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Book Review: “Layover”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Layover” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by David Bell (https://davidbellnovels.com). This is Mr. Bell’s ninth 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the US. The primary character is Joshua Fields. 

Fields is flying all the time for his job. While waiting for his connection he meets the lovely Morgan. They have a drink together and seem to connect, but then she leaves him to make her flight. Fields is infatuated with the girl and disrupts his plans to follow her. But when he approaches her on the flight, she acts if he is a stranger. 

She at one moment is pushing him away or running from him, while in the next is jumping into bed with him. Her erratic behavior continues as he discovers that Morgan is sought by the police. 

Fields is strongly drawn to her, but her actions leave him wondering about her. The more he learns about her the more he questions how much truth there is in what she has told him. 

I thought the nearly 7 hours I spent reading this 414-page mystery were interesting. I liked the overall plot. The ‘mystery’ felt very weak to me. Almost more about relationships and finding the way in your life. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Book Review: “War of Shadows”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “War of Shadows” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Leo J. Maloney (http://leojmaloney.com). Mr. Maloney has published more than ten novels. This is the 7th of his “Dan Morgan Thriller” 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 Special Ops veteran and Zeta agent Dan Morgan.

Morgan is approaching his home when it suddenly explodes. He fears that his wife might have been caught in the blast. That begins a cross country journey evading agents that are out to kill him. Unsure of whether there are any other Zeta agents surviving the wide ranging attacks he struggles to survive with his daughter, the only other surviving Zeta agent he is aware of. Making his survival even tougher are the advanced weapons that are being used against him and his daughter. He only sees survival and vengeance on those who took his wife. 

I enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 269-page thriller. This is a very action packed novel. Morgan and his daughter seem to slip from one life threatening situation to another. Is some respects it reminds be of the ‘James Bond’ movies with Roger More.  This is the third Maloney novel I have read and I have found all of them enjoyable. While this novel would be better if you had read the previous books in the series, it is a good stand alone read. I like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Star Marque Rising”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Star Marque Rising” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Shami Stovall (https://sastovallauthor.com). Ms. Stovall 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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence, Mature Language, and Mature Situations. The story is set in a far future. The primary character is Clevon Demarco. 

Demarco is a genetically modified human who has been involved in many activities on the dark side of the law. He lives and works around the shady space station, Capital Station. This all changes when he crosses paths with Endellion Voight, the captain of the starship Star Marque. 

Though Voight arrests Demarco, she gives him a choice. He can be taken to a prison planet or he can join her crew. He doesn’t take long to choose her crew. It unsettles him some that the Star Marque is working for the superhumans that run the human expanse of space. The Star Marque acts as a mercenary police unit enforcing the superhuman’s laws. 

Voight and Demarco grow close as the Star Marque pursues its missions. They eventually become lovers. Voight has a goal of becoming the first human planet governor and she will let nothing get in the way of that goal. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 455-page science fiction thriller. Demarco is a dark hero. He has had a ruthless past, but as he serves on the Star Marque, he gradually becomes part of the crew and the Star Marque becomes a home he has never had. I liked the plot of this novel and see great opportunities for further books in this series. I also like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 4.6 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Pass of Fire”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Pass of Fire” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Taylor Anderson (http://taylorandersonauthor.com). This is the 14th book in his “Destroyer Men” series. See my interview with Taylor Anderson. 

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 continues the saga of the Destroyer Men who have been transported to an alternate Earth from our WWII era of history. 

Several characters are featured in this volume of the series. The people from our Earth continue their war with the Grik, the Holy Dominion, and the League of Tripoli. The Grand Human and Lemurian Alliance faces what seems to the the final battle with the Grik. They also confront the Holy Dominion at one of their strongholds. As the Human/Lemurian forces appear to be succeeding against the Grik and Holy Dominion empires, the League of Tripoli lurks in the shadows threatening the future. 

I enjoyed the 16.5+ hours I spent reading this 477-page alternate history thriller. I have read three of the fourteen novels in this series and I have enjoyed every one. While you can read this novel stand alone, I would recommend reading these books in order. This edition of the series spreads the story across more characters than I recall in the prior two novels. The story is approaching a conclusion of one of the plot threads, but the series is far from over. I look forward to future novels in this series. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Traitor’s Codex”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Traitor’s Codex” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Jeri Westerson (http://www.jeriwesterson.com). Mr. Westerson has published nearly 30 novels. This is the 12th of his “Crispin Guest Mysteries”. 

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 late 14th century England. The primary character is Crispin Guest. Guest had once been a Knight, but because of his involvement in a plot against King Richard II, he has been convicted of treason, his property seized, and his titles stripped from him. 

