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Book Review: “Dark Nebula: Discovery”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Sean Wilson (https://www.seanwillson.com/) published the novel “Dark Nebula: Discovery” in 2021. This is the second novel in the author’s ‘Dark Nebula’ series. Mr. Wilson has published five novels. 

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains mild scenes of violence, mature language, and mature situations. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Bradley Olivaw. 

The story in this volume of the series picks up in parallel with what has transpired in volume 1. Olivaw is part of the Earth colony in the Tau Ceti system. When the colony receives a message from Abigail Olivaw they are amazed. She announces that aliens have arrived in the Solar System. She is the President of the Confederation of Planetary Explorers (CoPE). She is also Bradley’s sister.  

They scramble to prepare for the aliens to find them. The message has taken years to reach them so they expect contact at any moment. They have no real defenses so that is the first priority. This is only the first of several revelations that the colony must absorb. These discoveries lead Bradley and a handful of colonists on a risky but vital mission. The long-range plan that Abigail has set in motion will take them far from home and their families. They will also find themselves with some new allies.  

I enjoyed the 10.5 hours I spent reading this 458-page science fiction novel. This is the third book in the series that I have read. The others were Dark Nebula: Contact and Dark Nebula: Isolation. I have liked the plot of these novels. The story in this volume feels to be a bit choppy, but it is still enjoyable. I do recommend reading the first volume of the series Dark Nebula: Isolation first. The story will make far more sense. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Dark Nebula: Contact”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Sean Wilson (https://www.seanwillson.com/) published the novella “Dark Nebula: Contact” in 2020. He has published five books, all in his ‘Dark Nebula’ series. This is a short prequel to the first novel. 

I received a copy of this novella for signing up for the author’s newsletter. I categorize this novella as ‘G’. The story is set in the far future of 2278. Humanity has spread throughout the Solar System and has ventured to a few stars. The novella has a few different characters. 

Without warning alien spacecraft appears in the solar system. That does not mean that they were not expected at some point. Abigail Olivaw President of the Confederation of Planetary Explorers (CoPE) knew they might show up one day. She just didn’t expect them to arrive in her lifetime. CoPE has been in an ongoing conflict with the Outer Ring. Old animosities are hard to forget. They are mostly set aside when the alien ships from the Galactic Alliance arrive. Humanity has enjoyed many significant scientific advancements. Most have come from the Olivaw family businesses. Few know that the basis for this technology is derived from a probe discovered by Olivaw’s ancestors. Stolen technology from the Galactic Alliance. 

The novella describes what the reactions are to the alien arrival. It sets the stage for the first full-length book in the series. 

I enjoyed the 2 hours I spent reading this 88-page science fiction novella. Fortunately, I had already read book 1 (Dark Nebula: Isolation). It helped me to understand what was going on in this book. I had hoped to learn more about the background of the Universe this series is set in. Unfortunately, I do not think that this book adds much. The story seems to jump around between the characters. My complaints would have likely been addressed if this had been a full-length novel. That said, it was a reasonably enjoyable read. I do 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: “Resurgence”

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Author C, J. Cherryh (http://www.cherryh.com) published the novel “Resurgence” in 2020. This is the 20th novel in the author’s Foreigner’ series. Mr. Cherryh has published more than 35 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 ‘PG’ because it contains some violence. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is diplomat, Bren Cameron. 

The dowager Ilisidi takes the famous Red Train to a remote town. Onboard are Cameron as well as a diverse assortment of characters. Her plan is to make a deal that will bring a close to the hostilities in the south of the Atevi continent. She is playing a risky game of intrigue and politics with Cameron at the center. 

I enjoyed the 11+ hours I spent reading this 347-page science fiction novel. I found it a little slow and confusing. While I had read book 17 (Visitor) in this series back in 2016, it was a little difficult to pick up this novel. I would certainly recommend starting at the beginning of the series to get the most out of the novel. While there is some excitement, this book is more about politics and intrigue. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Rogue Planet”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author John Andrew Karr (https://johnandrewkarr.com) published the novel “Rogue Planet” in 2020. He has published three novels and this is the second in his “Mars Wars” 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 a little more than 200 years in the future. Humans have ventured into space and have begun to colonize Mars. The Earth First Foundation (EFF) is opposed to any ventures into space. They have taken control of the Earth and want all humans on Earth and under their control. 

Captain Ry Devans and Dr. Karen Wagner are on MOS-1 in orbit around Mars. As the result of the nuclear detonations carried out by Devans (book #1), Mars is changing. The volcanic activity is taking the planet closer to being livable. The EFF is willing to go to any lengths to force humans from space. A Mars virus already threatened humanity only to be saved by another. Some onboard MOS-1 are exhibiting serious mood swings. This may be the sign of some new and dangerous Mars organism. 

