POWERLESS by S. A. McAuley

POWERLESS by S. A. McAuleyPowerless by S.A. McAuley
Series: Border Wars #3
Genres: MM, Science Fiction
Reviewed by:Publisher
Published by Pride Publishing

Peacemaker Merq Grayson and former Dark Ops Armise Darcan follow the Revolution and the will of their leaders.  Months and months of playing hide and seek with members of the Opposition council have ended.  Only the Opposition leader Ahriman Blanc is still alive and kicking, hiding from them.  Blanc is the last one on their list to assassinate.


Back at the Revolution’s underground bunker they suffer devastating loss from a source they mistakenly thought neutral.   Merq sees a shift in those he can trust.  Something is going on.  His inner voice is answered when suddenly Armise voluntarily leaves his side and disappears.  The hardened Peacemaker grows more brutal in the war and shows his grief to no one.


Darcan’s return ravages the Revolution leadership and nearly destroys Merq.  Trusting his lover is something he can’t shake, even after the Dark Ops defection and consequent return.  As Merq wrestles with his feelings he learns the true reason for Armise’s actions.  Not only does the news send the leadership spinning, but a worse threat is revealed to them, courtesy of Armise.


The horrors of war are explicitly told in the third installment in The Borders War series titled Powerless.  Unbelievably barbaric conditions, fancy tech, and a binding love are the focus in this tense, twisty tale.  An action that shakes Merq to his soul involves his lover which stretches their relationship to the brink and shows a necessary emotional edge to Powerless.  A new, worse problem is the tantalizing ending to set readers up for the next story.  Powerless is a powerful cautionary tale with a strong, unshakable bond between the main characters.

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