Category Archives: Novella

Review of “Doctor Watson’s Battle”

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“Doctor Watson’s Battle” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Patrick Mercer (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patrick_Mercer). Mr. Mercer has written more than 10 novels and this is the 5th in his “Dr. Watson Adventure” series.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence and implications of Mature Situations. This Mystery novella is set in England of the late 1800’s.

As expected, the primary characters are Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson. Holmes, Watson and Watson’s former orderly Bowler, travel to Colchester to attend an event being held by the army regiment in which Watson and Bowler had served. There they encounter old friends as well as some rivalries. When there is one, then another murder, Holmes and Watson are driven into action.

This was a quick read of 2.5 hours for the 72 page novella. It is written in a consistent style of the original Doyle works. The solution to the mystery was not obvious, which made it enjoyable. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The Siege”

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“The Siege” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Charlie Flowers. Mr. Flowers has published over half a dozen novels.

I received a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. Most of this Thriller novel is set in London of 1980. The primary character is former SAS officer Captain David Mahoney who now works for Intelligence Corps.

A unit of the Democratic Revolutionary Front for the Liberation of Khuzestan travels to London with the intent of taking over and destroying the Iranian Embassy. Mahoney has a man, Tariq Ismail, undercover in Iran. He turns out to be in the cell that is traveling to London. Ismail is able to get word to Mahoney, but he is told to stay with his cell.

The terrorists make it to London and execute their plan to take and hold the Iranian Embassy. They have several people hostage and it becomes a tense race whether the terrorists will complete their plan to destroy the Embassy, or will the SAS be able to take it back saving it and Ismail.

This seemed more of a novella than a novel at only 142 pages. There was quite a bit of action. I thought that the basic story plot line was good, but it seemed choppy and under developed. Another 100 pages would have smoothed it out and made it a much more enjoyable read. I give this novel a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Miasma”


“Miasma” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Greg Cox (http://www.gregcox-author.com). Mr. Cox has published more than 30 novels.

I received a galley of this novella for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I categorize this novella as ‘PG’ because it contains some scenes of Violence. This novella is set in the universe of the original Star Trek series, but after the time of the TV series and the movies.

The Enterprise is taking diplomats to a conference when they detect a signal from an unexplored world. Fearing it is a distress signal, Kirk diverts the Enterprise to investigate. Spock, Dr. McCoy and Chekov, along with a few other crew members leave the Enterprise, to find the source of the signal.

Due to the unique atmosphere of the planet, the shuttle crashes. The atmosphere interrupts radio signals so that the crew are cut off. Spock is severely injured in the crash, and is further put into distress when they discover that only the scent of his odd blood is keeping the predators at bay. The native environment of the planet is full of threats and before long the stranded crew are surrounded by death. Will Kirk and the Enterprise be able to save the surviving crew?

The two hours I spent reading this 90 page novella took me back to the original series. It was quick enjoyable read. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The Returned Part 3”

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“The Returned Part 3” eBook was published in 2015 (September) and was written by Peter David (http://www.peterdavid.net). Mr. David has written over 50 novels and many short stories. This novel is the 21st in his ‘Star Trek: New Frontier’ series.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence, Mature Language and Mature Situations. This Science Fiction novel is set in the future of the Star Trek universe.

This book takes up immediately at the conclusion of “The Returned Part 2”. The primary character is Captain Mackenzie Calhoun who is Captain of the USS Excalibur. Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur are in the pocket universe of the D’myurj. The new race, the Dayan, are now their enemy. The D’myuri are extremely powerful and want to wipe the all life in the universe from existence. Calhoun and the crew of the Excalibur play a cat-and-mouse game with the D’myuri, trying to escape and leave them in the pocket universe. Meanwhile, Mark McHenry, Robin Lefler and her son are dealing with Q on the Thallonian home world.

The story fell into the model of most Star Trek yarns. I enjoyed the 3 hours I spent with the story (making it more of a novella) and I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The Dire Earth”

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“The Dire Earth” novella was published in 2014 and was written by Jason M. Hough (http://www.jasonhough.com). Mr. Hough has published five books and novellas.

I obtained a galley of this novella for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novella as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence. This Science Fiction Thriller novel is set in a near future. An alien ship has arrived and there is now a space elevator from Darwin, Australia to a space station near the alien artifact.

