Take away everything a person has, from material wealth to his social connections, even his sense of self, and you expect to see a broken existence. Yet Varney does something unexpected, using the loss of everything to let the main hero come fully into himself, becoming a unstoppable force of nature due to his training. It’s a nice play with expectations, and very well done. The rest of the book is okay, writing, plot and the other stuff, but not on the same level as this ingenious twist. On one hand I wanted to applaud the author for what he did, on the other I was a bit disappointed that the rest of the book was so average. Still, it’s okay reading material and a good way to kill some time.