Book Review: The Great Locomotive Chase, 1862 (The Symbiont Time Travel Adventures Series, Book 4)

 

Publishing Date: April 2018

Publisher: ePublishing Works!

ISBN: 9781947833180

Genre: SciFi

Rating: DNF

Publisher’s Description: As the General, a legendary steam engine from the American Civil War, disappears into the distance, Petra and Kipp join a small group of determined men in pursuit as The Great Locomotive Chase begins. Petra and Kipp are reluctantly pressed into service as mentors for a new pair of travelers, Peter and Elani. The young duo shares the talents of their advisers in that they are telepaths who can form a bond that enables time travel. But they are, after all, very inexperienced. It falls to Petra and Kipp to train them in the way of their species. To the average human, Petra appears to be a young woman while Kipp masks his true identity in the guise of her canine companion. But they are, in reality, highly skilled investigators in pursuit of past mysteries

Review: This was one of the most boring novels I have read in a long time. It is not only boring, but repetitively so. Yeah we get it, you and your dog are completely bonded and have this connection like no other…blah, blah, blah. Every chapter or scene is this smug rendition of dog on gurl  connectedness. WE GET IT, YOU BOTH ARE SPESHUL!. Additionally, the first part of this novel goes nowhere. Cleaning yards, going to a hospital, dirty dishes etc. Jeez, really? I get that in everyday life, I don’t need to read about it.

I am sure the novel picks up somewhere but I don’t give a frick. DNF.

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Book Review: ISAN by Mary Ting

 

Publishing Date: May 2018

Publisher: Vesuvian Books

ISBN: 9781944109560

Genre: SciFi/YA

Rating: 1.4/5

Publisher’s Description: Meteors devastated the Earth. World Governments developed plans to help surviving citizens. The United States disbanded and salvageable land was divided into four quadrants—North, South, East, and West—governed by The Remnant Council. Struggling to survive, seventeen-year-old Ava ends up in juvenile detention, until she is selected for a new life—with a catch. She must be injected with an experimental serum. The results will be life changing. The serum will make her better. To receive the serum Ava agrees to join a program controlled by ISAN, the International Sensory Assassin Network.

Review: I think I need to adjust my level of discernment in order to avoid this current deluge of YA/SciFi that keeps invading the publishing space.

Anywaaay, this was another rundown on the ol’ speshul gurl/sniffing musky men with a lot of “clenching jaws” to round it out. Every girl that is part of the assassins squad  has the hots for Rhett, Russ or Mitch. Of course all three guys want to bang 17 year old special gurl, Ava. The idea that indigent teenagers are recruited into a secret assassins group, is ridiculous but hey that’s showbiz.

Book Review: Halo Bound by Eden Hudson

 

Publishing Date: February 2014

Publisher: The River Pirate Alliance

ISBN: ASIN B00IJJBHDI

Genre: Fantasy

Rating: 4.6/5

Publishers Description: The holy champion chosen to save the world is enslaved to a sadistic fallen angel and losing the battle for his sanity. The guy chosen to save the holy champion is his binge-drinking redneck brotherMeet the Whitney boys: Colt—a mentally unstable holy soldier with a rapidly deteriorating hold on reality. Tough—a smart-mouthed honky-tonk hero trying to drown his problems in music, women, and good times.

Review: You never know what you are going to get with this author. Stunted exchanges limping along a wilted story line or fleeting brilliance that dazzles in creative splendor. Take for instance the Jubal Van Zandt series. The first novel was really good and imparted this dry wit that was clever at every turn.  Then this slow slide into a boring character that was no longer funny whom began to reek of disappointment and patterned motives.

In Halo Bound, this novel starts off with a bang and never stops the roller coaster ride of creative inventiveness coupled with sublime world building and grand characterization.  At times, this novel wallowed in the morass that is YA, but was rendered palatable by scenes that shifted away from the usual romance tropes and into varied individual character development with chapters covering their points of view. Really brilliant writing.

So here is to Eden and a spectacular start to a series with two others rounding it out. I have not read them yet but hopefully Eden will send me the free links once my nose leaves her butt.

Book Review: The Imposter by Daniel Norrish

Publishing Date: January 2018

Publisher: BooksGoSocial

ISBN: 9781386163442

Genre: Fiction

Rating: 3.8/5

Publisher’s DescriptionHe’s taking them all, one by one, and their criminal industries of drugs, prostitution, money laundering, kidnap and armed robbery are collapsing in spectacular, immediate implosions.
This vigilante collects the cash and the final words of Australia’s most deviant criminals, and his identity is as mysterious as the way in which he hunts his victims. They cannot hide, and there is only one possible explanation for the vigilante’s omnipotence; he must be one of them. The murderer must be an imposter in their illegal organisation, and his final act in this rampage is certain to bring the whole gang to its knees.

Review: This was a fascinating read except for the fall down on who the Imposter was. I like the shifting points of view from chapter to chapter and the overall concept was executed very well. I had a great time reading this.

Spoiler Alert!!!

So, how does a hooker/junky become the imposter? Well, guess she had help from the “Cleaner” but it is never elaborated on whether he is doing the heavy lifting or if the barmaid/hooker/junky/lesbian is. Kind of a weak way to hide who the imposter is without giving any clarifications at the end.

