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Book Review – Debt of Loyalty

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Christopher G. Nuttall is the author of more than 100 novels. Debt of Loyalty was published in 2020 and is the second book in his Ember of War series. This is the 2nd book I completed in 2023.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to some violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R. The primary character is Admiral Lady Katherine Falcone.

The Commonwealth has been engulfed in a civil war. Falcone had to make a hard decision as civil war became inevitable. Should she stay loyal to the King and the colony worlds or remain with the Tyre Navy and her family. She has sided with King Hadrian and has enabled his escape from Tyre.

The planet Caledonia has become the rebel stronghold and has allied with a handful of colony worlds against the Commonwealth parliament.

Falcone had to make a hard decision as civil war became inevitable. Should she stay loyal to the King and the colony worlds, or remain with the Tyre Navy and her family.

Falcone is given command of the King’s fleet and engages the Tyre forces. They skirmish, but the big battle will be in Tyre space. The plan is risky, but if the war is not taken to Tyre, Caledonia will fall under attack. Falcone wants to win the engagement and bring the civil war to an end. She may have to settle for striking a hard blow and withdrawing in defeat.

I enjoyed the 10.5+ hours I spent reading this 401-page science fiction novel. With this book, I have read six excellent books by Mr. Nuttall. The others are The Oncoming StormFalcone StrikeCursed CommandThe Hyperspace Trap, and Debt of Honor. While this novel can be read stand-alone, the novels listed above, except for The Hyperspace Trap should be read first. I enjoy ‘space opera’ stories, and Debt of Loyalty is one of the best. The plot is laced with action, politics, and intrigue. I like the cover art chosen for this novel. I give this novel a rating of 5 out of 5.

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Book Review – Black sheep

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Rachel Aukes https://www.rachelaukes.com/ is the author of more than 40 books. _Black Sheep: A Space Opera Adventure _ was published in 2020 and is the first in her Flight of the Javelin series. This was the 100th book I completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this novel as R. The primary character is spacecraft Captain Halit ‘Throttle’ Reyne.

Reyene and her crew are 15 years into a 20-year voyage when her colony ship, the Gabriela, has a breakdown. The catastrophic failure means Renene and her crew must abandon the Colony ship and the thousand colonists in cryo-sleep aboard. The only chance for the colonists is for the crew to find help.

They are surprised when they stumble across a derelict ship. It will be the find of a lifetime if Reyene and her crew can get it to civilized space. They find the ship intact and fully operational once they have boarded it. The onboard AI, who they name Rusty, has no memory of the ship’s origin or mission.

Reyene thinks their problem has been solved with the discovery of the ship. They head back to the Colony ship. When they arrive, they find that the Gabriela has been taken by pirates. They are forced to follow the pirates to the Jade-8 Terra orbital colony.

The Gabriela is docked at the station, but it is hardly the safe haven Reyene was looking for. The space station is run by pirates and gangsters. The inhabitants are virtual slaves to the two siblings that are in power.

Reyene and her crew’s freedom is in question and the future of the colonists looks dire. Can they escape Jade-8? Will they have to abandon the colonists?

I enjoyed the 6.5+ hours I spent reading this 262-page science fiction novel. I do like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4 out of 5.

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Book Review – Fleet Opposed

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Chuck Grossart https://www.chuckgrossart.com is the author of more than a dozen novels. Fleet Opposed was published in 2019 and is the first volume in his Han Wars series. This was the 85th book I completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R. The primary character is Republic Commander Jackson Flynn.

It has been nearly a century since the Republic was at war with the Han Bloc. Peace has filled the years, and the Republic has grown less vigilant. Without warning, the Han launch a sneak attack on the Republic.

Flynn is Captain of the Republic cruiser RSS Repulse. They witness the destruction of nearly the entire Combine Fleet by the Han. Only the Repulse and a handful of other ships manage to escape the vicious attack.

Flynn and the crew of the Repulse are determined to fight on. Mere survival will not be easy. They must contend with Han warships, as well as former Republic ships now controlled by the Han or their Republic sympathizers.

