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Review of “The Girl in the City”

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Book Review – “The Girl in the City” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Philip Harris (http://www.solitarymindset.com). Mr. Harris had published eight novels and novellas. This is the first publication in the ‘Leah King’ 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in a post apocalyptic future. the primary character is fifteen year old Leah King.

She and her father scrape out a living in the city. She sneaks outside the city to scavenge scrap for resale in the wastelands. While making her way back home one day a man dies at her feet after being shot. Before he dies he tosses her a package.

That package begins a chain of events that have the oppressive Transport Authority chasing her. She must find her way out of the city if she is to survive. She has no idea who she can trust to help her escape.

I thought that this 80 page Young Adult novella was interesting, and was a quick 1.5 hour read. The characters and writing were OK, but I felt the story had just begun to be told when it ended. Perhaps that is just my bias generally against short stories. The cover art is OK, but really does not give much insight into the story. I give this novel a 3.6 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Into the Guns”

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Book Review – “Into the Guns” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by William C. Dietz (http://www.williamcdietz.com/index.html). Mr. Dietz had published over 50 novels. This is the first novel in his “America Rising” series.

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, Mature Language and Mature Situations. The story is set in the contemporary US. A undetected cluster of meteors slam into the Earth causing wide spread destruction. Among the locations hardest hit is Washington DC, taking out all of the US leadership.

Lawlessness and anarchy ensues. Wealthy leaders in the South take it upon themselves to form a second confederacy. Among the survivors are Lieutenant Robin “Mac” Macintyre, with the US Army. She is in command a a platoon of Stryker armored reconnaissance vehicles. Her unit is sent on a mission, but her commander is killed. Soon she and her unit find themselves abandoned and must survive on their own. As the unit slowly attracts new recruits, it becomes more of Mercenary unit as they simply try to survive.

Secretary of Energy Samuel Sloan is in Mexico when the meteors hit. He struggles to make his way back to the US. He is captured by Southern forces, but is able to escape. He is surprised to find that he is now the President as all ahead of him in the line of succession were killed. He sees the need to both rebuild American and reunite the states. US military units are assembled and many mercenary units, including Macintyre’s, are hired.

Complications include Macintyre’s father and sister both being part of the Southern military leadership. her unit is in constant danger from bandits, gangs, other mercenary forces, Souther military and spies.

I thoroughly enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 333 page Post Apocalypse Military Thriller. I liked both primary characters that Dietz created. the story was fast paced and kept me thoroughly engaged. The cover art was well chosen for the book. This books only tells the first chapter of the story. I look forward to future novels in the series. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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Review of “The Phoenix Descent”

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“The Phoenix Descent” eBook was published in 2016 (March) and was written by Chuck Grossart (http://www.chuckgrossart.com). This is Mr. Grossart’s second novel.

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. This Science /fiction novel is set in the near future.

The US has launched a manned mission to Mars. The three astronauts encounter a strange event that causes the AI running the mission to abort and head back to Earth. As they approach Earth, they are unable to raise anyone by radio. They are further dismayed by the lack of lights from any location on the planet. They do catch a glimpse of an odd circular fire in centra North America and decide to use their lander to investigate.

After the Mars mission was launched, a biological disaster occurred. An infection spread, wiping away most human and animal life on the land masses. Not only killing them, but transforming their bodies into spore-releasing creatures called the Riy. The Riy have only one purpose, find life and convert it to Riy.

Only a few humans survive, reverting to hunter-gatherer existence. Most are spread in small tribes across the northern and southern most areas of the planet, those places where the Riy have a harder time surviving.

There are a few humans who have survived the apocalypse in a more civilized style, living at a secret base in Canada named Phoenix. When the astronauts land, they first encounter some of the tribe members, and are able to become friends. They learn that it has been almost 200 years since their mission was launched. The astronauts learn that the ‘event’ they encountered had somehow sent them forward in time.

