Sunday, January 25, 2015
If Nothing Changes is a Letty Whittaker 12 Step Mystery series short story. It was free for the kindle, but now it's not even clear how you can get it. Letty Whittaker is an alcoholic. Letty is also a psychotherapist, and something of an amateur sleuth. When Letty finds a dead body at her AA group's Halloween party she can't resist snooping. Since this is a short story that's enough to get you interested. It is a very good short story. Try The Enemy We Know, the first novel in the series too. It's still free for the kindle. Both are highly recommended.
Devoured is the first novel in the Hunger series. This book is free for the kindle. At first I figured this was just another zombie book. I was wrong. Lance York is an out-of-work network engineer. He just blew another job interview and now has to go home and explain it to his soon to be ex-wife. On the way home Lance saves a sick woman from being hit by a car and ends up in the hospital himself. It turns out there are a lot of sick people in the hospital. Sick people who will eventually become monsters hell bent on eating anyone who's not sick. Lance is fighting for his life and it's a desperate fight. Eventually Lance partners with Cassandra. Cassandra is an axe wielding hottie who seems to enjoy chopping off vladdies' heads. Vladdies is Cassandra's name for the evil nightmare creatures who are trying to wipe out humanity. This book starts out slow, but by the end I was on the edge of my seat. I stayed up way too late to finish it. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, January 24, 2015
Wanted is the first novel in the Leopold Blake Thriller series. This book is free for the kindle. Leopold Blake is rich, very rich. Leopold is in Paris when someone decides to frame him for murder. Leopold enlists old friends and new friends, but they may not be enough to keep him out of jail and breathing. Why does someone want Leopold out of the way? If he can solve that he might be able to figure out how to stay free and alive. This story has lots of action and suspense. It's definitely a thriller. Highly recommended.
Friday, January 23, 2015
Titans is a science fiction novel that spans the ages. This story proves that while everything is changing, some things always stay the same. This book is free for the kindle. Rob Dunbar is a history professor. Rob's had other jobs. He's been a slave, a mercenary, a soldier, a merchant, and even a space pioneer. You can be lots of things when you've been alive over 3,000 years. Now Rob's experience is needed by some people who aren't even human, and even if they have to kidnap him, Rob is going to help them. This is an amazing tale. It covers history from Greece battling the Persians, to a war to keep the frontier of space free from corporate tyranny. I almost wish it had a sequel, but with the span of this book, we'll have to wait a few thousand more years. Very highly recommended.
Monday, January 19, 2015
Spurn is the second novel in the Walker Saga series. This book is not free, but the series is compelling. Abby has transported to the planet Spurn to find the half-walker girl living on that planet. Unfortunately, Spurn is 95% water and Abby can't swim. Finding the new half-Walker is easy. Getting Talina back to First World is not nearly as simple. Some Walkers are just plain evil. Aside from the extremely annoying cliff hanger, highly recommended.
Sunday, January 18, 2015
First World is the first novel in the Walker Saga series. This book is free for the kindle. It's 2035 and Abigail Swish is just another seventeen year old girl who grew up in compound 23 in New York city. The world is falling apart. There's no law and gangs run the city. Abby and her best friend Lucy are going to be on their own soon. Girls are kicked out of the compound when they turn eighteen. Except Abby is not a normal girl. Abby isn't human and she's not from Earth. In fact, it looks like it's going to be Abby's job to save Earth and the rest of the seven worlds, including First World. This story starts out like a typical post-apocalypse teen adventure and then it morphs into something much more interesting. Very highly recommended
Friday, January 16, 2015
Dark Realms is a series of novels or novellas by the author Kristen Middleton. This 600+ page collection is free for the kindle. These six stories all have three things in common. They're about the supernatural, they have a big dose of teen angst, and there are no sex scenes. There is some pretty strong language though. Wicked is about being kidnapped by vampires. Blur is about moving to a town with vampires. Enchanted Secrets is about finding out you're a witch, and so is your mother and your twin sister. Zombie Games is...well you don't need any more to figure that one out. The Coin Collector is about leprechauns. Venom is back to vampires and shape shifters. Be warned that most of these stories are the first part of a series, and there are some wicked cliff hangers. Still, this is a good introduction to an author who does a pretty good job of keeping the reader interested. Recommended.
