Friday, August 25, 2017

Hearing Voices - Axel Cruise

Hearing Voices is the first novel in the Isaac Blaze series. I look forward to many more. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Isaac Blaze is the world's most wanted fugitive, but he always has companionship. The two voices in his head keep him company, give him advice, and provide a daily dose of snark. One voice is male with an English accent. The other is female with playful southern accent. And no they don't have names. To quote Isaac, "What? No, that would just be weird."

When Isaac lets himself be caught there's a good reason. Of course lots of people died, but Isaac wasn't one of them. This is a great character with lots of quirks and mad skills. Very highly recommended.

You Are Prey - Isaac Hooke

You Are Prey is the second novel in the Argonauts series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Now that Rade's team includes the good green phant Surus their goal is to find and destroy all the bad phants they can. Rade and his team pursue a black phant to what looks like a dead planet. Unfortunately it's not as dead as they thought, and the black phant is not an easy target. The hunters become the prey. Plenty of action and close calls. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Bug Hunt - Isaac Hooke

Bug Hunt is the first novel in the Argonauts series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Great book with lots of adventure and plenty of aliens. Very highly recommended.

Hook, Line and Blinker - Jana DeLeon

Hook, Line and Blinker is the tenth book in the Miss Fortune Mystery series. One of my grandkids ordered this by mistake while "borrowing" my tablet. Turns out I read the first book in this series years ago, so I was familiar with the characters.
Fortune is doing her best to keep Ida Belle safe. If she has to deal with the mob to do it she will. This adventure has lots of fun and plenty of bodies to deal with. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Homeward - Jerry Aubin

Homeward is the third novel in the Ship Series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Now that the civilians are in charge some things have changed. The ship is now headed back to visit colonies that were planted over the last 5,000 years. But the problem of the unknown humans who have been harassing the ship still exists. It's coming to a head, and Dax is going to be the focus. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Caesar's Last Breath - Sam Kean

Caesar's Last Breath is subtitled Decoding the Secrets of the Air Around Us. It's an interesting and informative non-fiction, almost.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It has interesting stories to go with the interesting facts. My only problem was when the author, who clearly swallowed the Kool-Aid, starts to get preachy about how man is destroying the environment. My advice is stick to the first eight chapters and stop before that happens. Highly recommended anyway.

Power of the Fire Dragon - Tracey West

Power of the Fire Dragon is the fourth book in the Dragon Masters series. I got them out of order, but it didn't cause a problem.
While the other dragon masters are visiting queen Rose's kingdom, Drake and Rori stay behind. Rori's fire dragon Vulcan almost accidentally burned up King Roland. Since Vulcan was too dangerous and Worm can't fly, they were left behind. Then a four headed dragon attacks the castle while being controlled by the evil wizard Maldred. What will Drake and Rori do?

The Dragon Masters series are Scholastic Children's books. I read this story because my BBBS little brother is reading the series. If you read on a kindle, I recommend a tablet with color. The book is well illustrated. Highly recommended.

Thursday, July 27, 2017

Song of the Poison Dragon - Tracey West

Song of the Poison Dragon is book five in the Dragon Masters series.
There is a new dragon master named Petra. Here dragon has four heads and spits poison from all of them. When Petra's dragon accidentally poisons the king the dragon masters have to find a cure. Sometimes the cure is right there with the poison.

The Dragon Masters series are Scholastic Children's books. I read this story because my BBBS little brother is reading the series. If you read on a kindle, I recommend a tablet with color. The book is well illustrated. Highly recommended.

Revolution - Jerry Aubin

Revolution is the second novel in the Ship series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
It's been a year now, and Zax and Kalare are on two completely separate career tracks. Kalare is in the pilot training academy. Zax is just another crew member working in the bowels of waste management.

Then the civilians revolt. Largely because of the video Zax released. Now Zax may have a chance to get his career back on track, but first he has to save the ship and survive the revolution. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Secret of the Water Dragon - Tracey West

Secret of the Water Dragon is the third book in the Dragon Masters series.
Drake and the other dragon masters are worried when they discover someone has been trying to steal the Dragon Stone. They are even more shocked to find out who it is. The Dark Wizard is behind this crime. It's up to the dragon masters and Wizard Griffith to get to the bottom of this.

The Dragon Masters series are Scholastic Children's books. I read this story because my BBBS little brother is reading the series. If you read on a kindle, I recommend a tablet with color. The book is well illustrated. Highly recommended.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Landfall - Jerry Aubin

Landfall is the first novel in the Ship Series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Zax is not the typical Zeta cadet. He's very high on the leaderboard, and in no danger of being culled. Living on the Ship, a ship designed to preserve the human race, could be daunting. But it's just life for Zax. That is until he discovers something that changes everything he thought he knew. Something that could get Zax killed. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Saving the Sun Dragon - Tracey West

Saving the Sun Dragon is the second book in the Dragon Masters series.
Drake and the other three dragon masters were exercising their dragons outside when Kepri the sun dragon began to fall from the sky. Vulcan the fire dragon was able to catch her and gently lower her to the ground. A sick dragon was not what the group needed. All the dragon masters and the wizard Griffith worked furiously to find a cure. The dragon who held the key to curing Kepri was not who they expected.

