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Ghosts of Innocence

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Master assassin Shayla Carver has killed many times. That's what assassins do, nothing to lose sleep over, but this mission is different. She's never killed a whole planet before. In a time when Earth is little more than a legend, life is dangerous for wayward colonies. Everyone fears the Emperor's power to order a Cleansing, the burning of all traces of civilization from ...more
Paperback, 314 pages
Published June 28th 2014 by Ian S Bott Writer and Artist (first published May 22nd 2014)
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Thoroughly enjoyable book. Ian Bott got everything right in this, his debut novel. The characters are well drawn. The world building is excellent. The pacing is good--the pages all but turn by themselves.The devices used to tell the story never feel contrived. It's obvious that the plot was well thought out, yet written with an edge that keeps the action fresh.

Shayla Carver is an assassin. She's driven by a traumatic incident in her childhood--compelling her to go deep undercover to do what she
Sarah Sunday
Aug 19, 2016 Sarah Sunday rated it it was amazing
Stop what you are doing and get Ghosts of Innocence and start reading it. It is superb and well-worth your time.

Anyway. Onto an actual review.

Ghosts of Innocence is set in an world with an intergalactic Empires teeming with various factions inside and out. The story’s focus is on the actions of an agent of one faction, Shayla. She is an assassin of a group trying to overthrow the Empire and get pay back for the planets it has ‘cleansed.’ She kills and blends in easily in order to kill the Empero
Crystal Collier
Sep 23, 2014 Crystal Collier rated it it was amazing
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Can I say how much I loved this book? Nope. Truly, I was surprised and happily engaged. From the very first chapter, I found myself engrossed in the story, rooting for the characters, and on edge as to how it would all play out.

Summary (may contain slight spoilers): Shayla has dedicated twenty years of her life to a single purpose: the assassination of the intergalactic emperor who is responsible for the death of her father and destruction of her home world. Bent on paying him back and watching
Sep 22, 2014 SuperHeroQwimm rated it it was amazing
I won this through goodreads first reads! :)

This book had the kind of beginning I love, it was full of so much action I couldn't help being sucked in.
The setting was really attractive to me, it's interesting how it feels like the future because of space travel and a multiple planet empire but also like the past due to the natural tribal feeling you get from the people.
I enjoyed how even the little things that happened were often shocking.
The main character is a tough, feisty female, and who do
Oct 08, 2014 Michael rated it it was amazing
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If you want to take revenge, really take revenge in a way that means something to you and to the one who deserves to suffer for what they have done, you have to meticulously plan. Revenge is not for the impetuous, is not for the rash, is not for the hot-headed. Revenge, as the saying goes, is a dish best eaten cold.

Shayla plans her revenge from an early age. Whilst still a young child she saw her home, and her father, destroyed by the Empire. The image returns to her constantly. The only way to
J.C. Steel
Jan 13, 2016 J.C. Steel rated it really liked it
In Ghosts of Innocence, Ian S. Bott brings us aboard Imperial starhopper Chantry Bay, inbound to the Imperial seat of government, moments before its unscheduled, flaming entry into planetary atmosphere draws all eyes away from the covert insertion through the defenses of Shayla Carver, an assassin aimed at the best-protected target of all: Emperor Julian Flavio Skamensis. Sent off-course with a damaged suit, Shayla has an unenviable slog through jungle, under the watchful eyes of a security ...more
Dale Jensen
Apr 20, 2016 Dale Jensen rated it really liked it
As the saying goes, before setting out on a journey of revenge, dig two graves. Or, in the case of this book's protagonist, a lot of them. There is a lot of death in this tale of revenge, set in an 87 world galactic empire. Shayla is a trained assassin on a mission to infiltrate said empire, though there are missions within missions, goals that are in conflict, and no one, including the reader, has any idea of where things are going, particularly after the quest for revenge seems to be coming to ...more
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