In the Books featuring Apocalypse in the Balance by Eric Swett

Good morning and welcome to a special edition of In the Books, featuring Apocalypse in the Balance by Eric Swett.

Disclaimer: I was given a copy of the ebook in exchange for an honest review.

Picking up five years after the events of the previous book, Apocalypse Rising, and the rise of the Angel of Death, we’re introduced to Kohaku Hitaratsu, an underworld kingpin that is being thrown out of his company and life by an unexpected usurper named Albert Titan. With no other place to go, he returns to the neighborhood and friend that took him in as a child.

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Once there, he begins his fight against the stuff of nightmares in defense of his new home and begins to learn who he truly is.

One of the things I loved about this book is the way it made me feel dirty after reading it. I’m usually one that loves to cheer on the bad guys in books and movies, but it was difficult for me to do that for Kohaku in the beginning. At first, he was the clichéd bad guy that’s dethroned and wishes to rebuild what he had, but that quickly changed as he started on a path of redemption. While that may sound cliché, it was far from it.

The author did a fantastic job of bringing Kohaku up from the sewers and into a fight he feels obligated to take part in. The entire switch in his character was done without changing him, at least not in a way that is easily noticeable. Kohaku stays the same aggressive tough guy throughout, but his edges are softened by the people he meets that help him grow.

It is due to the author’s ability to make an unlikable character likable that I really wanted to reach out and smack the author around by the end of the book. By the time the ending came, I found I had invested a great deal into the outcome of the story and felt exhilarated and depressed when it ended. It’s a unique feeling I only felt a couple of times before, so I’ll definitely remember it.

The biggest complaint I have is now I have to wait for the next book for the story to continue. If you love a good versus evil story filled with monsters, then you’ll love this book.

About CP Bialois

Where do I begin? Well first I guess it's only fair to say that CP Bialois isn't my real name. It's a collaboration I made out of the three greatest pets anyone could ever want. My real name is Ed and I'm just an average person that has found a way to do what he loves. For as long back as I can remember I loved to pretend. Whether it was with my Transformers, GI Joe, or He-Man toys I loved to create intricate plots and have them fight it out. As a fan of horror, science fiction, action, and comedy I dare say my taste in movies are well rounded. Some of my favorites were Star Wars, Star Trek, martial arts, and anything with Swarzenegger in them. I'd write my own stories about the characters I saw in the theaters or TV or I'd just daydream about what I'd see myself as the hero of course. You can't have a daydream without beating the bad guys, getting the girl, etc. It's just not right to envision yourself as a flunky or sidekick. As far as books I loved Sherlock Holmes, Treasure Island, Dracula, and the normal assortment. My early love was the Star Trek novels, I'd read them or the Hardy Boys relentlessly. For a time I could tell you the plot of over a hundred books not to mention comics. I have to come clean and say that I learned to read because of comic books. I was bored, make that extremely bored when we started to read in school. Reading "the cat fell down" really didn't interest me. My dad, who continues to astound me with his insight to this day, figured comics would work. With that in mind he went to the newstand in town and bought issues of Donald Duck, Scrooge McDuck, Tales From the Crypt, and Spider-man. He patiently read through them with me until I picked it up. Whether it was him or the comics I learned to read in about two weeks and for a while few were as good as I was. For years after that whenever we'd go out he'd always spring for a couple of comic books for me. While it wasn't exactly the perfect beginning everything I've ever read or have seen has influenced me in some way and now is the time I'd like to share some of the ideas I've had over the years with all of you. I hope you enjoy my stories, they're always fun to write and I don't see myself stopping anytime soon.
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