In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization the Regional Office and its coterie of super powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall And now, the RegionalIn a world beset by amassing forces of darkness, one organization the Regional Office and its coterie of super powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation At its helm, the mysterious Oyemi and her oracles seek out new recruits and root out evil plots Then a prophecy suggests that someone from inside might bring about its downfall And now, the Regional Office is under attack Recruited by a defector from within, Rose is a young assassin leading the attack, eager to stretch into her powers and prove herself on her first mission Defending the Regional Office is Sarah who may or may not have a mechanical arm fiercely devoted to the organization that took her in as a young woman in the wake of her mother s sudden disappearance On the day that the Regional Office is attacked, Rose s and Sarah s stories will overlap, their lives will collide, and the world as they know it just might end.
The Regional Office Is Under Attack In a world beset by amassing forces of darkness one organization the Regional Office and its coterie of super powered female assassins protects the globe from annihilation At its helm the mysterious
An easy, five step quiz to determine your probable rating of THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK 1 True or false you are open to the idea of genre fiction.2 True or false you believe DIE HARD to be one of the most sublime pieces of entertainment created by human hands.3 On a scale of 1 to 10, you believe DIE HARD, as sublime as it is, could be improved by the addition of things like samurai swords, killer robots, borderline superheroes, magically enhanced assassins, creepy oracles lying in vats [...]
2.5 stars I am not sure how to review this book, because I have very mixed feelings I loved the premise A secret underground organization that battles the forces of darkness in the world using oracles and bad ass female assassins with mystical powers, is being attacked by an unknown enemy I am on board with that.However.The writing style is just not good I hate to say that because I really wanted to like this book, but I just couldn t get past the narrative voice The female characters, even thos [...]
I absolutely adored the beginning of this book I think I spent the first 100 pages with a huge grin on my face I just totally loved the language, the vibe, the world created, and the characters at the centre of the story But while I think it was a brilliant book, the ending did kind of fizzle out although I reckon that was on purpose.The book chronicles the rise and fall of the Regional Office a private institution created to protect the world from all sorts of dangers while focussing on two wom [...]
I loved reading this book.And then the literary whiplash hits you as the real world returns.It s so good while you re reading, and moves you along at breakneck speed with so many yippee ki yay motherf cker moments that you can t help but love it Then you turn the final page and close the book a little befuddled Um, what just happened So, go along for the ride Give it five stars during the experience Then come down from the adrenaline high.
Um, where to begin Wtf happened On the surface this book has all the trappings of a book I m going to love Secret societies Check Mysterious bad guys Check Superpowers Robots Ninja swords Oracles Check, check, check and check So why on earth am I so unsatisfied and annoyed Oh because of that whole all style no substance thing And why keep going after the attack It s just muddy The book is fun and enjoyable, yes I will give it that But I am left with way too many whys and hows that I walk away wi [...]
This is an interesting book with a fun setup but stumbles fairly seriously at some points.The Regional Office is an organization which finds, trains and employs young women with mystical super powers to right wrongs via secret missions It s located in Manhattan, deep under its front, a travel agency for the mega rich The Regional Office is the creation of the mysterious and mystical Oyemi and her right hand man butler Mr Niles Yes, there s a reason that sounds like Giles the Buffy references com [...]
I absolutely hated reading this book From the very beginning I had a hard time trying to get into it There are multiple POVs, which is never a problem for me unless the writing doesn t agree with me The writing did NOT agree with me Not at all My eyes developed a strong aversion to said writing the cursing, the sarcasm, the jumping around to different places characters times with no apparent reason More than a few times I felt like the author was trying much muuuch too hard to be clever and cute [...]
3.25 stars.I wanted to like this book than I ended up liking it.I sometimes use comparisons in my reviews even though I am in general against the practice sometimes it s just easier to compare one book or author to another the opening chapters reminded me of something by Ernest cline it bore the cheeky humour and pop culture references that can be found in his worksever reading further I was in mind of a cline Lite as IMO the story kind of fizzled after a promising set upe author alternates pe [...]
I really wanted to like this I kept reading in the hopes it would get better.I think my problem was the writing There were too many characters, too many storylines, and too many timelines that jumped around far too often.Would not recommend.
A joy to read Wonderful word play, shifting narrators, double crosses of double crosses, darkness, hope, humor, dread A wild ride I loved it.
There was a lot going on in this novel The lightheartedness of the prose, dialogue and premise seemed like they would be fun, and they were for a while But eventually, I just grew tired of the plot that wasn t fleshed out, the boring characters and the dragging conflict So, our main concept is that the Regional Office, a secret organization dedicated to fighting supernatural forces of evil, is under attack If you can suspend much disbelief and I can , you will love the premise It is fun, and lig [...]
4.5 out of 5 For sheer inventiveness, the book gets full marks it s only for the sense of there being a lot of the world left on a cutting room floor somewhere that things drop down a half step It s an adrenaline blast of crazy adventure and Manuel Gonzales appears to be interested in creating that purest of pleasures something that s just damn fun His imagination sparks throughout and my great hope is that he comes back to the Regional Office someday because the world needs teams of ass kickin [...]
