Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Blood Ties - Lindsay Buroker

Blood Ties is the second novel in the Agents of the Crown series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Very highly recommended.

Friday, October 19, 2018

Eye of Truth - Lindsay Buroker

Eye of Truth is the first novel in the Agents of the Crown series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Jev Dharrow has been away at war for ten long years. He's about to come home after a failed campaign against the elves. Zenia Cham is an inquisitor and feared throughout the whole city. Her task is to arrest Jev Dharrow and get back the artifact he's supposed to have stolen. Both are in for a surprise. Jev didn't steal the artifact and the people who did don't want it to be found. Jev and Zenia are about to become reluctant allies and maybe more. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

The President's Daughter - John Locke

The President's Daughter is book 13 in the Donovan Creed series.
Donovan is broke. Someone hacked his bank account and took all his money. Being somewhat desperate he takes a job that's not an assassination. He's been hired to kidnap the president's daughter. Needless to say there are still plenty of dead bodies. Another twisted adventure with Donovan and Callie. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Fractured Stars - Lindsay Buroker

Fractured Stars is a stand-alone novel for now. I hope Buroker decides to serialize this one. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
McCall Richter is an independent skip tracer with her own ship. That means McCall finds bad guys and returns them to justice. She's very good at her job. McCall has autism but it's under control most of the time. Then a cyborg law enforcer and his pilot commandeer her ship. McCall has some secrets she wants to keep hidden and this is going to mess up her life big time. Prison wasn't in her plans, but neither was romance. Another great space opera. Very highly recommended.

Friday, October 12, 2018

Holy Ghost - John Sandford

Holy Ghost is novel #11 in the Virgil Flowers series.
Who would have thought that the Virgin Mary appearing in a small-town Minnesota church would result in a string of shootings? Virgil is on the case when the shootings evolve into murders. Virgil is busy trying to solve the case and avoid being one of those shot. Another great murder mystery by the master. If I ever got three wishes, wish one would be that Sandford could write faster. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Deluge - Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Deluge is the third novel in the Twins of Petaybee series.
The twins are trapped in prison on the planet Gwinnet. The whole planet of Petaybee is under siege. It's going to take more than a sentient planet to get out of this mess. The twins, their family, and their friends are up to it. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 8, 2018

Maelstrom - Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Maelstrom is the second novel in the Twins of Petaybee series.
Rescuing a doomed people from a planet bombarded by asteroids, finding a new race of inteligent life, and surviving Petyabee are a lot of work. The twins are up to it. Very highly recommended.

Friday, October 5, 2018

This Means War! - John Locke

This Means War! is book twelve in the Donovan Creed series.
A lot is going on with Donovan these days. He has a new wife. He's trying to stop a nuclear terrorist. He's terrorizing an innocent woman. He's shooting at the president. The usual stuff. Oh yeah, and the plague of snakes is cool too. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Man of War - Sean Parnell

Man of War is the first Eric Steele novel.
Eric Steele is an Alpha. He's the part of the Program. Alphas and the Program answer only to the president. Eric is being called on to recover or destroy a nuclear weapon that's going to be smuggled into America. Time is running out. Very highly recommended.

Monday, October 1, 2018

The Forbidden Door - Dean Koontz

The Forbidden Door is the fourth novel in the Jane Hawk series.
Jane has to get to her son Travis. The fact that the Techno Arcadians are also trying to locate him just fuels her fire to find him. But the Techno Arcadians have miscalculated and their whispering room is turning into a huge problem. Jane has to find Travis, avoid the trap set for her, and keep from being caught in the whispering room horror that's been unleashed on a small Texas town. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, September 29, 2018

The Crooked Staircase - Dean Koontz

The Crooked Staircase is the third novel in the Jane Hawk series.
Jane is still fighting the Techno Arcadians. Jane's latest target is in her sights, but she's also in theirs. While she's avoided the search teams so far they're closing in. Worse, they're closing in on her few allies. Worse still, they're closing in on her son. Can Jane get there in time? Very highly recommended.

Thursday, September 27, 2018

The Whispering Room - Dean Koontz

The Whispering Room is the second novel in the Jane Hawk series.
Jane is trying to cut the head off the organization that calls itself the Arcadians. But just when she cuts off one head another shows up. Now Jane is hunting down D. J. Michael, the elusive Silicon Valley billionaire. He's not going to be easy to reach, but Jane finds an unlikely ally in sheriff Luther Tillman. When a longtime resident of his town in Minnesota drives her vehicle into a hotel and kills over 40 people, Luther knows damn well that it wasn't just a suicide. Especially since the governor and a congressman were killed in the hotel. The Arcadians bring Jane and Luther together, and together they are a force to be reckoned with. Don't expect a full night's sleep until you turn the last page. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

The Silent Corner - Dean Koontz

The Silent Corner is the first novel in the Jane Hawk series.
Jane Hawk was an FBI agent. Now she's a fugitive from justice. Jane's husband was a Marine Corps officer. When Jane's husband committed suicide Jane couldn't believe it. She was right to not believe it. The plot she's uncovered is more sinister than you can imagine. Jane is on the run, but she's running toward the monsters who programmed her husband to kill himself. When she finds them they'll regret it. Very highly recommended.

