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The Eye of the World by Robert Jordan – Book Review

Book Reviews – I had to reblog this as I think this is one of the best Fantasy series I have ever read. I recommend it highly.

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l9780312850098The Wheel of Time series is one of the biggest selling fantasy franchises, with over 80 million books in the series sold, and published in over 20 languages. Jordan (real name James Oliver Rigney) is considered one of the masters of epic fantasy, and along with R. R. Martin, ranked as one of the nearest rivals to Tolkien. But despite this acclaim, there is a very polarized community; The Eye of The World seems to be a book people either thoroughly loved or thoroughly disliked.

The prologue opens with a scene from the past, showing a mighty battle between two wizards. Despite the aesthetically exciting scene, it felt flat and lacked the emotion or context to grab my attention or to make me care about either side. The characters spoke a lot of hackneyed “Epic English” which I found was more distracting than engaging. Though it was a valiant attempt to hook…

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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 “Nightmare Planet”

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Book Reviews – “Nighmare Planet” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1976) and was written by Donald S. Rowland (http://www.isfdb.org/cgi-bin/ea.cgi?116971). Mr. Rowland published 19 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. The story is set in the far future. The spacecraft Voyager from Earth is in route to the Brontus Major Constellation when it discovers an uncharted planetary system. The primary character is Ship Captain Kyle Barlor.

The planetary system was completely unknown and did not at first show up on their instruments. As they approach the system, things begin failing on their ship and they are fired upon from one of the planets. A party is landed on the planet showing signs of habitation, but soon after they land contact is lost. Barlor leads a rescue mission, but they too are soon set upon by hostile creatures. It soon becomes apparent that leaving the planet and surviving will be a challenge.

I spent only 5 hours to read this 191 page vintage science fiction novel. The writing had the distinct feel of an older work. It really does not hold up very well for today’s reader. I don’t think the cover art is very representative of the story. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Review of “The Silent corner”

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Book Reviews – “The silent Corner” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Dean Koontz (http://www.deankoontz.com). Mr. Koontz has published over 100 novels as well as several novellas.

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 take place in various places in the US, but mostly in California.

Jane Hawk, the primary character of the story, is an FBI agent who’s husband unexpectedly committed suicide. After she got over the shock, she took a leave from the FBI, liquidated everything, dropped off the grid and began to investigate.

Fearing for her son’s life, she leaves him with friends and sets off on her own. She finds that suicide is on the increase and many are as strange as her husband’s case. As she tracks down the trail of a ‘brothel’ with beautiful women willing for clients to do literally anything, she discovers that nono-scale technology may be what is creating these docile and cooperative young women. And it may well be at the root of the suicide of her husband and others. That information comes with a price. She soon finds herself a hunted fugitive. Will she find the truth and will she be able to stay alive?

I thoroughly enjoyed the just shy of 11 hours I spent reading this 466 page Science Fiction Mystery Thriller. I have read many Dean Koontz novels. This one strays from the earlier thrillers with more of a paranormal twist. This one reminds me more of a Michael Crichton novel. I liked the character of Jane Hawk and the way the novel ended I expect . . . I hope to be reading more with her at the core. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “Defy the Stars”

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Book Reviews – “Defy the Stars” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Claudia Gray (http://www.claudiagray.com). Ms. Gray has published 22 novels. This is the first in her “Constellation” 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 far future. The primary character is 17 year old Noemi Vidal, a fighter pilot for her home world of Genesis.

Genesis is in a war with Earth. During a battle around one of the gates that allows high speed travel between the settled worlds, Vidal’s best friend is injured. They are separated from help so Vidal takes her friend to the remains of an Earth ship left behind from an earlier battle.

Inadvertently Vidal frees an advanced robot left behind nearly 30 years earlier. At first they are adversaries, but the attachment between them grows over time. With her unexpected ally, Vidal travels between the civilized worlds to find a way to save her planet.

I enjoyed the nearly 10 hours I spent reading this Young Adult Science Fiction novel. There is a bit of romance and a bit of action. I liked the character of Vidal and of the robot. The cover art depicts the gateway which has a significant role in the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review “Operation Firedog”

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Book Reviews – “Operation Firedog” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1982) and was written by Robert Jackson. Mr. Jackson has published more than 50 books, mostly non-fiction about the military. This is the 8th novel in his fictional “Yeoman” 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 Situations. The story is set in and around Singapore during the late 1940s. The primary character is Wing Commander George Yeoman.

Yeoman is assigned to a new base in Malaya. Yeoman, his air crews and British troops are there to fight the communists that are threatening to displace the government and take over. They find themselves in a situation every bit as dangerous as the recent war.