It is not long before the astronauts and tribe members are all confronted by troops from Phoenix. Phoenix represents itself as the savior of the human race, but as the astronauts learn more they begin to question the motives behind Phoenix. It does not take them long to confirm that much has been hidden from them. They are then challenged as to how they can both escape the clutches of Phoenix and save their new friends.

I spent about 6.5 hours reading this 370 page Post Apocalypse Science Fiction novel. It was an interesting read and there were few lulls in the action. For the most part I liked the plot. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Tin Men”

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“Tin Men” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Christopher Golden (http://www.christophergolden.com). Mr. Golden has authored or co-authored many novels, novellas, short stories and graphic novels.

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 and Mature Language. This Science Fiction Post-Apocalypse Thriller novel is set in the not too distant future. The actions described takes place in Germany, Syria and Greece.

The US has advanced drone technology to the next level, with soldiers remotely piloting human-like robotic drones, the Remote Infantry. These metallic soldiers are nearly invincible, and the US has used them to force peace on much of the world. An action that has angered many around the world.

A group of anarchists trigger a massive world wide EMP that destroys most electronic and electrical devices in the world. Fortunately, the Remote Infantry are immune from the EMP due to built-in shielding. The anarchists want to rid the world of the Remote Infantry and reshape things. Hundreds of “Robot-killer” troops are dispatched in coordination with the EMP where ever there are Remote Infantry. Using newly developed rockets their goal is to destroy all of the Remote Infantry.

The novel follows the stories of five Americans: Aimee Bell, an Army technician at the Remote Infantry headquarters/control in Wiesbaden, Germany; Danny Kelso and Kate Wade, Remote Infantry soldiers who’s robots are in Syria as part of the US mission there; Felix Wade, an advisor to the US President who happens to be at a G20 meeting in Athens, Greece; and Alexa Day, the 17 year old daughter of the US Ambassador to Syria.

The story follows each of them as they try to survive after the EMP, avoid the anarchists who want them dead, and fight their way “home” to Wiesbaden. The story is fast paced with little break in the action. I thought that the plot which evolved over about 8.5 hours of reading was an interesting variation of the oft used “apocalypse”. I give this novel a 4.6 (rounded up to 5) out of 5.

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Book Review of “Second Activation”

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“Second Activation” was published in 2015 (April) and was written by Darren (http://dampwearmouth.com/home/) and Marcus Wearmouth. This book is the second of their “Activation” series. Darren Wearmouth is the author or co-author of seven novels and Marcus Wearmouth shares two of those.

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 and Mature Language. This Post-Apocalypse Thriller novel is set in the contemporary eastern United States and picks up immediately at the end of the first novel of the series “First Activation”.

Brothers Harry and Jack confront one of the leaders of the Genisis Alliance and amazingly escape. They meet others who are not happy with what Genisis Alliance has been doing and find that another activation is scheduled within a few days to draw all survivors in for processing to essentially become the slave workers for the new order. Harry and Jack set out to prevent the second activation, but they encounter danger and death at every turn.

I spent a little less than 6 hours with this novel and found it to be about the same as the first. At this point most of the ‘killers’ are gone and the opposition comes mostly from the Genisis Alliance. The plot was OK and really this is just the second half of the story begun in the first novel. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Book Review of “First Activation”

“First Activation” was published in 2015 (March) and was written by Darren and Marcus Wearmouth (http://dampwearmouth.com/home/). Darren Wearmouth is the author or co-author of seven novels and Marcus Wearmouth shares two of those. This is the first of their ‘Activation’ 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 and some Mature Language. This Post-Apocalypse Thriller novel is set in the contemporary eastern United States.

Brothers Harry and Jack leave on a flight from the UK to New York City for an annual get away with friends. But when they land in New York something terrible has happened. Most people are dead, and the majority of the others they run into want to murder someone, then take their own lives. Having both served in the military, they are not completely alien to death and violence, but this is far in excess of what they have experienced.

