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Book Review: “Ballistic”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Marko Kloos http://www.markokloos.com published the novel “Ballistic” in 2020. Mr. Kloos has published ten novels with this being the second of his ‘Palladium Wars’ series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of violence and mature language. The main character is Aden Jansen. But that is only the name that the crew of the Zephyr knows him by.

The novel is set in the far future. Jansen is approaching middle age and is trying to keep a low profile. No one knows that he is part of the wealthy Ragnar family. Or that he was an officer in the Gretian military. He just wants to assume the role of linguist aboard the merchant ship. That she also sometimes smuggles critical goods does not help him maintain his anonymity.

Insurgents are stirring up unrest on the planet Gretia. Political conspiracy and intrigue add to the mix. Then the crew finds that a ‘special cargo’ they are carrying is a powerful weapon. They must make some decisions, and they may not be in Jansen’s best interests. He also may be forced to contact his estranged family.

I enjoyed the 7.5+ hours I spent reading this 355-page science fiction novel. I have read three novels by Kloos and enjoyed them all. I did think that this novel ended a bit abruptly. I do like the chosen cover art. I rate this book as a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Project Icarus”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author R.D Shah https://rd-shah.com published the book “Project Icarus” a few days ago. Mr. Shah has published six novels so far. This is the first book of his ‘Disavowed’ series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ as it contains scenes of violence and mature language. The primary character is hostage negotiator Ethan Munroe.

Munroe is urgently called to the scene of a hostage standoff. He is perplexed by being asked for specifically by the kidnapper. This spawns a new life and a series of adventures for Munroe.

Munroe was dedicated to his job. He had served for several years in the army before joining the police. He had made that transition after his wife and daughter had died in a terrorist attack five years earlier. Against protocol, Munroe enters the house where the kidnapper is holding a young girl. That is where he meets a man who calls himself Icarus. The action escalates from there.

Munroe is approached by DS5, otherwise known as the Disavowed. Following the end of WWII, DS5 was formed by the British, French, and US. It has been kept top secret with only a handful in the organization. It was created to counter the anticipated rise of a Nazi Fourth Reich.

Nazi leaders were known to have escaped Germany before the war ended. The new organization, Daedalus, had been scheming for decades. They were on the brink of rising to power. Their plans are somewhat thwarted when one of their ranks becomes a serial killer. That man is Icarus. Munroe is swept up in a modern-day struggle against the Nazis.

I enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 323-page thriller. I thought that this novel had an interesting plot with more than one twist. I do look forward to reading other books in this series. The cover art is OK. I rate this book as a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Eye of the World”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Robert Jordan published the novel “The Eye of the World” in 2009. This is the first novel in his ‘Wheel of Time’ series. He published more than 20 novels during his writing career.

I read this book for the first time about 15 years ago. My wife and I saw that a TV series based on the novels was to start on Amazon Prime in November of 2021. We decided then to reread the books again before the series began. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The fantasy series spans 15 novels.

The Aes Sedai Moiraine Damodred arrives in the remote village of Emond’s Field with her warder. She has been on a quest for many years to find the one prophesied to stand against The Dark One. She finds three young men that are ta’veren: Rand al’Thor, Matrim Cauthon, and Perrin Aybara. Their presence affects the weave of time. She feels that one is who she has been searching for.

Moiraine starts back to Tar Valon, the Aes Sedai’s headquarters. She takes the three young men with her. A young woman Egwene al’Vere who is the boy’s close friend tags along. Then the “Wisdom” from Emond’s Field Nynaeve al’Meara catches up with them. She wants to take the boys and Egwene back home.

That begins their long adventure. They face forces of The Dark One time and time again. Moraine tells both Egwene and Nynaeve they have the ability to become Aes Sedai.

I enjoyed the 30 hours I spent listening to this 753-page fantasy audiobook. I enjoyed this as much this second time as I did the first. My wife and I listened to it while driving across the country. It made the 20-hour drive go by much more quickly. If you are a fan of fantasy you should try this series! I like the cover art used on the hardback edition. I rate this book as a 5 out of 5.

Related:

  1. Wheel of Time series come to Amazon Prime in November
  2. Book 0 – New Spring

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Book Review: The Green Alliance

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Andrew J. Rafkin https://andrewjrafkin.com published the novel “The Green Alliance” in 2019. Mr. Rafkin has published seven novels. This is the second novel in his ‘ORCA Adventures’ series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence, mature language, and mature situations. The main character is Reef Johansson, who is an agent for ORCA. ORCA is a private security organization engaged by many countries, including the US.

