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Spectras Arise Trilogy: Omnibus Edition
Spectras Arise Trilogy: Omnibus Edition
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5.0 out of 5 stars Focusing on a soldier that has decided to up and leave (when does a decision like that ever work out, 6 Feb. 2015
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Having read all three of these, I can safely say these are up there with some of the most enjoyable military sci-fi around. Focusing on a soldier that has decided to up and leave (when does a decision like that ever work out!), the books move effortlessly between the intimacy found within a hard-pressed but dedicated group of friends to the fast paced action sequences that show Salyer knows how to craft a great story. Each book weaves a different perspective to the journey Aly goes on, and I especially enjoyed the last book which took her story in an unexpected direction - one slightly grander of scale but surprisingly fitting.

Heartily recommended if you like fast paced sci-fi filled with likeable, realistic characters.


Green Zulu Five One: and other stories from the Vyptellian War
Green Zulu Five One: and other stories from the Vyptellian War
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5.0 out of 5 stars enjoyable and oddly touching war story, 30 Dec. 2014
Well written, almost journalistic-type, story that follows the path of a young pilot and experienced ground-pounder (as well as a few other point of views to keep the plot moving forward). At times the author captures the chaotic and fierce nature of both large sorties and up close and personal combat, but he mixes it extremely well with quieter, more intimate pieces that work together as a great piece of writing. The story itself is not hugely original, but there is enough mystery about why the war is happening to keep you turning and, more importantly, keep you focussed on the characters.


Sixth Cycle
Sixth Cycle
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4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable, post-apocolyptic action-adventure story, 6 Dec. 2014
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This review is from: Sixth Cycle (Kindle Edition)
Really enjoyed this, especially the world Wearmouth and Sinclair have built. The set up of the survivors is built on a credible foundation, yet one that manages to invoke an exciting frontier feel allowing a sense of trepidation to pervade the story. It rattles along at a fair pace, with you never quite certain which side the secondary characters are actually on. The reason for 4 stars instead of 5 is purely down to the fact that the main two point of view characters don't really change much during the life of the book. They are heroic, brave and intelligent, but neither really develop beyond their external situations. Here's hoping a sequel is written.


Audiobooks for Indies: The One-Stop Guide for Authors Looking to Make More Money Selling Audiobooks
Audiobooks for Indies: The One-Stop Guide for Authors Looking to Make More Money Selling Audiobooks
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5.0 out of 5 stars Much more useful than I could have imagined, 28 Nov. 2014
If I'm honest I expected this to be useful and perfunctory, and likely short - after all, how much can there be to an audiobook?? Luckily Simon knows his stuff and gives you an extremely detailed view of what it will take to get an audiobook up and running. At no point is it daunting, packed with useful information in a really inviting format. Highly recommended for any self publisher looking to make the most of their income streams.


Phoenix Rising: The Adarna chronicles - Book 2
Phoenix Rising: The Adarna chronicles - Book 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great sequel, 1 Nov. 2014
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A strong follow up to Empire under Siege. Picking up where it left off, it is almost the mirror image of the first, starting with the consequences of decisions made in the first book and ending with an adrenaline filled second half. The characters develop more, and I especially enjoyed the way that all of the key players started to come together. So far the Adarna Chronicles has not disappointed and I'm looking forward to the next book.


Vessel
Vessel
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5.0 out of 5 stars and I enjoyed the way the story alternated between the different viewpoints ..., 6 Sept. 2014
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This review is from: Vessel (Kindle Edition)
Jumping straight in, this story about an unknown and unidentifiable object detected just off the International Space Station kept me hooked from the beginning. Morgan's characterisation was spot on, and I enjoyed the way the story alternated between the different viewpoints on Earth as well as up in orbit. It's clear homework has been done on many of the aspects of launching a rocket into space and I thought the realistic dialogue and terminology added a level of credence, never feeling overdone. Keeping you guessing, there were a couple of revaluations that I didn't see coming (always a bonus) and I found the ending more than satisfying for a story such as this. Recommended and I'm looking forward to more stories from this author.


Empire under siege: The Adarna chronicles - Book 1
Empire under siege: The Adarna chronicles - Book 1
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5.0 out of 5 stars A great start to a new fantasy series grounded with realistic and enjoyable characters, 12 Aug. 2014
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A really enjoyable beginning to what I hope will become an enjoyable series. The first half of the book is dedicated to a battle scene that breaks with convention and effectively introduces us to the main players in the story. On the outside these seem cliched, with a battle hardened yet honest soldier and a young but brilliant General taking centre stage, but Lewis quickly gives them depth through the situations they find themselves in. The second half slows the pace and delves more into the worlds and motivations of the characters. Normally a lover of action, I found the second half of the story built up the intrigue brilliantly and I look forward to discovering more as the series develops. The setting teeters on the brink of fantasy, with real historic feel. I hope that the subsequent stories build on that aspect.

Only slight criticism is that the book is a lot shorter than I expected. Probably erring towards being a first episode rather than a book, and the author certainly talks about that feel in their author's note, but you cannot fault the content. You probably get a much more effective and driven story as a result.


Contract of Betrayal: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 2
Contract of Betrayal: Spectras Arise Trilogy, Book 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exciting Military Sci Fi with a ragtag bunch of well written characters, 8 Aug. 2014
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Continuing on the story from ‘Defiance, Betrayal starts with the rag tag band of heroes recovering and working out their next steps in tackling the corrupt administration. As always, best laid plans quickly go to pot and they find themselves on the run, improvising with the stakes much higher than their own individual safety. Told from the perspective of Aly, a renegade soldier, the first half of the book is spent reflecting on past actions, considering future relationships and generally lulling you into a false sense of security before the inevitable hell breaks loose. For me the action pieces are the highlight, with Salyer deftly and effortlessy building the tension and stakes. That said, the slower, more reflective start meant there was plenty of tension and risk as a result of having spent time with the characters. It sets up the situation well for inevitable backlash actions in this book will cause. Looking forward to completing the trilogy.


The Bloody King: A short story
The Bloody King: A short story
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5.0 out of 5 stars Short, exciting thriller, 3 July 2014
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This is a short look into the mind of a contract killer at the end of a long and illustrious career. Do they still have what it takes? How do they view the upstarts that are threatening their place in the profession? Will they be able to pull off one last, financially lucrative deal?

Jason has written a nice, tight story that can be read in a short while. It totally fulfilled what I expect and need from a short story. Will be looking for more from him.


Skere (Silence of Elysium Book 1)
Skere (Silence of Elysium Book 1)

4.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing start for a new fantasy series, 27 May 2014
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Opening with an investigation into a strange occurrence at one of the Megolomans (think battle hardened clerics or war wizards) barracks. The author quickly establishes that this will be a character driven story, establishing a strong, but complex relationship between the Emperor and his chief megolaman from the outset. It was the story of these two that kept me gripped. This is a complex, political story at heart, so the cast of players does grow, but it's always centred around these two.
This is not an action packed story, trusting to dialogue to move the story along, but the few scenes that do thrust the characters into danger move along quickly and are deftly handled. I would have perhaps liked to have some of the longer scenes broken up, with some more action, but that may just be my attention span as I get older!
My only real criticism is that I want to see more of the world that Ciara Darren has created. She gives you several hints at what lies outside the capital city where most of the story takes place, but they are just glimpses. I guess I'll just have to wait for book 2.
Impressive start.


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