Of course, not all on Earth are following the EFF line. There is a resistance. Devans and his team are working with those against the EFF. He makes a clandestine trip to Earth to trade with the resistance for critical supplies. 

EFF agent Paton Schiflet is one of those who is doing everything he can to quash the human presence on Mars. After Devans’ mission to Earth Schiflet is assigned to MOS-2 and ordered to Mars. His mission is to capture or destroy those who have evaded the EFF. 

I enjoyed the 10 hours I spent reading this 309-page science fiction novel. I liked the overall story. That said, some of the dialogs just don’t fit into what I think professionals would say. Devans and Wagner are leading a band of humans fighting for their survival yet Devans sometimes come across more like a college frat boy. While this novel can be read stand-alone, it would be best to begin with the first novel in the series. I do like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: Dark Nebula: Isolation

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Sean Wilson (https://www.seanwillson.com/) published the novel “Dark Nebula: Isolation” in 2020. Mr. Wilson has published five novels. This is the first in his “Dark Nebula” 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 the far future of 2278. Humanity has spread throughout the Solar System and has now traveled to the stars. 

Abigail Olivaw is President of the Confederation of Planetary Explorers on Earth. Without warning, she is facing an unexpected crisis. Aliens of the Galactic Alliance arrive in the Solar System. They accuse humans of stealing their intellectual property. Olivaw must defend humanity against this deadly charge. This is doubly difficult for Olivaw. She knows her own predecessors stole the technology and used it to build a tech empire. 

Major Lync Michaels and Director Joyce Green are at the Earth colony on Epsilon Eridani. They are dealing with their own survival crisis. A strange and deadly disease is spreading through the colony. A secret research facility lies hidden in the Oort Cloud. Humans there are seeking alternative Faster Than Light tech. They are trying to discover new tech not tied to the stolen Galactic Alliance tech. That looks to be the only way humanity can defend itself against the Alliance. 

I enjoyed the 11.5+ hours I spent reading this 496-page science fiction novel. The book gave a good start to the series. I look forward to reading later books in the series. This novel came to an abrupt end. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review: Pandora: Resistance

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Eric L. Harry (https://www.ericlharry.com) published the novel “Pandora: Resistance” in 2020. Mr. Harry has published seven novels. This is the third of his “Pandora Thriller” series. This is the fifth novel of Mr. Harry’s that I have read.

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 mature language and violence. The story is set in the near future. A virus has swept the globe. Some have died while others undergo severe mental change. They are subject to violent rages and sociopathic homicide. None of the virus survivors are bound by morality or emotion. 

The primary characters are twin sisters Emma & Isabel along with their brother Noah Miller. Dr. Emma Miller is an Epidemiologist and the first virus victim. Dr. Isabela Miller is a Neroscientist that has been researching the virus . Emma is one of the higher functioning virus survivors. She has assembled a mix of both infected and uninfected in her own Community. Under her leadership, the Community is growing quickly. She is ruthless about imposing hard rules on the citizens. She is protecting them and providing food and healthcare, so they follow her. 


Isabel is traveling with her bodyguard and lover, Marine Captain Rich Townsend. They are searching for her brother Noah and his family. Both Isabel and Rich have been following orders from what remains of the US government. Noah and his family on the road trying to get to Texas where the government in exile has fled. 


Isabel, Noah, and their companions must fight their way across dangerous territory. Everywhere they go they encounter people desperate for food. The infected are worse as they may react with mindless violence. Will they complete their journey to safety? There is a concern in the government about the growing power Emma is accumulating. Is it time to take action and destroy her and her Community?


I enjoyed the 9+ hours I spent reading this 307-page science fiction novel. The writing seems to be a little choppy in places. While this novel can be read on its own, I recommend reading the first two novels in the series before this one. I had read the second novel of the series, Pandora: Contagion, about two years ago. That helped set the stage for this novel. The story is full of action. The end of this novel was very abrupt. I hope that is in preparation for a fourth novel in the series. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

Book Review: “Araña”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Jennifer R. Povey (https://www.jenniferrpovey.com) published the novel “Araña” in 2019. Ms. Povey has published more than two dozen 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 ‘PG’ because it contains some mature situations. The story is set in a far future. The war between Earth and Mars is over, but there are lasting effects. 

Porta Rican José Marin is a veteran of the war. He was one of the elite combat soldiers fitted with the Web. it gave him enhancements during the war, but now he is suffering from side effects. Removing the web will kill him. In desperation for a new start, he joins the crew of the Endeavor, Earth’s second starship. 

