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The Pack: Retribution (The Pack #2)

3.31  ·  Rating details ·  32 Ratings  ·  20 Reviews
Revenge doesn't have a name, but has chosen a victim—Shamira. But she's never been the type to lie down and let someone hurt her family or her friends. In order to find the mastermind behind the threat to all she cares about, she must give up the one person who's found his way into her guarded heart, Valens. Valens refuses to back off easily, and neither will Shamira's fri ...more
Paperback, 250 pages
Published September 28th 2012 by Phenomenal One Press (first published May 15th 2012)
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This novel is set up in a different world - actually its Mars.

"The criminals in Earth that could be rehabilitated with hypnotic software that would remove the subject's desire to commit crime were released into the Mars relocation program. Others that were too violent and twisted were put to death by electrical drowning in the Waters."

Shamira and her friends were in the training program for Security Force Elite Officers. When their trainer was killed in an ambush, Shamira sets her mind to get t
Jun 08, 2012 rated it liked it
The Pack-Retribution by L.M.Preston is a young adult science-fiction novel that centers around a team of cadets who—after loosing their leader to an unknown assassin—race to find the killer before more loved ones die. The story takes place on Mars which was been transformed into a rehabilitation center for former convicts. These criminals have been given a vaccine that combats and eliminates whatever genetic predisposition lead them to crime in the first place. With their desire to perpetrate cr ...more
Kathy Davie
Aug 07, 2012 rated it did not like it
Disclaimer: The ARC was provided by the publisher, Phenomenal One Press

Second in The Pack science fiction series for young adults. In this one, Shamira and her friends are in their final training at the Special Elite Force.

My Take
Oh. My. God. This was so bad. Over-dramatized with Shamira as the drama queen to end all drama queens. The worst of it is that with all this drama, I ain't feelin' it. It's all just words. The only angst I've got is having to read this. The writing is so very bad. It re
Jan 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Just as good as, if not better than the 1st & I will admit that yes I want more, but I love the fact that it ended in a way that I’m not constantly wondering/begging for more.
Dan Wright
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
“Revenge doesn’t have a name, but has chosen a victim...”

When the first part of a book blurb starts off like that you KNOW you are in for a pretty wild ride! And this book certainly doesn’t disappoint in terms of action. And considering that the author, LM Preston, was recently was voted number one downloaded free ebooks for her book Bandits, I can tell that this author is destined for good things!

Now, I have to be honest, I haven’t actually read the first The Pack book, so I was going into this
Originally posted at Escape Through the Pages with a 2.5 out of 5 rating.

THE PACK: RETRIBUTION by LM Preston is the follow up story to The Pack and explores Shamira, Valens and the rest of the group as they try to stop yet another conspiracy on Mars while hoping to make it through the Security Force Elites and graduate from cadets.

The book starts right off with the action, with a fire fight in the first chapter and many more following as the story continues. Shamira and the others are questioned
Sammee (I Want to Read That)
3.5 Stars

I enjoyed the first book, The Pack, when I read it in 2010 and was really pleased to learn there was a sequel. I was keen to catch up with Shamira and Valens.

The story is set a year after the events of The Pack. Having spent that time training with her team, they about to take part in their last training mission when things don't go according to plan! Resolved to get to the bottom of what is going on Shamira starts to wonder if she is putting her teams, and new friends, at risk and is d
S.A. Larsen
Jun 24, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Young Adults, Sci-Fi enthusiasts
Recommended to S.A. by: I'd like to thank the publisher for providing me with an ARC for review.
Fast action and emotional depth mingle unexpected twists that engage and entice Sci Fi elements in this futuristic world.

The opening easily acclimates the reader back into the story from where Book I left off. After the first few pages, I had a good feeling who Shamira was, as well as her doubts and fears. (BTW - I'm a name freak and I still love the name Shamira!) It was obvious that she'd grown from the first book, but that lots of emotional growth was yet to come. That's what struck me most
Paige Bradish
Aug 06, 2012 rated it really liked it
Shelves: reviwed
I received The Pack: Retribution by LM Preston for review a few months back and this is my honest review.

The Pack: Retribution is the sequel to Preston’s first book The Pack. In the first book Shamira and her group of friends are forced to save all the children on mars from the bad guys, I won’t tell you if they succeed or not but the second book picks up with Shamira and her clan going on another mission.

