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Review of “An Alien Perspective”

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Book Reviews – “An Alien Perspective” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Roxanne Barbour (https://roxannebarbour.wordpress.com). Ms. Barbour has published five novels.

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 story is set in contemporary times, though it takes place on another planet. The primary character is 17 year old Cyn-Tia Silverthorne. She wakes up to find herself with seven other Humans and 24 aliens split between three other races.

None know why they are there. Alien tech allows them to communicate easily with one another. They are given a number of challenges by their abductors that they must complete as a team. Silverthorne finds herself on the managing committee for the group. She encounters many issues and experiences a variety of emotions. She also finds herself drawn to one of the males from another species.

I spent 4+ hours reading this science fiction young adult novel with a touch of romance. I liked the characters. I also thought that the plot was interesting. It was a story dealing with how teens must adapt and learn to cope with their unwanted situation. I felt it was a little weak, but then again I guess that is part of being a young adult novel. The cover is OK, but one showing a scene from the story would have been better in my opinion. I give this novel a 3.8 out of 5.

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Review of “Days Until Home”

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Book Reviews – “Days Until Home” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Mark Gardner (https://article94.com/), Greg Dragon (https://gregdragon.com/) and David Kristoph (http://www.davidkristoph.com). Mr. Gardner has published 10 novels, Mr. Dragon has published a dozen novels, and Mr. Kristoph has published 17 novels.

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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the near future. Earth has expanded within the Solar System. This particular story is about a ship and crew who are mining in the asteroid belt.

They launch back towards Earth with a load of very valuable minerals. Soon after launch there is a massive explosion. The those that survive the blast must find a way to sustain themselves back to Earth. Miraculously they are soon rescued, but was this ship just coincidentally close by or was it there by prior arrangement? Was the blast sabotage rather than an accident?

I really enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 356 page science fiction novel. This was a different science fiction tale. I liked the struggle to survive that the crew experienced. Not only did they need to solve the technical problems arising from the disaster, but they had to deal with paranoia (not always imagined) and personnel conflicts. The cover art is OK, but I think that their damages ship would have been better. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Mask of shadows”

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Book Reviews – “Mask of Shadows” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Linsey Miller (http://www.linseymiller.com). This is Ms. Miller’s first novel.

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 a little Mature Language. The story is set in another universe where magic is possible. The main character is young Sallot Leon.

Leon is a thief. S/he (Leon is a bit gender fluid) wants to get away from robbing the nobles. From one young woman victim, who Leon is quite taken with, she finds a notice of an upcoming audition to become a new member of the Queen’s Left Hand – the Queen’s personal assassins.

Leon sees the audition as a way out. This is not an easy competition. Leon is the last of 23 to be accepted. Not only must the competitors prove their abilities, but assassination of fellow competitors is not only allowed, but encouraged. Leon must use skills learned fighting on the streets to survive. As the audition progresses, a tutor is assigned to Leon to help with reading and language skills. The tutor turns out to be the young robbery victim and before long feelings develop between the two.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 352 young adult fantasy. I liked the characters that were developed in this novel and the plot. It is never clear what gender Leon is, so this should be considered a LBGT novel. This is a miner point and doesn’t really impact the story much. I liked that it was a world of magic, but the magic is now just part of their history. The cover art is OK, but something relating to a scene in the novel would be better in my opinion. I think that Ms. Miller did an excellent job on her first novel and I look forward to reading the second book planned for this duology. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “30th Century: Escape”

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Book Reviews – “30th Century: Escape” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Mark Kingston Levin. This is his first novel to be published. This is the first book of a planned “30th Century Trilogy”.

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 many scenes of Mature Situations. The story is mostly set in today’s time, with some in other times in the future. The primary character is Captain Jennifer Hero.

Hero leads a task force in the 30th century. Humans have created the Syndos, genetically enhanced humans, in order to explore space. Syndos have come to think themselves superior to humans and a war rages between them. Hero’s mission is to use a time machine and lead a group of her soldiers to the 27th century. There they will try to secretly introduce a genetic correction to the Syndos that they hope will make them more sympathetic to humans.

Hero, though, is suffering from burn out. Instead of following her men and women, she diverts herself to the 21st century. There she explores the Pacific islands, and makes many friends and lovers.

I had high hopes, but I felt let down after spending 10.5 hours reading this 332 page science fiction novel. There was little science fiction in the story. Yes there was a small, very small amount of time travel. The bulk of the story was about Hero and the friends she made. And she made some very, very intimate friends of both sexes.

I think that the book should have been classified as a romance with some aspects of science fiction. I also felt that the characters were very two dimensional. There was also a clear thread of saving the environment throughout the story. The cover art is OK, though I think something closer to the story could have been chosen. I give this :  a 3 out of 5.

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Review of “Quantum”

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Book Reviews – “Quantum” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Dean De Servienti (http://www.deandeservienti.com). Mr. De Servienti has published three novels.

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 contemporary world.

Doctors working for an NGO in Africa stumble across a mysterious object. It looks high-tech, but was found buried in ancient rock. They gather a few experts to study it further and head to London. They quickly realize that they have found something that will disrupt world religions as well as possibly governments.

They decide to disappear until they can find out more about the object. They head to the US for further secret testing. They soon discover that they are being ruthlessly pursued by various intelligence agencies. They quickly find that survival and not pursuit of knowledge is their biggest challenge.