The passengers from the plane separate to go their own ways. As Jack and Harry navigate the city they are constantly under threat of attack. They finally decide that they need to leave the city and head for a rural area. As they struggle for survival, they discover that an organization known as the Genisis Alliance is behind the ‘first activation’ that drove most of the population to kill, then commit suicide. They set out to find who is behind the Genisis Alliance.

This was an OK novel and only took about 5.5 hours to read. It was much like a ‘zombie apocalypse’ novel, but with killers instead of zombies (not a lot of difference). The plot was OK, but not exceptional, and neither was the writing. I was a little surprised at how the story ended. That said, I do have the sequel and do plan to read it. 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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Book Review of “Desperate Times”

“Desperate Times” was published in 2011 and was written by Nicholas Antinozzi (http://nicholasantinozzi.com). This is the first book of the “Desperate Times” trilogy. Mr. Antinozzi has written 6 novels. This ebook is available on Amazon.

This book is a thriller with the story set in New York state in a near future. An apocalypse occurs when there is a sudden financial collapse in the US and around the world. A few have seen the disaster coming and have been planning. The story is of a group that comes together to escape the city and try to survive the crisis at a lake home in rural New York.

As would be expected in such a crisis, some decide to use force to take from those who have thought ahead. The group endures many trials as they struggle to survive. While the story does reach a conclusion, the bigger story continues on in the next volumes of the trilogy.

I enjoyed the seven hours I spent reading this novel. I would rate it as an “R” due to the Violence and Mature Language. I rate this book as a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “The Forever Man”

“The Forever Man” was published in 2014 (July) and is the third book written by author Pierre Ouellette. The eBook is available on Amazon.

I was given early access to the book for review through https://www.netgalley.com. This is a Science Fiction, post apocalypse novel set in near future Portland, OR. The writing was well paced, never letting the reader get bogged down.

The primary character in the story is Lane Anslow who is an aging contract police officer for Portland. His younger genius but bipolar brother Johnny contacts him asking for help, then disappears. Lane contacts Rachel Heinz, who is chief of staff to Harlan Green, and a girl friend of his brother’s. Something starts to spark between Lane and Rachel as they work together to find Johnny.

Harlan is the head of a growing political party and has a lot of power. Both Lane and Rachel begin to have doubts about him as they continue to investigate.

Thomas Zed is fabulously wealthy and 127 years old. He is deeply interested in life prolonging technologies, and Johnny was one of his chief scientists.

The deeper Lane digs into his brother’s disappearance, the more dangerous the obstacles he runs into. There is quite a bit of action and intrigue through out the story. There are some parts that verged on the far-fetched, but it is a SciFi thriller.

I enjoyed the story, giving it a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review of “Hybrid”

“Hybrid” was published in 2013 and was written by Justin Anderson and it is his first novel. This book is available on Amazon.

This novel is written in the first person and is set in a future, post apocalyptic San Diego, and I would classify it a Young Adult SciFi novel. The main character is 18 year old Joshua “Josh” Mercer. Most of the population are either “Shells” (humans who have lost their sense of self and are little more than wild animals) and Hybrids (humans who have been genetically modified with animal DNA). The Hybrids eventually turn into Shells usually by the time they have reached age 25. There are a few “Pures”, like Josh’s little sister Chloe.

The Hybrids have special abilities based upon the animal DNA that has been added. This gives them extra strength, extra sensitive senses, etc, which is why many had their children modified to be Hybrids. The side effect of turning into Shells did not occur until long after the modifications had begun. These DNA modifications were developed and performed by a group that has been come to be known as “The Engineers”.

Chloe is taken by by “The Engineers” and they insist that the only way that Josh will get Chloe back. Josh goes through a series obloquy ordeals fighting his way to get Chloe back.

I spent seven hours reading this novel and had to urge myself on to keep reading it instead of just quitting. The plot was a little thin, and I did not relate well to the main character, Josh. At times Josh and colleagues were sneaking around trying to avoid Shells, and in the middle of that they begin yelling at one another. Josh bounces all over the place emotionally, acting irrationally much of the time. I give the novel the benefit of the doubt and give this a 3 out of 5.

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