by Wolfric Styler
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Pub Date 14 Apr 2022 | Archive Date 3 Aug 2022
Having survived some of the worst warzones in modern history, Ex-EOD operator, Zenobia Ortega Martinez opts for the quiet life in Australia.
That is until she is caught in the crossfire of cartels, violence and revenge. She will need all of her skills and instincts to survive and protect the people she loves. Running away has never been an option.
"I love the feeling of discovering a new author or a new book and the knowledge that you’re one of the first to experience something that is going to be big. I had this same feeling when I first came across Matthew Reilly and CJ Tudor when they exploded onto our shelves.
Wolfric Styler’s debut novel ‘Troubled Zen’ takes the action Genre and puts a unique and fresh twist on it that is rarely seen in other novels of the like. Unlike most action heroes in these types of books, Wolfric Styler highlights this adventure through the eyes of a woman military veteran and the trials, tribulations, and determination but bespoke humour that this comes with. The blurb on the book points out that Zenobia, is an Ex - Explosive Ordnance Demolition expert trying to survive life outside of the military when she is caught up in a gang war. But this is just one element, as the reader is pulled into a series of half-truths, conspiracies and emotional baggage and turmoil that Zenobia and those close to her are required to navigate to survive.
I love how the author goes away from the stereotype of the Australian paradise and kicks over the rocks to reveal the darker shades of this country. One of the things I noticed while reading this book is how the author is able to change the tempo of the narrative during the action scenes, which makes you feel like you are right there with the characters and experiencing what they are going through. The quickening of the pulse, mind spinning trying to comprehend what is happening and how to get out of it. Love it!
The novel is action through and through but also has enough humour and wit to give it that Australian larrikin charm. The subplot that bubbles to the surface intermittently, and the way the plot and subplots are interwoven near the end hooks you in and ensures that this author and character will be giving us a few more thrills in the future. I Love seeing Australian authors on the shelves doing well.
Wolfric Styler, please hurry with the next one!"
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