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Book review: Welcome to the Galaxy by M D Tabat

Welcome to the Galaxy is an urban sci-fi reminiscent in some places of Douglas Addams in 51xweehjclhumour. When Quane’s spaceship arrived near the International Space Station he could almost taste the sale and what would it matter if his goods were not exactly above board? He was offering the people of Earth a chance to own their very own engine capable of travel through the universe. His first contact was with the fortunate souls occupying the space station, or more specifically Richard, who literally drew the short straw. Quane pulled out all the stops, spinning his greatest pitch. But the people of Earth have no idea what they purchased, or the dangers it would bring. Quane is a used-engine sales man, and his goods aren’t exactly up to code. Needless to say when the humans test their new merchandise, after years of preparation, things do not go quite as they envisioned.

Welcome to the Galaxy is an entertaining science fiction with strong characters and interesting plot. The story itself is split into parts giving a clear indication of time passage, whilst filling the reader in on important events that occurred during that time M D Tabat’s narrative voice is perfect for this work, allowing the tale to be gripping, serious, and yet filled with a very Hitchhiker’s Guide humour. I particularly appreciated the attention time to scientific detail and thought the concept of dark space, as a means to travel, was brilliant. The author does not shy away from science and explanations, but also makes it accessible, clever, and easy to understand for anyone with little scientific knowledge. All in all, I’m really glad I read Welcome to the Galaxy.

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Book review: MAYAN – Atlantis Returns (The Millennia Series Book 1) by Neil Enock

MAYAN – Atlantis Returns (The Millennia Series Book 1) is an urban fantasy / Science 510phmbafelfiction novel written by Neil Enock.

Bob Wallace is an archaeologist with ideas that see him shunned, some even think him a mockery to their profession. Yet all of his theories, his outlandish ideas, are stemmed from fact. Never before seen artefacts and depictions opened his eyes to a whole new possibility and he had no fear about voicing them. But now those who ridiculed him are forced to re-evaluate their thinking as Atlantis appears, bringing destruction it its wake. The Atlanteans had no cause to be cautious, their Diachromes had long predicted the eradication of all life. They had not considered anything to have survived the visions they beheld of 2012. Yet here we are, thriving in an age of technology on a world they intended to reclaim.

The premise of MAYAN – Atlantis Returns (The Millennia Series Book 1) is an interesting one, drawing attention to what some would call the failings of man, both socially and politically. It is certainly not difficult to see the benefits of their way of life, and the thoughts and considerations of those dwelling in Atlantis when faced with our world. Neil Enock creates a cast of well-developed, interesting characters to guide the reader through an entertaining story of discovery and reflection. Anyone loving Atlantean mythology, or seeking some insight into the ancient races or civilisations past, will find the delicious morsels woven into the tale enjoyable, and could even inspire further research into these fields. A page-turning insightful tale intended to inspire.

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Book review: Displaced by Stephen Drake

Displaced is a dystopian, fantasy sci-fi written by Stephen Drake and is the first book in 12380247_442507529266888_660139500_nthe Displaced series.

Murdock’s upbringing was considered anything but normal to the masses, raised by his father and uncle he was taught to hunt, to be a survivor. When he awakes on a distant planet he knows these skills will be tested to their fullest. He, and the others in the transport pod, had been rejected. They served no purpose, had no value, to Earth’s new masters. Stranded on a world where survival skills should be the only real currency there are those who crave power above all else and will stop at nothing to obtain it. One such man is Whittier, and he knows all too well how dangerous a man like Murdock can be to his plans. He would rather cast him out than lose control. On a new and dangerous world, where humans are not the apex predator, loyalty is paramount, and survival is not a given. The people here must get their priorities straight if they plan to survive.

I have to say I really loved this book, a phrase I never utter lightly. The characters are magnificent, the plot is gripping, engaging, and casts a light on humanity at its best and worst. Stephen Drake creates an imaginative world wrought with danger and peril, yet humans seem to be the thing to fear most. The author’s style is immersive, filled with great dialogue and breath-taking descriptions. A truly brilliant book for lovers of fantasy and sci-fi. I personally will be eagerly awaiting more work from this talented author.

This is certainly a book I would recommend.

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Book review: Born F.R.E.E. By Dean C Moore

Born F.R.E.E. By Dean C Moore is a science fiction/ Thriller by Dean C Moore.

Ray Cunningham is in charge of running the FBI’s indexdepartment who hunt down America’s most wanted. But Ray has a secret, he is an uncaught serial killer himself. He instantly begins to recognise tells in his new partner Nick, and begins to mentor him in more than just way. All the time whilst attending Serial Killers Anonymous. Nick’s devastating good looks see him the central point of much attention, and soon people begin profiling the profilers. His own esteem in his field is likely to offer a small bout of protection, but how much? Not enough. Fortunately there are other distractions, more pressing matters. With a whole new class of super criminal Ray and his partner Nick set up their own agency called SPY, inc, and its staff are anything but clean cut. I would love to put more, but with so many unexpected twists I don’t want to risk ruining the surprises in store.

If you love your high-tech gizmos you’ll love this read, there are  some imaginative items which could easily be deployed/ developed. Dean C Moore’s work put me in mind of a cross between Fringe, Dexter, and Thomas Harris’ novel Red Dragon (Probably more popularly known as the TV series Hannibal.) There is some beautifully scripted dialogue, as well as cringe and chuckle worthy moments.

