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STARGATE SG-1: Kali's Wrath (SG1-28)
STARGATE SG-1: Kali's Wrath (SG1-28)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Destroyer, 20 May 2016
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A stargate on a small island surrounded by an frigid ocean is a mystery for SG-7 under orders from the SGC to do a standard recon but the rings nearby offer a chance to explore and so they do. Upon arriving at their destination they immediately come under fire as chaos and carnage erupts and blood is spilt. This Kali's Wrath begins and the pressure on the SGC continues to mount as old and current enemies threaten the Tau'ri, Tok'ra and the free Jaffa with the System Lord Kali at the center of things.
Kali's Wrath offers up some interesting back story to Kali one of the lesser known System Lords (played by Suleka Mathew on the tv series) as well as the activities on a newly conquered Earth when Ra was creating his paradise for his people. The time of change as the Goa'uld adopted the humans hosts and left behind the Unas was fascinating, you can understand how conflict within the System Lords would be triggered by the new concepts being introduced and it never gets old to hear about some of our long dead megalomaniacs way back when they were still full of life and arrogance and were shaping the myths the Tau'ri were raised on.
The novel offers up many opposing viewpoints in terms of the Goa'uld and their Jaffa and it was rewarding to hear a story that showed some benevolence on the part of the younger Kali although a Goa'uld is a Goa'uld as Daniel isn't shy in spelling out despite being captured and exploited (again). Kali was an interesting character to say the least but for me Captain Patel was the stand out addition to the Stargate family, a combat pilot sidelined due to a physical defect who like many grasped the opportunity the SGC provided despite the initial thought that a posting to Cheyenne Mountain was a dead end to their career. Her courage and strength under fire combined with her common sense and intelligence really shone and she was adaptable to some strange events especially when dealing with the First Prime of Kali. It may have been interesting to get a scene with Kali and Patel together if only to explore how Kali may have felt about how her "people" grew after the Goa'uld fled the Earth but there was plenty going on to keep you interested so no complaints.
I enjoyed reading Kali's Wrath, Keith did an excellent job allowing me to appreciate the new characters and the use of existing minor and not so minor characters and well who wouldn't have liked to see an episode of the show featuring Bra'tac and Jacob on an adventure:)


A Small Colonial War (Ark Royal Book 6)
A Small Colonial War (Ark Royal Book 6)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Raising The Stakes, 5 Mar. 2016
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The political and military maneuvering by the Indian government has set the scene for a confrontation that neither they nor the British can afford to lose or back down from. A decisive military victory for India will secure that nation a prime place at the table when decisions are made about the future of humanity along with control of colonies and a gateway system with FTL routes into the galaxy. For Britain a failure to reclaim their colonies and impose their military might onto an "upstart" will mean they will lose all influence in deciding the fate of the human race. The first full human interstellar war is about to take place but for the crew of the Warspite, the marines and SAS in country and the battle fleet sent to engage the Indians all that matters is their duty.
A very fitting final book in this trilogy as the narrative swings back towards action and suspense with the political and diplomatic to and fro taking a back seat. As expected Christopher gave us some good space based action with a healthy amount of ground based conflict with some surprises thrown in for good measure. I enjoyed this second trilogy although maybe not quite so much as the first but I've already bought Vanguard (Ark Royal Book 7) so you're not reading any real complaints here:)


X-Sense DS32 10-Year Battery Lifetime Smoke Detector Fire Alarm with Photoelectric Sensor
X-Sense DS32 10-Year Battery Lifetime Smoke Detector Fire Alarm with Photoelectric Sensor
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Price: £29.99

5.0 out of 5 stars Godd Product, 26 Feb. 2016
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Small form, easily fitted and very practical.


Warspite (Ark Royal Book 4)
Warspite (Ark Royal Book 4)
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4.0 out of 5 stars The first voyage of the Warspite, 14 Feb. 2016
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The first interstellar war is over, many of the space faring nations of Earth and still licking their wounds and after the devastation the need to move humanity out into the stars is compelling. While human treaties exist to protect the solar systems infrastructure the star systems and colonies beyond the tramlines leading away from Sol are far less protected. The great powers have an understanding but nation states sidelined for decades who survived the war relatively intact are flexing their muscles and the newly discovered planet and it's alien population will become the powder keg.
Warspite is a change of pace from the original Ark Royal trilogy, with less conflict and more diplomatic and political issues the story seems a little slow paced but that's not a bad thing. Without giving too much away we can see that there will be trouble ahead for many of the characters we first met in the original trilogy as the demands of Britain, Earth, Humanity and this new species conflict.
A solid start to the new series but it may be a little jolt in style and substance if you are fresh from the Ark Royal series while I had a good gap between them and that allowed me to embrace the changes without any negativity.


