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Book review: Chakra: The Quest by Jan Raymond

Chakra: The Quest (The Pha-yul Trilogy Book 3) is a fantasy/ sci-fi by Jan Raymond

Within the seemingly random rambles of an ancient text, written in a forgotten dialect 514ljuppezland protected, held in secret for the coming of the Phyag-Ide, lies the key to the world’s salvation. Or so it is believed. Sam, having discovered he is the prophesied saviour, works tirelessly, relying on the protection and insight of his circle as they race against the clock to decode the ancient tome, weed out the seemingly meaninglessness information from that he so desperately seeks. But Lucas is watching, some how aware of their movements and he wants the book for his own. He believes it and its secrets should be his. Suspicion is born as Lucas and the Dzog chen slob grwa seem to always know their plans, there has to be a traitor in their midst, such thoughts drive Sam and his circle to isolation, fearing who can be trusted. The fate of the world rests upon these young shoulders, but when their adversaries always seem to know their thoughts how can they be expected to win?

Chakra: The Quest is the third instalment in the The Pha-yul Trilogy. As the only book I have read in this series I must give the author credit for being able to create a stand alone book. Whilst some details were a little vague for anyone entering the series at this point, you do have access to the information needed which is essential to this plight. Suspense, mystery and action combine to unfold the twists and turns of an involved character-driven plot. Whilst focused on the young adult market, the adult market will also find this an enjoyable read.

Book link:

Chakra: The Quest

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Book review: A Shadow in Doubt by Roari Benjamin

A Shadow in Doubt is a time travel, Sci-fi written by  Roari Benjamin

Samantha Marquet, or Sam as she is generally known, has a decision to make. One which 51-qu9kwtblcould shape the very future itself. An alarming thought given the fact her actions need to preserve the timeline, not alter it. As the protector of the Flamella tree she holds the secret to life itself and control over the Society, those carefully selected to be offered time immemorial. Her current self had been exposed into the Society long before she should have, and all must be done to prevent contamination. Some people however have other plans. Travellers sent back to kill or control her, the BOAs, people of this time whose time line cannot risk being altered, seek the philosopher’s stone and those who hold it. Whilst forming plans and trying to pre-empt and counter their attempts against her and the Society, she must also make a choice. Bailey her boyfriend, could be the enemy, aligned with one faction or another. Then again, he could also be the future she was intended to embrace had Michael not prematurely entered her life. She must keep Bailey close, learn his motives and hope whatever she chooses is the path she was intended to take. Should she allow herself to be lost in her love for Michael, or wait and see what could be with Bailey? Time will, literally, tell.

I really enjoyed the complex characters and story of this book. My one wish is that I had picked up number one first. Whilst it can be enjoyed in its own right there are a few places where reading the first book would have been of benefit. The author has a wonderful style and seems to effortless craft an entertaining tale filled with the complexities of time travel. Secret societies, questioned loyalties, love, and betrayal, what more could you want?

Book link:

A Shadow in Doubt

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Book review: Morium by S.J. Hermann

Morium by S.J. Hermann is an urban fantasy focusing on bullying and supernatural elements.

For a long time Lexi and Nathan have been the focus of the popular students’ hatred. Once an outgoing girl after the 51oj8y9w3uldeath of her mother Lexi became withdrawn, and those who should have helped her, her so called friends, saw her grief as a means to elevate themself in social status. Lexi retreated into herself. The only release from the torment became self-harming and part of her longed to join her mother. Nathan suffered at the hands of the football team, his skin condition making him easy prey. They tortured him without reprieve. Each day they reminded themselves the end was in sight, graduation was near. But it didn’t come soon enough. One night Lexi and Nathan saw something fall from the sky, curiosity enveloped them, leading them to seek it out. But the moment their fingers touched it their future was changed forever.

Morium is a well-written and moving read. Bullying is a serious issue, and anyone who has been bullied will understand first hand the emotional turmoil and suffering Nathan and Lexi are being forced to endure. Their support structure consists of each other, and their other friend Stacy. But having support doesn’t resolve the issue. S.J. Hermann’s writing style makes it easy to empathise with the characters, and presents a very real dilemma, if a victim of bullying was granted power, power enough to stop those who hurt them, power enough to change the world, how would it be used?  Lexi and Nathan have both endured the same harassment, the same mental torture, but will their view on how their new gifts be used align? This is an excellent plot, and a truly enjoyable read. Emotionally charged, and intensely gripping, Morium is one book not to be forgotten.

Book link:

Morium

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Book review: The God Gene by Dean C Moore

Imagine a world where you can change anything51pinigc5yl-_sy346_ at whim, your eyes, hair, let’s say you want to mirror the phosphorescent glow of the animal kingdom, it can be done. Now forget about your looks, what do you want to be able to do, lift heavy objects, leap over a building in a single bound, create your own reality? Such is the world in Dean C Moore’s The God Gene. But the world did not come to be like this with ease, there had been failures, and mistakes had to be erased, how can people become as gods if proof of their mistakes lived on? Nova is such a specimen, and those who would rise above and be the best their tech and enhancements will allow will stop at nothing to erase him. Fortunately Nova has a guardian angel, a person whose only truth is ‘the only safe place is one step ahead of the other guy’s tech’ let’s just hope they’re up to the task, they can’t even begin to imagine what their actions will wrought.

