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The Ables
The Ables
by Jeremy Scott
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.58

5.0 out of 5 stars No one can tell them what they can't do., 14 May 2015
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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.


Ocean (The Ocean Cycle Book 4)
Ocean (The Ocean Cycle Book 4)
Price: £6.99

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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Price: £9.94

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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.


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