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Into the Darkness: Crimson Worlds Refugees I
Into the Darkness: Crimson Worlds Refugees I
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5.0 out of 5 stars What secrets are hidden deep within the shadows, 27 Jun. 2015
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Admiral Terrence Compton and his Grand Pact fleet comprised of elements from Earth's Superpowers are trapped deep within First Imperium space alone and with no practical way to return home and even if they did they could not risk leading the forces of the Imperium back to Earth and her colonies. Into The Darkness tells the story of the lost fleet during the months after they were stranded so many light years away from their home systems faced with the threat of discovery and the shortages of fuel and parts to maintain the fleet as well as the political maneuvering of a command staff built from so many varied powers. It is upto Admiral Compton to keep this little piece of humanity alive and maybe find a solution to the ongoing war be driving ever deeper into the realm of the Imperium and discovering why they are so eager to see mankind wiped out.
Into The Darkness is the untold story that I think everyone who has been reading Crimson Worlds was hoping to see and if Mercs leaped a little too far forward for you then enjoy the heroics and sacrifices of the men and women of the fleet as you came to know them from the excellent series of novels encompassed by Crimson Worlds. The novel was certainly a page turner and the use of chapter headings to provide ship and personnel numbers reinforced the brutality of this short space of time in the lives of nearly 50,000 navy and marine personnel and quite pleased we don't have to wait too long for the next novel in the series "Shadow of the Gods" out in August.


Nemesis: The Search for Orion
Nemesis: The Search for Orion
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Neverending Cycle, 20 Jun. 2015
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The Search for Orion continues the universe spanning action adventure which never lets up, seriously no character in this series ever gets any rest unless they get killed and even that that's no guarantee. So the Earth had pretty much extracted their revenge on the Raiders who were the dominant known race in the galaxies but alas they've used their military strength to carve out an empire of their own committing as many atrocities as the Raiders ever did. Decisions have to be made and once again questions have to be asked and answered, the truth has yet to be revealed about the destruction of Avalon and the pattern continues as those with power are prepared to do anything to both maintain and expand it. This was a fun read, yes it was a little over the top and can not be considered as serious scifi but that's fine, I knew what I was getting after the first novel so came away from this one very satisfied and pretty sure I will be checking out other novels from Saxon Andrew, my reading list has room for all shades of science fiction.


Nemesis: Revenge is Best Served Hot
Nemesis: Revenge is Best Served Hot
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5.0 out of 5 stars Let them finish one meal in peace., 15 Jun. 2015
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Grant and Cinny the last two humans alive are constantly on the run from the universe spanning empire that destroyed the Earth, of course they didn't actually understand at the time why they were being hunted until they stumbled upon information about their legacy and very existence. The two youngsters (raised in a monastery) are the products of the most advanced genetic engineering of the time and maybe with the aid of the pinnacle of destructive engineering they will be able to avenge their world.
Revenge is Best Served Hot is pretty much a rollercoaster of a science fiction tale, don't worry about the intricacies of the technology or the universe spanning scope of the story just enjoy the characters and the fast paced action and mystery they are immersed it. The book is fun, never lets up and I bought the second book in the series as soon as I had finished this one, I just had to see what Saxon could come up with next, it's never boring I tell you that.


The Voyage of the Star Wolf
The Voyage of the Star Wolf
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5.0 out of 5 stars Death or Glory, as if they had a choice., 8 Jun. 2015
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The Voyage of the Star Wolf is an excellent scifi action adventure set within the confines of the Human and Morethan spheres of influence, after a significant military strike against the human interests we follow a lone badly damaged human starship (LS-1187) as it attempts to return to it's base and remained undetected from the superior forces that surround it. The consequences of this major engagement and this crew's actions reverberate throughout populated space and as tensions continue to rise and the casualties escalate then death can be the only redemption the LS-1187 and her crew can hope for.
I read David's novel Starhunt: A Star Wolf Novel before reading this one and while it shares some of same named characters it really shows the difference time, confidence and outlook can bring to the story. The Voyage of the Star Wolf is a much better all round story and opens up the galaxy the characters have to live within allowing the reader to truly grasp the scale of the conflict and energies being directed and expressed by the major powers down through to the lowest member of the crew. An excellent tale of space combat, political and social maneuvering and courage across the board with enough of the technical side and space based action to keep everyone happy.
Oh, yeah I admit I chose to read "morethan" as "mothran" because I got fed up of hearing the UK insurance advert in my head:)


Rogue Genesis (Shimmer in the Dark Book 1)
Rogue Genesis (Shimmer in the Dark Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Piercing the Veil, 6 Jun. 2015
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I sampled Rogue Genesis and I have to admit I was in two minds if it was worth a purchase but I liked the main character of Major Niall Kearey and well once the "real world" takes a back seat and the main character and the reader are thrown into the maelstrom of Astereal the story really comes to life. We are thrown into an imaginative world of high technology and capabilities from a species who through Niall are looking for salvation from their doomed world, trapped within a star system constrained by singularities there is no where to go but this single human being whose capabilities transcend his world may the hold the key to their survival. Niall is gifted, he can send his consciousness into a host body on Astereal and has been aiding them directly while preparing for when a celestial alignment will enable him to harness the energies of the universe to transform this mental connection into a physical one. When it becomes clear Niall is under the scrutiny from the US military, political elements and an age old organisation the blend of thriller, action and suspense ratchets up while weaving in and out of an almost epic scifi tale of desperation as Astereal gets closer to destruction.
It may sound more fantasy than science fiction but Ceri writes the more pure scifi with style and combines the realities of Niall hiding his gift from the US military and his complicated family life into a compelling narrative which never lets up resulting in an excellent story which is well worth anyones time. Rogue Genesis is the first book in the Shimmer in the Dark series and is written as a stand alone, that is also a plus point, it has a most satisfying conclusion and as a bonus if you want to explore more than the second novel Destiny Nexus is on the market.


