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Book review: J.M. Myrick- Arklight Force Interdiction (@Arklightbook )

To everything there must be a balance, to the forces of evil, there must rise a reviewcounterforce of good. The plans for an ultimate weapon have been uncovered, and there are those who drive for its completion, drive for a world of scientific supremacy and destroy all would dare obstruct, challenge, or stand against them. They are the dark, and Arklight is a force for God, defending the light. Rescuing the brilliant mathematician Professor Amaldi was just the beginning, coding and hidden messages in artwork bring more questions than answers, but one thing is certain, what they discover cannot be allowed to fall into enemy hands. The very future hangs in the balance, as past, present, and future unite to fight the most important battle of all time.

If you’re looking for a graphic and descriptive wartime / religious fiction, then J.M. Myrick’s Arklight Force Interdiction may be the book for you. The entire book focuses on an epic quest and battle of such impossible proportion that it spans time itself. Clear indications of time periods ensure the reader doesn’t become lost in the flow, as timelines converge, agendas align, and intervention exposes secrets to ensure what will be can come to pass. This is the kind of book that possesses a steady pace but there’s always something important happening. The characters are rich, the plot complex, and there are as many reasons to like it as there are threads and diversions. Well written to conjure brilliant and atmospheric imagery Arklight Force Interdiction is an enjoyable read. Whilst the second book in the Arklight series the previous book recap at the front expertly fills in any important need to know history to help the reader embrace the story if they’re joining part way through.

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Book review: Johanna Craven – Bridles Lane (@JohannaCraven )

Isaac returned home to find his families’ graves had expanded further, he thought he reviewwas alone, until he heard of his sister, Scarlett, at the children home. He planned to leave her, thinking she would have a better life than he could offer, and yet he took her home. The problem about returning to his father’s land was he also obtained his debts, debts that were to be repaid via smuggling. Scarlett helped where she could, but on the night the dead ship arrives on the beach, things take a turn. Everyone knows a dead ship brings ill fortune, people turn to God and prayers, while Scarlett attempts to shelter the sole survivor, if anyone knew he had lived, his longevity would be limited. Unbeknown to her he has his own agenda, and she is just the person to help her fulfil it.

Bridles Lane is a historical fiction written by Johanna Craven. Written in the present tense it makes you feel as if you’re there watching history unfold. The characters are believable, three dimensional, each with their own stories and concerns. The plot revolves around the strong-willed Scarlett, as well as a small cast of well-designed characters. The writing is very atmospheric and easily draws the reader into a time of religions, fear, and superstition. This will keep you entertained and engaged beginning to end.

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Book review: Eddie Price’s One Drop – A Slave

Doctor Thomas Applegate was on the brink of financial ruin. His vices, gambling and reviewdrinking, played their part and made him the perfect pawn in Jules Signet’s scheme. It was a time of racial intolerance, and people openly expressed their small minded thoughts, Signet not only shared this viewpoint but planned to exploit it to his gain. When his plan succeeds, he realises its true potential, and casts his powerful net far and wide. Embark on an emotional journey of manipulation, strategy, and change in Eddie Price’s One Drop – A Slave.

One Drop – A Slave is an engrossing and rich read filled with vibrant settings and a rich history remaining true to the era in which it was set. The characters are amazingly and believably constructed, so much so they could be based on real people, and even real events. It was a thrill to read. Hardships, weaknesses, plans, manipulations, exploitations, abuse of power and knowledge are but a few veins of a story every bit as complex as life itself. The characters you meet are rich, developed, and continue to be shaped as the plot progress, morals and regrets are pitted against fear and consequences. There are some evils, some actions that need to be stopped, and watching the characters’ epic and challenging voyage and their own personal journeys is truly a pleasure to be a part of. Eddie Price’s writing will surround and envelop you, drawing you into the page, making it difficult to tear yourself away from. It’s a long book, just the way I like them, but I never noticed the length as I was reading, there’s so much to explore and enjoy within the gripping plot that the pages sail by, even the most casual reader won’t notice the length as they are whisked away across land and sea. Prepare to be emotionally stirred in every way imaginable.

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Book review: The Edge by George Benda

The Edge by George Benda is a uniquely original historical fiction. It all started with a reviewplot, someone was planning to overthrow the government and Jack was in the wrong place, at the wrong time, antagonising the wrong people. His past antics meant he was already on the FBI’s radar. Soon it became apparent that his mail has been tampered with, and his car was being observed. Jack swears his past mistakes are not something he’s repeating, and yet, the more the FBI dig, the more suspicious things they can tie him into, and some of his contacts are causing alarm bells to ring. Connections area unearthed in the strangest of places, and events just didn’t seem to add up. Jack must find a way to discover the truth, before twisted lies built on random links and speculation causes his downfall and destroy the lives of everyone he holds dear.

