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(The Sons of War #2)

4.52  ·  Rating details ·  183 ratings  ·  37 reviews
The civil war is over, but the struggle for power is just beginning …

In the aftermath of a devastating civil war, America has fallen into anarchy and chaos. Los Angeles is divided into different territories controlled by criminal organizations. Don Antonio Moretti has won a slice of the pie but is hungry for more. In his quest for power, he sends his nephew and a small cr
Hardcover, 341 pages
Published September 15th 2020 by Blackstone Publishing
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Sep 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Unique organized crime post-apocalyptic series

This is the second book in the SONS OF WAR series and if you haven't read the first, you are definitely missing out.

Author Nicholas Smith is a favorite of mine. He writes books in the post-apocalyptic genre and all are great. He's an author I buy consistently, pre-ordering his books before even knowing what they'll be about because I've never been disappointed.

I read a lot of post-apocalyptic fiction (although some don't seem as much "fiction" as the
Mike Keller
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Pure adrenaline, heart pounding, trigger finger twitching, eyes drawing down to that 1000 yard stare kinda action!

If you haven't read Sons of War 1, then I recommend you stop here and get yourself a copy any way you can (Morretti style - lean on someone who has a copy and read theirs) or (Salvatore style - Give someone who has a copy a can of beans to read theirs) or you could just buy a copy! Any way you prefer, but if you choose not to, I will not be responsible for your exposure to possible S
Ziggy Nixon
Sep 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, living or dead (and all points in between)
Recommended to Ziggy by: NSS fan club, website, social media, you name it
Easily 5 stars, which I think I'll also change the first book's rating to after re-reading it prior to diving into "Saints". But Nicholas Sansbury Smith has once again delivered a nerve-wracking, emotional, gut-wrenching tale of a world - and especially an America - that just seems too realistic for comfort.

I really don't know what else I could add beyond what I said in my review of Book 1. If I could add anything of merit here, I would say that this book has haunted my dreams, nay, my nightmare
Sep 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This story continues the first book and it was very good.

Dick Smith has done an extraordinary job with this series I have read many of his books and have yet to find one that I did not enjoy. Nick has a way of drawing you into the story until you become part of it I recommend this book 2 all military and apoplectic readers I am eagerly awaiting the release of book 3 I highly recommend not just this series but all of Nick's work
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another Great Read

The second installment of the Sons of War saga continues with the same heroes and villains. There are a couple of new characters introduced, and new battles are fought with them. This addition to the series is packed with action and drama, great writing, and brilliant sub-plots. I could not put this one down and am eagerly awaiting the next installment.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An apocalyptic story that is not caused by monsters or a virus. Horror of a different sort... humans fighting evil with evil. A mafia turf war, dirty cops and the military gone awry. Heart pounding, edge of the seat excitement. As usual, this author does not disappoint. I look forward to the next book in this series.
John Wood
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story.

An apocalyptic mob and cop story, that not only includes corrupt cops and politicians, but also good cops trying there best to end this corruption, and bring back a civilized society. Another well written story by Nick. I look forward to the next chapter in this story.
Thomas Stanford
Sep 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I have been a fan of Smith for quite some time. I love all his syfy books. This is definitely a change of pace. A good read.
Christine E Butler
I was not ready

I knew bad things were coming, and I thought I was ready for it. But I wasn't even close to ready for what came in this book!
The Salvatores are quite literally falling apart in the aftermath of the events of the war, and the Morettis are waging war on anybody who stands in the way of their domination of LA. The police can't be trusted and the criminals rule the city. You would think that nothing could have surprised me, but Nicholas Sansbury Smith managed to surprise me twice in
Alan Renfro
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sons of War series will not disappoint. It's a struggle to get to the top and that position is not guaranteed to the righteous but reserved for those that will take it by any means necessary. It has been a pleasure reading other series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith but this is probably my favourite so far. Looking at current events it's all to real how life as we know it can change in an instance. ...more
Todd Oliver
Sep 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I absolutely loved the first book. Sons of War 2: Saints was even better. A post-apocalyptic mafia story! I was a little upset because I blew through this book too quick and didn't want it to end yet. I need book 3 already! As always, great story by Nicholas Sansbury Smith and great narration by Ray Porter! ...more
Bill Howard
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Another outstanding story!

This is the incredible next chapter in the Sons of War series. It became available at midnight and I started on it first thing this morning. I couldn’t put it down!