The world suddenly is turned upside down. A disease of some kind sweeps the globe. Those who have caught it just die, or worse, they turn into near animals with the only drive to kill those not yet infected. The story follows a handful of people who find that they are immune. They all make their way to Darwin and take up with the few human survivors living there. For some reason, the space elevator is holding back the strange plague.

This was only a 3 hour read, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It is a prequel to another of Hough’s novels, “The Darwin Elevator”. Reading the novella encourages me to follow up with that novel as the story line was very interesting. This novella was included with the eBook “Zero World” that I have reviewed separately. I give this novella a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “We Had a Job to Do”

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“We Had a Job to Do” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Theresa Andalzua (http://www.theresaanzaldua.com). This is Ms. Andalzua’s first novel.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. This is a Non-Fiction novel of WWII. It follows the military careers of several different people, in both the European and Pacific theaters of war.

I have been interested in the history of World War II for many years, even recently visiting the National World War II Museum in New Orleans (http://nationalww2museum.org). I think this novella (it took less than 3 hours to read) was an interesting take on World War II. I enjoyed the individual stories and the personal bits of information, though I also feel that parts of some stories were too simplistic. I give this novella a 3.8 (rounded up to 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Wishing Cross Station”

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“Wishing Cross Station” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by February Grace (http://februarywriter.blogspot.com). Ms. Grace has published five novels.

I obtained a galley of this novel for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novel as ‘PG’ as there are some minor instances of Mature situations. This Science Fiction Time Travel Romance novella is set in contemporary times, with time travel to about 135 years ago.

The primary character is Keigan Wainwright. He is a college student working part time in the school library. He is assigned to pick up books being donated to the library and finds special interest in one of the volumes. As he investigates further he hears the story of how there is a connection between his time and that of Wishing Cross about 135 years in the past.

He takes on the mission to return the book to it’s proper time. He sneaks into a historic theme park recreating life of 135 years ago. There, as he has been told, he is able to sneak aboard the steam engine Aurella Belle which transports him into the past. Along the way he meets Marigold Belle Sutton and falls in love. He also discovers that there are strict rules governing the time travel. These rules seem to stand in the way of any future Wainwright and Sutton might have together.

This was a short read of less than 3 hours. It being a bit of a Romance I would normally not have chosen it, but it did have an interesting Time Travel element that drew my interest. I give this novella a 4 out of 5.

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Novella Review of “Sholpan”

“Sholpan” was published in 2011 and was written by Joe Vasicek (http://www.onelowerlight.com/writing/). Mr. Vasicek has published 18 books, this publication is “book 0” in his “Gaia Nova” series.

I was notified through http://readcheaply.com/ that this novella was available for free on Amazon. I would categorize this novella as ‘R’ as there are instances of Violence and Mature Situations. This Young Adult Science Fiction novella is set in a far future. The primary character is 17 year old Stella McCoy.

The Hameji, human conquerors, invade Stella’s planet. The Hameji are brutal, often destroying entire worlds. They take prisoners making them slave labor. In the case of Stella, she is chosen to be added to the harem of one of the high ranking Hameji warlords. This brief story is how Stella deals with the warlord and comes to terms with her situation.

There is a lot of implications in the book, but no graphic details. The character of Stella goes through a process of adapting to her inevitable situation. I think that there is a lot of room left for the development of the Stella character. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Novella Review of “Purenet”

“Purenet” was published in 2015 (March) and was written by H. J. Lawson (http://www.hjlawson.com/). Ms. Lawson has published 6 books, “Purenet” being the first in her “The Sanction” series.

I obtained a galley of this novella for review through https://www.netgalley.com. I would categorize this novella as ‘PG’ as there are instances of Violence. This Young Adult Science Fiction story is set in an unidentified world.

An apocalypse has rendered most of the world’s surface unlivable. People are crowded into Sanctions, habitats that keep them from the dangers of the outside world. The main character is 16 year old Stylier.

The government of her Sanction is harsh, keeping the haves and have-nots well separated. Stylier is one of the have-nots. Her father disappeared a few years earlier, and now her mother id dying. On a rare trip to Purenet, the modern part of her Sanction, Skylier gets involved with a group of rebels.

There is danger as she and the rebels are chased. Skylier discovers hidden facts about her family, and there is a touch of romance. Nothing about the characters or the plot really set this story apart from the many other post-apocalypse stories I have read. This novella only took me a little over 2 hours to read and it seemed to end abruptly. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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