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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.


Ocean (The Ocean Cycle Book 4)
Ocean (The Ocean Cycle Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The source of all life, 3 May 2015
I picked up Ocean as part of a bundle which is always a good way to find novels that cover subjects and ideas that are not high on your reading agenda and from within that bundle the blurb for Ocean offering a new breed of human hybrids attempting to reclaim the oceans and taking on the greed and indifference of the human race was appealing. It certainly started out well introducing the main characters and location in and around the Hawaiian islands, this was perhaps the only culture this story would really work well against given the need to accept powers well outside the realms of known science and with the strategic nature of the islands.
My main issue is ultimately how after a certain point the story seemed to rush to a conclusion with little of the complexity and intricacy that had made it so entertaining upto that point and while human nature was certainly addressed on the small scale globally the story ducked the consequences of major shift in status quo, that lost it the fifth star.
Ocean is a decent read and it has a strong message combined within it's narrative, it's certainly worth giving a go.


MERCS: Crimson Worlds Successors
MERCS: Crimson Worlds Successors
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Sons of Cain, 18 April 2015
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Earth, the center of humanity is a wasteland after the great powers blanketed her with nuclear weapons. The colonies once dominated from Earth have taken control of themselves yet the pattern of violence over resources and petty considerations continues but with no world able to operate a standing force capable of interplanetary combat we see the rise of mercenary corporations who for a price will do anything. The sons of Erik Cain are raised in this world but take very different paths and as a threat rises against humanity as a whole they may have to work together and forge a peace not only between themselves but the many different worlds who are unable to protect themselves against the growing chaos.
Mercs is a most welcome continuation of the narrative from the Crimson World series of novels and begins a new series of novels from Jay, there's plenty of action and intrigue with a mix of hard edged combat and the use of flashback to bridge the thirty odd years works very well indeed.


A Shadow in the Flames (The New Aenid Cycle Book 1)
A Shadow in the Flames (The New Aenid Cycle Book 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars High Tech Scifi Mystery, 11 April 2015
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The near future where corporate interests are paramount and the majority of population live in urban decay while the elite live in luxury protected by extensive law enforcement, surveillance and private security, this is the world that a young Michael Flynn is attempting to exist in. After the dwelling he shares with a Freelancer (independent security operative) is blown up he is drawn into an investigation of an arsonist operating in the area and as the investigation deepens more and more of the cities secrets are revealed. Meanwhile a mining syndicate on the moon find a huge construct buried in the wall of a crater, the initial entry goes poorly but even on the moon it seems competing interests are in play and maybe the events on Earth and on the Moon are connected.
A Shadow in the Flame is a solid opening to this scifi series, it's not an action packed novel but builds the foundation slowly but surely with interesting characters and a mixture of tech we can recognise and others well beyond our own science but certainly on the road we are upon. The two main plots don't directly influence each other at this point and that I assume will be for future novels to offer up but for now we get a good investigative/mystery story set within a dark future Earth with hints of a much more complex narrative on the way.
I will be definitely reading the second book in the series, I want answers to questions that have yet to be asked.


The Fall: Crimson Worlds IX
The Fall: Crimson Worlds IX
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Conclusion, 28 Mar. 2015
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The Fall is the final novel in this incarnation of the Crimson Worlds series, well what can I say since if you've got this far then I am speaking to the faithful but if you are reading this as a guide to maybe taking a look at the series then go for it. While reading the novels in quick succession will always bring to the fore the repetition of events and relationships which is less noticeable when reading say a novel in the series each year the action and drama thanks to the well written if maybe larger than life characters makes for a great experience. The combat both on the ground and in space rings of authenticity and brutality and in this final novel it all comes to a head when the very existence of the human race in any form is the prize to be won and only a few remain true to the cause of liberty and freedom as the insanity takes control of those in power.


Outlander - O.S.T. (Vol 1)
Outlander - O.S.T. (Vol 1)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Paints a Picture, 28 Mar. 2015
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The music of Outlander is without question hauntingly beautiful, I bought the soundtrack after watching the first episode of the show and it was more than worth it.


Omega Force: Redemption (OF7)
Omega Force: Redemption (OF7)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Trouble always finds them., 28 Mar. 2015
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The boys are back and oh wait things are not where we left them, the personalities of Omega Force combined with the pressures of the above board and questionable missions they have undertaken has finally taken a toll. The team are scattered and while Jason lounges on a beach and is sharing a home with Lucky (who has become quite a chief) the forces at work in the galaxy once again look towards the band of misfits and they become embroiled in circumstances that could plunge the Confed into an all out war with the enigmatic and secretive Avarian Empire.
I'll admit the beginning of this novel had me wondering where Joshua was going to take us but the characters and events they get mixed up in remain consistent regardless of the circumstances so Redemption is a wonderfully addition and rebirth for the series.


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.


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