Erryn reviews In the Requiem (Metahuman Files #5) by Hailey Turner The audiobook, narrated by Greg Boudreaux was released December 4, 2019, and is 11 hrs and 54 mins. The ebook was published May 18, 2018, 434 pages.
A complimentary copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.
Why I read this: I’m LOVING this series.
Never let go.
Weighed down by scandal, Captain Jamie Callahan must choose between saving his family’s reputation and his father’s political aspirations, or taking down the enemy once and for all. Choosing one over the other will have lasting repercussions he can’t escape. Whatever path Jamie ultimately picks, Staff Sergeant Kyle Brannigan will be right by his side to face the consequences. Kyle knows in a situation like this the only way out is through. Together they can make it to the other side, but surviving that journey will take everything they have.
One last chance.
Agent Sean Delaney is learning what it means to be part of Alpha Team through trial by fire. He wouldn’t change it for the world, nor would he give up the life he’s building with Staff Sergeant Alexei Dvorkin. But their time together is threatened by outside forces they can’t outrun. Having put the nightmare of Boston behind him, Alexei is focused on keeping his family safe, but he can’t have eyes on everyone. Alexei knows he can’t ignore the danger on the horizon, and when it strikes, he is unprepared for the tragedy it leaves in its wake.
Risking it all.
The odds are stacked ever higher against Alpha Team, and outmaneuvering a precog is a daunting, almost impossible task. Jamie knows something has to give, and when it does, it just might break him the way nothing else in his life ever could.
In the Requiem is a 122k word steamy gay sci-fi military romance with a mostly HEA and concludes this main plot-arc of the series. There is military violence within the story that might not be suitable for everyone, as well as explicit intimate scenes not suitable for listeners under the age of 18. This is a direct sequel to In the Blood and Out of the Ashes. Listening to the previous books in this series would be helpful in enjoying this one.
This book takes place far in the future and this is a science fiction, but there are elements of the dystopian that ring true. Megacities, places too hot to live, certain foods no longer available – this is all in earth’s future if we don’t do something. This book isn’t preachy, just predictive.
This book was also rough on my heart. I’ve fallen in love with Alpha team. The Metahumans keep their existence a secret while fighting those who would destroy America. Led by Captain Jamie Callahan, this band of superhuman men and women fight evil. Jamie’s lover, Kyle Brannigan, is also part of the team. Their love is illicit and only their team knows. Kyle can only wear his engagement ring while in the privacy of their condo. To top it all, Jamie’s father is a senator running for president. Because of an attack at one of his rallies in the last book, his poll numbers have tanked.
Alexei Dvorkin is another member of Alpha team and adopted brother of Kyle. His lover on the team is also the newest member, Sean Delaney. Their love affair is as epic as Jamie and Kyle’s, and I’ve enjoyed watching the couples as they navigate working together in dangerous situations and then going home. Alexei and Sean were kidnapped and tortured in the last book and I was glad to see those events and their aftermath weren’t glossed over.
In this story, they are up against a precog. How does one fight someone who can see the future? Or believes he can? A man who sets up a scenario so untenable that Jamie has to make the ultimate choice. As I said, this book hurt my heart.
As the fifth book in the series, it is definitely more enjoyable if you’ve read the others, but it stands on its own as well. An action-packed book that kept me on the edge of my seat while giving me moments of humor and, of course, lots of love. Big strong men in sappy love. Awesome.
Greg Boudreaux narrates this series and I think that’s a perfect fit. He can do Russian along with other accents as well as great voices for all the strong women on the team. I enjoyed this book and am sorry to see this brilliant series come to an end.
10/10 Pots of Gold (100% Recommended) – Compares to 5/5 Stars
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