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Book Review: “The Night Window”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Night Window” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Dean Koontz (https://www.deankoontz.com/). Mr. Koontz has published more than 120 novels and novellas. This is the 5th and final book in his “Jane Hawk” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com 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 very near future. The primary character continues as former FBI agent Jane Hawk.

This thriller continues and wraps up the saga of Jane Hawk and the cabal that is attempting to take over America then the world with their mind control tech. The struggle with her adversaries continues and Hawk makes some new allies in her fight. It comes down to an all-or-nothing stand.

I thoroughly enjoyed the near 10 hours I spent reading this 410-page science-fiction thriller. I have read Koontz novels for years and have enjoyed them all. I have particularly liked this five-book series, though this is more of a straight forward thriller than many of Koontz’s novels. I was a little disappointed at how the series concluded. Not with the ending itself but how quickly the story was wrapped up. I would strongly recommend reading the first four books in the series (in order) before reading this novel. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Soul of Power”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Soul of Power” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Callie Bates (https://calliebates.com). This is Ms. Bates’ third novel and the third book in her “The Waking Land” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com 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 another universe and place, one that allows magic.

The primary character of this book is Sophy Dunbarron. Dunbarron is the illegitimate daughter of the king. Now, since she joined the rebellion led by Elanna Valtai’, she has assumed the throne of a once divided country at the age of 21. Her position is far from secure as there are many who oppose her and she must respond to an open rebellion.

She fears she has lost her close friend Valtai forever when Dunbarron learns that Valtai has been captured. She also discovers a secret about herself that could cost her the throne. Will she and her forces be able to qualm the unrest at home and hold off the forces that want to take her country.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 13 hours I spent reading this 464-page fantasy. While the lead in this novel is 21, it still has a Young Adult feel to it. I have read and enjoyed both of the earlier books in this series (“The Waking Land” and “The Memory of Fire“). I think that Ms. Bates has created a very engaging fantasy universe. I liked that this book in the series took a different point of view than the earlier volumes. It is also written in the first-person view of Dunbarron. While this could be read on its own, it would be best to read the prior two books of the series first. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Lost Pulse”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Lost Pulse” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by J.K. Kelly (https://jkkelly.com). This is Mr. Kelly’s third publication and a sequel to his first novel “Found in Time“. I interviewed Mr. Kelly after I finished this review.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the near future. Terrorism has reached new heights.

The Whitehouse is an armed camp surrounded by a wall. A well planned and executed attack on Guantanamo Bay has released many enemies of the US. A very select team is allowed to use a time travel device to fight the growing terrorism. They are restricted though to never changing history.

I enjoyed the 6+ hours I spent reading this 266-page thriller. I read the first book of the series earlier and enjoyed it as well. It is, other than the time travel, what you would expect from a thriller. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Finder”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Finder” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Suzanne Palmer (http://www.zanzjan.net). This is Ms. Palmer’s first published novel and the first in her “The Finder Chronicles” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Fergus Ferguson who identifies himself as a ‘finder’.

Ferguson’s latest job is to find and steal back the spacecraft Venetia’s Sword. He thought it would be an easy job, but instead stealing the ship back from Arum Gilger takes the deep space colony of Cernee into civil war.  Ferguson finds himself reluctantly at its midst and the growing involvement with the lives of the locals is unexpected. Then there are the mysterious aliens with the triangle ships that seem to be following him. The job is not what he had anticipated.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading this 397-page science fiction novel. I enjoyed this novel. I liked the offbeat plot and look forward to more in the series. I like the cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Soldier, Sailor, Frogman, Spy, Airman, Gangster, Kill or Die: How the Allies Won on D-Day” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Giles Milton (http://www.gilesmilton.com). Mr. Milton has published a dozen non-fiction history books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The book tells the story of D-Day in June of 1944.

The book includes scenes that remind me of the opening shots from the “Saving Private Ryan” movie which visualizes the brutality of the D-Day landing. There are also scenes in the book that were depicted in one of my favorite WWII movies “The Longest Day”. This book is a collection of stories of different people on both sides and their actions on June 6.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 13.5 hours I spent reading this 512-page history book. I found this book to be very interesting with a mix of stories I have heard before and new material. This is the second book of Milton’s that I have read (the other being “Churchill’s Ministry of Ungentlemanly Warfare“) and I have enjoyed them both. I will be keeping an eye out for anything he writes in the future. I like the selected cover art and I recommend this book to any interested in WWII. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


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

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Book Review: “Infiltration”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Infiltration” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Amy Duboff (https://www.amyduboff.com). She has published more than 15 novels. This is the first in her “Mindspace” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Situations, and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Tararian Guard Captain Kira Elsar.