But all is not what it appears. A quiet conspiracy has been in the works. A conspiracy to bring the Republic and Han back to war.

I enjoyed the 9 hours I spent reading this 403-page science fiction novel. I have also had the opportunity to read one of Grossart’s earlier novels The Phoenix Descent. I enjoyed that novel, but I think this one is much better. The chosen cover is simple but eye-catching. I like it. I give this novel a rating of 4.8 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Book Review – Echoes of Time

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – James Murdo https://www.jamesmurdo.com is the author of eight novels. Echoes of Time was published in 2022 and is the second volume in the Tapache’s Promise Trilogy. This is the 82nd book I completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through a promotion on StoryOrigin with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! Due to scenes of violence, I categorize this novel as R.

The machine AI Tapache has sent several groups over centuries to find out the truth about the Source. The story continues with Paran, Kera, Diyan, and Yena. An attempt is made to capture the Breaker, but that fails. The effort does uncover an ancient structure lost to history.

I spent 9 hours reading this 478-page science fiction novel. I found this novel a bit slow and confusing. In hindsight, I should have called a Rule of 50 on it. I recommend reading the first novel in the series, Echoes of Gravity, before this one. The cover art grabs your attention, though I am not sure it relates to the story. I give this novel a rating of 3.3 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Book Review – Edge of Castatrophe

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Jane Killick is the author of nine novels. Edge of Catastrophe was published in 2022 and is the second in her Terraforming Mars series. This is the 81st book I completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! I categorize this novel as PG.

It is the 26th century, and the colony on Mars is thriving. Ecoline scientist Mel Erdan is on the cutting edge of research. Her work may go a long way in helping to feed the growing population. But her work is still an experiment in the lab.

When fields of crops turn from lush green to black, it signals a catastrophe for Mars. It becomes a personal tragedy for Erdan when the dead and dying plants are traced back to her research. She is arrested for sabotaging the crops.

The resulting food shortage threatens the entire population of Mars causing violent riots. Erdan feels that she has already been convicted. No one is looking for the truth.

She seizes on an opportunity and escapes from custody. The only way she will avoid a conviction is to find the truth herself.

I enjoyed the 7+ hours I spent reading this 330-page science fiction novel. The basic plot was good, but the conspiracy behind the crop failure seemed weak. This is not an edge-of-your-seat thriller. I do like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 3.9 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review – Cyborg Assassin 2

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Rayner Ye https://www.facebook.com/scifiandspacefantasy/ is the author of more than 10 novels. Cyborg Assassin 2 was published in 2022. It is my 69th book to complete in 2022. It is the second novel in her Cyborg Assassin series.

I received a copy of the novel through StoryOrigin with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own!

This novel picks up where the first in the series ended. It has the same basic cast of characters.

I spent about an hour reading this 234-page science fiction novel before I called a Rule of 50 and quit. By that point I had made it just shy of 20% of the way through. I had read the first novel in the series Cyborg Assassin 1, and hoped to enjoy this one. The plot is a bit weird and I was having problems making sense of it. I was not enjoying it. That is why I called the Rule of 50. The chosen cover art is OK. I give this novel a rating of 2 out of 5.

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Book Review – Project Hail Mary

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – This is the third novel by author Andy Weir https://andyweirauthor.comProject Hail Mary was published in 2021. It is my 68th book to complete in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Opinions expressed here are unbiased and entirely my own! I categorize this novel as G.

When High School science teacher Ryland Grace wakes up, he can’t remember who he is or why he is aboard the spacecraft. All he knows is that he has been asleep for a very long time and the other two crew members are dead.

As time passes, his memory begins to slowly return though it is very fuzzy. Slowly the Earth’s sun began to dim. The mission is the culmination of a planet-wide project to send a spacecraft and crew millions of miles in a last-ditch attempt to save humanity. The only hope is that the solution to the problem can be discovered at Tau Ceti. As Grace progresses, he encounters several problems. He is able to overcome them through his understanding of basic science.