Monday, January 12, 2015
Mindspeak is the first novel in the Mindspeak series. This book is free for the kindle. Cliffhanger warning. Lexi Matthews is seventeen. She's going to the elite boarding school Wellington, near Lexington Kentucky. Lexi goes to Wellington for the security. At least that's what she thinks, but there's much more going on at Wellington than Lexi is aware of. Lexi is about to discover things about herself she never imagined. This book is a teenage angst feast. The plot is intriguing. The execution is more like a soap opera. I'm especially annoyed at the cliffhanger that begs you to read the second book. Not happening. I like the concept, but not so much the implementation. Still recommended since it is free.
Friday, January 9, 2015
Anywhere But Here is the first novel in the Starborn Ascension series. This book is free for the kindle. More zombies, but with an interesting twist. Waverly was home with Hattie, her parent's housekeeper, when it started. Waverly and Hattie were the only ones to make it out alive. Waverly has survived three years of running. Three years of fighting the greyskins and the raiders, in search of someplace safe, someplace to call home. Waverly thought Crestwood would be that place. Remi was at college at Elkhorn when it started. Elkhorn is now known as the epicenter. Remi made it out of town and survived on her own for three years. She also thought Crestwood would be a safe place. Waverly and Remi were both wrong. There's something even more sinister than greyskins and raiders. This book keeps you on the edge of your seat. It does get a little confusing keeping the threads separate though. Still highly recommended.
Wednesday, January 7, 2015
Fresh Doubt is the first novel in the Ingrid Skyberg FBI Thriller series. This book is free for the kindle. FBI special agent Ingrid Skyberg is on temporary duty in the American embassy in London. When an American student dies under suspicious circumstances, Ingrid is called in to investigate. What Ingrid finds is even more suspicious. This isn't the first student to die, and she may not be the last. It's up to Ingrid to find out if the student was murdered, and if so who the killer is. This is a murder mystery with some interesting twists. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, January 4, 2015
Knifepoint is the third novel in the Breakers series. This book is $2.99 for the kindle. This is a great series. You should read the books in order: Breakers, Meltdown, and then Knifepoint. Raina was the only person in her family to survive the plague. She was just 10 years old. Raina went feral for two years, until a couple found and adopted her. They wanted nothing but to live in peace, but the world is no longer a peaceful place. Now Raina will stop at nothing to avenge her father and rescue her mother. Walt has been taking it easy in the jungles of Mexico for the last few years. Bringing down an alien mother-ship takes a lot out of a person. Now Walt's fame has pulled him back into the fight, but it's not clear which side he's been recruited for. It's not just humans versus aliens any longer. Another great tale of human perseverance and perversity. Post-apocalypse doesn't provide a lot of easy choices. Action, suspense, and more great characters. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, January 3, 2015
Melt Down is the second novel in the Breakers series. This book is $2.99 for the kindle. Money well spent. Ness Hook is an introverted nerd who still lives at home with his Mom. Ness has an older brother Shawn who's the almost the opposite. When Shawn's mortgage drives him back into Mom's trailer Ness is crushed. But when the plague hits it's Shawn's SHTF plans that saves the brothers. When the aliens arrive all bets are off. After five years, Tristan Carter is about to graduate from Berkley with a double major in music and communications. Jobs offers are not pouring in, and her parents are not letting Tristan move back in after graduation. When the plague hits, Tristan and her thirteen year old brother Alden don't have to worry about jobs or living at home. When the aliens arrive Tristan and Alden become lab rats. This second novel in the Breakers series parallels the first. Tristan even crosses paths with Walt at one point. And of course the Hooks and the Carters converge in the end. This is another great story of humans fighting back from the brink of destruction. More bad humans, worse aliens, and a bittersweet ending. Very highly recommended. On to the third book.
Thursday, January 1, 2015
A Question of Will is the first novel in the Aliomenti series. This book is free for the kindle. Will Stark is a complicated situation. Is he a business man philanthropist who's family is murdered, or is he a master of the Energy that sets the Aliomenti apart from the rest of humanity? It's not clear even Will knows, but those hunting Will don't seem to care. This story starts out interesting, becomes far fetched, and eventually evolves into the absurd. I read the whole book because I had to see where it was going, but the journey was not always pleasant. Eventually I found myself skimming whole pages of justification for the convoluted plot. Here's a hint. If you have to actually pen excuses for why your story is so twisted, maybe you are due for a rewrite. Too bad my first book of the new year was a stinker. I avoided any spoilers in case you're feeling masochistic, but this novel is not recommended.
