#1, The Nogiku Series
S. J. Pajonas
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Sanaa Griffin had everything — close friends, a caring family, and her dream job at a competitive agency in the last city on Earth. But when she wishes for love and excitement on New Year's Eve, the gods decide to reward her in the cruelest way possible. Ripped from the job she always loved, she's reassigned to work for the mysterious Mark Sakai. Her task: spy on the corrupt leaders of the city who are playing politics and killing their enemies in the hopes of earning a ticket on the first ship off the planet. War looms on the horizon, and Sanaa must help Sakai determine the key players and their weak spots before they tear the city apart.
Mark Sakai has many plans for Sanaa that will take her into a web of lies and danger. With the help of Jiro, a man who teaches her self defense while stealing her heart, Sanaa realizes Mark Sakai is holding back important truths about her life, her job, and the biggest secret of all, her family legacy. Can she keep her family safe and her city at peace as the great exodus from Earth begins?
REMOVED is the first book in a captivating post-apocalyptic series that harnesses the cultures and traditions of Japan and sweeps them into the future between Earth and a faraway land.
"If you are afraid of Science Fiction, this is the book for you!"
"I couldn’t put it down, but more importantly, it made me think."
"I'm not usually one for Sci-Fi, but this was great. Just enough to be interesting, but not so much to be 'way' out there."
"This book is definitely worth the read, I could hardly put it down in the 2 days it took me to read it and over a week later, I'm still thinking about all the characters."
"It is full of surprises. The book unfolds slowly at first, but becomes more gripping as suspenseful as it goes."
REMOVED "explodes in a final action scene worthy of the cinema."
The Nogiku Series will make you fall in love with Japan and all of its cultures and traditions, from kimonos, sake, and swords to romance, sex, and secrets.
REMOVED is an interesting mix of Dystopian and Sci-Fi.
Received a copy from the author in exchange for an honest review.
I’ll preface this review by saying this isn’t normally my style. I could tell S.J. Pajonas was influenced by Haruki Murakami, which isn’t a bad thing–but not necessarily my cup of tea. I have yet to get through one of his books. Glad I stuck this one out, though. Pajonas was able to take his style and compact it into a short, compelling read.
REMOVED is an interesting mix of Dystopian and Sci-Fi. Really enjoyed the blend of Japanese culture with western customs and phrasing. At times the Japanese language was a bit overwhelming, which took me out of the story. I unfortunately didn’t discover the glossary in the back until the end…
Overall a great story of first love and self-discovery. The cliffhanger definitely left me wanting to know what happens next.
Removed by: S.J. Pajonas
Great entertainment with the Sci-Fi genre and a supremely versed cultural exchange using the Japanese heritage to be the main source that creates the background and strength this amazing email book utilizes. KSW
Meh, it was an ok book. The characters were interesting but the plot moved so slowly it became tedious. The author clearly is setting up for a series rather than writing a stand alone book. Marion Bradley Zimmer was able to write dozens of books each of which was unique and fast paced.