25 October 2018

Review of A Bitter Winter (The Silver Ninja)

“She stretched out her hand and touched SIRCA’s waist which felt as it looked, smooth and solid. When she removed her hand, a trail of stringy mucus-like fibers dangled from her palm like glue—How is this a suit?” 

On a cold winter night in New York City, former NYPD officer Cindy Ames snuck into a top-secret lab and stole a dangerous technology. With this device, she physically transformed herself into an unstoppable superhuman. 

Tortured by guilt over her partner’s murder, Cindy swore to use her new weapon to bring justice to the killer who ruined her life. But when the deaths of innocent people plague Manhattan, all evidence points to her. 

Has Cindy's quest for revenge gone too far? 

The truth she discovers about herself may be more than she bargained for. 

Super powers can save a city but BREAK a hero. 

A Bitter Winter is book 1 of The Silver Ninja series.

If you've been following my blog for any length of time, you'll see mostly the same nature of books. Most book bloggers prefer to pigeonhole themselves into a couple of genres. Mine typically fall under paranormal fiction, urban fantasy, or horror, and I'm perfectly content with that. Every now and then though, there will be a book that shakes it up and practically begs me to review it. The Silver Ninja is one of those books.

Science fiction, superhero, comic book fiction... Whatever you designation you want to give it, The Silver Ninja is all of those things and none of those things. Wilmar Luna has taken the usual superhero saga and deconstructed it, shattering any expectations of the ordinary lawful good hero. Cindy isn't quite an anti-hero, but she is certainly not playing things by the rules. 

After the death of her partner, she's adrift. While working security, the event is attacked by terrorists, including the man who killed her partner two years before when she worked for NYPD. What's worse is that she doesn't even merit recognition to the man who changed her life forever. Can you imagine how unbelievably insignificant that would make you feel? 

While convalescing from injuries sustained in the attack, Cindy starts obsessing about not just justice, but revenge. It soon becomes a destructive enchantment and Cindy will stop at nothing to attain her desires, including stealing untested technology right from under the nose of her husband and his employers. However, there's a catch. His employer will let her use the suit to cultivate her revenge, but only after she first fulfills his tasks; tasks that may not be what they appear.

Keep in mind: Cindy isn't a vigilante crime fighter. She has a vendetta, but she is utterly human. Underneath the suit, Cindy is still haunted by the death of her partner, guilt for deaths she couldn't prevent, and the inescapable perception of not being good enough. The SIRCA technology lets her become more, but it comes at a price, both physically and mentally. 

The Silver Ninja brings so much to the front line: wondrous technological detail, a ruthless female protagonist possessed by an unholy need for retribution against unambiguously evil opposition, phenomenal fight sequences, and ultimately, self-forgiveness and a chance at personal redemption. The book culminates in a brilliant burst of energy and heart, in the very fashion it began. 

"And at this moment of weakness, where her body was ready to surrender, she had never felt so alive."

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5 Paws Up!


About the Author

Wilmar Luna

From the time he put on Superman pajamas and leapt off a flight of stairs, Wilmar Luna has been captivated by stories of heroes saving the day. As he grew older, his fascination with 90's pop culture, video games, and movies filled his overactive imagination with fantastical worlds and legendary heroes.

He found an outlet for his creativity by studying video editing and motion graphics design at Mercer County Community College. After graduating in 2008, he freelanced throughout New York City and has edited numerous indie films, freelanced for the NFL, and also worked with the cinematics team at Rockstar Games. He assisted with the launch of Grand Theft Auto V and was also involved in the creation of cutscenes for Red Dead Redemption 2.

After years of watching his name scroll in other people’s credits (please don’t remove me), Wilmar wanted to develop his own projects and ideas. He decided that if he wanted to tell stories of empowered female characters, paranormal detectives, and ghost stories, he would have to venture off on his own.

Wilmar published his first novel in 2012 and his second in 2014. He also published several horror short stories on Wattpad, as well as concept ideas for a gothic fantasy novel. In 2018, Wilmar completed his novel The Silver Ninja: A Bitter Winter, fulfilling his childhood dream to create an empowered, independent, brand new superheroine for a generation of readers hungry for new stories.