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Book Review: “Three Remain”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – Author R. A. Andrade (https://www.raandrade.com) published the novel “Three Remain” in 2019. This is Mr. Andrade’s second 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 takes place in the contemporary US. There are three principal characters. Sara, Traci, and Glen. 

Glen wakes up at his rural home to find himself without power or communications. Sara wakes to find herself in a wrecked car and without any memory. Traci, a 13-year-old, falls asleep in the movie theater and awake to silence. 

The three come together and find that they are alone. Before long they discover themselves faced with one obstacle after another. Then they realize that these are not random occurrences. They are being tested.

I enjoyed the 6+ hours I spent reading this 261-page young adult science fiction novel. While not labeled young adult, it has that feel to it. I do like the plot, though it seems to be simply implemented. I give this novel a 3 out of 5.

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Book Review: “Shrouded Loyalties”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – Author Reese Hogan (http://www.reesehogan.com) published the novel “Shrouded Loyalties” in 2019. Mr. Hogan 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. The story is set in a different Universe set on the world of Mirrix. The primary character is Naval officer Mila Blackwood.

Blackwood’s country, Belzen, is at war with Dhavnakir. She is serving aboard a submarine equipped with the super-secret ‘shrouding’ technology. The ‘shrouding’ lets a vessel or vehicle pass through the solid ground of planet Mirrix. Dhavnakir spies are everywhere searching for the ‘shrouding’ tech.

While shrouded, unknown creatures attack Blackwood’s submarine. The damaged submarine manages to limp home. Injuries result to both Blackwood and Deckman Holland during the attack. Their commander orders them back to the city of Ellemko. The scientists there will attempt to learn more about the attack. They also hope to understand the marks left on both Blackwood and Holland from the attack.

Holland is a Dhavnakir spy under deep cover. She is trying to get the information she has learned about shrouding to her superiors. Blackwood’s weak, 17-year-old brother, Andrew, gets drawn into the spy intrigue. A childhood friend from Dhavnakir approaches and seduces him. Holland and Blackwood are troubled by what they learn about their respective governments. Simpy surviving turns out to be a challenge.

I enjoyed the 9.5+ hours I spent reading this 313-page science fiction novel. I liked the general plot, but the story is on the dark side. The selected cover art is OK but rather plain. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Velocity Weapon”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Velocity Weapon” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Megan E. O’Keefe (http://meganokeefe.com). This is Ms. O’Keefe’s fifth novel and the first in her “The Protectorate” 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 Language. The story is set in 3541 and 3771. The primary characters are the siblings Sanda and Biran Greeve. 

Sanda commands a gunship and is attacked while on patrol in space. She wakes up 230 years later the only human aboard a sentient enemy spacecraft.  Biran has been identified as special and has been in training to be a Keeper. He quickly rises through the ranks of the Keepers. 

Sanda learns that her home of Ada Prime and their enemies the Icarions have destroyed one another and she is alone. The AI ship seems to be her friend, but she is suspicious. That suspicion is increased when they find another survivor in the wreckage. 

Biran uses his political position to keep the war from escalating beyond control. He also is using every avenue possible to look for his missing sister. He soon finds that the government he has always wanted to be a part of is not what he expected. 

I enjoyed the 14.5+ hours I spent reading this 545-page science fiction novel. I liked the plot and thought it was a little different. I do think that the story ended a little abruptly. Certainly, the saga of Biran and Sanda is far from over. I am not a fan of the selected cover art. I don’t see how that relates much to the story (is it supposed to be the sentient ship Bero?). I give this novel a 4  out of 5.

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Book Review: “Clemhorn: Nightfall”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Clemhorn: Nightfall” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Andrew J. Harvey (https://www.andrewjharvey.com). This is Mr. Harvey’s third publication.

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 on several Earth’s in different universes.

In this alternate history/universe story. There are established lines of transport between the various Earths. This story follows three siblings, Donald, Ivy, and Conrad, as their world comes under attack. The level of technology is more “Steam Punk” than modern.

I enjoyed the 6.5+ hours I spent reading this 325-page science fiction novel.  The story deals with a very large family in leadership positions on one Earth. It did have a slow start. I was 32% of the way into the book before there was a real conflict. I liked the plot, but the book ended abruptly with many unresolved threads to the story. I will be looking for the follow up novel(s) that take the story to a conclusion. I do like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 3.9 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Star Matters II: Edge of Revelation”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Star Matters II: Edge of Revelation” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by David John West.

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 and Mature Situations. The story is set in contemporary times and centers in the UK.

The British Prime Minister is contacted by representatives of a human race from another world, the Gayans. She is surprised to discover that contact with aliens is one of the many things that have been planned for. The appropriate agency in the British government is contacted and soon he is in discussions with the Gayans.