Starhunt: A Star Wolf Novel
Starhunt: A Star Wolf Novel
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4.0 out of 5 stars Life and Death in the Void, 2 Jun. 2015
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I think this could very well be the first novel as such I've read from David Gerrold, obviously being a Trek fan I know his work but dipping my toe into the Star Wolf series seemed like a good idea and overall it was. I knew I wouldn't be getting a Trek inspired novel, if David wanted to write Trek that he could but what we have here is a space ship and her crew under extreme stress and you know what, these men are more like the people you would meet on the street or in the military now. This is a high pressure, claustrophobic tale of men on the edge in a war that has been going on too long and the enemy they see is not always the "people" on the alien ship but their on crew and officers.
I'll admit I didn't really any of the characters in the novel, yes they were real and fit into the story perfectly and that's what kept me reading. I enjoyed trying to create the "picture" of this world but never quite got there but again this was just as much about the characters as the world building and as the book went on the beauty of this story was revealed.
Starhunt is well worth taking a chance on, it's different and that isn't a bad thing and I'm certainly going to read the rest of the series although I've seen that they may exist as a separate entity so while I may not have given this book 5 stars it wasn't that far off from getting the extra one.


The Ables
The Ables
by Jeremy Scott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.52

5.0 out of 5 stars No one can tell them what they can't do., 14 May 2015
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This review is from: The Ables (Paperback)
A thoroughly entertaining read which gripped me from the first page as we learn about the lives of our main characters and the issues they have to deal with before even contemplating integrating themselves into a world of enhanced humanoids aka super heroes and yes super villains. The Ables is a very easy read, paced exceptionally fast and that keeps you enthralled even if the story isn't overly complex but I don't believe that was ever the point. We've been given a good story with some great characters who we can root for and experience their failures and success in a world that demands even more from them that our normal world would.
Just bought the audiobook to compliment the paperback and now looking forward to hearing Jeremy read his own work, recommended.


A Memory in the Black (The New Aenid Cycle Book 2)
A Memory in the Black (The New Aenid Cycle Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Silent Moon Awakes, 11 May 2015
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After the traumatic events as told in A Shadow in the Flames the story of this world continues to evolve with this novel offering up far more depth and complexity and a far more compacted narrative with both main story arcs weaving in and out of each other. If you wondered about the connection between the alien construct on the moon and the arson and conspiracy in the city then the threads once pulled together reveal a story of competing corporations, state bodies and an organisation that has been around for a very long time tasked with protecting the best mankind has to offer and within these are individuals some human and some not so much that have their own agendas.
A Memory in the Black is an second novel in The New Aeneid Cycle and really does take a step forward in all aspects compared to the first novel with a more compelling and diverse story and characters better developed and easier to empathise with and not just with those that are on the "right" side. It has to be said it's easy to cheer on the so called good guys but when the author has you seeing things from the perspective of the characters who operate more in the grey areas then you are on to a good thing.
An excellent follow up to a good novel and I am certainly looking forward to the third novel in the series.


STARGATE SG-1: Murder at the SGC: SG1-26
STARGATE SG-1: Murder at the SGC: SG1-26
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5.0 out of 5 stars In the Gateroom with a big wrench..., 5 May 2015
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Stargate novels has never been high on my reading list despite being a big fan of the television shows but I'm taking the time to support the ongoing releases and authors who provide new Stargate content during this lean period in other media. This is the first novel I've read from Amy Griswold and I felt she got the characterisation of the tenth season SGC pretty much spot on and expanding it to the elements the show didn't really address in any great depth. As for the main plot then yeah I liked the murder mystery as it contained enough complexity and suspense to keep me guessing without relying too much on the unexpected aha moment most loved by the period crime dramas on telly. The fact Cameron seemed to delight in the Miss Marple like slant ("That's twice") to his investigation just underlined how Stargate as whole was never shy to relate the real world/pop culture into it's story telling. The secondary story was mildly interesting and served it's purpose to break the team up and allow them to come into play when the main mystery required but as the title of the novel confirms this is all about the murder and by extension the search for the killer within the SGC and in that it certainly delivers.


Into the Dark (Dark Universe Book 1)
Into the Dark (Dark Universe Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thrown into the deep end., 3 May 2015
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Into The Dark is the first of a new series by Jason called Dark Universe and well if you liked his other work this even within it's pure scifi setting will be very appealing. We have our cliched hero if you will but he's not as clear cut as you might first assume and the crew of the ship he joins is very varied and imaginatively written, yes I do like my aliens to be aliens especially in novels where the imagination can run riot with just a little nod to the complexities required by life support on a spaceship:)
We get a good fast paced and exciting story with a simple escort and retrieval mission which does not go according to plan and then a cat and mouse chase all of which keeps you on the edge of your seat and this story lays a solid foundation for the series to come, no doubt I will be purchasing the novels as they are released, recommended.


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