The All Powerful by J.K. Brown

theallpowerfulThe All Powerful – J.K. Brown
Published September 16, 2014 by J.K. Brown
Source: Review Copy via Author

The All Powerful is coming. Telethros will fall.
Embrace the Elements now, Jason, for there will be no escape.

Master Sergeant Jason Wyton is struggling. From an outside perspective, he seems superhuman: handsome, well-fit, decorated with some of Alya’s highest honors, and 12 separate deployments, all at the age of 23. But those attributes are thanks to a deep, dark power that robs him of both sleep and sanity. His former superior, a Shadow mercenary leader, obsesses over his “true potential”. This dark mercenary will do anything to get Jason on Alya’s newest top-secret team, known only as The All Powerful.

Betrayal will force Jason into a world full of Elemental users, equipped with only a team of flunkies not ready for the upcoming fight. Together, they must master the power of their Elements while following leads about a super weapon, deep in Earth’s past.

Not far behind, the dark mercenary hunts for Jason, and will not stop until Jason is regained and his party killed.

First things I would’ve liked to have seen from this book, right of the bat, was world building and just a little more character building. The world is probably really cool and interesting, but I didn’t feel like there was enough of it so it was hard for me to imagine a setting. For the characters, they had strong relationships and I like that, but individually I would’ve liked a bit more. There are a lot of characters so I realize this would’ve added length to the book. There was just an all around lack of description for things I may have liked to see more of. Those are the negatives that I have, all other thoughts and comments are positives!

This book read like a video game, and that’s probably my favorite thing about it. It’s so different from anything I’ve read before, and it took me a few chapters to get into the flow, but once I found a good rhythm I was hooked. The worlds were great and you got the best of both sci-fi and magic worlds. Lot’s of technology and the Elementals have some of the coolest magic I’ve seen in a book. I don’t read many magical books, but this is right up there in the awesome category along with Red Queen and Shatter Me. It’s magic, but it come from the person within, not from spells or amulets, so I thought of it more like abilities. I love the Elementals!

Jason, the main character, is my favorite in the book. I have a soft spot for the soldier boys, especially the ones that have a bit of a mental case going on. They always remind me of my brother. – The nice thing about having a book with a lot of characters is that there is something for everyone. If you can’t find a character you adore in this book, then I worry about you.

It’s always hard to review a book like this without totally giving things away. It’s one of those ones that you have to trust me on blind faith that it was a good read. I recommend it to anyone who likes Sci-Fi and Fantasy for sure. Also, the video game flow really helps for slower readers. I sped through this baby, but was still able to retain the entire story. Brown’s writing makes it hard to put the book down.

In the end I gave TAP 4 stars for the lack of detail. After reading I read the review that J.K. Brown himself wrote on Goodreads, and I saw that he actually likes that less-detail-more-action feel, and I realized there are probably tons of readers out there who would agree. I would really like to push this book on the boys in my life who are just casual readers. I think more books like this could turn them (mainly my husband) into total book nerds. It’s a lovely thought anyway.

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