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Crimson Worlds Collection I: Crimson Worlds Books 1-3
Crimson Worlds Collection I: Crimson Worlds Books 1-3
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic in Scope, 15 Mar. 2015
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I read the first book in the Crimson Worlds series"Marines" in an anthology and had no qualms about picking up the first trilogy of stories in this collection. Jay weaves a compelling and action orientated story beginning with the recruitment of a Erik Cain to the Alliance Marine Core and following him through his training and deployment amongst the colonies of the Earth and then in direct opposition to the military forces of the other Superpowers that contest the explored galaxy. In book 1 "Marines" Cain is a wayward young man who has a baptism of fire but finds a home, in books 2 "The Cost of Victory" he leads ground forces while the Alliance Navy takes on the enemy fleets while the intelligence agencies of the Superpowers plays their games and finally in the third book "A Little Rebellion" the Alliance and her Intelligence branch look to stomp on the freedoms hard fought for by the colony worlds and spread their style of tyranny and subjugation which poses interesting questions for the Marine Core who have more in common with the colonists than the elite who lord of the people of the Earth.
Three great novels in the collection and when finished I picked up the second collection, I am currently reading the seventh book in the series.


Galactic Empire Wars: Rebellion (The Galactic Empire Wars Book 3)
Galactic Empire Wars: Rebellion (The Galactic Empire Wars Book 3)
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5.0 out of 5 stars A thorn in their flesh., 7 Mar. 2015
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The remnants of the human race can take a breath as the Kleese and the Strell wage all out war against each other but it won't last and then once again the human survivors will have to reach out to the stars in search of worlds to build an alliance with which to stand against a galaxy and an empire with renewed purpose. Rebellion is the third book in the series and flips between epic space battles employing a wide variety of technologies and tactics to ground combat as the marines train with their new battle suits and the deploy in defence of their allies. The civilian aspect is not ignored as unrest amongst some of the survivors due to an all too common a human condition increases the tension and a change in leadership is implemented, time moves on but the threat of the Kleese remains. I totally enjoyed the out and out military aspects of the story, both the space based combat and ground action were compelling and exciting and while the intolerance towards the clones and anyone who supported them always took me out of the story but that is countered by some well written characters who are constantly evolving and as you would expect the new characters for this book slip seamlessly into the narrative.
Looking forward to the next novel "The Alliance" due this summer.


Grunts
Grunts
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5.0 out of 5 stars Call the T54 Main Battle Tank, 1 Mar. 2015
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This review is from: Grunts (Kindle Edition)
I originally bought Grunts on hardback more years ago then I care to remember and like many a weighty tome it's not ideal for reading during a lunch break or commute so when I noticed Mary's work had been released on ebook I snapped up a copy of Grunts and settled in to once again enjoy the gut wrenching and blood spilling antics of the Orc Marines. As many a review will mention this is certainly not a book for youngsters, it's brutal in places but you'll find yourself grinning and laughing as you experience situations from the "bad" guys perspective and at least in this world so close to our own nothing is quite black and white. Highly recommended for anyone who may be jaded with the usual sword and sorcery epic or is looking to enjoy some dark humour which for all of it's in your face over the top action remains so recognisable.


The Martian
The Martian
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forget the towel as long as you have your potato..., 22 Feb. 2015
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This review is from: The Martian (Kindle Edition)
The Martian was recommend to me and the premise was intriguing so I took a chance and well I was hooked from the first page and enjoyed the novel immensely especially the first person narrative which dominates the narrative. I honestly don't think I could really add anything new to the deluge of positive reviews for the novel except to say this is one of the rare novels I have chosen to get a hardback copy after buying the ebook, I want this on the shelf as the survival story of Mark Watney is one I will be reading time and time again.


Omega Force: Secret of the Phoenix (OF6)
Omega Force: Secret of the Phoenix (OF6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Truth is Out There, 21 Feb. 2015
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The Secret of the Phoenix is the final book in the first season of tales about Omega Force and we finally learn why the ship and her crew have been the center of attention by so many individuals and groups. Once again a seemingly straight forward job gets awfully complicated awfully quickly as their new employer Naleem El despite her harmless attempts to explore the past of the galaxy and the races long gone attracts some serious attention from unknown groups with technology and resources to jeopardize the Phoenix.
This is another fast paced and action packed scifi adventure, some good twists and turns as the crew try to learn the truth and ultimately reveal why the Phoenix is catnip to so many shadowy figures, the truth has the potential to change the military and political structures of the known galaxy and Jason and his friends are smack bang in the middle.
A very satisfying conclusion to this part of the Omega Force story with some good additions and the promise of more to come since we still have lots more to learn about certain members of the crew of the Phoenix not to mention it's a big galaxy.