The Dragon Masters series are Scholastic Children's books. I read this story because my BBBS little brother is reading the series. If you read on a kindle, I recommend a tablet with color. The book is well illustrated. Highly recommended.

Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night - James Patterson (editor)

Thriller: Stories To Keep You Up All Night is the first anthology of thrillers put out by International Thriller Writer Inc. Thankfully it wasn't the last.
This is a long collection with 32 writers and 30 individual short stories. There wasn't a stinker in the bunch. For more details see the Amazon link. Very highly recommended.

Friday, July 7, 2017

Rise of the Earth Dragon - Tracey West

Rise of the Earth Dragon is the first book in the Dragon Masters series.
Drake is an eight-year old peasant working in an onion field when the king's men come for him. He's been chosen to be a dragon master. Drake has been picked to master an earth dragon. This could be the start of a great adventure.

The Dragon Masters series are Scholastic Children's books. I read this story because my BBBS little brother is reading the series. If you read on a kindle, I recommend a tablet with color. The book is well illustrated. Highly recommended.

Thursday, July 6, 2017

The Elders - Dima Zales

The Elders is the fourth novel in the Mind Dimensions series.
Darren has reached level 2. The trouble is he can't do it on purpose. In order to beat the super pusher he's going to have to manage it. Eugene thinks he has a machine to help. The problem is this could rob Darren of his powers forever. It may be the only way to stop a war between the readers and the guides, not to mention save Mira's life. Another great story. Very highly recommended.

Friday, June 30, 2017

MatchUp - Lee Child (editor)

MatchUp is a special anthology that pairs off thriller writers and their characters. This time it's one woman with one man.
This collection has eleven stories by some of the best thriller authors. It's a follow-up to FaceOff, but each pair of authors is a woman and a man. Each story has an introduction that explains how the authors collaborated. If you're looking for some new authors to follow, or just want some stories from your old favorites, this is an excellent anthology to explore. The link on amazon has more details. Very highly recommended.

Friday, June 23, 2017

FaceOff - David Baldacci (editor)

FaceOff is a unique anthology that pairs off thriller writers and their characters.
This is a great book with eleven separate short stories by the premier authors in the thriller genre. Each short story has an introduction that talks about the authors and how they collaborated. If you're looking for some new authors to follow, or just want some stories from your old favorites, this is an excellent book to explore. The link on amazon has more details. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

The Enlightened - Dima Zales

The Enlightened is book three in the Mind Dimensions series.
Now that Darren has most of what he can do figured out, it's time for more. Darren knew he had more "depth" than most readers and guides, but he didn't know all the implications of that depth. It's time for some enlightenment. That and trying to find who murdered his biological parents. Priorities! Another great novel. Very highly recommended.

The Thought Pushers - Dima Zales

The Thought Pushers is the second novel in the Mind Dimensions series.
Now that Darren has discovered he's both a reader and a pusher, he has some exploring to do. What does it mean? Fortunately Darren knows a pusher, or as they prefer to be called a guide. Of course their name for readers is more insulting than pusher. The guides call them leachers. Darren has a lot of learning to do, and he's still fighting for his life from a rogue pusher. Very highly recommended.

Monday, June 12, 2017

The Time Stopper - Dima Zales

The Time Stopper is a prequel to the Mind Dimensions series. Think of it as book zero.
Mira Tsiolkovsky is 18 going on 40. Mira and her brother Eugene are orphans. Mira was watching when her parents were blown up by a car bomb. Now Mira's out for revenge. She'll stop at nothing to get it. Mira's quest to find the man who caused her parent's murder is dangerous and deadly. It's a good thing Mira is too. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

The Thought Readers - Dima Zales

The Thought Readers is the first novel in the Mind Dimensions series.
Darren Wang Goldberg is a genius. At least people think he is. Darren being able to stop time has a lot to do with it. He calls it "the quiet." While time is stopped Darren can poke around in other people's stuff and they never realize it. Like their cards in a poker game. Then at a one poker game, when Darren stops time, he finds someone else in "the quiet" with him. And she's beautiful. Darren has a lot to learn. This is a great story. Very highly recommended.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Possess - J.A. Howell

Possess is the first novel in the Possess Saga series. This book is free for the kindle.
Harley Martin has escaped from a bad situation. Things seem to be going Harley's way, but then her new apartment isn't what she thought it would be. Harley's bad situation may have just gotten worse. This a good ghost story, with a little more erotica than it needs. Still highly recommended.