Grace is faced with more than one life-threatening situation that he must overcome. He is shocked when his full memory finally returns, and he remembers his last few hours on Earth. As he does his research, he finds assistance and friendship from a very unexpected source. With the clock ticking on Earth’s survival, will he be able to find an answer in time to save humanity? And what will happen to him?

I enjoyed the 13.5 hours I spent reading this 482-page science fiction novel. I have been fortunate to have read all three of Mr. Weir’s novels. I have found them to be exceptional. The others that I have read are Artemis and The Martian. Grace uses a wide range of math and science to solve problems. This would make this a great novel to use in a STEM project. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 5 out of 5.

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Book Review – Academy Bound

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – J. C. Mastro https://jcmastroauthor.com is the author of two novels. Academy Bound was published in 2022. It is the 58th book I’ve completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R. The primary character is 16-year-old Zachariah ‘Zack’ Aurelion.

Aurelion’s mother was an officer in the Earth Alliance. She went MIA eight years earlier at the end of the war. Now he wants to follow her into the Earth Alliance Fleet Academy. He wants to become a Command Officer. He wants to travel out into the stars. He has always been told that his mother is dead. He believes she is still alive, and he intends to find her.

Aurelion is in his first year at the Academy. His best friend, Russell ‘Russ’ White, is one of his fellow students. On the first day at the Academy, they meet Samantha ‘Sam’ Harriman. The three become close friends.

Together they suffer through the trials of first-year Academy students. Towards the end of the term, they are thrown into danger when the ICW suddenly attacks the EAS Dreadnought, where the three are on a training mission.

I enjoyed the 7.5 hours I spent reading this 356-page young adult science fiction novel. The novel reminds me a bit of Robert A. Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. It is one of the typical coming-of-age novels for young adults, but I enjoyed it a lot. I like the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review – Machine

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Elizabeth Bear https://www.elizabethbear.com is the award-winning author of more than 30 novels. Machine: A White Space Novel was published in 2020 and is the second in her White Space series. This is the 57th book I have completed in 2022.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to scenes of violence and mature language, I categorize this novel as R.

The generation starship Big Rock Candy Mountain had left Terra about 600 years earlier. It had been lost to history until the Synarche ship had responded to its distress signal and called for assistance. Rescue Specialist Dr. Jens arrives in the Synarche Medical vessel I Race to Seek the Living.

Neither vessel is now responding. Once aboard the ancient ship, Jens discovers a mystery. A mystery she feels compelled to unravel. She has no idea of the conspiracy she is about to uncover.

I enjoyed the 17.5+ hours I spent reading this 495-page science fiction novel. I thought that this novel was a bit odd. I was not impressed with the chosen cover art. I give this novel a rating of 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review – Debt of Honor

(See all my Book Reviews and Author Interviews) – Christopher G. Nuttall https://www.hbnuttallwriting.com is the author of more than 100 novels. Debt of Honor was published in 2020. This is the first book in his Embers of War series.

I received an ARC of this book through https://www.netgalley.com with the expectation of delivering a fair and honest review. Due to mature language and violence, I categorize this novel as R. The primary character is Commonwealth Admiral Kat Falcone.

The Theocracy may have been defeated, but a fleet of ships under Admiral Zaskar is still at large. An unknown power wants to support them, though without revealing their identity. The remnants of the Theocratic Fleet appear, spread their brand of terror, and disappear.

The Commonwealth, even though it won the way is struggling with the resulting peace. The turmoil is fueled by an economic downturn and unemployment. The colonies now want more say in their own destinies. The threat of civil war troubles the Commonwealth.

Falcone must try to find the Theocratic fleet and stop it before it is too late.

I enjoyed the 13.5+ hours I spent reading this 420-page science fiction novel. This is a continuation of Nuttall’s Angel in the Whirlwind trilogy. I was able to read all three of those novels: The Oncoming StormFalcone Strike, and Cursed Command. I have also read the standalone novel The Hyperspace Trap. I enjoyed those as much as I did this book. I like the selected cover art. I give this novel a rating of 5 out of 5.

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