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Synchronicity by Michaelbrent Collings : A Book Review

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Blurb: Some call it the Machine.
Some call it the SINC.
It’s the most dangerous thing ever created.
And it’s fallen into the wrong hands.

Tyler “Book” Malcolm has lived a life on the run. Off the grid, out of sight of the authorities. Hoping to escape a terrifying secret; to outrun what he has seen and what he has done.

Kane is an assassin who, with the help of the Machine, possesses the ability to assume the identity of anyone he wishes. He can strike without warning, and kill without mercy. Stronger than a dozen men, faster than sight itself, he can be anywhere, anytime.

When Book catches Kane’s eye, he discovers the world is even more dangerous than he knew. Now, Book must ally himself with people who, like him, know that Kane is on the verge of remaking the world in his image.

But how do you know who to trust, when the man who wants you dead can be anyone he pleases?

How can you fight for the one you love…

…when you can’t even believe who you see?

My thoughts: I received a free electronic copy of this book for an honest review.

I had never read a Michaelbrent Collings book until this one. In fact, I had never actually heard of Michaelbrent Collings until an email popped in to my inbox asking for me to review Synchronicity. A quick google search showed me that I should have heard of Mr Collings, seeing as he is an internationally bestselling novelist, a screenwriter, and a multi-award winner, amongst other things. He has a list of novels as long as my arm, which after a quick read of the blurbs, the majority were added to my already out of control TBR list with a note to myself to quickly remove them if this book didn’t tickle my fancy.

The good news is, they get to stay on my TBR pile because WOAH, this book was fantastic, and not like anything I had read before. I’ll admit, the first few chapters of the book, especially the chapters from the point of view of the villain, were really confusing. I had to go back and re-read them and finally got my head around it. I think it was the fact they were written in the present tense in 1st person but the character was talking about himself in the 3rd person… does that make sense? Literally though, after the first few chapters there was no more confusion and I just couldn’t get enough.

From early on in the book, I felt a familiarity with the style in which the book was written. I can’t really describe it; it’s quite a casual style with a natural, unforced sense of humour but the style reminded me very much of the Black Dagger Brotherhood Books by J. R. Ward, another series of books I thoroughly enjoyed, though a different genre to that of Synchronicity.

As for the plot, I had The Terminator vibes very early on in this book which then developed to The Matrix vibes so if you want to read a Terminator meets Matrix novel then this one’s definitely for you. I don’t want to divulge too much information about the plot as I really think you all needed to start reading this novel yesterday, but I’ll just let you know that it is an action-packed thriller with lots of twist and turns, amazing descriptive scenes, some gruesome violence that will make your toes curl, and not in a good way (unless you’re in to that sort of thing – no judgement here), and a lot of unpredictability throughout.

Something I always comment on when reviewing books is characters because in my opinion this is JUST as important as the storyline. I don’t think you can ever, EVER have a good novel if you have poor characters. For me, I need likable or at the very least well-developed characters and this is something Collings has managed to do exceptionally well with all of the characters, even the ones who’s time in the story came to a quick(?) end. There are a few ‘main’ characters of this novel but the ‘good guy’ is by far my favourite. I think it helps that his name is Book, so seeing as I’ve got just under a million of those on my shelves, I already hold him close to my heart. Book is a cheeky chappy who never knows when to keep his mouth shut. You can’t help but love him and root for him throughout.
I don’t want to delve too much in to the characters as I really want you to meet you themselves, but what I loved about Synchronicity is that you are in the head of the villain a lot. He is truly evil but I loved being in his psychotic head just as much as I enjoyed being in Books hilarious ‘what the **** is going on’ head too. I also loved that the villain, Kane, had the power to jump from body to body, so you never knew when he was going to turn up!

If I was to sum this novel up in three words – Read. It. Now!

If you would like to get your hands on this book, then it is available here for $0.99 – Synchronicity eBook: Collings, Michaelbrent: Kindle Store

For those in the UK you can grab it here for £0.99 – Synchronicity eBook: Collings, Michaelbrent: Kindle Store

Just FYI, all of the authors books are currently $2.99 on Amazon including bestsellers and boxsets plus, forty of his titles are available on Kindle Unlimited meaning you can read these books FOR FREE! Furthermore, lending has been enabled so you can share them with your friends and family!

As always, thank you all for reading!

Gee Liz Reads ❤

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