Series: The Four Horsemen 02
Author: T.A. Chase
Length: Novel (144pgs)
Publisher: Total E-Bound (26th December 2011)
Heat Level: Explicit
Heart Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥4 ½Heart
Blurb: Fighting the battle in his own heart, War must find peace before he can find love.
War destroyed an entire tribe of innocent people when he was mortal, all because his best friend lied to him. His guilt brings him a destiny he never planned. As the Red Horseman, War spends the centuries creating battles and wars between countries to restore balance in the world. While he accepts the job to atone for his sins, he wishes he didn’t cause men to kill each other. War lives a solitary life, without hope of ever finding forgiveness.
From the mountains of Afghanistan to the plains of Kansas, and to the steppes of Mongolia, Russell Heinz searches for peace. He’s battling survivor’s guilt after having two members of his army unit die within feet of him. His own mind shuts down, and Russell spends time in a mental ward, dreaming of a man with blood-red hair and all-black eyes. Unsure if the man is real or just a figment of his wounded mind, Russell heads to Mongolia, looking for forgiveness of his own.
Separately, Russell and War fight their own personal demons. Together, they find peace in a love tested by the fires of battle.
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Review: War still feels guilt over being deceived by his closest friend. That guilt lead to him becoming War and being called upon to induce wars throughout the years. When Death tells War to return to Afghanistan and he discovers a lone soldier gravely injured on a ledge, he steps into rescue him. Russell is waiting for death, all alone on a ledge; he knows it’s too dangerous for his unit to come after for him even if they notice him missing. When death passes him by and he is rescued by a handsome redhead, Russell begins to doubt his mind.
This is a well written story that delves into PTSD and mental breakdowns while still giving us an incredibly enjoyable story. War is mired in guilt, even though he knows that he was deceived the guilt still lingers. While he rescues and supports Russell through his mental breakdown, he tries to get it across to him that there was nothing he could have done to change the outcome. Russell travels to Mongolia and meets the man who has been haunting his mind. Finally, Russell begins to heal and understand what War really is. he also helps War understand that the guilt isn’t his burden to bear.
Once again, I really enjoyed the story of the Horsemen; what their roles are and how they balance out the good and evil. the characters are well portrayed and you feel sympathy for both of their stories. The sex is hot, the story-line is good and all the characters are great. I have to admit to waiting with bated breath for Death’s story and I am really hoping that there will be a story for Lam somewhere in the future.
I am going to recommend that you give War a read. it’s paranormal, it’s got hot sex, it’s got loads of guilt, it has some action and danger and it has a HEA. So really you have no excuse for not reading it.