Book Review: Outliers by Kate L. Mary

 

Publishing Date: March 2018

Publisher: Kate L. Mary

ISBN:9781984122056

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 1.7/5

Publisher’s Description: In the dusty ruins of the world, three groups exist: the Sovereign, the Fortis, and the Outliers. Within their walled city, exclusive access to the only remaining technology gives the Sovereign an advantage that seems impossible to beat. In exchange for meager scraps and free reign outside the walls, they use the brawn of the Fortis to their advantage while the Outliers struggle to survive. Living on land that has not healed from the poison of the past, and surrounded by dangers too numerous to count, the Outliers have adapted – but to the Sovereign and the Fortis, they are nothing.

Review: This author in the afterword sounds like a nice person. Giving thanks to people whom she borrowed ideas from, editors, family etc. etc. But sadly, reviews are not based on the quality of the human writing it, but on the creation.

To me there was a gaping plot hole that the author tried to fill with some pitter patter nonsense. Why, when people on the outside of the city (Outliers) are obviously surviving in communities, that they feel the need to go into the city to work when their lives are always in forfeit? Getting a pittance in rations is worth being raped or beheaded especially when our hero’s husband brings game home every day and Indra eventually does the same? The idea that Indra needs to work for ruthless sovereigns to get some medicine for mum is ridiculous when there are people that know how to get into and out of the city undetected.

The author stated that she wanted to write about Robin Hood, when obviously this was patterned after Hunger Games. We see a lot of writers trying to capitalize on that franchise lately and this is no different. Ruthless overlords, check. Female reluctant and stalwart hero, great with a bow that takes down game and people, check. A plan to take down the overlords, check. Dual love interests, check. A person on the other side willing to risk their life for the hero, check. A main antagonist much like President Snow, check.

I still liked the overall movement and the basic story line, especially when Indra starts hunting Fortis soldiers. But, this action gets off the pot quickly and soon descends into her considerations for returning to the city based on weak justifications. I think this author has a lot of potential, so lets hope it shows up in the next installment.

Book Review: Startoucher by C.J. Odle

 

Publishing Date: February 2018

Publisher: Startoucher

ISBN:9781520605623

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 2.8/5

Publisher’s Description: After 3.8 billion years, the alien creators of life on Earth return to evaluate the results of their experiment. One species is found to be an extreme danger to itself and others – Humanity. Evidence for the continuation of the species hangs by a thread.

Review: This started out kinda ho-hum. The characters are followed around their daily lives and subsequently never reach any sort of depth.  Jake is not very interesting what with being a karate super lawyer and that an alluring artist suddenly is emotionally attached to him after one date. Sarah cries and paints pictures of him, wondering where he is and questions herself about his disappearance.  Yech. But never fear, Jake has the hot’s for her too, and quite possibly is his choice for a breeding animal should humanity be found wanting.

So as this novel skips over the building of characters that skitter about an over done story line (aliens judging humans/Close Encounters of the Third Kind), we find ourselves in the midst of a tribunal run by higher beings that behave polemically. Kinda weird that this ongoing condemnation did not take on a more “elevated” form of discernment that reflected the wisdom of beings billions of years old.

What is really weird, is that I liked the writing style and found myself enjoying the flow of the written word. This was put together in a way that lends itself to being heard, even though the content (characters, story line, plot) was not as polished. The aliens and their tech was a creative representation of what we expect with some interesting turns added. I still enjoyed myself and that speaks volumes.

Book Review: Blood and Roses by Jordan Petrarca

 

Publishing Date: June 2017

Publisher: Jordan Petrarca

ISBN:9780692921616

Genre: SciFi

Rating: 4.3/5

Publisher’s Description:Seven organized crime Families, known as the Seven Blessed Families, rule the World of Exodus and its people with the use of their mysterious magical artifacts, called Relics. Relics give powers to the Blessed members of the Families, and they use those powers for corruption and control of everything in Exodus.

Review: Look out everyone, there is a new Sheriff in town that writes spectacular fiction with a bent towards the uncommon in presentation.

I loved this novel. Involved characters combined with an intensely creative story line really brought this novel to life. Lots of visceral blood and guts types action, with some real crass inter-changes you would expect from a world run by gangsters. The relics seems like artificial intelligence that are gifting nanobots, but it is never revealed exactly what they are. Still, real creative implementation for the basis of power.

“So why you no give 5 stars!!?”. Just when you are really digging the offbeat writing style and getting into the guts (lol) of the crime families, a weird interlude of romance with a crappy plastic character rears it’s ugly head. Really fooking unbelievable, I tell yous. Biting/trembling lips and the whole shjtbang almost belly flopped this novel right into 3 star land. But it was brief and hopefully ends here. There were a few firearm fall downs as well. In one scene Zasso keeps firing his empty semi-auto pistol to the sound of “click, click, clik.”. Except that a single action semi-auto will not cycle the trigger on an empty chamber. In another scene Vego pulls out a pair of semi-auto pistols where the barrels are black. The barrels on a semi-auto pistol are covered with the slide, so you will only see them partially when the slide is pulled back.

Despite my shjtpicking this was a great read. Get this now!