Tragedy has befallen the US as the political leadership has been simultaneously assassinated. The role of the President falls on the Speaker of the House, Carolyn Dupont. She finds herself in a vicarious situation. China is attempting to extend its control in the South Pacific. The eco-terrorist organization Green Alliance is making matters worse. It is attempting to alter the global climate. Fortunately, she is close friends with the Reef & Alexis Johansson and can call on ORCA.

Reef, his fellow agent, and wife Alexis, and the rest of the ORCA team must save the day. Without ORCA’s elite force and advanced technology, all would be lost. ORCA has two missions to accomplish. First, find those responsible for the assassinations. Second, stop the China power grab in the Pacific. Neither challenge is without peril to the ORCA team.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 287-page science-fiction thriller. This is another of those thrillers that are fun as long as you don’t think too much about the plot or science. I like the chosen cover art. I rate this book as a 3.5 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Pandora’s Eyes”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author James M. Corkill https://www.independentauthornetwork.com/james-m-corkill.html published the novel “Pandora’s Eyes” in 2016. This is the fifth in his ‘Alex Cave’ series. Mr. Corkill has so far published six novels.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because of scenes of violence. The primary character is Alex Cave. He is both a geologist and clandestine special operations agent.

Earlier in the series Cave had discovered alien artifacts. The devices have powerful and largely unknown capabilities. They are potent enough to affect all life on Earth. Three of the four known devices had been taken to a top-secret storage facility. Two of those have gone missing. One has found its way into orbit.

The orbiting artifact has been incorporated into a satellite. It is intended to clear and recycle the junk cluttering space. The use of the devices begins to trigger climate changes on Earth. Their activity also wakes from stasis an alien. He and his ship have been buried deep in the Earth for millions of years. He claims Earth was theirs. This humanlike race is technologically more advanced than humans. They also have a severe bias against people with brown eyes.

Pandora is a beautiful young woman who is a servant on the alien ship. The ship AI takes control of her mind and body so that she may act as a conduit to the humans. The alien and the AI argue that the brown-eyed humans must be exterminated. They want to keep from contaminating their advanced race. When the world powers refuse, a virus is released that attacks all brown-eyed humans.

The infection is rapidly spreading around the world. Cave and his organization must find a way to stop it. Cave and his organization have developed impressive military tech. They become the only hope to keep the aliens from destroying the human race.

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 270-page thriller. This novel can be read stand-alone, but I recommend reading them in sequence. I had not read the first four novels, so I entered this one without the background. Beyond the main plot, there are other subplots. This is one of those far-fetched science fiction/thrillers that keeps things moving along at a rapid pace. It is a fun read where you don’t want to think too much about the science or plot details. I do like the chosen cover art. I rate this book as a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Dark Shah”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Andrew Turpin https://www.andrewturpin.com published the novel “The dark Shah” on the 28th of September. This is the second book in his Jayne Robinson Thriller series and his 9th publication. I was able to interview the author in 2018. You can read the interview here.

I received an ARC of this book through the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘R’. The primary character of this novel is Jayne Robinson.

Robinson has worked for MI-6. She is now a freelancer. She accepts work for the CIA, MI-6, or other western intelligence organizations. This adventure begins with a drone attack on an offshore gas platform. It is an Israeli development in the Eastern Mediterranean. US, British, and Israeli officials were on the platform at the time. Many are killed or injured.

Factions within Hezbollah have been responsible for the attack. Robinson is engaged by both the CIA and the Massad to track those behind the attack. Robinson and her colleagues find themselves the target of attacks as they investigate. There is little doubt that one of the intelligence organizations has a leak. She also uncovers information about her father’s death. Those responsible for the drone strike are connected to the bombing that killed her father.

She is teamed up on this mission with two Massad agents. While her romantic partner Joe Johnson has a minor role, this venture is all up to Robinson.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 9+ hours I spent reading this 444-page thriller. This is the fourth novel by Turpin that I have read. The others are The Last NaziThe Kremlin’s Vote, and The Afghan. They have all been consistently enjoyable. This novel can be read stand-alone, but I would recommend reading The Kremlin’s Vote first. Even better, start with The Last Nazi as the Joe Johnson and Jayne Robinson books are tied together. The author has regularly created very believable and engaging thrillers. I like the chosen cover art. I rate this book as a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Flight of the U-463”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Timothy Donald Pilmaier published the novel “The Flight of U-463” in 2019. This is his first publication.

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 violence, mature language, and mature situations. The primary character is Peter Teufel.

Teufel is just finishing an engineering degree in Stuttgart when the story begins. He is the son of a US diplomat and has lived in both Japan and Germany. Teufel was in each long enough to be very familiar with the languages and customs. Against the wishes of his parents, he remains in Germany to finish his degree when they return home to the US.

Teufel graduates in December of 1939 and decides to spend some time touring Europe. He cannot imagine being in any danger from Germany. Teufel is fluent in French and finds a job in a French vineyard. When the Germans invade, they believe he is a native.

