Tag Archives: Thriller

Review of “Invictus”

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Book Reviews – “Invictus” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Ryan Graudin (http://www.ryangraudin.com). Mr. Graudin has published seven 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 ‘G’, though there are minor scenes of Violence. The setting spans the centuries. The primary character is Farway Gaius McCarthy.

McCarthy is in his late teens and is a student at the Corps of Central Time Travelers Academy. This has been his objective since he was young, since his mother, a time traveler, disappeared. He is about to graduate as valedictorian, when everything goes wrong. His final exam has been sabotaged, but unable to prove it, he is kicked out of the Academy.

That is when he is approached to become a Time Machine Captain operating outside the law and collecting artifacts for private sale. He, and his crew, are performing well and succeeding. Then they find out that their memories and their entire timeline is at risk. They must risk their very existence and all be willing to sacrifice much in an attempt to save their timeline and themselves.

I really enjoyed the 9.5 hours I spent reading this 465 page science fiction young adult novel. I really liked the characters and the plot. I thought that the plot was very different (in a good way) from so many other novels I have read. There is a little action, a lot of creative problem solving and even a bit of romance. I don’t like the cover art as it relates to nothing. I give this novel a 4.4 out of 5.

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Review of “Days Until Home”

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Book Reviews – “Days Until Home” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Mark Gardner (https://article94.com/), Greg Dragon (https://gregdragon.com/) and David Kristoph (http://www.davidkristoph.com). Mr. Gardner has published 10 novels, Mr. Dragon has published a dozen novels, and Mr. Kristoph has published 17 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 scenes of Violence. The story is set in the near future. Earth has expanded within the Solar System. This particular story is about a ship and crew who are mining in the asteroid belt.

They launch back towards Earth with a load of very valuable minerals. Soon after launch there is a massive explosion. The those that survive the blast must find a way to sustain themselves back to Earth. Miraculously they are soon rescued, but was this ship just coincidentally close by or was it there by prior arrangement? Was the blast sabotage rather than an accident?

I really enjoyed the 8.5 hours I spent reading this 356 page science fiction novel. This was a different science fiction tale. I liked the struggle to survive that the crew experienced. Not only did they need to solve the technical problems arising from the disaster, but they had to deal with paranoia (not always imagined) and personnel conflicts. The cover art is OK, but I think that their damages ship would have been better. I give this novel a 4.4 (rounded down to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “D-Day : Time Patrol”

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Book Reviews – “D-Day: Time Patrol” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Bob Mayer (http://bobmayer.com/). Mr. Mayer has published nearly 60 novels. This is the fourth in his “Time Patrol” series.

I received a copy of this novel from the author in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘R’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is based in contemporary times, but as you would expect from the series title, agents travel back to various times in history.

The Time Patrol is a super secret unit that is sent back in time to protect our timeline from the Shadow. The Shadow is a mysterious group that for unknown reasons wants to destroy us. The Time Patrol analysts detect that a disruption in our timeline will be attempted on June 6 in various years in history.

The Time Patrol agents are sent back to 1998, 1944 (hence the name of this volume in the series), 1843, 452, 478 BC and 32,415 BC. Each of the six agents will travel back for 24 hours to battle the Shadow. Most are being sent to very dangerous time periods, and Shadow agents will do anything to beat the Time Patrol. It is far from certain that all six will return.

I enjoyed the nearly 6 hours spent reading this 234 page science fiction thriller. There are a few technical details of their time travel ability that get skimmed over, I assume they were covered in prior volumes of the series. This book reads pretty well on its own, but there is clearly relevant history in the prior volumes of the series. I would suggest starting with the first novel, “Time Patrol”. The cover is OK, but a more appropriate one would be of the airborne assault as that is where the Time Patrol agent is placed on D-Day. I give this novel a 4 out of 5.

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Review of “The Rogue Agent”

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Book Reviews – “The Rogue Agent” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Daniel Judson (http://danieljudsonbooks.com/). Mr. Judson has published a dozen novels. This is the second book in his “The Agent” 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 contemporary US. The primary character is former covert ops agent Tom Sexton.

Sexton thinks he has been hiding and invisible to his former boss. He finds that is far from the truth. He is drawn back into his past when he is approached by his former boss to help protect a young girl.

This quickly leads Sexton and his girlfriend into one dangerous situation after another. He also learns much about his family that had been kept hidden from him up to now.

I really enjoyed the 7 hours I spent reading this 354 page fiction thriller. I liked the characters that were developed for the novel as well as the plot. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 4.5 (rounded up to a 5) out of 5.

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Review of “Race for the Flash Stone”

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Book Reviews – “Race for the Flash Stone” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by K Patrick Donoghue (https://kpatrickdonoghue.com). Mr. Donoghue has published two novels, both in his “The Anlon Cully Chronicles” series. This is the second book in the 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 contemporary US. The primary character is Anlon Cully.

This book picks up a few months after the first book ends. Cully is well on his way to recovering from the injuries incurred in the first volume. He, along with close friends Pebbles McCarver and Jennifer Stevens, continue to pursued evidence of the early Earth civilization that created the special stones with magnetic powers.