Wednesday, December 31, 2014
The Change is the first novel in the Unbounded series. This book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now $3.99. Erin was riding with her best friend Justine when they were t-boned by a van. The last thing Erin remembered was watching Justine be consumed by fire as she also burned to death. Well not really the last thing. Erin changed and survived. The change isn't quite immortality, but very close. Erin is now Unbounded. After the change, Erin finds herself embroiled in a conflict between two factions of the Unbounded, while trying to survive attacks by another group of humans who want all Unbounded dead. There are twists, suspense, and plenty of action in this science fiction thriller. Highly recommended.
Saturday, December 27, 2014
The Devil's Grin is the first novel in the Anna Kronberg Thriller series. This book was free for the kindle when I downloaded it. It's now $3.99. I've already paid more for the second novel in the series. Who knew a woman would take Dr. Watson's place? Dr. Anton Kronberg is one of only three bacteriologists and epidemiologists in the whole of England. Dr. Kronberg is the best. In the summer of 1889, when a cholera case could potentially contaminate the Hampton Waterworks, Dr. Kronberg is called in. As luck would have it, Sherlock Holmes was also called in to consult on the case. Bad luck actually, since Mr. Holmes is the only person who has ever seen through Dr. Kronberg's disguise. At a time when women are not even allowed to study medicine, Dr. Kronberg has to hide the fact that she's Anna instead of Anton. Kronberg and Holmes make a formidable pair when fighting a crime of epic proportions. This book is a thriller in every sense of the word, and a delight to read. Very highly recommended.
Friday, December 26, 2014
The Chimera Vector is the first novel in the Fifth Column series. This book is free for the kindle, but that's only because the Fifth Column wants you to read it. Sophia is an operative for the Fifth Column. Sophia is all about saving the world from the bad guys. Or is she? Sophia begins to lose her programming and starts to realize that she is not necessarily on the same side as the good guys. Or is she? This is a book that explores the shadow world government conspiracy theory, or does the Fifth Column just want us to think that? Regardless of what reason for this novel you finally decide on, this story has enough action and thrills to keep you interested. And some awesome weapons to use for that action. This one is a little too convoluted for my taste, but interesting. Highly recommended.
Tuesday, December 23, 2014
The Light Within Me is the first novel in the Six Saviors series. This book is free for the kindle. Noah is a murder investigator and criminal profiler. He's independent from law enforcement, but got called in on this grisly murder in Reno because the MO matched a killer Noah is trying to find. What nobody knows is Noah is really an alien and his mission is to hunt down and bring to justice other aliens who are killing humans. Abby is a crime reporter. She's trying to find an angle for a good story to keep her job. When she spots Noah in a crime scene photo she gets his number in hopes she can get a good story from him. Abby gets way more than she was hoping for. This is a murder mystery with an alien twist. Aliens with eyes that glow in the dark. There's plenty of action and suspense, and a lot of hot romance. Right off the bat the story reminded me of some of the old science fiction like Doc Savage. Not the romance so much, but definitely the macho heroes and nasty villains. Very highly recommended.
Monday, December 22, 2014
Good Clean Murder is the first novel in the Plain Jane Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. Jane Adler works as a house keeper to pay her way though school. Jane is studying to be a missionary at the Harvest School of the Bible. Jane takes her work and her studies seriously, and has them carefully scheduled. When Jane finds two of her clients dead one morning, her schedule and her life are in for a big change. Were they murdered or did they mysteriously die on the same day? Jane is going to add detective to her list of things to schedule. This is a good murder mystery with a distinctly religious flavor. There is no cursing or sex, although there is a budding romance. I thoroughly enjoyed this break from the usual down and dirty thrillers. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, December 20, 2014
Season Of The Harvest is the first novel in the Harvest Trilogy. This book is free for the kindle. This is a great action thriller with an alien twist. Now I might start to worry about GMO foods. Jack Dawson is an FBI agent. When his best friend is killed in a genetics lab, while working undercover, Jack is determined to get in on the investigation. Jack's goal is to bring to justice the eco-terrorists who killed his friend. At least that was his goal. Now Jack's in an all out fight to save the whole planet. This is a great story, with plenty of action and some amazing bad ass aliens. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, December 18, 2014
Sara's Game is the first novel in the Sara Winthrop Series. This book is free for the kindle. Sara Winthrop was a wife and mother of three until her husband vanished without a trace two years ago. Now someone has taken Sara's three kids and turned Sara's life into a game. This is a game Sara intends to win. This is an excellent mystery thriller. I had a hard time putting it down. Very highly recommended.