This was an interesting 9 hour read of a 301 page science fiction novel. While I liked the overall plot, I thought the execution was a bit weak. Nor was I really drawn to any of the characters. I had a hard time with all of the intelligence agents being nothing but obnoxious and ruthless killers. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Review of “The Rogue Agent”

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Book Reviews – “The Rogue Agent” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Daniel Judson (http://danieljudsonbooks.com/). Mr. Judson has published a dozen novels. This is the second book in his “The Agent” 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 contemporary US. The primary character is former covert ops agent Tom Sexton.

Sexton thinks he has been hiding and invisible to his former boss. He finds that is far from the truth. He is drawn back into his past when he is approached by his former boss to help protect a young girl.

This quickly leads Sexton and his girlfriend into one dangerous situation after another. He also learns much about his family that had been kept hidden from him up to now.

I really enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 354 page fiction thriller. I liked the characters that were developed for the novel as well as the plot. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Race for the Flash Stone”

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Book Reviews – “Race for the Flash Stone” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by K Patrick Donoghue (https://kpatrickdonoghue.com). Mr. Donoghue has published two novels, both in his “The Anlon Cully Chronicles” series. This is the second book in the 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the contemporary US. The primary character is Anlon Cully.

This book picks up a few months after the first book ends. Cully is well on his way to recovering from the injuries incurred in the first volume. He, along with close friends Pebbles McCarver and Jennifer Stevens, continue to pursued evidence of the early Earth civilization that created the special stones with magnetic powers.

He is not the only one in pursuit of the stones. Not only must they decode the secrets to the map Cully obtained from his uncle, they must avoid interference from the others pursuing the stones. Cully, McCarver and Stevens find themselves in danger more than once as they pursue the clues they have uncovered.

I enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 360 page science fiction adventure tale. While I did read the first volume in the series, this book stands pretty well on its own, though it is a continuation of the story. I liked the plot and the characters, but I do feel that the villains are a little on the weak side. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Besieged”

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Book Reviews – “Besieged” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by A. J. Tata (http://www.ajtata.com). Mr. Tata has published 9 novels. This is the third of his “Captain Jake Mahegan” 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 contemporary US. The primary character is US Army Captain (retired) Jake Mahegan.

While Mahegan is retired from his time as a Special Forces operator, he is still loosely connected. When responding to a call for help from a deceased colleague’s daughter, he is drawn into the plot for an attack on the US by terrorists.

Mahegan must avoid terrorists that come after him. He must also find a young girl they have kidnapped. She is autistic, but a brilliant mathematician. Her math and programming skills are sought by the terrorists to aid in their large scale attack on the US.

I really enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 464 page Fiction Thriller. I have read other novels by Mr. Tata and really have enjoyed them. He does a good job crafting a modern military thriller. I thought the characters were well developed and I liked the plot for this novel. I liked the inclusion of drones into the plot. The choice of art work was very appropriate for this novel. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Children of the Divide”

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Book Reviews – “Children of the Divide” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Patrick S. Tomlinson (http://www.patrickstomlinson.com/). Mr. Tomlinson has published four novels. This is the third novel in his “Children of a Dead Earth” 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 future. Humanity has fled Earth aboard a generational starship, the Ark. They have arrived at their destination, Gaia, and have begun colonization. The primary character is Bryan Benson.

Benson was police chief on the Ark during the final few years of their journey. Now, on Gaia, he has officially given up law enforcement and is focusing on recreation programs in general and football in particular. Because of his actions that saved the Ark (detailed in earlier books in this series), he is reluctantly a national hero.

During a celebration, there is a terrorist attack and Benson’s adopted daughter is kidnapped. At about the same time, an undiscovered cavern on one of Gaia’s moons is encountered. Inside the remains of a non-native, advanced civilization is discovered. This stirs fear that Gaia and it’s new Earth inhabitants have been discovered by the race that destroyed Earth.

Quickly Benson begins to actively investigate the terrorist bombing and the kidnapping of his adopted child. Far more unrest is discovered among the natives of Gaia as well as within a small portion of the humans now living on Gaia than was understood.

How to react to the alien post of Gaia’s moon is hotly being debated with some wanting to nuke it while others want to investigate it further. Benson pursues one clue after another in pursuit of his kidnapped child.

I really enjoyed the 12 hours I spent reading this science fiction novel. I have read and enjoyed both of the prequels in this series. I like the characters developed for the series. The native race to Gaia and their odd sexuality (neither male or female in our sense) adds to the uniqueness of the plot. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Escape Velocity”

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Book Reviews – “Escape Velocity” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Jason M. Hough (https://www.jasonhough.com/). Mr. Hough has published six novels. This is the fifth in his “A Dire Earth” 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. Space craft Captains Skyler Luiken and Gloria Tsandi, along with their respective crews, have smashed through the Swarm Blockade around the planet Carthage.

Now they are scattered across the planet surface and the space stations circling in orbit. They must fight their way back together and find a way to get away from Carthage. Each crew member faces their own challenges.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 434 page science fiction novel. This novel picked up immediately after the end of the first novel of the series. Even though I had read the first novel, I found myself confused and wondering what was going on as this novel began. Unless you read them back-to-back, the transition between novels is not smooth. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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