He is not the only one in pursuit of the stones. Not only must they decode the secrets to the map Cully obtained from his uncle, they must avoid interference from the others pursuing the stones. Cully, McCarver and Stevens find themselves in danger more than once as they pursue the clues they have uncovered.

I enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this 360 page science fiction adventure tale. While I did read the first volume in the series, this book stands pretty well on its own, though it is a continuation of the story. I liked the plot and the characters, but I do feel that the villains are a little on the weak side. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Review of “Checkmate for China”

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Book Reviews – “Checkmate for China” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition published in 1969) and was written by Geoffrey Osborne. Mr. Osborne published six 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 midst of the Cold War. The primary characters are James Dingle and Glyn Jones, both British secret agents.

Commercial passenger aircraft have disappeared with no trace. On board have been leading space scientists from both the UK and Russia. Dingle and Jones are given the mission to determine who is behind the abductions and find the missing scientists. Jones, along with Russian agents, pose as space scientists, but they too disappear. Dingle follows a lead to China, but feels like he is immediately being watched.

I thought that this was an interesting 4.5 hour read for this 208 page Spy Thriller. It is a little aged, but still not a bad story. I liked the characters. They closely follow the ‘James Bond’ mold. I am not a fan of the cover art. I don’t think is has anything to do with the story. I give this novel a 3.8 (rounded up to a 4) out of 5.

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Trailer for “Rampage”

Trailers – The movie “Rampage” is adapted from the 1980s video games of the same name. The synopsis:

Dwayne Johnson plays the part of primatologist Davis Okoye who has raised a silverback gorilla, George, since birth. A genetic experiment goes wrong causing the gorilla, and other animals, to grow to huge sizes. Johnson wants to save his long time friend George, but he has to avoid the other rampaging animals. 

I’m not sure about this movie. It reminds me of those SciFi flicks from the 60s. Guess we will have to see what it really looks like when it opens in April 2018.

 

Review of “Black Phoenix”

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Book Reviews – “Black Phoenix” eBook was published in 2017 (original paper edition was published in 1994) and was written by George Bernau. Mr. Bernau 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 Situations. The story is set in the closing days of World War II. The primary character is US Army Major Thomas Sheridan, an Army Intelligence officer.

Berlin is about to fall to Allied troops. The Nazis are all but crushed, but they still have a plan. Key officials are secretly transported to South America along with a deadly substance known as Black Phoenix. Sheridan, along with his partner and lover Debra Marks, are sent in search of the fleeing Germans and for a lead on Black Phoenix.

They find that Nazi leadership still has a plan to conquer the world, and thousands may die. It becomes a race to see if they can survive the German fanatics and save the world.

I thought that this was an interesting 8.5 hour read of a 291 page World War II era Thriller. This is a little old and shows its age some, but it is still an interesting read. I am not sure why the cover are was chosen as rockets are not part of the plot. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Review of “Digging in the Stars”

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Book Reviews – “Digging in the Stars” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Katherine Blakeney (https://katherineblakeneyauthor.wordpress.com). This is Ms. Blakeney’s first 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 ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is set is the far future. The primary character is 16 year old Carter Vanadian.

Vanadian, five of her fellow Archeology of Outer Space students and their professor are about to set off on a month long apprenticeship trip. Vanadian’s close friend, Conrad, has recently gone missing while on the planet Thror. Vanadian manipulates the travel reservations so that her group goes to Thror as well.

The planet is a chaotic place with the resident “Furry Giants” hosting visitors in spa hotels with much flirting with the female guests. As Vanadian begins to dig into the disappearance of Conrad, she inadvertently drags the rest of her small group into the mystery. She also finds that there is the real possibility that she may be on the trail of a truly significant archaeological discovery. This knowledge and the efforts to discover what has happened to Conrad do not go without risk to her and the others.

I thought that this was an interesting 10 hour read of a 344 page Young Adult Science Fiction Mystery Thriller. Beyond the fact that Vanadian and her companions travelled to a remote planet in just a day or two, this was a pretty hard to accept story. The basic concept was OK, but to me, the novel was contrived and weak. The cover art is OK, but could have been better. I give this novel a 3.4 (rounded down to a 3) out of 5.

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Review of “The Last Good Man”

“The Last Good Man” eBook was published in 2017 and was written by Linda Nagata (http://www.mythicisland.com). Ms. Nagoya has published more than a 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 scenes of Violence and Mature Language. The story is set just a few years in the future. The primary character. Is True Brighton, a former Army helicopter pilot and now one of the principle officers of Requisite Operations. Requisite Operations is a military contractor, mostly providing training and security services, but they also have a small team for armed response.

Requisite Operations is contracted to rescue a young Doctor who has been kidnapped by terrorists. During that mission, Brighton comes across evidence that brings back old memories and opens old wounds.

Requisite Operations soon finds itself being watched and under attack. As more evidence mounts up, Brighton strikes out on her own to pursue the truth. This leaves her team searching for her and her at risk.

I really enjoyed the 11.5 hours I spent reading this. 464 page techno thriller. A large part of the novel concerns the tech – robots, drones and AI – that is being used by various military units, including Requisite Operations. I found that a very interesting part of the story, given that most of it is what is in the research labs today. I thought that the characters were well developed and I liked the plot. The cover art is OK. I give this novel a 5 out of 5.

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