The Grove
The Grove
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonders Await, 17 Feb. 2015
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The Grove is a short story originally included in The Alien Chronicles Anthology which deals with extraterrestrial life and first contact stories and in The Grove we have a rich and very alien world with at least one inhabitant "Hain" who shares the curiosity and drive to look beyond her horizons to the place all lifeforms gravitate too. Jennifer adds other beings into the mix to perplex and add wonders to what Hain is experiencing and soon she realises that not everything will bring forth positive consequences and rewards.
A very enjoyable short story, loved the main character and her world and I would certainly like to read more of her story.


Omega Force: Return of the Archon (OF5)
Omega Force: Return of the Archon (OF5)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Home is never how you left it., 31 Jan. 2015
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In the fifth novel of the Omega Force series we learn more about Crusher the Galvetic warrior who unlike many of his race travels the galaxy. Contacted by members of his people his well kept secret is revealed and well Omega Force can never resist the opportunity to do good even if it's on a world populated by millions of the best fighters in the galaxy and mildly xenophobic to boot but Crusher is family and the adventure begins. Of course as Jason knows plans rarely work out as expected and pretty much everything goes through the ringer and the bonds and trust between the crew of the Phoenix are strained to the extreme.
Return of the Archon is a great addition to the series and the development of Crusher's background and his homeworld adds richly to the whole, there is plenty of action, intrigue and mystery via multiple layers of narrative that will keep you turning the page. The only drawback I guess is that I am now waiting for the sixth book in the series.


Galactic Empire Wars: Emergence (The Galactic Empire Wars Book 2)
Galactic Empire Wars: Emergence (The Galactic Empire Wars Book 2)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Reap what you Sow, 31 Jan. 2015
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I read the first novel in the series as part of an anthology and it stood out for it's more straight forward storytelling and characters which wasn't a bad thing as it produced a fast paced and entertaining scifi story dealing with an attack on the Earth by a race known as the Kleese. In Emergence we have the remnants of the human race along with their Kivean allies making full use of the years the solar system was ignored by the Kleese and now with a dedicated FTL capable fleet of ships and Battle Suits they look to made the Kleese Empire regret their brutal treatment of this part of the galaxy.
Emergence was an excellent addition to the Galactic Empire Wars series, the technology while perhaps a little easily created and obtained by the humans and their allies may be considered a flaw in the narrative but this isn't that sort of story, the action is fast and furious with pacing kept up even when dealing with the rebirth of politics and economics in the society born amongst the settlements in the solar system. It's definitely a page turner and an easy novel to read while maintaining the wonders science fiction can offer to the reader. The third novel in the series has just been released and it's already sitting on my Kindle, what more could I say.


Defiance - Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Defiance - Season 2 [Blu-ray]
Dvd ~ Grant Bowler
Price: £19.73

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5.0 out of 5 stars Secrets and Lies in Defiance, 25 Jan. 2015
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An excellent second season of Defiance, the Blu-ray looks and sounds excellent but a little light on the extras, would have loved some commentaries.


Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine: The Missing
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4.0 out of 5 stars To See Beyond The Obvious, 25 Jan. 2015
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An entertaining story set around the new Deep Space Nine space station as the post war Romulan and Cardassian interests clash and Captain Ro Laren has to deal with a first contact situation which is being mirrored light years away between the research/exploration vessel Athene Donald and a mysterious highly advanced starship. I really enjoyed how Pulaski was written in this story and her interactions with Crusher and I found myself smiling quite a lot, the mystery created by the first contact situations and the investigations while not overly complex kept me turning the page (so to speak) and while there were plot elements I didn't like (which occur in other parts of the franchise as well) this novel for a fan of Trek and DS9 is well worth reading.
I also should mention the personal logs that head up each chapter, very interesting and compelling offering insight into first contact and posing some very valid questions, they added immensely to my enjoyment of the main story.


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