Sir Apropos of Nothing
Sir Apropos of Nothing
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5.0 out of 5 stars A surprisingly enjoyable read., 7 Feb. 2016
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Sir Apropos of Nothing was not a book I went looking for although as a Trek novel fan I do tend to look at the other work of its authors and follow them on social media. This was how I first became aware of Sir Apropos of Nothing and decided to give it a go and boy was that a great decision.
The story takes the usual tropes of a low born young man who through force of will, effort, coincidence and plain good luck raises through the ranks of the society he lives in. The main difference here is that you really have to decide if Apropos is a good guy or not, he's certainly a broken individual (his physical limitations, birthing and status made sure of that) but he tends to keep doing the right thing for maybe all the wrong reasons. You see his mother believed in destiny and it's hard to argue after she witnesses the death and birth of a Phoenix and while she herself has a hard life never doubt that everything she did was to give her son every chance, of course Apropos only really really understands that long after she has passed on. Never fear though, the loss of his mother spurred him into his grand adventure dealing with Kings, Queens, Knights and oh yes the very opinionated and arrogant princess who may just more crazy and dangerous than everyone else combined.
After I finished Sir Apropos of Nothing I immediately went to buy the second and third novels in the series but alas they are not offered as ebooks and the prices for new copies of printed media were quite high. I have yet to decide if I can justify the cost but I would certainly love to read them and perhaps that is the best recommendation I can give:)


Dark Star (Dark Universe Book 4)
Dark Star (Dark Universe Book 4)
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Adventures Continue, 17 Jan. 2016
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After reading the first novel Into the Dark (Dark Universe Book 1) in the Dark Universe series and enjoying it I kinda lost track of the release schedule, you get used to waiting considerable periods for new novels and when an author does commit to a series and releases in a timely fashion you may like me find three novels on the reading list. I have to admit and many would agree you do tend to get more out of a single book in a series when you are reading them one after the other, you remain in the world the author has created and Dark Star was no exception. We've seen Aden and Twyf thrown together and find a union that few in this universe truly understand or may even be willing to acknowledge yet it makes them a force to be reckoned with. As the Kesari and their proxies hunt down those responsible for "destabilizing" the known universe it's not going to be the size of your fleet or the power of your weapons that sets the course of life everyone but determination, courage and yes love that will be brought to bear. Dark Star was a very entertaining addition to the Dark Universe series, the conflict (big and small) are all being intensified and the consequences or failure are immense but our heroes continue forward with the usual flare, humour, pure luck and pleasurable diversions:)


The O.C.L.T. Omnibus: Books 1-4
The O.C.L.T. Omnibus: Books 1-4
Price: £3.23

5.0 out of 5 stars A great world to play in, 22 Dec. 2015
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I've grown very fond of the idea of having a single "world" which allows multiple authors to write for it with as much interconnectedness as they see fit. The world of OCLT uses this writing style to offer up in this collection four stories which while standalone tells a bigger story and in this case the notion of the sum of its parts holds true.
In the first story "Brought To Light"written by Aaron Rosenberg we have a US military intelligence unit searching for a scientist and one of their own agents in Sweden and they come across something totally unexpected. The second story written by David Niall Wilson is called "The Parting" and deals with ancient magics brought into the modern world with a geo-political twist and those who seek to protect the world and it's people from such things. In the third story "The Temple of Camazotz" by David Niall Wilson we have a mystery surrounding an ancient religion/god in Mexico and its use to aid in a drug smuggling operation and finally the fourth and probably best of the bunch a very X-Files style of story called "Incursion" written by Aaron and deals with mystical and everyday forces on a tribal reservation when a number of strange deaths occur.
While each of the stories are entertaining in themselves when read together the use of the same characters and structure really comes to the fore and adds immensely to the enjoyment.


Bloodletting Part 2: The Affinities Cycle Book 1 Part 2
Bloodletting Part 2: The Affinities Cycle Book 1 Part 2
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5.0 out of 5 stars The World Awaits, 8 Nov. 2015
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The second novel in The Affinities Cycle "Bloodletting Part 2" continues with the youngsters who survived the massacre and destruction of Jaegen by the mysterious Oroc be they imprisoned by these beings of the woodlands or supposedly safe in the heart of Castle Drayston. Events however continue to unfold and shed new light on the barbaric attacks against both Human and Oroc settlements pointing to a bigger picture as forces are played against each other but to what end remains a mystery.
I picked up the first novel in the series as part of a Bundle deal (you know the type) and after reading and totally enjoying the world and characters created by Peter and Mark I've patiently awaited the second installment and it was well worth it. The story and characterisation are both stronger in this novel perhaps because the overarching narrative is weaving into the events binding them all together where as in the first it was more scene setting and world building. Of course the down side of finishing this type of novel is the wait for the next installment but for now we have two of the series ready and waiting your attention:)
Bloodletting Part 1: The Affinities Cycle Book 1 Part1


Pangaea
Pangaea
Price: £3.29

5.0 out of 5 stars The Earth as it could have been., 18 Oct. 2015
This review is from: Pangaea (Kindle Edition)
Pangaea was a project I backed via Kickstarter for many reasons, a number of the authors included in this anthology were very familiar to me having read many of their other works both original and licensed properties and I find the idea of a central theme being shared amongst authors very appealing. In this collection the core idea is that the Earth has a single supercontinent and many of the environmental conditions which created our global society as it is never happened so how would mankind develop with say no huge tracts of water separating the evolution of species and development of technologies?
In this anthology we have a main story arc that is central to some of the stories and in others only mentioned in a single sentence but this method really binds the whole concept together. I'm not going to go into detail in regards to specific stories because they all offer their own unique appeal but I will say there were some fantastic tales being told and again not to repeat myself the fact that they are linked adds a level of enjoyment that pure stand alone anthologies can not offer.


Dark Beyond the Stars: A Space Opera Anthology
Dark Beyond the Stars: A Space Opera Anthology
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Anthology, 18 Oct. 2015
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Dark Beyond The Stars is an excellent collection of scifi stories from a wide selection of authors some of which I knew of already but most of them I didn't however the style and subject matter varied wildly offering something for everyone. Like many of the anthology collections you should find a gem or two that leads you to exploring the further works of the authors and while the intent may have been to showcase the work of female authors when you get right down to it a good story is a good story and there are plenty in this collection.


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