The Gods Gene is impeccably researched. Achievable science and sci-fi meld. For the most part the techinicalities are easily understandable, making the futuristic ideas not only easily accessible to the audience but one possibility for the future. There were parts I had to re-read, but with an intricate plot such things are often to be expected. If you’re a lover of sci-fi you’ll certainly lose yourself in this high-tech world.

 

Book link:

The God Gene

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Book Review: Civilization by Stephen Drake

Civilization is the second book in Stephen Drake‘s Displaced series. Five years have past 12375420_442514779266163_1886179969_osince Murdock first found himself on this planet, and the time has come for more Humans to arrive. But there are things here that should be protected. Murdock is the guardian of the Oomah, and now it falls to him to ensure those arriving do nothing to jeopardise their way of life. He is an emissary, a peace keeper, a difficult role at the best of times, let alone when faced with a pod full of power hungry people. Murdock must protect his family, the Oomah, and even the humans from one another in hope to create a future where all survive. The humans split into factions, their only similarities seeming to be their mutual disdain for the man who has tried only to help them. Can he unite them, or will their own perceived superiority be their undoing?

Civilization is filled with brilliant characters, from those you love, to those you outright hate. Stephen Drake captures the best and worst of humanity and puts it on display for all to see. This book is a tale of survival, but it is impossible not to reflect on where you yourself would fit within this world. It is an enjoyable read and easy to lose yourself in (as my 1am mornings will testify) ripe with vivid characters, great personalities and an enjoyable plot. I found it well written, gripping, and filled with brilliantly scripted dialogue. I certainly look forward to reading more works from this talented author.

Here are the Amazon links:

UK: Civilization

US: Civilization

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Book review: Recusant (The Brin Archives Book 2) by Jim Cronin

Recusant (The Brin Archives Book 2) by Jim Cronin is a sci-fi fantasy and sequel to Hegira. Maliche is a Rocker, as such there are certain things expected from him. He however wants Recusantmore from life than his name would dictate. He chose archaeology over genetics, bringing shame to his family, and now seeks a means to uncover the past in hope to guide the future. The Brin were brought to this world long ago, and now with every new generation their life span decreases, a solution must be found before it is too late. Most believe the answers lie in the genes, but Maliche believes the answers are in the past, and the more he uncovers about the true history of his people the more founded his beliefs become. The truth can be dangerous, especially when it brings into question the entire history of their race. Small things left excluded, manipulated, or rewritten have monumental repercussions and reveal a sinister plot. His journey takes him to an unimaginable discovery, where he witnesses the truth of the past and claims his true birthright as a Rocker, one even he could not have imagined. Can Malachite expose and stand against those who have twisted the very fabric of their race to their whims? Continue reading “Book review: Recusant (The Brin Archives Book 2) by Jim Cronin”

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Author Interview: Daniel M Quilter

About the author

Tell us a little bit about yourself.

I grew up in Orem, Utah right at the foot of the Rocky Mountains. Iauthor spent my childhood hiking, camping, rock climbing and doing any other outdoor activity I could.  I still lives in Utah with my wife Lauryn. We’re expecting our first child this year.  I have one book published with two more coming soon.

 

 

What are your hobbies?

I love anything outdoors. Rock climbing and repelling are some of my personal favorites, but I love hiking, camping, kayaking, and scuba diving. When I’m not doing something outdoors I love reading, writing, and watching shows and movies. Right now I’m slightly addicted to watching Daredevil on Netflix. Continue reading “Author Interview: Daniel M Quilter”

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Book Review: The Claws of Chaos by Philip J Bedingfield

The Claws of Chaos is a sci-fi novel based across an array of planets inhabited by a multitude of aliens. Gaston Schwenk, a human amidst the sea of aliens, wrongfully imprisoned for a crime of disastrous proportions seems to be the only hope that Lord King Azario has of saving his people. As if that wasn’t enough, an army, having destroyed all within their path to leave only dust in their wake, plan to mobilise and move their army into this universe and claim it for their own. Their only means to do so, the same artefact that Lord King Azario seeks so desperately.

A treasure hunting, clue solving tale which leads to the ancient relic known as the Claws of the Chaos. But who will get their first, and at what cost?

It has been some time since I have read a science fiction book which has kept me this entertained, not only by the plot, but wondering which of the characters will get their comeuppance. The vast array of characters creating the world are well designed with their own very distinct personalities, from the kind, open-minded Selene to the short-fused hateful Hosta. In fact, I don’t recall a single two-dimensional character, even those playing minor roles are well developed and portrayed. They even have their own unique sense of humours, something I rarely see done well in a book.

There were points in this story where I honestly didn’t know who to root for, Lord King Azario and his crew, or the abused, beaten, Gaston. Who did I side with in the end? Now that would be telling.

The author does a fantastic job in bringing the worlds to life, and since the quest requires the visiting of a few it is no small feat. He gives the reader enough information to bring the world to life, but doesn’t get carried away with information that serves no purpose to the reader, finding the perfect balance between what we need to know, and the cultural richness of the area.

The book is very plot and character driven and from about half way through it becomes near impossible to find a place to put it down for the night. It was one of those books where you think, just a few more pages, I need to know what happens next.

I personally will be keeping an eye out for future works by this author.

As always, here’s the link to Amazon Kindle.
US The Claws of Chaos

UK The Claws of Chaos