Riders (Riders #1) by Veronica Rossi #bookreviews #TuesdayBookBlog

For eighteen-year-old Gideon Blake, nothing but death can keep him from achieving 23430471his goal of becoming a U.S. Army Ranger. As it turns out, it does.

Recovering from the accident that most definitely killed him, Gideon finds himself with strange new powers and a bizarre cuff he can’t remove. His death has brought to life his real destiny. He has become War, one of the legendary four horsemen of the apocalypse.

Over the coming weeks, he and the other horsemen–Conquest, Famine, and Death–are brought together by a beautiful but frustratingly secretive girl to help save humanity from an ancient evil on the emergence.

They fail.

Now–bound, bloodied, and drugged–Gideon is interrogated by the authorities about his role in a battle that has become an international incident. If he stands any chance of saving his friends and the girl he’s fallen for–not to mention all of humankind–he needs to convince the skeptical government officials the world is in imminent danger.

But will anyone believe him? – Goodreads.com

When I first saw the horse on the cover of this book, I nearly passed it by, assuming it was a western or something close to it.  Then I saw the author’s name and, being a fan of her Under the Never Sky series, I knew I had to investigate further.

I love the concept of this story – a teenager discovers he’s one of the four horsemen of the apocalypse?  How cool is that?  In this preview excerpt, I felt like I had a good grasp on Gideon’s character, and I’m a fan already – love his wit and sarcasm and how protective he is of his family.  Although only 100 pages, a lot happened in this preview, with mysterious goings on and unanswered questions.  After the first ten pages, I knew I’d be rushing to get my hands on this book when it’s released.

Rider is scheduled for publication February 16, 2016.  This review is based on a digital preview excerpt from the publisher through NetGalley.

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