Monday, December 15, 2014
Breakers is the first novel in the Breakers series. This book is free for the kindle. It is awesome. Walt and his girlfriend Vanessa live in New York City. Walt's biggest worry is losing Vanessa. Walt's sure his world will collapse without her. Walt has no idea. Raymond and Mia are married and live in Los Angeles. They're very much in love, but love isn't going to keep them from losing their house if they can't turn things around. Ha! Losing girlfriends or houses is trivial. The world is about to end. The first problem is a flu with over a 99% fatality rate. When things start to settle down from the pandemic, if you can call a daily struggle to survive settled down, then the aliens show up. This story is made for John McClane, but Walt does his best. This book is awesome. I can't believe it's free. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
Diamonds and Cole is the first novel in the Cole Sage Mystery series. This book is free for the kindle. It's hard for me to believe a book this good is free. Cole Sage is kind of a has been. After years as an award winning journalist, he's now settled as a staff writer for a middle sized Chicago newspaper. But Cole's past is about to give him a call. Cole is going to get a second chance, but not the second chance he was hoping for. This story is full of mystery, suspense, action, and bittersweet romance. Tears are to be expected. Very highly recommended.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Republic is the eighth novel in the Emperor's Edge series. I'm not ruling out more books in the series, but this one wraps up very nicely. We can only hope Buroker decides to keep Amaranthe's adventures going. It's been three months since Turgonia made the transition from an empire to a republic. Amaranthe and Sicarius have been having a relaxing vacation. That's if you call dodging pirates and cannibals relaxing. President Starcrest has recalled them to the capital because he needs his submarine back, and because he can use all the help he can get. The gods of unintended consequences have hit Turgonia with a vengeance. Blowing up alien technology wasn't as simple as it seemed. Not to mention, the religious revival the president approved has become more of a revolt. There's more adventure, romance, and good laughs here than should fit into 600+ pages. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Operation Breakout is the fourth novel in the Merkiaari Wars series. This book is not free, but worth paying for if you like some hard space battle science fiction. Read the whole series though. The first book, Hard Duty, is free. After the Merkiaari attack on the Shan is repelled, the Alliance is at Red One Alert status. Where will the Merkiaari pop up next? Captain Colgan is now commanding a heavy cruiser. When he captures a raider ship, the boarding party discovers some interesting cargo. Cargo that could change everything. This is another shoot-em up space adventure. They don't get any better, except now I need book five and it's not written yet! Very highly recommended.
Friday, December 5, 2014
Mythical is the first novel in the Stone Soldiers series. This book is free for the kindle. Colonel Mark Kenslir is dead. It's not Mark's first time. He's been dead before. When Josie Winters and her four friends find a burned out boat with a dead body in the middle of the Arizona desert, it's not what Josie was expecting from her summer vacation. Unfortunately, this is the most normal thing she's going to encounter for a long time. Josie's life will never be the same. Who knew that the federal government employed telepaths, sorceresses, and parahumans? This is an action packed romp through a world close to ours, but with some crucial differences. For example, army colonels who can survive dying. Very highly recommended.
Thursday, December 4, 2014
Land is the first novel in the Stranded series. This book is free for the kindle. Alex, Quinn, Josh, Cooper and Dara are part of a group of Canadian teenagers who won a trip to Disneyland. The problem is they barely made it into the theme park when an EMP event closed down the west half of North America. The five teenagers are given a choice of waiting for help or trying to get home on their own. They choose to head home by land, while another group of kids decide to find a boat and sail up the cost to Canada. The five teens going by land will find that disaster brings out the best in some people and the worst you could imagine in others. They have to navigate their way north through the good and the bad. Will they make it home, and what will they find if they get there? This is an interesting take on post apocalypse survival. Highly recommended.
Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Forged in Blood II is the seventh novel in the Emperor's Edge series. This is supposed to be the lasts book in the series, but something tells me that may not be the case. Perhaps it's because not all the heroes die, or perhaps it's because I found a book eight. The whole Emperor's Edge series is definitely worth reading. Amaranthe and her band are all pulled back from the edge of their cliff hangers. The fight for the empire continues. More magic and more alien artifacts cause our heroes grief. To make matters worse, someone has released a pack of the dreaded makarovi. Amaranthe still has scars from the last time her team fought with those beasts. Not all the Emperor's Edge make it out if this one alive. Very highly recommended.
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Forged in Blood I is the sixth novel in the Emperor's Edge series. This one comes in two parts, and there are multiple simultaneous cliff hangers at the end. The only solution is to read the seventh novel! There are now multiple groups vying for the emperor's throne in Turgonia. Amaranthe and her band are still supporting young emperor Sespian, but there are lord generals and entrepreneurs all willing to fight for the empire's reins. Most have more support than seven notorious outlaws. The first problem to solve is the magic and the alien artifacts in the hands of Sespian's enemies. They threaten the entire world, not just Sespian's chance for the throne. More action, suspense, and humor. I lose more sleep over this series. Very highly recommended.
Sunday, November 30, 2014
Marked is the first novel in the Eternal Guardians series. This book is free for the kindle. Casey Simopolous runs a book store by day and she's a waitress in a strip club by night. Casey is trying her best to make ends meet, but her grandmother's hospital bills make the two jobs a necessity. Unfortunately the hospital couldn't save Casey's grandmother. When a huge bruiser of a man bumps into Casey in the club, she has to take a moment to recover. Why did he affect her so? Later while Casey's driving out of the club parking lot she sees the same man being attacked, but by what she can't tell. Casey rescues the man and later learns his name is Theron. Theron is more than a man. It turns out Casey is more than a woman. Together they're in for some adventure that will change Casey's world forever. Plenty of suspense, daemon fighting, and lust. A little too heavy on the lust if you ask me. Still highly recommended.
Thursday, November 27, 2014
Beneath the Surface is the sixth novel in the Emperor's Edge series, but the author has designated it as 5.5. She wrote it so I'm not going to argue. It's a great book regardless. Amaranthe's team gets separated trying to avoid Enforcers. The goal is to get back to the capital by steamboat, but there's something on the boat that threatens the entire empire. Amaranthe and her Emperor's Edge have to eliminate that threat. Another great story. Very highly recommended.
Blood and Betrayal is the fifth novel in the Emperor's Edge series. I'm happy to note that there's no cliff hanger this time. In book four Amaranthe was captured by Forge, just as the pages ran out! In this episode Amaranthe is still a prisoner, and it's not a pleasant experience. Sicarius is intent on finding her, and the rest of the Emperor's Edge is intent on figuring out what Forge is up to, while simultaneously guarding the young emperor. Failing to do so would make Sicarius mad, and you don't ever want to make Sicarius mad. More suspense, adventure, humor, and some romance to spice things up. Not that these stories need it. very highly recommended.,
Monday, November 24, 2014
Do or Die is the first novel in the Reluctant Heroes series. This book has a plot as twisty as southern Indiana country roads. Ian Dunn is an ex-navy seal, con man, and suspected jewel thief. Ian is also in prison. That's about to change, but not in a good way. The government wants Ian to rescue some kidnapped kids, but what the government doesn't know is, letting Ian out of prison is going to cause more trouble than they can imagine. This book is one sticky situation after another. There's no good place to put down the book. It's even got a few steamy scenes for those who like them. But this story is mostly action and more action. Very highly recommended.
Saturday, November 22, 2014
Conspiracy is the fourth novel in the Emperor's Edge series. Warning, there is a wicked cliff hanger at the end. I'm very disappointed. This time Amaranthe and her band of outlaws have a mission that could finally win over the emperor. The emperor has personally contacted them to kidnap, the emperor. It's not going to be easy, but nothing worth doing is. Without any spoilers, you might learn more about Sicarius' mysterious black knife, and more characters join the Emperor's Edge, at least for a while. This story has plenty of action, adventure, and laughs as usual. I hate cliff hangers though. Very highly recommended.