Reviewed by Douglas R. Cobb, of Bestsellersworld
When the action-packed, thrilling apocalyptic SF novel 7 Scorpions: Rebellion by Mike Saxton was published, it hit all of the right notes for fans of End-of-the-World-as-You-Know-It books. The novel was the first in a planned trilogy by Mike, and from the first sentence, I knew this was a series that would go down as one of the most spectacular SF trilogies ever written. Now, with 7 Scorpions: Revolution, Saxton has taken the action, suspense, and thrills of 7 Scorpions: Rebellion to a whole ‘nother level.
The evil dictator Zodiac is back, more determined than ever to complete his massive Ziggurat and to unleash his “final solution” upon the shattered remnants of humanity. He is fiendishly evil, and his exertion of control over his lobotomized minions, the Grand Army, is proof if any were needed that Zodiac will stop at nothing to accomplish his goals of world domination. The only thing that stands in Zodiac’s way are the rebels of Militia 28, but there are only so many of them in comparison to the multitudes of the Grand Army. How can they hope to defeat a seemingly invulnerable foe like Zodiac?
Militia 28, on its own, likely would not stand much of a chance against Zodiac and the Grand Army; fortunately, they are not alone in their opposition to Zodiac. The main protagonist and hero of 7 Scorpions: Rebellion is back, also. Night Viper’s heightened strength, speed, fighting skills, and mental powers makes him a very worthy opponent for Zodiac. We learn more about both Night Viper and Zodiac in 7 Scorpions: Rebellion, and other secrets are revealed, like the purpose of Project Scorpion.
Zodiac has tried to hunt down and eradicate any nuclear weapons that America’s military might have located around the country, which potentially could be used against him; but, he misses at least one. Militia 28 retrieves the nuke from it watery resting place, but then they come under immediate attack by Hellfire aircraft sent by Zodiac. Was it a set-up? Were Zodiac’s troops just waiting for Militia 28 to do all of the hard, dirty work, and then just swoop in to both get the nuke and destroy as many members of Militia 28 as they can?
The novel opens up in the ruins of New York City. Scenes shift from following the plot and action of both Militia 28 and Night Viper, and we get to witness the devastation of the Brooklyn Bridge and even the Empire State Building as Zodiac’s military might attempts to kill Night Viper and track him and Militia 28 using satellites. 7 Scorpions: Rebellion painted a bleak picture of mankind’s future; but, 7 Scorpions: Revolution is even bleaker, and reading about this apocalyptic scenario is like getting first-hand visions of Dante’s Inferno.
7 Scorpions: Revolution by Mike Saxton is full of twists & turns, and it is a satisfyingly action- packed and uber-violent sequel to the first book of the trilogy, 7 Scorpions: Rebellion. I don’t want to reveal any more about the plot as I don’t want to mention any spoilers, but I’ll just say there are lots of shocks and surprises in store for the readers and fans of the first book and the series in Saxton’s latest. I can hardly wait to read and review the third novel of the trilogy whenever it is published. If you’re a fan of SF novels depicting a dystopian future and ones full of apocalyptic visions, but offering a glimmer of hope that mankind might arise from the ashes of a ruined civilization, you should definitely check out 7 Scorpions: Revolution.