The Gayans want to formalize the ‘first contact’. They also reveal that there are other human alien forces, the Spargar Empire, that they are at odds with. The Spargar Empire wants Earth to be incorporated to their Empire. Their governments and philosophies are very different. It appears that Earth would be better aligned with the Gayans.

I thought that the 10.5 hours I spent reading this 309-page science fiction novel was interesting.  I thought that this novel was a little on the strange side and felt more like an old science fiction novel than one written in this day and age. While there are opposing forces, there is really little in the way of open conflict. I was disappointed with the plot and execution of the novel. While this is the second novel in his series, this one reads pretty well on its own. The cover art is OK, but does not motivate me much to read the novel. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Book Review: “The Last Astronaut”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “The Last Astronaut” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by David Wellington  (https://davidwellington.net). Mr. Wellington 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 ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set in the near future. The US space program has abandoned manned flight after a fatal accident on their Mars mission. 

Now years later an object has been sighted moving through the Solar System that has altered its course to head towards Earth. The object is huge and clearly is not of natural origin. Even though there have been repeated attempts to communicated, there has been no reply. 

A mission must be quickly put together and sent out to investigate. With no time to truly train new astronauts, the commander of the failed Mars mission, Sally Jansen, is drafted to lead the NASA team. The commercial company KSpace is also sending a crew out to meet the object. 

The KSpace crew beats Jansen’s to the object and they find the KSpace craft abandoned. Quickly Jansen leads part of her crew into the alien craft to find the KSpace crew. What they find is totally alien to anything they had expected. Before long the rescue mission turns into a struggle for survival. 

Not only must Jansen try to hold the mission together, but she must also face many personal demons from the disastrous Mars mission. 

I thought that the 9.5+ hours I spent reading this 401-page science fiction novel were interesting. This was a dark story. While the plot was OK, I did not enjoy the story as much as I had thought I would. The cover art is OK but could have reflected more of the story. I give this novel a 3.3 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Home: Interstellar”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Home: Interstellar” eBook was published in 2015 and was written by Ray Strong. This is Mr. Strong’s first published novel and the first book in his “Hope’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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the far future. The primary character is Meriel Hope.

When Hope was 12 years old she somehow jumped a starship loaded with the dead crew and a handful of surviving children to Enterprise Station. Now that ten years have passed she is constantly being told that the ‘pirates’ she claimed attacked her family’s ship never existed and that she is suffering mental issues resulting from her experiences. 

Hope is still in touch, at least she thinks the contact is real, with the other surviving children. She has been struggling for years to get her family ship back and reunite the survivors. Still, she suffers from nightmares of the event and is prescribed compulsory drugs. When she again tries to find information about the mythical planet called ‘Home’ that her mother was investigating, she triggers the awareness of those who want her story, and the survivors, forgotten. 

I enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 355-page science-fiction thriller. While the plot was good and I liked the characters, the pace of the novel seemed a little slow to me. I do like the selected cover art. I give this novel a 3.7 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Walking to Aldebaran”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Walking to Aldebaran” novella was published in 2019 and was written by Adrian Tchiakovsky. He has published nearly two dozen novels or 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set in the near future. An object has been detected at the far reaches of our solar system and an international group of astronauts is sent out to investigate.

The primary character, Gary Rendell, is part of the group to land on the object and begin its exploration. When the team is attacked Rendell flees and is lost in the labyrinth tunnel system. He must find a means of survival as he wonders the tunnels. The tunnels hold what he thinks are other explorers trapped on the object. The object seems to have many entrances and exits at many different points in space.

The time wondering alone begins to affect Rendell, then he finds the heart of the object and goes through a transformation, or at least he thinks that he does. By the time he finds his fellow humans, he has changed.

I thought that the 3 hours I spent reading this 105-page science fiction novella were interesting. I found this to be a very strange read. Had it been longer, I would probably have called a Rule of 50 and just dropped it. It mostly deals with Rendell slowly going insane. This is not one that I would recommend. The cover art is OK. I give this novella a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Book Review: “Tangle’s Game”

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(See all of my Book Reviews) – “Tangle’s Game” eBook was published in 2019 and was written by Stewart Hotston (https://stewarthotston.com/). This is Mr. Hotston’s third 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 near future. The primary character is Amanda Back. 

Back gets swept up into something she didn’t see coming. A former boyfriend sent her information that many want and are willing to go to any length to obtain. She sets off to find out what the information is. 

I was disappointed with the 2.5 hours I spent reading this 235-page science fiction thriller. It took me only 2.5 hours as I simply called a Rule of 50 at that point and put the novel down. I don’t do that very often, but I just couldn’t get involved with this novel. To me, it seemed chaotic with a lot of political preaching. The cover art is an interesting choice. I give this novel a 2 out of 5.

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