To Do or Die by Mike Shepherd

Society of Humanity, Book 4

Synopsis: Retired Colonel Ray Longknife and Marine Captain Terrence « Trouble » Tordon come to Savannah via different routes, but what they find is the same. One bully strongman is intent on keeping power no matter what the new rules are for peace. He’s got the population cowered by thugs, and tanks at the ready. He expects to win the coming elections handily.

He doesn’t expect trouble. Or, in this case, Mrs. Trouble—aka Ruth Tordon—a Marine wife on a mission to find the drug lords that almost killed her and her husband and put them out of business—and she’s not about to be stopped by some barely trained roughnecks.

Abandoned by their strongman and desperate in defeat, the heavy armor get ready to roll into town over anybody in their way. But Ray Longknife, Trouble and Ruth are standing in their way…and nothing is going to flatten them.

Review: Firstly I must say that I did not know anything about the series and when I saw the cover I was not convinced that it would be for me. Besides the synopsis confirmed me this fact… science fiction, other planets, marines, and many things I don’t really like but yet I was very surprised to see that I had a great time with this novel and it also made me really want to try the others in the series. Yes, because as always I start my story here with Volume 4, but do not worry right now, I really had no problems and the author manages to do everything perfectly so we understand from the outset that we can follow the chapters without worries.

Throughout the novel, we follow a lot of people but who move together in the same environment. I always have a little trouble with too many POVs, but it’s really not the case here, perhaps because it is very often on the same 2-3 people. In addition, the chapters are often very short too, which definitely helps the reading and makes us want to continue to learn more. Early in the book, we focus specifically on two characters, Ruth, the wife of a Marine who is determined to help him discovering who are the manufacturers of the drugs on a planet and Ray, a colonel who left his wife for a diplomatic mission on the same planet. It is quite difficult to see how the two stories will meet, but through the chapters, we understand where the author wants to lead us.

I took great pleasure in discovering this story, to understand what the characters were trying to do to bring down the dictator. It must be said also that all the actors are really important and interesting whether Ruth and her husband, or Colonel Mary, a navy woman who helps her but also all the orphans of this planet with whom Ruth binds friendship and who will be of crucial help to reach their goals. So many characters but all more interesting than the others. But while their research is long and tedious, the resolution of their case will be really far from being as easy as they might think. However, our group faces all that and I took a great pleasure in discovering Ruth with her kindness, her generosity but also her determination and her will. We have many things here, of course, we also have a few reminders of other volumes and it is true that I would love to attend and read the encounter between the young woman and her husband but I think it will be for later.

As I said at the beginning, we can read the novel very quickly and I took a great pleasure to see it all, whether it’s about the characters or the plot and I’m now curious to learn more. By trying something different, I’m glad to say that I had a great time and I was eager to see how it would be resolved. The author presents here a very nice mix of conspiracy, science fiction and characters who particularly affect us. To read!

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32 thoughts on “To Do or Die by Mike Shepherd

  1. Wow, this author sounds like the did a wonderful job with the story and characterizations for you to jump in (which I love to do every now and then) and feel at home within the story. The whole sci fi world sounds fascinating as well. Glad you enjoyed this one! 🙂

  2. Haha, I said no to this one because it was a book 4 and I hadn’t read the previous books, but maybe I should have reconsidered. Too many series these days and it’s just too hard to tell if I can jump on board in the middle and not get lost! I’m glad you enjoyed this, even when you thought you wouldn’t 🙂

  3. I’m glad that your daring paid off and it’s amazing that you didn’t get lost in the scheme of things at vol four. The cover does look badass unfortunately I’m really not into the interplanetary thing

  4. See, there are some that can own there own in a series so it doesn’t matter where you start them, and some that just don’t. And yay! I always have trouble with more than 2-3 perspectives (especially when you can’t separate their voices) so glad it’s not confusing anyway! 🙂

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