The first book of a bold new trilogy by up and coming author A J Leavens In the future, Nuclear War has ravaged the planet Slade Meechan, an Emissary for iCorps embarks on a Delivery to find Randy Herman a man who s escaped from a Penal TerritoryBeset by hurdle after hurdle, Slade must reach his Target before time runs out His journey sends him far from his home, and into a land outside the Government Accompanied by a loyal and mischievous Diplomatic Corps officer, and an array of mechanical gadgets, Slade crosses the world to fulfill his mandate What happens when the hunter becomes the hunted Slade will have to use all of his skills and all of his connections to stay ahead of the one who wants him dead But is there to the story An interesting look at a post nuclear world I really couldn t stop reading this book once I got a hold of it Looking forward to the next 2 books. I stumbled across this book looking for a great Post Apocalyptic story that was unique And Death s Twilight is just that Set in the not so distant future, Death s Twilight creates a world, or rather a new world based on the after effects of a nuclear war At first, reestablishing Earth s population was encouraged, but soon, it gets out of hand and an elite group of Emissaries selected by the new government are in charge of keeping the population in check.I m not one to give spoilers but I mu I stumbled across this book looking for a great Post Apocalyptic story that was unique And Death s Twilight is just that Set in the not so distant future, Death s Twilight creates a world, or rather a new world based on the after effects of a nuclear war At first, reestablishing Earth s population was encouraged, but soon, it gets out of hand and an elite group of Emissaries selected by the new government are in charge of keeping the population in check.I m not one to give spoilers but I must say that Death s Twilight kept me intrigued from the very beginning The writing is crisp, the characters well developed and the plot is fresh and original, keeping the reader absorbed and hungry forThe attention to detail the author has woven into this one of a kind adventure is obvious, the descriptions are vivid and the sub plots peppered throughout makes the story not only plausible, but captivating as well If you re a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, Stephen King and William R Forstchen then you definitely have to check out Death s Twilight You will not be disappointed 5 stars all the way round 3.5 stars although it would have been four stars if not for the major niggle I detail later.Slade and Hotaru are emissaries not that they ve ever met both high skilled and trained deliverers of very specialized epistles in an apparently Utopian future Beneath the peaceful surface however stews a melting pot of corrupt dealings, abduction, murder sanctioned and unsanctioned, caste systems and toxic rulers And one vast and dangerousintelligence that controls it all It s far easier to g 3.5 stars although it would have been four stars if not for the major niggle I detail later.Slade and Hotaru are emissaries not that they ve ever met both high skilled and trained deliverers of very specialized epistles in an apparently Utopian future Beneath the peaceful surface however stews a melting pot of corrupt dealings, abduction, murder sanctioned and unsanctioned, caste systems and toxic rulers And one vast and dangerousintelligence that controls it all It s far easier to go from emissary to receiver than our two MCs think.This was fun and easier read, slightly reminiscent of the minority report, with some excellent world building It s not the longest of books but enough that the reader doesn t feel cheated, and is apparently the start of a series I imagine from the way it s set up that it should do very well a series set around these characters Overall I really enjoyed it Slade is a likeable enough character and Hotaru gives you glimpses of bitchy bad girl that are quite entertaining We never really get close to either character however and some of the other characters are a bit less well developed There are also occasions where a character acts strangely for them or does something spurious that I think requires clarification Still I can see this and the rest of the series appealing to sci fi future mystery fans who consume a lot of books.My big niggle is that I think this book would have benefited from at least onepass by the author editor or even a dedicated beta reader, before publication It s not rife with typos or SPaG errors but there are enough that, combined with three accidental switches from third to first person narration, it s rather irritating and does jar you out of the story There are also a couple of areas where the plot is less tightly woven that I think would have been picked up on another run through and a couple of instances of unnecessary information repetition that could have been pruned but clearly got missed However, bear in mind that I am super picky on those issues and reading is a very subjective thing Personally I didn t need the prologue or the very first chapter detailing a day in the life of trainee Slade all of that could have been woven in from the real start, of the story when Slade goes out on assignment, and with a few short and deftly