her.  I know you won’t be disappointed.

Here’s the exciting BOOK TRAILER!

— TSJ, 7 December 2022

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THE WAR BENEATH:  FIRST PLACE 2018 GLOBAL THRILLER Action / Adventure Category Winner, 2019 Silver Falchion Award Finalist, 2018 CLUE Award Semi-Finalist, 2019 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist, & 2019 CYGNUS Award Shortlister

THE SAVAGE DEEPS:  FIRST PLACE 2020 CYGNUS Award Winner, 2019 GLOBAL THRILLER Awards Finalist, 2022 Kindle Book Awards Semi-Finalist; 2019 CLUE Award Shortlister

FATAL DEPTH: FIRST PLACE 2021 GLOBAL THRILLER Award Winner, 2022 Silver Falchion Award Finalist (Best Action Adventure), 2021 CYGNUS Award Semi-Finalist


“If you’re looking for a techno-thriller combining Ian Fleming, Tom Clancy and John Le Carré, The War Beneath will satisfy … a ripping good yarn, a genuine page-turner.” — Amazing Stories
“One very riveting, intelligent read!” — Readers’ Favorite
“If you like novels like The Hunt for Red October and Red Storm Rising,
you will certainly enjoy The War Beneath.” — A Thrill A Week
“If you’re here for thrills, the book will deliver.” — The Cambridge Geek
“… an engaging world that is highly believable …” — The Future Fire
“This is a tense, gripping science fiction/thriller of which Tom Clancy might well be proud . . . When I say it is gripping, that is the simple truth.” — Ardath Mayhar
“… a thrill ride from beginning to end …” — SFcrowsnest
“… if you like Clancy and le Carré with a hint of Forsyth thrown in,
you’ll love The War Beneath.” — Colonel Jonathan P. Brazee (RET),
2017 Nebula Award & 2018 Dragon Award Finalist
“Fast-paced, good old-fashioned Cold War espionage … a great escape!” — The Minerva Reader

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