Friday, June 2, 2017

League of Dragons - Naomi Novik

League of Dragons is the ninth novel in the Temeraire series.
Temeraire and Captain Laurence are still working to defeat Napoleon, even though they're his prisoners. Napoleon has tried to lure all the dragons in the world to his side with promises that he can't keep. It's up to Temeraire to convince them of his lies. Can they finally defeat Napoleon or will he finally be victorious. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, May 27, 2017

The Hundredth Queen - Emily R. King

The Hundredth Queen is the first novel in the Hundredth Queen Series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Kalinda was taken in by the sisterhood as an orphan. She has always been sickly and has missed most of her weapons training. When Kalinda is 18 years old she's selected in her first Claiming to be the Rajah's hundredth wife. Her future and the future of the Tarachand Empire hinge on Kalinda's ability to master her nature. First she has to find out what her nature is. Very highly recommended.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Crucible of Gold - Naomi Novik

Crucible of Gold is the 7th novel in the Temeraire series.
Temeraire and Capt. Laurence have started to settle in Australia when the British come to their senses. They finally realize their only Celestial and his captain are needed in the war. They're reinstated with full rank and position on the captains list. The pair are head for Brazil to see if they can negotiate with the Tswana. Ship wrecks and other disasters cause the party to detour through the Aztec nation. The Aztec's consider that dragons are the masters and the humans the slaves. Adventures and danger haunt Temeraire and Laurence through the whole story. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Blood of Tyrants - Naomi Novik

Blood of Tyrants is the 8th novel in the Temeraire series.
Temeraire and Capt. Laurence were bound for China at the end of the last novel. When they're shipwrecked Laurence is washed overboard and lost. Temeraire is convinced he washed ashore somewhere, but can't search for him as they're off the coast of Japan. England and Japan have no love for each other. Japan, China, and eventually Russia play parts in this novel. And the ever present threat of Napoleon drives them on. There are plenty of battles and blood in this one. Very highly recommended.

Monday, May 15, 2017

Most Wanted - Sam Sisavath

Most Wanted is the first novel in the Red Sky Conspiracy series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Quinn Turner is a rookie FBI agent. When she spots the FBI's most wanted criminal while on a stakeout she can believe her eyes. She's going to wish she was wrong, but she's not. Quinn is about to find out just how crooked the world is. When everyone she knows turns against her, who can she turn to? How about the most wanted. Intense action and enough conspiracies to warrant a double-thick tin foil hat. Very highly recommended.

Friday, May 12, 2017

Tongues of Serpents - Naomi Novik

Tongues of Serpents is the sixth novel in the Temeraire series.
Temeraire and Captain Laurence have been shipped to Australia as punishment for their supposed treason against the crown. Now they're caught up in the politics of the new colony at Sydney and the search for a way to bypass the mountains to the north. They were also carrying three dragon eggs to help populate the new continent with dragons. When one of the eggs is stolen there's a desperate search to find it before it hatches. The surprise they find on the opposite coast from their colony could mean war or something else entirely. Highly recommended.

Friday, May 5, 2017

Little Sister - Giles O'Bryen

Little Sister is the first novel in the James Palatine series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
James Palatine is a computer nerd. A very fit killer computer nerd. When someone steals his invention, James decides to either get it back or render it useless. Little sister makes spying on people too easy. The danger is it will fall into the wrong hands, and that includes the government. The problem is there are lots of bad people who don't agree with James. This novel is full of tense dangerous situations that kept me reading far too late into the night. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Uprooted - Naomi Novik

Uprooted is a stand-alone fantasy with magic and monsters.
Agnieszka of Dvernik was to be part of the Dragon's choosing. Only 17 year old girls were eligible, and every ten years. There were only eleven girls to choose from the year that Agnieszka was eligible. There was little chance she'd be chosen though. Her best friend Kasia was the one everyone expected to go to the tower for the next ten years. But everyone was wrong. An adventure out of a fairy tale awaited Agnieszka. And like all fairy tales, there were monsters waiting. This is an amazing story. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Golden Prey - John Sandford

Golden Prey is the 27th novel in Sanford's Prey series. Read them. Don't be one of the 33% of Americans who never read another book after they graduate from high school, or the 42% who never read another book after they graduate from college. It's like the best action adventure movie ever made, but it's in your mind.
Lucas Davenport is now a U.S. Marshal. His first case has all the elements you'd expect from Lucas, including almost getting killed. Some of the bad guys are brought to justice, Davenport style, and some get away. You can't win them all, but reading this book is a huge win. Very very highly recommended.