handled flashbacks, in my opinion On the other hand some people love prologue especially when they set up a future history or world build so that really is subjective It just came dangerously close to laissez fais info dumping to get a chunk of world building done before the start Once again, in my opinion Really it was the other issues that made me drop half a star I d happily give future books 4 stars if those issues were cleared up and the standard held I thought the narrative Voice was strong, the world was intriguing just enough politics with out being too thinky and I love the idea of Emissaries and the letters themselves The whole set up was very enjoyable Definitely one for action adventure and sci fi mystery fans This is a very fun read, and a great adventure to get lost in It depicts what the future could look like in two hundred plus years A.J Leavens has created a world that is easy believable He intertwines details from our time with totally creative technology that might exist in the future These details coupled with constant, fast paced action, make for a great read.Slade is an alpha emissary, which is the highest rank in a global police task force, whose job is to track down individuals the g This is a very fun read, and a great adventure to get lost in It depicts what the future could look like in two hundred plus years A.J Leavens has created a world that is easy believable He intertwines details from our time with totally creative technology that might exist in the future These details coupled with constant, fast paced action, make for a great read.Slade is an alpha emissary, which is the highest rank in a global police task force, whose job is to track down individuals the government deems dangerous.Soon after finding these people, and delivering the official letter from the government telling them of their status, they die of either, cancer, smallpox, a heart attack, or some other disease that they had no traces of having before the letter was delivered Slade loves his job and feels like he is fighting for justice, and doesn t question his methods to fulfill his assignments But when a delivery goes wrong, and he becomes a target the government is after, he starts to question the system.This story was particularly interesting considering some of the things that have been happening in the news in regards to police, and choices on their part in fighting for justice The moral standards the emissary s follow to fulfill their assignments, take on a berserk tendency, where they lose all rationality in reprimanding their targets Although it may have been unintentional, this book is definitely an interesting commentary on those who have been given power, and the methods they use to enforce a certain rule of law.If you like fast paced, high action adventure, that has a Jason Bourne feel to it, you ll love this story This was probably one of the creepiest, big brother is watching you, sci fi books that I ve read in a very long time It reminded me of cold war Russia picking kids for their gymnastics programs and turning them in to Olympic athletes, only in this book it was turning them into cold blooded killers The story takes place in a post nuclear apocalypse world where the government is based upon the game of Risk.There are Alpha, Beta, and Gamma killers who deliver The Letter to individuals who deser This was probably one of the creepiest, big brother is watching you, sci fi books that I ve read in a very long time It reminded me of cold war Russia picking kids for their gymnastics programs and turning them in to Olympic athletes, only in this book it was turning them into cold blooded killers The story takes place in a post nuclear apocalypse world where the government is based upon the game of Risk.There are Alpha, Beta, and Gamma killers who deliver The Letter to individuals who deserve to be punished by the government The Alphas are the elite killers, while the Betas and Gammas are in training, waiting for their moment to step into an Alpha s shoes One of the main ways they can work their way up the ladder is for an Alpha to fail to deliver their Letter in time When they fail, they too are subject to receiving their own Letter, which means certain death upon reading it.Slade is an experienced Alpha who fails to deliver his Letter on time, and another elite Alpha, Hotaru, is charged with delivering a Letter to him as punishment She is also in the middle of uncovering some information that may expose a government plot to kill adversaries with diseases that have been eradicated for decades, yet mysteriously are the main cause of death for Letter recipients.Slade is being set up, but he doesn t know the reason why, as he did deliver his Letter on time Hotaru is a finely tuned killing machine, but she too finds herself on the wrong side of the law by digging too deeply into the mysterious disease issue The government now wants them both dead Luckily there is an insider who is fed up with the direction the government is going in, and is willing to help I really enjoyed this novel and found it difficult to put down, though it was uncomfortable to read at times It is uncomfortable because it seems plausible, and has a good government conspiracy theory vibe Throw in some interesting technology, some bionic body