Once again Nicholas Sansbury Smith takes us on a wild ride with his mental roller coaster featuring believable characters and the incredible worlds he creates. As with his other books, this one is fantastic and perfect continuation of the Sons of War series. I have already pre-ordered his next installment, So
Sep 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It takes time to build an empire, and it takes lives. Sons of War2 continues the fight to control drugs, city officials, and cops. Eliminating the competition is paramount to the gangster way of living, but that works for both sides. Family is the central driving force, but power is the only way to survive. If you like Mafia themed plots, apocalyptic survival story lines and just plain lust for revenge, this book has it all.
Lisa Omstead
The situation in Los Angeles is heating up as Don Antonio continues to make murderous “chess moves” in his bid for ultimate control of the city and its resources. His nephew Vinny features prominently in this story as he comes to grips with what is demanded from him, despite his distaste for senseless violence. There are a lot of ups and downs in this outstanding story. You never know what curveball the author is going to throw at you next, so strap yourself in for the ride.
Leverna Hoffman
Sep 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Couldn't put it down. No spoilers here, you'll need to read it and you won't regret picking up this series. Nick never disappoints. Looking forward to the next installment.
Mar 22, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In "Saints" the second book of the "Sons of War”, the world of LA is filled with crime, starvation, radiation in the air and despair. Shootouts mar the landscape and good cops are killed and hung up as an example. In this atmosphere the Moretti family is thriving working with dirty cops, taking vengeance on their enemies and eliminating their competition as their drug business thrives especially in the Four Diamonds housing project. The viciousness of the Moretti's knows no bounds as their venge ...more
Michael Murphy
Nov 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In this, the second book of the series, we see limited recovery taking place, with low-cost housing being hastily erected for the thousands of homeless refugees of the war. The crime lords consider these people ripe for exploitation as consumers of their illegal drugs and gambling operations. There is constant violence as rival gangs fight for dominance over parts of the city and attempt to hijack each other’s drug shipments. The Moretti family is expanding its foothold, by payoffs to corrupt ci ...more
Apr 01, 2021 rated it it was amazing
In “Saints”, we hypnotically follow Don Antonio’s rise to power and the execution of his plans to build an empire. He has the desire, cunning, and ruthlessness to make the name of Moretti synonymous with Los Angeles. Don Antonio’s rise is both wicked and bloody. The gangs, cartels, and police must all be eliminated or placated in order to accomplish his goals. He is already planning his next move once the competition in the drug trade is exterminated. There can only be one king! His nephew Vinny ...more
In the aftermath of the civil war, life is tough for all....well except those that embrace the evil! The Moretti family is trying to become the top mob family in the city but there is fierce competition and with his resources dwindling, Don Antonio Moretti has to use anything and everything to get there.

Meanwhile the Salvatore family is put through the test when something happens to one of them. While they struggle to survive a world filled with corrupt cops, drug riddled refugee camps and stre
Billy Barfield
Oct 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Movie material

If there was ever a book made for a movie this is it. It has everything needed. We are talking about vengeance, blood, greed, loss, death, justice, pain, and every other emotion under the sun, moon and stars.
This book is about a old world mafia family, a group of narcos, and the a world that has collapsed in on itself and as you read this book just know that all of the actions wether good or bad have a equal but opposite reaction but it is never what it seems.
The pain t
Ralph Wark
Apr 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Really enjoy his books.

And now for a post apocalyptic story that is post post apocalypse. Actually it's more of a gangster story, as the Moretti family and their cohorts try to build a life for selling dope and rubbing out their rivals.

They must have a pic of Saint Scarface on the wall. Sure there are stereotypes aplenty, the young son, spoiled, who must be taught how to be a man, the horney Italian henchmen, the amoral men of the Sinaloa drug cartel... but it’s written well,
Oct 27, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Some evils require more to defeat

The story was was expansive in chacther’s life’s that it became weird with the little world building details of the country and what the government has become was really give details for made the story in ways overwhelming and in outers underwhelming. I a,so didn’t like how you kind of mislead the reader with making them think your going Las Vegas with all the build up in the novel and coverart of the novel was strange that that chacthers never got close even aft
Sarah Janus
Oct 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm rooting for the good guys and the bad guys. It's crazy. Nicholas Sansbury Smith writes the most powerful characters. He gives them such depth. You get to know them, and feel like part of the family. The series is no different. By book two I am deeply invested in the families in these two worlds. I was holding my breath and feeling my heart race! The tension moments are so well done! Every single time they mention the bombing of Sacramento I gulp. That's where I work. That just makes it ever ...more
virgil a. mustain
Another Great Series Continues🌟

Mr Smith is one of my favorite authors in this genre. He always provides an intriguing storyline with interesting well developed characters and plenty of action. He does his research so that the technical details are as true as possible. Many subplots in each book provide both variety and nuance to help keep each series fresh. This book is no exception!
Aaron Lawson
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Let’s gooo

Most Times the 2nd novels in a series just don’t keep you as interested as the first, this one kept me in the book all the way through. There were some moments reading that i was unsure of the direction of the multiple stories, some moments i felt there was a “fast forward” in the stories that i would have much rather read through. BUUUUUUT I can’t wait for the 3rd so i liked it. THE SAINTS!!!!!!!!!!!
Mark Polst
Nov 10, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome could not put down book

See I told you way back when....look out John Grisham. This is in my humble opinion your best work yet. The character development is seamless the story line just flows so so well. I am so grateful you released it on kindle. I will be patiently waiting for the next book to be released. Amazing story
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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David S. Lato
Jan 18, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Very cool so far!

I think it's great how you have so much going on yet it all ties together seamlessly. The storyline is not confusing, the characters seem real, the violence is realistic (not for the faint of heart) for the situation nthey are all in... looking forward to the 3rd book, already pre-ordered!
Stephen F. Markwood
Another great book from Nicolas Sansbury Smith! I've read "Tracker" series, "Sons of War " 1&2, and I just started reading "Hell Divers". I really enjoy reading Nicolas' writings. Once I start reading his stories I can't put my kindle down.....

Can't wait for Sons of War book 3 to come out!!!!
Robert Chapman
Oct 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This second installment of the series is better than the first book, and that is a rare thing. The Moretti family and their thirst for power and revenge makes for an action packed and engaging story from start to finish.

I cannot wait for book 3 to see who ends up in their cross-hairs next.
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Nicholas Sansbury Smith is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of the Hell Divers series. His other work includes the Extinction Cycle series, the Trackers series, and the Orbs series. He worked for Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management in disaster planning and mitigation before switching careers to focus on his one true passion--writing. When he isn't writing or daydream ...more

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