Several years have passed since the events in The Deaths of Tao. The world is split into pro-Prophus and pro-Genjix factions, and is poised on the edge of a devastating new World War. A Genjix scientist who defects to the other side holds the key to preventing bloodshed on an almost unimaginable scale.
With the might of the Gengix in active pursuit, Roen is the only person who can help him save the world, and the Quasing race, too. And you thought you were having a stressful day...
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One thing I noticed from reading this series is that Wesley Chu has grown as an author with every book, and The Rebirths of Tao is his best work yet. The writing is noticeably more polished than in the previous novels, and the story flowed very well with absolutely no lulls at all. It’s also fascinating to see the series evolve, as we’ve experienced some drastic changes from book one to book three. We started The Lives of Tao with a quirky personal tale about a nerdy, out-of-shape IT guy and his transformation into super-secret agent, but things took a more urgent, direr turn in the sequel The Deaths of Tao, which also saw the Quasing conflict expanded onto a global scale.
The Rebirths of Tao is once again a new kind of story all together, but it retains a lot of the elements which made the first book so fun and addictive. The Quasing war situation is as bleak as ever for Roen and his family, and yet the humor is alive and well. Cameron Tan is now fifteen years...
From the first scene in Deaths of Tao, to this book, this well-crafted story has all the ingredients of a successful action movie . Pacing and narrative are also inspired by graphic novels. In this case, this a good thing. The author has steadily grown throughout and he was pretty darn good to start with.
Think Dan Simmon's Carrion Comfort with a dash of True Lies and James Bond and you get the idea. (yeah, I was still totally expecting laser-armed sharks at the end battle, must be the cold fresh water that kept them away).
Thankfully while there is a lot of action, it also never gets bogged down in unnecessary details and minutiae. It supports, but does not suffocate, the story telling.
The action is always there, yes, with larger-than-life heroes and villains. But so is humor, a solid plot and pacing. The series never comes off as dumbed down and the plot is always logical to itself. For example, while Enzo pulls off some rather unnecessarily...
It’s tough on humanity when an alien race, the Quasings, crash on earth and discover that the only way they can survive in our atmosphere is to inhabit earthly creatures, preferably humans. It is even tougher on humanity when the aliens begin fighting among themselves. The Tao series follows Roen Tan, host to Quasing Tao. Tao belongs to the Prophus faction, which essentially strives to co-exist with earthly life and opposes the Genjix, whose goal is to “Quasingform” earth’s environment to make it possible for Quasing to live without hosts. Unfortunately, the process will result in the extinction of most or all earthly life. Roen’s wife Jill is also a host, and in this third volume their teen-aged son Cameron has acquired a host and joins the battle. It would be very difficult to say more about the plot without spoilers, especially for readers who have not yet read the first two volumes. Let me just say that The Rebirths of Tao has the elements I look...
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