The Betrayal of Ka Synopsis: As the spaceship secretly lands on Earth, Ka’s mission is clear: find and kill Transprophetics. His shipmates think of him as a killer. On his home planet of Koranth, he is considered a murderer. Haunted in his dreams by the boy whose life he stole, Ka struggles to define who he really is.
A girl in a temple in Thailand. A boy kidnapped in Mexico. Both can do the impossible. Both can move objects with their minds. These two Transprophetics pose grave risks to the Donovackia Corporation as it plans its invasion of Earth.
With a blade in his hand, Ka’s decision to kill, or not, will reverberate across the galaxy.-Goodreads Synopsis
The Betrayal of Ka Review
The Betrayal of Ka is one of darkest science fiction works I’ve read in a long time. Perhaps ever. With multiple subjects that very rarely receive any light (especially in scifi) and heavy political overtones, it definitely pulls no punches.
Unfortunately, it pulls no words either. The Betrayal of Ka suffers from a lack of content editing. The author repeats phrases time and again. It gets better once you pass the halfway point in the book, but its definitely still present. A merciless red pen and a thesaurus would both go a long way in making this a much stronger – albeit, also a much shorter – book. It also has a problem with stilted dialogue early on.
Kadamba (or Ka) is a good kid who did something very, very stupid, and pays for it in multiple ways, several times. His foolish act lands him in jail, where he’s looked upon as the lowest of low. The physical repercussions from his actions scar his body, but perhaps the worst is the effect everything has on his mind. For the better, or perhaps the worse, Ka’s punishment is set on a different course by the interference of a meddling politician, and through one circumstance after another, he finds himself heading to a very familiar (to us at least) blue planet. His scars brand him an outcast. His spirit declares him a survivor. Time will tell how it ends and if he can ever find redemption.
This most assuredly not a book you want a child to read. I wouldn’t recommend it for anyone under the age of 15, to be honest. However, for adults who love science fiction, and crave a good gritty story and a protagonist who definitely has his share of baggage… I would highly recommend it. It does have its problems, and the start is very shaky, but once you get past that, you discover a story rich with action, and characters you can either root for, or hate with a passion.
Betrayal of Ka made #10 on my Top Ten “Sci-Fi and Scary Reads” of 2015.