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

The Goblin Emperor - Katherine Addison

The Goblin Emperor is a stand-alone fantasy novel. That's actually too bad, because this is one fantasy I'd like to read more of.
Maia Drazhar was the only son of the fourth wife of emperor Varenechibel the Fourth, and the emperor's fourth son. Maia's mother was Chenelo Drazharan, the daughter of the Great Avar of Barizhan, the ruler of the goblin nation. That means that Maia was part goblin and part elf. That also means that Maia was essentially banished from court right after his mother died.

That all changed when the emperor Varenechibel, and his other three sons were all killed in an airship crash. Now the Untheileneise Court has a Goblin Emperor. This will take some adjusting from Untheileneise and from Maia, and lots of court intrigue and adventures along the way. This is a great story. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, April 22, 2017

The Essential Sam Jameson/Peter Kittredge Box Set (novel 2) - Lars Emmerich

The Essential Sam Jameson/Peter Kittredge Box Set is seven separate thrillers. The Incident is the second novel in the set. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Sam and Brock are interrupted by Sam's boss with a call out to a murder scene. A double agent was killed, and someone from Homeland needs to be in attendance. What Sam doesn't know is that this is the start of a long and dangerous fight for her life and Brock's. Someone in Homeland, the CIA, and even the Metro Police is gunning for her. She is going to have to get them first. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Finders/Keepers - Sam Sisavath

Finders/Keepers is the third novel in the Allie Krycek Thriller series This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Allie is using her formidable skills to search for Faith. Lucy has become her partner, along with Apollo of course. Faith was kidnapped and forced to work the sex trade. Allie is getting close, but the trail leads through some rough spots. Staying alive is just as important as finding Faith, and almost harder to do. Very highly recommended.

Friday, April 7, 2017

Saint/Sinner - Sam Sisavath

Saint/Sinner is the second novel in the Allie Krycek Thriller series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
It's been two years since Allie found her sister's killer, and took care of him. It took her 10 years, but that chapter in her life is over. Allie has moved on and is getting her life together. At least she thought so. Then Allie, her boyfriend, and her boyfriend's daughter are kidnapped. The kidnappers think Allie is just a secretary, but Allie has skills. And she remembers how to use them. Very highly recommended.

The Operator - Kim Harrison

The Operator is the second novel in the Peri Reed Chronicles series.
Peri Reed is on her own. She runs a coffee shop now. Opti is gone, but remnants remain in the shadows. They now have a drug they claim will let drafters remember. But it comes at a price. One Peri is not sure she's willing to pay. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A Criminal Defense - William L. Myers Jr.

A Criminal Defense is a novel about murder. About defending someone from murder. But who?
Mick McFarland is a brilliant lawyer. How brilliant is about to be tested by an old friend who hires him. David Hanson is accused of killing his lover. There are twists and turns in the case that I never saw coming. And a personal journey for Mick that could be more than he can take. You will be surprised. Very highly recommended.

Sideswiped - Kim Harrison

Sideswiped is a kindle single out of the Peri Reed Chronicles series.
This is the prequel to the Peri Reed Chronicles. If you want to know how Peri thinks and why she acts, it's good to start from the beginning. Very highly recommended.

Waylaid - Kim Harrison

Waylaid is a kindle single. This novella is where the magical world of Rachel Morgan, and the time traveling world of Peri Reed collide. Excellent.
Peri Reed is tired of letting her roommate choose the entertainment. Jack is all about the magical and supernatural. Peri likes reality. Then Peri accidentally calls a demon. Rachel Morgan is the demon she gets, and Jenks tags along for the ride. That's when the fun begins. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

The Drafter - Kim Harrison

The Drafter is the first novel in the Peri Reed Chronicles series.
It's the future and Peri Reed is a drafter. She's one of a rare few who can manipulate time. The problem is drafters tend to lose their minds trying to keep parallel memories straight. That's why Peri has an anchor named Jack. Anchors have the ability to get into the minds of drafters and remove those extra timelines. But something is wrong. Peri can't put her finger on it, but she has that problem with lots of memories. It seems that Jack and she may be corrupt, but Peri is sure she's not a bad agent. The journey to finding herself is long, hard, and full of action. Peri's first rule is she never kills anyone who hasn't killed her first. A great new series is born. Very highly recommended.

Silence Fallen - Patricia Briggs

Silence Fallen is book number ten in the Mercy Thompson series.
Now that Adam and Mercy are presiding over a tenuous peace of sorts in their territory they've become a target. Mercy is kidnapped by the most powerful vampire in Europe, maybe the world. Mercy manages to escape, but getting away safely will require the help of all the friends and enemies she can count on. Even some ghosts. Very highly recommended.

The Turn - Kim Harrison

The Turn is the prequel to the Hollows series.
The Hollows series explores the world, and specifically the Cincinnati area, after the silence was broken and all the supernaturals came out of the closet. If you ever wondered why that was, This is the book that tells the story. Very highly recommended.