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.