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Thursday, November 15, 2018

Denver Moon:The Minds of Mars by Warren Hammond and Joshua Viola



Sometime in the future, Mars has been settled and is undergoing terra forming.  Denver is a private eye who finds herself in a family nightmare.   Her dead grandfather is communicating with her.

I enjoyed the characterizations of the AIs.   Looking at Alexa and Google and one has to wonder how soon this science fiction will be reality.   I’ve been a scifi fan for 60+ years and so much of what I read is  now reality.   The book appears to be a vehicle for setting up a series.  It left a lot of loose ends to lead to another story.

The status of self-aware beings brings up questions that led to our own civil war and slavery.  

There was action and colorful adventure, I enjoyed the book. 

This book may have been received free of charge from a publisher or a publicist. That will NEVER have a bearing on my recommendations.

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Black Triumph by Brendan DuBois


This is the sequel to Dark Victory.  Sgt. Randy Knox is back and so is his K9 companion, Thor.  They are still fighting Creepers, the alien invaders that look like scorpions.   Randy has to face both personal and professional obstacles.   He thought the Creepers were defeated but….

The author does a good job showing the vulnerability of teens as well as their resilience.   The Creepers and their mission are explained but does that really change anything.  Randy is forced to rely on his hard-earned common sense.

Good action and some thought provoking soul searching provided to Randy.

A very good YA book that I enjoyed. 

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Tuesday, November 6, 2018

November 6, 2018 GET OUT AND VOTE



Graphic from IVN (Independent Voter News)
Just Do It!

Monday, November 5, 2018

Saints: Monster Hunter Memoirs by Larry Correia and John Ringo


Saints: Monster Hunter Memoirs by Larry Correia and John Ringo

I am relatively new to the Monster Hunter series and I have to admit they are fun to read.  There is a general irreverence and specific suspicions as to the veracity and reliability of government.  This is description of Iron Hand AKA Oliver Chadwick Gardenier exploits in a monumental battle in New Orleans.

The authors show an acceptance of a wide variety of beliefs and faiths that merely accompany an action enhanced plot.  It is also shown the belief that as soon as the government gets their fingers in a pie that you may as well throw out the pie and start over.  The broader than reality brush used sometimes lulls the reader into missing the philosophic lessons the authors are providing.

On the other hand, you can ignore all the nuances and just enjoy a rousing shoot’em up.

I enjoyed the book and I have enjoyed the series.



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Wednesday, October 31, 2018

Barren by Peter V. Brett


This is a novella which surprisingly does not mean a small nova.   If you have read any of my reviews you have to be aware that my sense of  humor is an acquired taste.   The book takes place as part of the Demon Cycle that is Brett’s bread and butter.   Selia, the town speaker, is forced to defend both her body and her reputation as the demons demonstrate new threats.

The author attacks preconceived notions on sexuality.  He does a very good job on showing why prejudice is short sighted.  In the book, prejudice isn’t short sighted but dangerous to boot.

I am not familiar with Brett’s universe but this novella impressed me with both its willingness to address societal issues and the vibrant color of its setting.

I recommend the book. 



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Friday, October 26, 2018

Spotlight on The Rift Uprising Trilogy by Amy S. Foster


THE RIFT CODA
Book Three of the Rift Uprising Trilogy
10/9/2018
Harper Voyager Hardcover | $24.99
ISBN  9780062443236
 The Rift Coda
The Rift Frequency
The Rift Uprising 


The exciting, action-packed finale to The Rift Uprising trilogy that rivals the thrills and action of The Hunger Games and Red Rising.
Ryn Whittaker started an uprising. Now she has to end it.
Not long ago, Ryn knew what her future would be—as a Citadel, a genetically enhanced super-soldier, it was her job to protect her version of Earth among an infinite number of other versions in the vast Multiverse at any cost. But when Ezra Massad arrived on Ryn’s Earth, her life changed in an instant, and he pushed her to start asking why she was turned into a Citadel in the first place.
What began as merely an investigation into her origins ended up hurling Ryn, Ezra, and Ryn’s teammate Levi through the Multiverse and headlong into a conspiracy so vast and complex that Ryn can no longer merely be a soldier . . . she must now be a general. And in becoming a true leader, she must forge alliances with unpredictable species, make impossible decisions, and face deep sacrifices. She must lead not thousands, but hundreds of thousands of troops under her command and in doing so, leave any trace of her childhood behind.
Ryn always knew that she was created to fight. But now she must step forward and lead.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Amy S. Foster was born in Victoria, Canada, and studied international business at American University in Washington, DC. Her debut novel, When Autumn Leaves, was published in 2009. She lives in Portland, Oregon, with her husband and their three children.


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