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Book review: Zenzoris Returns by Jenny Burnley

Zenzoris Returns (The Sophie Radcliffe Series Book 1) by Jenny Burnley. Sophie Radcliffe is a top agent in the Intergalactic Law Enforcement Agency, feisty, with technology and indexcomputer skills that compete with even the most advanced species, not to mention a photographic memory make her the go to agent when things go wrong, and things have gone very wrong. Zenzoris, a dangers Drogg hell bent on domination of all the universes has escaped the seemingly impenetrable prison Sophie herself had devised, and boy is he angry. The destruction of Earth and Sophie the first priority on his agenda. By her side her partner, Tom Logan, an expert with weapons, and Justin Adams, a linguistic whose ear can crack even the most complex language in minutes. This trio now embark to return Zenzoris to his rightful imprisonment. But something about the whole thing seems strange, a hooded figure is seen aided what should have been an impossible escape attempt. Who is this, and what motives so they have for freeing the most terrifying enemy the Intergalactic Law Enforcement Agency has ever encountered?

With an exciting plot and twists this is one science fiction easy to lose yourself in. It takes all the aspects of sci-fi, technology, space travel, aliens, and makes it easily accessible, central to the plot, but not all-encompassing. The story itself focuses on the events within Sophie’s unit, whilst successfully creating scope and introducing aliens, their differences and a little of their culture. The characters are well-crafted, expressive and interesting. For a book that takes about an hour to read this is no small feat and pays great homage to the author’s talents. I look forward to more work from this author.

Currently 99p/99 Cents, pick up your copy today for a truly gripping read. I’ve already brought two copies of this, one for me and another for a friend who loves sci-fi.

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Book Review: Tacenda by Christine Vann

Tacenda by Christine Vann  is a brilliant example of a first contact science fiction. The plot revolves around the two main characters Arucken, a nestling, and Kerris, a human 41gUwfnb3ZL._SX311_BO1,204,203,200_partnered into his service. Life as a cross-species team is never easy, especially when so few humans seemed to successfully accept the pairing. Their latest orders send them to Maylith Tara with a delivery of fresh seedlings from the seedport, and a message. But the delivery of this message opens a whole new problem. Something has happened to the children of the newest colony, they are wild, aggressive, and no longer able to recognise or communicate with their parents. It seems their request for aid has gone unheard, fortunately it’s  a plight Arucken and Kerris cannot ignore.

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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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Book review: Hegira by Jim Cronin

Hegira by Jim Cronin is a Dystopian, Time-travel, science fiction centring around the indexprotagonists Karm, and his involvement with Maripa and Doctor Jontar Rocket. Karm was sent back in time with a very specific agenda, to prevent the extinction of the Brin, the only hope the universe has to overcome the current threat. Armed with carefully selected information regarding the past he is sent to the planet in order to develop the means to keep his people from extinction, without causing too much damage to the timeline. But his mission is not without obstacles, his allies begin to question him, trust wavers and with the rising or The Faith and their collaboration to control all which is Karm’s, if he is to succeed he needs to stay ahead of their schemes.

I have to say I really enjoyed reading this book, it not only Continue reading “Book review: Hegira by Jim Cronin”

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Book review: Genetically Privileged by A. W. Daniels

Genetically Privileged is a Science Fiction book by author  A. W. Daniels51ixqUf7F4L._SX331_BO1,204,203,200_

It follows the story of Mary and Joe Christianson, a couple who desperately want to conceive, but having had problems in the past they fear they will never have a child of their own. Betrayal and disappointment see the couple relocating to Bethlehem, where an old friend of Joe’s has a Fertility clinic. They are only slightly concerned about the fact the doctors seem more interested in what they would like their child to look like, rather than addressing the problems of conception. Then, a miracle happens, Mary and Joe, with the help of their old friend conceive a child, unaware of anything being different until certain event begin to attract their attention and open a world they never imagined. The plot doesn’t just follow Joe and Mary, and their child is not the first to undergo such special attention, we also follow the stories of some of these children in a very gripping, suspenseful and intricate plot.

I will be completely honest, this is the first book I have read that deals with genetic engineering in this manner. Having always had a love for science I found the information fascinating and it is clear a lot of thought and research went into this. The book does not rely heavily on science as it focuses on the characters and is a character driven story, however the information given on the technical side is well written and easy to understand. The writing style is gripping and flows well, especially considering the number of years that pass throughout the story. The involvement of side plots and alternative characters make this a well rounded and enjoyable read. I look forward to picking up book 2 soon.

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Book review: The Experiencers (The Valiant Chronicles #1) by Val Tobin

I came across this author a little while ago via an indies for charity group and asked if she TheExperiencerswould be willing to do an interview (here). I instantly brought her first book as it piqued my interests.

Whilst UFO and abduction stories rarely make my reading list, I am so glad I picked up this book. The Experiencers was a thrilling read, at times I was on the edge of my seat wondering what was going to happen next. There is an excellent combination of the science fiction, and dystopian genres.

The story follows two protagonists on different sides of the spectrum. Michael, an Agency assassin who works to silence those intent of revealing the secrets of UFOs and government plots. He is an executor or kidnapper of those deemed a threat to the mission. A task he Continue reading “Book review: The Experiencers (The Valiant Chronicles #1) by Val Tobin”