He is conscripted with other Frenchmen to work in Germany. After helping to build U-boats, he is drafted into the Kriegsmarine. He ends up serving aboard the vessel he has recently helped build. His language skills lead to his assignment to a U-boat heading to the Pacific. With this, his true adventure really begins. In all this, Teufel even has time for a little romance.

I enjoyed the 6.5+ hours I spent reading this 299-page WWII thriller. The 20-year-old Teufel character meets important people. He also has one far-fetched adventure after another. I thought that the novel was a fun read! The cover art is a bit dull but reasonable for the story. I rate this novel as a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Interdicted Space”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Gillian Andrews https://www.gillianandrews.com published the book “Interdicted Space” in 2019. Ms. Andrews has published seven novels. This is the second in her ‘Enforcement Agency’ series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this book as ‘PG’ because of scenes of violence. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Ryler Mallivan Bell.

Months have passed since the first book in the series Termination Shock ended. Bell and his crew have become the Interstellar Enforcement Agency. They are on the starship Nivala and are on their first patrol. None are happy with their mission. They are tasked to transport three unwelcome passengers to Nephealis. Once there, they are attacked by the birdlike Vaers.

Bell and the group are trapped. The young girl Zenzara surrenders to the Vaers to save the others. That sets Bell and the rest of the Nivala’s crew on a desperate hunt for the young girl. She and her abilities are being used to establish wormholes across the galaxy. A development that will drastically change the balance of power. It will also likely cost Zenzara her life.

I enjoyed the 9+ hours I spent reading this 341-page science fiction novel. I like a good space opera and this series fits right in. It does have a few technical glitches. Like mentioning a location ‘west of [the planet] Nephealis’. There are no compass directions in space. Not even an up or a down. Overall though, I enjoyed the novel. This could be read as a stand-alone love, but it would be best to read Termination Shock first. I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Afghan”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Andrew Turpin (https://www.andrewturpin.com) published the book “The Afghan” in 2019. Mr. Turpin has published eight novels. This is the prequel or book #0 of his Joe Johnson Thriller series. I had the opportunity to interview Mr. Turpin in September of 2018. You can read it here.

I received a copy of this book through a promotion by the author. I categorize this book as ‘R’ because it contains violence and mature language. The primary character in the novel is CIA operative Joe Johnson.

It is 1988. Johnson has been with the CIA for three years and is assigned to an office in Afghanistan. The CIA is routing assistance through Pakistan to the mujahideen. These Afghani tribesmen are fighting the Russians who have occupied their country.

The Russians seem on the verge of pulling out of Afghanistan. US Stinger shoulder-launched missiles have been sent to the mujahideen through Pakistan. Johnson is tasked with identifying who has stocks of these weapons. He has also been ordered to get access to Russian equipment. Both a Russian Mi-24 attack helicopter and one of their communications vans is on the wish list.

He must go into Afghanistan to make the needed contacts for this information. Crossing the border and making direct contact is against the wishes of the Pakistani government. The Russian KGB is also aware of him and they want him dead. He realizes that he is working with a mole. The Russians always seem to know what his plans are. Johnson must survive these obstacles to get his job done.

I enjoyed the 3.5+ hours I spent reading this 212-page thriller. This is the third of Turpin’s thrillers that I have read. I have really enjoyed them all. Unlike so many thrillers, his characters and plots are very believable. It is readable on its own, though I would read it before the other six in the series. I like the chosen cover art. I give this book a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Termination Shock”

Author Gillian Andrews (https://www.gillianandrews.com) published the novel “Termination Shock” in 2019. Ms. Andrews has published 11 novels. This is the first book in her Interstellar Enforcement Agency 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 far future. The primary character is Ryler Mallivan Bell. 

Bell is on board the training ship Commorancy. They are unexpectedly attacked and boarded by the Avaraks. Bell is Captain of a freighter and is only there for a three-week space defense course. Bell and a handful of survivors gather for mutual survival. He is the most senior of the group by a few days, so the role of leader falls to him. Bell leads the small group in their escape from the doomed ship. After that, the group seems to fall into one dire situation after another. Their journey is both complicated and sometimes assisted by their young Tyzarab companion, Zenzara. 

The very young girl was aboard the training ship with visiting dignitaries. Bell had saved Zenzara’s life and now, as per the custom of her people, she must repay to him the life debt. Life becomes more complicated after another alien encounter. Zenzara begins to develop into something far more than just an 8-year-old Tyzarab girl. 

I enjoyed the 9+ hours I spent reading this 331-page science fiction novel. On one level I found the plot a little simple and repetitive. It also seemed to gloss over the facts and the laws of physics occasionally. That said, I found the story to be a fun space opera read. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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