Written in scenes that alternate between different timelines I initially thought The Edge by George Benda would be difficult to follow, but I was soon whisked away enjoying each part for what it was, be it highly intellectual debate and theories, past recollections, or even romance. It simply worked. Each part adding to the plot and weaving an intricate tale. This is not the kind of book you can just read for a few minutes and pout down, it requires your full attention and it is not difficult to give. It took me until chapter two to adjust to the author’s unique style, but I was intrigued long before. Definitely a moreish read. A combination of science, philosophy, and romance that is bound to charm. This is the second book in a series, but the author provides enough insight for this to stand alone.

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Book review: Dew on Ginkgo Leaves by Todd L. Shuler

Dew on Ginkgo Leaves is a historical fiction written by author Todd L. Shuler. Wu Lei and Jade Flower had been the perfect team. They fought side by side in deadly union in protection of the empire and their battle cry struck terror in the hearts of all. Then after one gruelling battle Jade Flower’s cry was not echoed by her husband. She found him in the grasp of death, his passing would have marked the end of her own life, if not for the dart she found embedded within him. She knew then no enemy was responsible for his death, they had been betrayed by one of their own. She vowed to seek out his murderer, but the empire had not finished with her, deemed essential she was quickly reassigned into another unit of husband and wife warriors, and forbidden her time of mourning and assigned a new partner. Despite this new loyalty she vows to find her husband’s assassin, but first, the tigress that she is needs to be tamed, she must learn to see through the rage, to transform this act of personal vengeance into an act for the empire. Only with such detachment and clarity can she hope to bring down her husband’s killer, and remove the threat they pose to the empire itself.

Dew on Ginkgo Leaves is a truly gripping read. I found myself immersed in ancient China, complete with traditions and historical accuracy. I learnt many new things, and was encouraged to recall some I knew from history lessons and personal research, yet at no time did I feel I was being schooled in this era. The writing is smooth, gripping and wrought with well-scripted, and realistic action. Todd L. Shuler writes a believable tale based in the ancient era and does so brilliantly. I thoroughly enjoyed reading Dew on Ginkgo Leaves It was a truly fascinating acting tale of love, loss, patriotism, and deceit, certainly more than enough to keep any reader turning the pages.

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The Du Lac Chronicles by Mary Yarde

The Du Lac Chronicles is a historical fiction adventure romance by Mary Yarde

519kxxo7wylFreeing the man of her dreams from her father’s cruel and torturous hand  Annis turns against everything her father would have wanted. But why should she care? He never wanted a daughter, and the former king Alden had long been in her thoughts. Forced to flee after being discovered nursing her father’s enemy by her mother, she flees, taking the injured Alden with him, leaving behind all she has known and the threat of a hate filled marriage to a man whose wives keep dying.

Ripe with action, betrayal as well as the charm and horrors of a war torn Britain with an attention to historical detail which only serve to enhance the story. The author’s voice is engaging drawing you into Annis and Alden’s plight as they try to discover who can be trusted. A fun and enjoyable read.

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Book review: A Song of Blood by A. J. Chaudhury

A Song of Blood is a low fantasy / historical fiction written by A. J. Chaudhury

Children are being stolen from their village, spirits or demons are whisking them away. 51noaaqhhklThe men of the town seem powerless to act, but then one night the village chief’s Nanda’s son is stolen and inaction is no longer an option. Leaving the village unguarded he takes every able bodied man out into the forest in pursuit of the demon spirit that claimed his child. Vishva warns such actions are unwise, but is still forced on this mission, but there is more to this quest than first appears.

With one foot in Indian mythology and another tailoring to those who enjoy low fantasy this short story is an interesting read. It reflects on how the actions of men can be twisted and reforged into tales of legend. The author tells a unique tale and shows great insight into humans and their beliefs.

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Book review: Annwyn’s Blood (The Paladin of Shadows Chronicles, #1) by Michael Eging

Annwyn’s Blood (The Paladin of Shadows Chronicles, #1) by Michael Eging is a fantasy 517HucYNvnL._SX310_BO1,204,203,200_science fiction set in Sub-Roman Britain. King Mattheus’ daughter Marianna  has been abducted, but when no word of ransom comes the King is forced to take matters into his own hands, dispatching his warriors to scour the land in search of her. The book follows this adventure from alternate perspectives, from the group of warriors following heresy and hope, to young Erik who finds far more than he bargained for. There is more at risk than the fate of one princess, the Ruler of the Dead has his own plans, to which both Marianna and Erik are central. Forced into a world between life and death Erik seeks a way to rid himself of the curse forced upon him by Marianna, and attempts to save her in the process.

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