Endeavor is about to set off on its maiden voyage. Just a safe scientific and shakedown cruise. Those plans are set aside when a distress call comes in from Atlantis, the first starship. 

The Endeavor heads out after Atlantis. They encounter the Ky’iin and come under their fire. The Endeavor jumps out of danger and encounters the Verr. They are friendly but are facing extinction. The Glyn offers some help, but they need the Ky’iin. Meanwhile, the Ky’iin have followed Endeavor’s trail back to Earth. There is war at first, but a truce is finally negotiated. The Ky’iin arrive at the Verran world to offer their help. 

The encounter with aliens is not so much the story as efforts made to save the Verr. There are different Verr factions and not all want to be saved. The Endeavor and her crew face multiple challenges. 

I enjoyed the 7.5+ hours I spent reading this 257-page science fiction novel. The story seemed slow to me. It also was a little choppy. I did not find it a very engaging story. There is also a touch of LGBT romance. I am not a fan of the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Earth Alone”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author Daniel Arenson (https://danielarenson.com/default.html) published the novel “Earth Alone” in 2016. Mr. Arenson has published more than 65 fantasy and science fiction novels. This is the first of his “Earthrise” series.


I obtained a copy of this novel through a promotion. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence, mature language, and mature situations. The story is set in the not too distant future. The primary characters are Marco Emery, Lailani Marita de la Rosa, and Kemi Abasi.


The aliens called the Scum attacked Earth about 50 years before the story begins. The remnants of humanity are struggling to survive. They are still subject to the occasional attack. Emery and Abasi grew up in Toronto, Canada. At 18 all young people are required to join the HDF (Human Defense Force) and do 5 years of service.

The story tells about Emery and his training. It also tells of his first combat experience. There is a bit of romance, but it is not a major factor in the novel. The novel reminds me a lot of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers.


I thoroughly enjoyed the 6 hours I spent reading this 368-page young adult science fiction novel. I would like to read his many other books in this series and the sister series. I do like the cover art used for this novel. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.


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Book Review: “Complex: A Dystopian Thriller”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author A.D. Enderly (https://adenderly.com) published the novel “Complex: A Dystopian Thriller” in 2020. This is the first of his “Silent Beautiful Universe” 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. The story is set in a dystopian future. Governments have given way to corporations.


The book has several characters, though the most important are 19-year-old Val and her 12-year-old sister Kat. Val and her sister are now orphaned and struggling to survive. Their father warned them both about giving in to the corporations and joining a complex. A Complex is a corporate-run city. They are willing to ‘take care of you’ for a price.

When Kat is kidnapped, Val does everything she can to find her. Concurrent with Val’s quest there are other powers at work. The pharmaceutical company NovaGenica is making a move for more power. One of the large complexes is doing everything it can to recruit clients. This includes murder and terrorism.


Beyond this AI systems run many of the establishments. While Val has found a romantic interest in 18-year-old Trevor, her focus is on saving Kat.


I mostly enjoyed the 17 hours I spent reading this 595-page science fiction novel. The first part of the novel I found very slow. Fortunately, the pace picked up after the first 15% of the novel. There are many plots that are intertwined. After getting past the beginning, the novel was very good. I do like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Book Review: “In the Orbit of Sirens”

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Author T. A. Bruno (https://tabruno.com) published the novel “In the Orbit of Sirens” in 2020. This is the first of his “The Song of Kamaria ” series. This is his first science fiction 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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of violence. The story is set in a far future. The main characters are Denton Castus and Eliana Veston.


Castrus fled Earth with his family and they have opened a garage on the Odysseus Colony on Kamaria. Thousands had fled the attacking Undriel. Dr. Veston is part of the team sent ahead of the refugees to prepare their new home. A plague threatens the early colony and they must get help from the indigenous people, the Sirens.


Veston is also one of the Scouts. This is the small elite force responsible for exploring Kamaria. They are also the ones who meet and interact with the Sirens. Castrus and Veston become romantically involved. He also joins the Scouts.


Some of the Sirens seem friendly, but there is a great deal of mystery about them. They seem to have greater powers than first thought. The leaders seem to have their own agenda.


An ancient intelligence comes to power again on Kamaria. It is able to control inhabitants and is not friendly towards the colonists. The Earth refugees are under threat once again. Veston and Castrus must team up to save the colonists.


I enjoyed the 12+ hours I spent reading this 516-page science fiction novel. The author created an interesting ‘universe’ for his story. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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