Now with no title, property or former friends, Guest makes a meager living on the streets of London using his experience and intelligence. He is a Tracker – what we would call a Private Investigator. He is handed a package one day by a stranger. When Guest later unwraps it he finds a strange and ancient manuscript. A lost Gospel of Judas. 

As he begins to investigate the package, those that he comes into contact with are targeted. There are powerful men who want to see the manuscript taken from him and destroyed. They want no knowledge of the manuscript to leak out and they will stop at nothing to accomplish their goals. 

I thoroughly enjoyed the 6.5 hours I spent reading this 224-page historical mystery. I liked the premise and the characters created in this novel. I wish I had read some of the others in the series, but I found that this read well as a stand-alone novel. I like the cover art that was chosen. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Emergent”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Emergent” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Lance Erlick (https://lanceerlick.com). Mr. Erlick has published 15 novels. This is the third novel in his “Android 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. The story is set in the near future, though one with intelligent androids.

The primary character is Synthia Cross, an extremely advanced human form of AI. Not only does she contain an advanced AI, but she also has the memories of one of her human creators, Krista. She has been on the run for months, avoiding all attempts to capture her. She is not alone though. She has unexpectedly allied with Maria Baldacci, an activist that is campaigning against advance AI and the pending singularity. 

Not only must the two avoid those who seek their capture on legal grounds, but there is a powerful AI that is working against Synthia as well. Synthia is doing all she can to avoid the singularity and prevent an army of intelligent androids from being created. Will they remain free or is their time almost up?

I enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this 290-page science fiction novel. I did not read the first book in the series, but I did the second “Unbound”. While it will help to have read the prior books in the series, you can read this one as a stand-alone novel. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Knight”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Knight” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Timothy Zahn (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timothy_Zahn). This is the second book in his “A Chronicle of the Sibyl’s War” 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’. The story is set in more or less contemporary time, but it is predicated upon the abduction of the main character, Nicole Hammond, as well as a few others from Philadelphia by aliens. 

In the first book of the series, Hammond was taken aboard the starship Fyrantha. While she is far from the only human on board, she is the only human with the ability to communicate with the aliens and the ship. The enormous ship is divided into areas controlled by different factions. The aliens pit various races against one another looking for who is the most combative. The aliens that abducted Hammond seem to be testing the races to find those capable of becoming soldiers. Once identified as having warlike tendencies the information is sold to others who will enslave them for their wars. 

Hammond and a few of the other humans aboard the Fyrantha realize the need to make humanity look incapable of taking up arms. That is the only way they think they can save Earth. Hammond finally gets tired of keeping off the alien’s radar and decides she needs to take action. She feels she must find a way of taking control of the ship from the aliens. 

I enjoyed the 7+ hours I spent reading this 326-page science fiction novel. I thought that the beginning was a little chaotic. There was no lead-in to the story. Definitely, the first book in the series should be read before this one if possible. The plot is different and enjoyable. I’m not sure that the cover art is a very good choice. It doesn’t seem to have a lot of relation to the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Treason”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Treason” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Rick Campbell (http://rickcampbellauthor.com). This is Mr. Campbell’s fifth novel and the fifth in his “Trident Deception” 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 contemporary times. The primary character is the US National Security Advisor Christine O’Connor.

After a US missile test somehow results in the projectiles landing in Washington D.C., O’Connor travels to Russia on a routine diplomatic mission. She has decided to retire but agrees to complete the mission to Russia first. While in Russia she finally agrees to be the secret weekend guest of the Russian President. Russian troops suddenly attack the President’s Cape Idokopas retreat taking the President prisoner while O’Connor hides.

O’Connor must avoid detection by the troops while she tries to find a way of freeing the Russian President. Those unhappy with the President’s refusal to use secret tech to disable American strategic nuclear capability and retake Ukraine and the Baltic States are behind the coup. O’Connor is the only one who can try to free the Russian President at the remote retreat.

Russian forces cross the border and invade Ukraine and the Baltic States. NATO doesn’t have the military might to oppose the Russian forces without US missiles to back them up. The US is powerless while its missiles are rendered useless by Russian technology.

The only hope to stop the Russian aggression is to both find a way around the Russian tech and a way to rescue the Russian President then put him back into power.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7+ hours I spent reading this 326-page thriller. While there are four previous books in the series, this one reads pretty well on its own. If you want to read it I would start at the beginning of the series if possible. I like the action that Campbell has created. It makes me want to go back and read the prior books in the series. Campbell has created a strong yet believable heroine in O’Connor. I do like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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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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