Book Review: “Aether’s Call”


(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Aether’s Call” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by John Farr. This is Mr. Farr’s first publication.

I received a copy of this novella through a promotion by the author. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the future with the primary character being Roy the cook on the new Earth spacecraft Starr.

Roy was conscripted onto the Starr. The only job he could perform was as the cook and even that he has trouble with. Everything he attempts ends in failure and Starr’s Captain is ready to dispose of Roy out an airlock. Back on Earth Roy’s ex-wife, Cynthia is conspiring with a scientist. Together with the science officer on the Starr, they are plotting to take down their government.

I spent 2+ hours reading this 158-page novella. It has all of the misconceptions of space travel one might associate with science fiction written in the ’40s or ’50s. The plot was confusing and I don’t think much of the major characters. It does have nice cover art, but the art has little to do with the story. I give this novel a 2 out of 5.

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Paper Space Models


(See my other Space relate articles) – I came across the site “DESELLEMODELS” today and wanted to share it. Arco Hollestelle and Parthenis Deslis have created the site with paper models they have created of spacecraft. At present, they only have five, but it is a “work in progress” site. If you are interested in space and have some free time and a steady hand, you might want to check this website out.

Book Review: “Theater of Spies”


(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Theater of Spies” eBook was published in 2019 (May) and was written by S. M. Stirling ( Mr. Stirling has published more than 40 novels. This is the second novel in his “Alternate World War I” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the US and Europe of World War I. This story is set in an alternate timeline where Teddy Roosevelt is again the US president and is leading the US aggressively in opposition to the Germans. The primary characters are longtime Black Chamber operative Luz O’Malley and her new genius partner and love interest Ciara Whelan.

O’Malley and Whelan are recovering and enjoying some ‘alone time’ at the home in California that O’Malley inherited from her family. That R&R is cut short when they are ordered to Europe to find out about a new weapon system that the German Imperial Navy is developing.

They must travel by airship to South America, then to Africa under a false identity. Then they make their way behind enemy lines into Berlin to discover the details of the German weapon. They encounter German agents along the way and struggle to survive to arrive at their destination.

O’Malley and Welan need to use their skills to penetrate a plant in Germany, then escape. Making things more challenging, the German agent known as Imperial Sword who the two had dealt with in the first novel of the series (“Black Chamber“) is on their trail and is desperate to have his revenge.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 14.5 hours I spent reading this 464-page alternate history thriller. I have read and been a fan of S. M. Stirling for several years. I have always liked his characters and detailed plots woven in most cases with an alternate timeline. I like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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macOS New App Release – Health Informatics Solution

– CS Odessa of Odessa, Ukraine has released its newest addition to ConceptDraw Solutions. Health Informatics Solution provides the ConceptDraw DIAGRAM with new capabilities in a field of medical workflow tasks management and healthcare information documenting.

The Health Informatics Solution allows one to quickly assemble any medical process, build medical instructional documents, enhance the medical education experience, and explain complex medical information in a straightforward manner. A large percentage of the medical professionals is involved in the process of issuing medical statistics, reports and other documents. ConceptDraw DIAGRAM with its new health solution makes quick work of visually communicating medical information to any audience.

The Health Informatics Solution is a free item for current users of ConceptDraw DIAGRAM v12 and is available for download via STORE.

ConceptDraw DIAGRAM is well-known for its ability to exchange documents with Microsoft Visio – the de facto standard in business graphics documents. It can open and save documents that can be used by Visio (VSD, VDX and VSDX documents) users. It retails for only US$199 per end user license.

The dynamic suite of three products found in ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 consists of a diagramming platform, a mind mapping tool, and a project management tool. It is designed for knowledge workers, project managers, managers, and academics and retails for US$499 per end user license. The combination of powerful products, no charge dynamic support, and ongoing development make ConceptDraw OFFICE v5 a good choice to support the activities that move businesses ahead.

Operating Systems Supported

  • macOS 10.12, 10.13 and 10.14
  • Windows 7, 8.1, and 10 (64-bit certified)

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Visualizing WWII in Europe Day by Day

WWII – This short (7:00) video depicts World War II in Europe from September 1, 1939, thru May 15, 1945. The video was uploaded to YouTube in August of 2013 by EmperorTigerstar.

If you are interested in the WWII era of history, you may find these two pages of mine of interest. 

The  World War II Sources” page is a collection of more than 220 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds with information on the World War II era in history.

The “World War II Timeline” page shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.