I loved Shamira’s character in the first book, and I still love her character now! She’s so
Mirvan  Ereon
I do not usually read YA and science fiction. It’s usually the last books I read in my TBR. But then, since I promised to be always open-minded when it comes to books, I gave this book a try. The premise is really interesting. It reads like an espionage thriller although the main difference is that the setting is on Mars.

There are a lot of interesting details and new concepts that I have discovered in this book which made me very keen to finish it. One thing is the vaccine that eliminates the g
Jenny Bynum Black Words-White Pages
May 16, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: YA Sci-Fi lovers
Recommended to Jenny Bynum by: LM Preston
10*s. I recieved a paperback copy of this book directly from the author in return for an honest review.
As I had said when reading book1, Sci-Fi is usually not in my genre but I had loved it and with that said on to my review of The Pack Retribution.
WOW.....This book started out with a bang and the hits just kept coming. This an awesomely fabulous Sci-Fi with lots of action and of course teens! I am totally in love with the the characters, they each have their own awesome personaliities that just
Dec 05, 2012 rated it really liked it
In this second installment, Shamira is faced with protecting her family and giving up the man she loves in order to keep her family safe. But Valens doesn't wan to loose Shamira and won't give up so easily. The Pack Retribution starts off blazing and doesn't stop till the end, With a new enemy threatening Shamira's friends and Valens must join together to defeat this enemy who doesn't want the children of Mars safe. This was a great book beginning to end. I definitely think anyone considering th ...more
Jul 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
I could not get into this book. Poor writing and very sporadic at times. My son however, is reading it now and seems to like it okay. He said it is not one of his favorites but since he doesn't have anything else to read right now it is better than nothing.

My rating system is as follows:

5 stars - Excellent, Worth Every Penny, Made It Into My Personal Library!

4 stars - Great book, but not a classic.

3 stars - Good overall, may contain profanity or suggestive themes.

2 stars - Would not recommend
Oct 20, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: sci-fi
I have not read the first book of this story, which probably affected my enjoyment of Retribution. LM Preston did an excellent job of providing the backstory fairly quickly, although I did not get much sense of the Mars setting. What I found lacking was character development, which may have been covered in the first volume. As it is, I had a hard time caring about any of the the kids, including Shamira. Fortunately there was plenty of action, so the plot kept my interest. I realize this is a YA ...more
Jul 26, 2012 rated it it was ok
This is the second book in the Pack series. My main issue is that as soon as I started reading it I felt like I picked up a book, flipped to the middle, and started reading. I am a strong proponent of each story being able to stand completely on it’s own in a series. The relationship’s and world of the book seem to have completely established, but were not explained to the new reader. So I never felt fully involved in the story. People died, got hurt, betrayed their comrades, and I didn’t really ...more
Jun 10, 2012 rated it liked it
I have read both books in this series and loved both of them. This is a fast-paced, High action thrill of a book. The characters are strong and likable! I Love how Shamira must overcome her trust issues and learn to rely on others to help her. Valens is just the perfect guy! He is sweet, strong and very understanding of Shamira's trust issues. He is willing to support Shamira and has no problem with her being a strong and capable leadder. Her friends in this book are loyal and true.
I like how
Lizzy Lessard
Dec 12, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: dnf, sci-fi, ya
DNF. Read the first book after winning this one in a giveaway and didn't like it. There wasn't enough science to support the science-fiction. It bothered me that a blind girl could "see" as well as a normal girl. Might as well have made her color-blind.

Because the writing style didn't seem to improve much within the first couple chapters of this book and Shamira was still too mary-sue, I decided to DNF it.

If you liked the first book, then you'd probably like this one. This one wasn't for me.
May 25, 2012 rated it did not like it
Shelves: first-reads, 1-star
I hate to say bad things about people. But this book was awful. It was extremely disjointed and hard to follow. It does not feel like the authors heart was into it. I didn't see an editor listed, and it shows.

I'm glad I won this. Because if I had paid for this book a refund would be in order.

First reads review.
Sep 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
My complete review can be found on my blog.
Kim Baccellia
Sep 25, 2012 rated it liked it
Intriguing premise set on Mars. Action packed writing with one strong female protagonist.

YA Books Central review coming soon!
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LM. Preston was born and raised in Washington, DC. An avid reader, she loved to create poetry and short-stories as a young girl. With a thirst for knowledge she attended college at Bowie State University, and worked in the IT field as a Techie and Educator for over sixteen years. She started writing science fiction under the encouragement of her husband who was a Sci-Fi buff and her four kids. Her ...more
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