slay verb (used with object), slew, slain, slay·ing. 1.to kill by violence. 2. to destroy; extinguish… A Slayer has but one purpose. 7DS Books debuts the newest collection of short stories in SLAYERS. Seven short story missions of your not so typical slayers taking on highly unusual targets. These captivating stories slice through tales of aliens, super slugs, demons, and beyond. Did that say super slugs? Yes. Read something dripping in fresh plots and bizarre characters. Discover your next favorite author with Slayers and 7DS Books.
We Come in Peace is part of the anthology ‘Slayers’. It is told from the point of view of a Hlad – which appears from descriptions to be a beetle-like creature – called Raq. He is a Lieutenant, and is standing security for a welcoming party of dignitaries who have been sent to meet aliens who have crash landed on the Hlad planet.
I felt that this was a very good short story. The perspective is interesting, and due to the alien-ness of the creatures who have crash-landed, nothing is given away until the end. A very well-crafted story indeed.
This story is very different to other works by Toppin, and this is refreshing. Very well done indeed.
Violence is depicted in this story, but is not as graphic as some I’ve read.
Special Inspector Michael Pedroni is assigned to a kidnapping case – with a twist. A vigilante is now in the sights of the ICSP for rescuing the child from the kidnappers. And Pedroni is on her tail – or so he believes until she starts feeding him leads information as to where she will be next.
Jax Marlin, a victim of a crime when a child, is out to attain justice for victims when the ICSP are unable to intervene due to laws and regulations they must follow. And this time, it seems, she’s pulling out all the stops…
TK Toppin weaves a fantastic tale of intrigue, action and suspense in this novel. Her characters are well-formed, as is the supporting cast, and the romance between the two main characters is believable. Her writing, while it can be refined somewhat, is nevertheless vivid and compelling, drawing one on through the book as one follows the action. Her fight sequences are a point of excellence, throwing punch and counter-kick with ease. No impossible moves there – unless one’s a floor-hugger like me who just can’t pull ’em like the rest of them…
If you like your suspense and action, this one’s for you. Oh, and you need to appreciate a good dollop of science fiction.