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Powder Burns: An Orphic Assassin Novel

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Historical, intriguing novel about a man who has lived several lives as an assassin.

Powder Burns: an Orphic Assassin Novel is a very intriguing novel that includes


various times in history through the lens of a reincarnated assassin. The leading


assassin, Damian Attica, keeps you hanging by a thread on how he grows in each


life and how he weighs good versus bad.



The novel first starts in present time, with the assassin Damian Atticus, killing a


man then going to visit his hypnotherapist for a session. As he falls in to his session,


he relives his time as Damian Attica, assassin, in the 1855, New Mexico Territory. In


this particular life, he kills two men under the rich man, Greeley's, gang. The two


men are killed by Attica for their brutal attack on another man's daughter. Greeley


tries to come after Attica and try to brutally murder him. Fortunately, Attica


survives and goes on a spree to get back at Greeley.



In another life line, the reader also gets to see where it all began for Damian. In


ancient Greece, 435 BC, Damian is an early teen, who showed up mysteriously to


the Orphic Temple. There he has to learn where he comes from and who he is. This


helps to build more context and character of Damian Attica.



Powder Burns: An Orphic Assassin was such a great book to read. It really captured


my attention and had me captivated to read more. Each life that Damian lived in


this novel had a great story that provided not only historical context, but superb


vision. The only negative I had of the book, was that it did take me the first few


chapters to understand why the book kept switching back and forth between


Damian's life in Greece to the one in the New Mexico territory. Overall, this book


was an exciting read. I suggest that if you are into historical fiction and


reincarnation, this book is a very fun and exciting read.



For a side note, if you are not into very detailed and graphic murders, this book


might not be for you. There are some very extreme and gruesome deaths in the


book. However, I felt that this helped shape the context of the characters.

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About the author

Sam Luna lives in a very small apartment in Los Angeles with his patient wife. He spends his free time hiking in Griffith Park and drinking too much iced tea. Much unlike the Orphic Assassin, he has fainted twice at the sight of blood. view profile

Published on February 02, 2021

70000 words

Contains graphic explicit content ⚠️

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