4 Stars for Waking Jamal by Amberly Smith #MM #ScienceFiction @Dreamspinners @Amberly_Smith

CoverTitle: Waking Jamal
Author Name & Publisher: Amberly Smith (Dreamspinner Press)
Publication Date & Length: March 25, 2016 – 200 pgs


Their physical and mental survival depends on them bonding.

Jamal Zumati joins the military, determined to repay the country that fed and housed him. But during his Hamask activation, his senses go offline and he enters a berserker rage. The United States Hamrammr Program, or USHP, has only one option: put him into hibernation.

Despite his extraordinary ability to read and manipulate situations, Vargr Lt. Rum Walker has stepped on one too many brass toes, and the USHP demoted him back to teaching new candidates. Rum is one paranoid thought away from self-destruction when he is recruited for a covert mission: pull Jamal from hibernation.

The problem is, no one has ever survived a berserker fury—at least not officially. If Rum is to challenge the military stereotypes, he’ll not only need to wake Jamal—he’ll need to get him to agree to be bond as a Hamra Pair, the ultimate supersoldier team.

When Jamal and Rum team up with an FBI Hamra Pair to stop the terrorist group Dios Provee, Rum thinks he’ll show Jamal their true potential lies in an equal partnership, but Jamal is convinced Rum should take the lead. Will Rum stop Jamal from going berserk again and destroying both of their futures?

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I have to say that this was a nice, unique plot for me. We get a touch of the shifter senses, but no actual shifting occurs.
I loved the idea of trying to change things you don’t like from within. Rum isn’t happy with the way new people are brought ‘Online” so he wants to help change that by actually changing how they do it, which I love instead of just complaining about something but doing nothing to impact it.
I will say that a part of the plot is to show that furied people can be paired and still make a good match, but it is lost within all the other stuff that is going on.
At times I felt like I was losing track of the plot as a whole because we bounce to another couple to learn they are also a fury based pair and somehow made it work when it wasn’t supposed to.
While it was unique, I think the book as a whole would’ve benefited from more explanation as to what/how/why when it comes to the ‘activation’ of each individual.
All in all though I have to say that I enjoyed the story, but there were a few questions left behind that I felt took away along with the different stories making it hard to keep in touch with the characters are times.


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Amberly lives in the Northwest with her husband, two children, mother-in-law, and a cat named Cat. Their home has become a PC graveyard where games and gadgets are discarded for the latest shiny. She likes to read in bed, write in coffee shops, and cuddle while watching Netflix or Hulu. Amberly acknowledges that she has issues with being too succinct. Feel free to ask her questions about herself. She’s not shy, just clueless what anyone would find particularly interesting about her life.


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