I enjoyed the 4 hours I spent reading this 177 page Military Fiction novel. I have read most of the other Yeoman novels, but this one does well as a stand-alone read. Even though it was written more than 35 years ago, it is still a good read. The cover art depicts the jungle warriors that are a prominent part of the story. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “Windsinger”

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Book Reviews – “Windsinger” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by A. F. E. Smith (http://www.afesmith.com/). Ms. Smith has published 5 novels. This is the third book in her “Darkhaven Novels” 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 Language and Mature Situations. There is a touch of LBGTQ romance in the story. The story is set in another world. The primary character is Ayla Nightshade, Overlord of Darkhaven.

An ambassador from Sol Kardis is coming to Darkhaven. Nightshade must meet with him and convince him that a peace will be far better for both of their countries than the war towards which they are heade. All goes well, but the ambassador is murdered with evidence pointing at Nightshade as the perpetrator. Sol Kardis soon declares war on Darkhaven and hostilities begin.

A huge Paravian airship, the Windsinger, visits Darkhaven. It is a wonder for all to see, but is there a hidden purpose in the visit? Nightshade, her husband Thomas, and others loyal to her must try to find evidence of who is behind the murder. Little do they know that they are also fighting forces from within bent on war.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 11 hours I spent reading his 449 page Fantasy Mystery. While this is the third book in the series, it reads well as a stand-alone novel. I liked the characters and the plot of this novel. I will look for more books from this author. The cover art is reasonable for this bok given the part the airship Windsinger plays. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Attack of the Seventh Carrier”

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Book Reviews – “Attack of the Seventh Carrier” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1989) and was written by Peter Albano. This is the fifth book in his “Seventh Carrier” 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 late 1980’s. The World War II era Japanese aircraft carrier Yonaga lay frozen in the ice for over 40 years. Finally they broke free, attacked Perl Harbor per their original mission then returned to Tokyo only to find that the war was over with Japan having surrendered.

Soon, though the Yonaga and her crew have a new war to fight. This time with terrorists led by Muammar Gaddafi. But the Yonaga does not fight alone. Now they are allied with Israel. The US and other countries are assisting and providing some personnel. Due to the failure of a Chinese weapon platform launched into orbit, satellites, jets and rockets of all nations are being shot down.

Now though over 40 years old, the Yonaga is the most potent military weapon on the planet and the only thing that stands in the way of the terrorists. The primary character is US Navy Lieutenant Brent Ross. Initially assigned to the Yonaga to represent US Naval Intelligence, he has become an integral part of the crew. His mission in this book is to be part of the joint American/Japanese crew of a World War II era US submarine that is being added to the Yonaga’s task force.

I spent 10 hours reading this 297 page Alternative History novel. I have read several of the books in this series and have enjoyed each of them. I haven’t always read them in the correct order and in the case of this novel, it reads pretty well on its own. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “From Ice to Ashes”

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Book Reviews – “From Ice to Ashes” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Rhett C. Bruno (http://rhettbruno.com). Mr. Bruno has published nine 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 many centuries in the future. Humanity has spread across the Solar System, while life on Earth was almost destroyed by an impact.

Now after centuries apart the remnants of humanity on Earth have joined with those in the rings and moons on Saturn. The ‘Ringers’ are taken advantage of by those from Earth. Now there is growing resentment and resistance.

The major character in this story is Ringer Kale Drayton. He has had skirmishes with the law, but is now trying to eek out a living. His mother is sick and when he is contacted and given the opportunity to have her taken care of, Drayton takes it. Little does he know how this will affect his life.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 274 page Science Fiction story. This is a stand-alone novel, though author Bruno has other publications set in this universe. While a young man thrust into the role as a rebel is not a new plot, I did like how this one was laid out. I also liked how the author made the character of Drayton grow over the course of the novel. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “The Tao Deception”

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Book Reviews – “The Tao Deception” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by John Green (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_M._Green). This is Mr. Green’s fourth novel and is the second of his “Tori Swyft” thrillers. It is available on Amazon. for the Kindle.

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 takes place in the US, North Korea and in China. The primary character is Dr. Tori Swyft, a former CIA operative and now an analyst for the private firm SIS.

Swyft and colleague Frank Chaudry, formerly of MI6, are involved with brokering a huge deal between a Chinese telecommunications company and Greek firm. As they work with both parties, they begin to suspect something is going on with the Chinese company. Coinciding with this, an unheard of Islamic group in China, RUA, takes credit for assassinating the Pope, then the Prime Ministers of Australia and Russia. This causes great unrest around the world.

Swyft and Chaudry find themselves in the middle of the unrest and on the trail of a secret that will rock the world. While she tries to send information back to a contact in Washington, her reports are untrusted. It becomes a race to see if Swyft will be able to find the proof that is needed and convince those in Washington that she is not part of the conspiracy before a disaster strikes the US.

I really enjoyed the just shy of 9 hours I spent reading this 388 page Thriller. There was both action and political intrigue in this contemporary spy novel. I liked the character of Tori Swyft and will look forward to future novels in the series. The author did a fair job of including some twists and turns in the plot to keep the real villains from becoming apparent too soon. The cover art is reasonable for the story. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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