Elsar is one of the few full telepaths. After she comes face-to-face with a military assault mech inside a civilian research lab she knows something is amiss. She goes undercover to discover who is behind the illegal alien nanotech experimentation, clandestine political dealings, and disappearances. It all leads back to her homeworld. Will she be able to stop what she thinks is a developing stellar civil war?

I thoroughly enjoyed the 5.6 hours I spent reading this 259-page science fiction novel. I am fond of ‘space operas’ like this and this one did not disappoint. I look forward to future novels in this series and will be looking for other novels by Duboff. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Timebound”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – The “Timebound” eBook was published in 2018 and was written by Heather Albano (http://www.heatheralbano.com). Ms. Albano has published three novels with this being the third book in her “Keeping Time” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set across the last few centuries. This time the primary character is Maxwell Carrington.

Carrington has been separated from the other time travelers. Inadvertently one of the time travel watches is found by agents of Nazi Germany. This adds an additional layer of difficulty to Carrington and his colleagues. They struggle to set the timeline back to what it should be.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 200-page steampunk science fiction tale. I have enjoyed all three novels in this series, but I think that this is the best of the three. I think that the author did a good job of concluding the trilogy. Definitely, I would recommend reading the first two books of the trilogy before this one. The chosen cover art is OK, but something closer to the plot would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The War for the Seas: A Maritime History of World War II” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Evan Hawdsley. Mr. Hawdsley had published more than ten books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘G’. The book covers World War II at sea around the world. All the major players in WWII maritime warfare are covered. This book gives the reader a very comprehensive look at the naval action of WWII.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 25+ hours I spent reading this 568-page comprehensive history of WWII at sea. While this book is full of details, it read well. I think that better cover art could have been selected. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).


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

  • The”World War II Sources” page is a constantly growing collection of more than 340 links to museums, memorials, websites, Facebook pages, Twitter feeds and other sources with information on the World War II-era in history.
  • The “World War II Timeline” page expands almost daily and shows events leading up to WWII, as well as during the war. Events are broken down into the Pacific and European Theaters by date.
  • The About WWII page is a collection of links to posts that I have made over the years that are relevant to WWII.

Book Review: “Timekeeper”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Timekeeper” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Heather Albano (https://www.facebook.com/heatheralbanoauthorpage/). This is Ms. Albano’s second publication and the second in her “Keeping Time” series.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set across time in Europe. The primary character is 17-year-old Elizabeth Barton. She, along with her love interest William Carrington and mysterious friend Maxwell, continue their fight to put the timeline back the way it should be.

They use their time travel pocketwatch to move to one critical moment in time after another. They are fighting a very dangerous battle to keep both the Frankenstein like monsters and the metal giants from ever being created. They must also find a way to keep Napolean from victory at Waterloo.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this 280-page young adult steampunk thriller. This novel is just a continuation of “Timepiece” the first novel in the series. The characters are much the same as in that first novel. I have enjoyed the first two novels in the trilogy and look forward to the third. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Cruel Stars”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Cruel Stars” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by John Birmingham. Mr. Birmingham has published more than 30 books.

I received an ARC of this novel through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the far future. The Sturm of the “Human Republic” see any humans who have genetic or cybernetic enhancements as traitors to the species and deserving extermination. They have risen up once killing billions before they were driven into Dark Space.

Now, centuries later without warning, they are back. Their sneak attack has rendered almost all of the defenses of humanity useless. If they are not stopped the Sturm will kill billions more.

The primary character is Commander Lucinda Hardy who has been left in command of one of the few Royal Armadalen Navy warships left. She, along with her crew and four other survivors, are the only hope for humankind. The five struggle independently against overwhelming odds, but finally, join her.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading this 416-page Science fiction thriller. I think the author has assembled an interesting mix of reluctant heroes for this saga. I like the plot as it is a little different from the common large scope space war novels. I look forward to more novels in this universe. The cover art is interesting but does not relate specifically to the story. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

My book reviews are also published on Goodreads (https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/31181778-john-purvis).