Beneath this Mask Review ~ The best in the series … 10 out of 10!

Enhanced World ~ Book 3

Author:  Victoria Sue

Release Date:  January 16, 2018                                                 Price: $6.99

Reviewed by Elaine

Cover Art:  The cover is wicked cool.  On the top, we have an enhanced male looking towards the left, and his skin looks like it is on fire, embers really.  Hot, fiery embers, with cracks and pieces of something (skin or embers?) sloughing off.  On the bottom, we have a male holding an automatic gun up to his face, ready to fire.  He is wearing a bit of black face paint under his eyes.  The background behind him seems to be a galaxy.   To the right is the Enhanced World insignia.  In the middle separating the two scenes it the book title and author’s name.

Synopsis:  We are given the nuts and bolts in two paragraphs.  It conveys exactly what the story is about and lets us know who the main characters in this installment are.

Main Characters: 

Gael Peterson, an enhanced on the H.E.R.O. Team.

Jake Riley, a regular on the H.E.R.O. Team, and Gael’s new partner.

Having read the last book, I knew Gael and his personality.  The changes in Gael – the silence, the secrets, and sadness…the emotions just fall off the page.  The writing draws you into the story, and you feel like you are really there with the characters.

Secondary Characters:   

Derrick, ten-year-old enhanced child. He has Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, hearing loss, partially blind and possibly on the autism spectrum. He is going to twang your heart strings!

Spiky, blue-haired Angel is only in the book in a couple of short scenes, but boy did he make an impression the first time he hit the page.  Sassy, cocky, yet sweet and caring, he is a character I cannot wait to see more of.

Plot:  Newly paired partners Gael and Jake have to make their way in spite of Gael’s mistrust.  Add a politically charged environment, a fight to prove an enhanced child’s innocence, and a serial killer targeting the enhanced, and you get an action-packed adventure with a side dish of love.

Flow/Continuity:  The book was paced well, and there were no continuity issues.

Conflict and Climax:  The conflict was well developed, growing over time, with twists and turns to an intense climax.  The falling action, and epilogue were a bit shorter than I had hoped.  It was a satisfying conclusion, but unless the couple feature in another book I would like to see more of their future.

Writing Style:  The book was written in the third-person narrative.

Editing/Formatting:  There were no editing issues foundThe chapters were labeled numerically, the text is single-spaced with no blank pages.  Scene changes are readily apparent with an extra line for clarity, and the first two words are capitalized to further call it out.

Conclusion:  The premise of the series, enhanced humans with spectacular abilities, partnering with “regular” humans in the Human Enhanced Rescue Organization is very intriguing.  The world building is intricate and very well done.  So much so that the notion of being enhanced feels reasonable, and you forget that it is impossible!  This author doesn’t tell you, she shows you. You are along for the ride with the heroes, and experience every joy and every heartache as if you are part of the team.  This is the best of the series, in my opinion, and I highly recommend this read.

I give this an incredible 10 out of 10. 


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