Gonzales explodes the narrative and reassembles the shards into a time jumping story that switches from the expletive laden thoughts of a female operative to the dry conjecture of a research paper It s a pop culture laden romp through the last days of a superhero initiative with nods to Die Hard, Minority Report, Karate Kid with a healthy dose of the X Men, Morning Glories or the Umbrella Academy Given Gonzales literary history it gets the literary fiction label with a side of genre instead of b [...]
The Regional Office and its superpowered female assassins protect the world from the forces of darkness and annihilation Oyemi and her oracles find new recruits and uncover evil plots Then, a prophecy suggests that someone from within the Regional Office will bring about its downfall and before you know it the Regional Office is under attack Rose, the leader of the attack, was recruited from a defector on the inside and she is eager to strengthen her powers and prove herself Sarah, defending the [...]
So, this book promised to be one thing that I was really excited about and turned out to be another which I was much less excited about.I really was SO excited about this book The description promised madcap, possibly bordering on the edge of silly but definitely funny adventures, with a dash of paranormal Instead, we get a tale of revenge, which we do not understand the reasons for for most of the book, and even then with a dash of chuckle worthy moments and a SHIT TON OF FLASHBACKS Like, there [...]
This novel is fun That said, I enjoyed the writing style than the story My expectations were pretty high going into this one since I d heard a lot of hype I did like it, but didn t love it.
Freaking loved it Die Hard references Kick ass women What s not to love
The writing and the action scenes were great I wish I was invested in the characters, but nonetheless I enjoyed this book.
I loved this It was a smart, pop culture filled frolic full of badass superpowered women I can completely understand why some reviewers couldn t gel with Gonzales s writing style, but it just clicked for me I never felt like he came across as smarmy or seemed to be trying too hard, I just thought he was razor sharp and hilarious If you like Marvel and suspending your belief, then give this a go It isn t perfect, but the high you feel while reading it almost makes it feel like it is.
The premise of The Regional Office is Under Attack is very exciting a secret underground organization of badass warrior women who save the world, is under attack It s Die Hard with cyborgs and angsty teenager girls, with Oracles in turtle bathtubs and orange macbooks what s not to like Or so I thought.It starts out well enough one of the assassins, Rose, is counting down the minutes until she can give the infiltration signal, before she can descend the mile underground to the Regional Office und [...]
I read most books long before publication, so other people s reviews or recommendations rarely matter to me But sometimes a book will build and build and I ll hear enough about it that I ll finally crack and have to read it THE REGIONAL OFFICE IS UNDER ATTACK is that kind of book Luckily I started this book with no idea what it was about Yes, my friends are excellent non spoiler types I recommend you do the same Don t read the jacket Don t read the summary Don t read the reviews What I will tell [...]
A total sugar rush of a novel I m always bemoaning the lack of interesting stories about women that don t involve journeys to find themselves or dysfunctional families so kudos to Gonzales for going all in with his premise of bad ass female assassins Strong female characters is a loaded term, one that I have some problems with, but Gonzales understands that every facet of the young women here is worth exploring, not just their ass kicking abilities, and for all the crackerjack action set pieces [...]
I have so many feelings right now I don t even know where to begin This story is told incredibly well for people who like this type of story And I liked a heckuva a lot of this story It was adventurous and quirky and meandering and violent and unpredicatble, but ultimately, in the end, I was left feeling unsatisfied I wanted and I wanted closure and it wouldn t have hurt to have one likable character.
A highly entertaining satire of the superhero genre Did it have deeper themes Would be hard pressed to point to one, but it was well written with characters interesting than average I suppose I might say that the book revolves around how putting the ends before the means ends up leading to the destruction of your good intentions and corrupts your values But beyond that, I will say this is a fast, fun filled fantasy romp I chomped it down in a few days.
4.5 Review first appeared at thenewdorkreviewofbooks If you re like me, and fun is one of the main reasons you read, then stay tuned Because I haven t had fun with a book in a long, long time than I did with Manuel Gonzalez s crazy, goofy, hilarious, utterly original novel The Regional Office Is Under Attack , out today.What it s about A mysterious organization called the Regional Office, housed in a secret location several stories below a Manhattan travel agency, uses a cadre of highly skilled [...]
One of the fastest, most fun books I have ever read The Regional Office accomplishes being completely cinematic while still thoughtful about characters and the development of their relationships The pace is swift and smart If this book was a roller coaster ride, it would be Space Mountain It s dark and cool, and man did I enjoy it Total disclaimer I did cry during a certain chapter no spoilers because Gonzales wrote in a totally riveting, heartbreaking scene that I wasn t expecting and it caught [...]
While the ending could have been tied up a little nicer, this book definitely exceeded my expectations Fun, fast paced, with kick ass female characters C mon Hollywood, don t miss out on this
This is fun and punchy and badass and I liked it a lot.
Very strange, extremely funny, quickly paced, and highly entertaining I love Manual Gonzales s short stories and his first novel did not disappoint.
On the surface this book has all the trappings of a book I m going to love Secret societies Check Mysterious bad guys Check Superpowers Robots Ninja swords Oracles Check, check and check But eventually, I just grew tired of the plot that wasn t fleshed out, the boring characters and the dragging conflict I really was SO excited about this book The description of madcap adventures, with a dash of paranormal Instead, we get a tale of revenge, which we do not understand the reasons for, with a dash [...]