Okay, I admit it. The book is better than well-written. Descriptions and characters are outstanding and vivid. The story line is really captivating. But--I didn't read much of it. If I want to sleep at night sans nightmares, I cannot read, watch, or listen to horror stories. This one is. So ... even though I didn't personally like the genre, I can admire the writing skills. I still have to give this terrifying sci-fi five stars. The Penitent is Part I of The Immortality Wars.
Pall is a young man at the beginning of the book, a little dazed at his first real exposure to deadly battles. As he stumbles away from the countless dead and dying soldiers, he encounters John, a much more experienced and expert soldier than he is. They become companions, not even knowing if they fought that battle on the same side or not.
It's very shortly after that point--when Pall begins to experience worse than war and John spots an enemy more deadly than any either of them had met before--that I quit reading. Sorry, Mr. Carreiro. Rank cowardice, I realize.
So go ahead and buy it, if you dare. Available from Amazon.
I received a free copy of this book from the author, but my opinions are my own.