parts, and the ability to change yourself with downloadable upgrades, and you ve got a great beginning to a sci fi thriller series Death s Twilight, The Meechan Chronicles was a startlingly realistic depiction of post apocalyptic life on Earth I was completely drawn into this intriguing tale and didn t want it to end.Slade is an Emissary who lives a solitary but privileged life, Hotaru is a beautifully disciplined and equally dangerous individual in the same line of business The story follows the exciting and destructive paths of these individuals at a fast pace, entertaining with twists and turns that I didn t see coming Death s Twilight, The Meechan Chronicles was a startlingly realistic depiction of post apocalyptic life on Earth I was completely drawn into this intriguing tale and didn t want it to end.Slade is an Emissary who lives a solitary but privileged life, Hotaru is a beautifully disciplined and equally dangerous individual in the same line of business The story follows the exciting and destructive paths of these individuals at a fast pace, entertaining with twists and turns that I didn t see coming There s lots of lovely futuristic gadgetry in this compelling and harsh world where Delivering a Letter has seriously different connotations from the norm I was hugely interested in the government conspiracies woven into the plot A.J Leavens writes in an easy, no nonsense style that befits the nature of the story and his characters I cannot wait to read the next instalment of this series and find out what happens with Slade and Hotaru, who despite their jobs and their modifications, retain so much of their basic humanity.I would highly recommend this first instalment to what is surely set to be an amazing series from a very talented author This was an interesting start to what could be a fun series It s a story set in the future, but it doesn t feel overly futuristic The two main characters have some interesting gadgets and drive hovercrafts, but ultimately are very relatable people.The story follows Slade and Hotaru Both take pride in their work and have faith that they live in a reasonable and just world That faith starts to unravel when first Slade and then Hotaru discover the first threads of some pretty disturbing conspi This was an interesting start to what could be a fun series It s a story set in the future, but it doesn t feel overly futuristic The two main characters have some interesting gadgets and drive hovercrafts, but ultimately are very relatable people.The story follows Slade and Hotaru Both take pride in their work and have faith that they live in a reasonable and just world That faith starts to unravel when first Slade and then Hotaru discover the first threads of some pretty disturbing conspiracies.It s a fun ride The author does fight scenes really well, and once you get a few chapters in, the pacing if the story moves at a good clip If you re looking for a little scifi with a shot of adrenaline, you ll enjoy Death s Twilight Death s Twilight by A.J Leavens This is the kind of post apocalyptic, sci fi novel that I usually try to avoid Against my better judgement I decided to give it a try To be honest, the first chapter didn t work for me at all still, something drew me onward By the time I had read the second and third chapters, I was hooked Everything about the world A.J Leavens has created a new society built on the skeleton of the old after a nuclear war is well thought out I found myself caught up Death s Twilight by A.J Leavens This is the kind of post apocalyptic, sci fi novel that I usually try to avoid Against my better judgement I decided to give it a try To be honest, the first chapter didn t work for me at all still, something drew me onward By the time I had read the second and third chapters, I was hooked Everything about the world A.J Leavens has created a new society built on the skeleton of the old after a nuclear war is well thought out I found myself caught up in a bladerunneresque story of Emissaries which seem to be bounty hunter hit men for the current establishment, unique future technology and a strange speculative future world government Great attention is given to each locale in the story, from Japan to Eastern Europe to the break away independent republic of Crimea to Moscow and beyond Throughout the story there is a rogue s gallery of quirky characters with shady backgrounds and motivations Various sub plots work together to paint a bleak picture of a future, one government world My only complaint about the book, which is well written with an interesting premise and story, is that it would have benefitted from a professional editor Thankfully the pros greatly outweighed thecons and it was easy enough to dismiss any minor typos or inconsistencies Four stars and anticipating the sequel An entertaining romp through a post apocolyptic landscape with two engaging heroes and a well imagined world The detail and realisation of the future hardware will delight fans of whizzy tech, while the tale of a man betrayed and finding the system he had worked for turning on him is as old as storytelling, and no less engaging for that Leavens keeps us guessing as he keeps the action moving, with a second, parallel storyline that gradually converges with the first Looking forward to book 2