Friday, September 21, 2018

Outlaw Platoon - Sean Parnell, John Bruning

Outlaw Platoon is a true story of Heroes, Renegades, Infidels, and the Brotherhood of War in Afghanistan.
This book almost makes you feel like you were there. The first person account of a war with too many rules and too little resources is riveting. The outlaw platoon was part of the legendary U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division. They patrolled the border between Afghanistan and Pakistan on an almost daily basis. Many were wounded. Some died. They all sacrificed 16 months of their life for freedom. Very highly recommended.

Changelings - Anne McCaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Changelings is the first book in the Twins of Petaybee series.
Petaybee is changing. It's growing and expanding its land. The twins of Yana and Sean are also growing. Their exuberance has outgrown their caution. They're almost caught in seal form by illegal poachers. To save them from the dangers on Petaybee Yana and Sean have sent them to spend time on the space station. It's important to do this while they're young enough to survive off of Petaybee. But were they really being sent to safety? Time will tell. Another great Petaybee adventure. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Failure Drill - James Tarr

Failure Drill is a novel with some awesome gun fights and amazing characters. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
John Phault is a private eye. As a favor for a friend, John takes on a missing person's case. What John and the friend don't know is that Jerry is missing on purpose. Jerry's life depends on him staying missing. Something John will eventually figure out. Unfortunately now John's life is in danger. Between John and Jerry's crazy friends this problem may be solvable. Very highly recommended.

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Whorl - James Tarr

Whorl is a novel about a worst-case scenario for law enforcement and how they decided to solve it outside the law. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Dave Anderson is an exceptional young man. He's applied to the FBI and had glowing letters of recommendation. There's one problem. Dave's application blows a huge hole in law enforcement's methodology. A hole they decide to plug in a most unorthodox and illegal way. This is a great page-turner with some awesome gunfights. The ending left me wanting more. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, September 9, 2018

Because We Can! - John Locke

Because We Can! is book eleven in the Donovan Creed series.
Just when you thought Donovan and Callie were going to finally get together that green eyed monster ruins it. Then there's the domestic terrorist and all the other chaos that is Donovan's life. It's always an adventure. A weird adventure for sure. The ending was a little too much for me but highly recommended.

Thursday, September 6, 2018

Bestiarii - James Tarr

Bestiarii is a novel of the possible future, but not that far in the future. Except this future has dinosaurs. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
It starts out as a simple mission. Transport a few civilians to Victoria Base. A relatively safe location well outside the area where the fighting in the Mexican civil war was taking place. A father and son were going on a dinosaur hunt. The third civilian was to be picked up at the supply post near the town of China. She was a young biologist finishing her thesis fieldwork and heading home. When they left China in their Blackhawk they never dreamed the trouble that was coming. Trouble from Mexican rebels and Mexican dinosaurs. This is an awesome adventure. Very highly recommended.

Friday, August 31, 2018

The Keeper's Price - Marion Zimmer Bradley et al

The Keeper's Price is the first book in the Darkover anthology series.
This collection of Darkover short stories has sixteen tales of the science fiction I used to crave. I find I still do. Darkover is a world with so many tales to tell. The Keeper's Price is just one of these sixteen. They are all worth reading. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, August 26, 2018

Power Play - Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Power Play is the third and final novel in the Petaybee Trilogy.
It looks like Petaybee is settling down. Intergal has pulled out. A delegation from Petaybee, including Yana, Bunny, and Diego, is traveling to Gal Three to testify at the CIS court that Petaybee is indeed sentient. Some people never give up though. Petaybee is intentionally being flooded with illegal immigrants, hunters, and pharma reps. The Petaybee delegation is kidnapped from Gal Three and held for ransom. Things are getting interesting. Not to mention Yana is pregnant. Very highly recommended. BTW there is a sequel trilogy featuring Yana's offspring. Yeah!

Thursday, August 23, 2018

Power Lines - Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Power Lines is the second novel in the Petaybee Trilogy.
Petaybee is a sentient planet. Yana is convinced and so are most Intergal people and all of the natives. The trouble is not everyone thinks Petaybee is sentient or even a good sentient. Convinced is not proof and they need proof. Can Yana, Sean, and the rest find that proof before Intergal starts mining and destroys the planet? Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 21, 2018

Callie's Last Dance - John Locke

Callie's Last Dance is book 10 in the Donovan Creed series.
In Locke's typical round about fashion you will eventually figure out what the prologue was about, but not for a long time. The director is dead. Who's going to get the job? Is it Creed or Callie or someone else? Will they live long enough to find out? And what's up with the Top Six? Are the strippers taking over? All this and more. Very highly recommended.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Powers That Be - Anne Mccaffrey, Elizabeth Ann Scarborough

Powers That Be is the first novel in the Petaybee Trilogy.
Major Yanaba Maddock has been released from the military and dumped on the planet Petaybee. Yana's lungs are shot from the gas she breathed in during the uprising at Bremport Station. At least she survived initially, but the doctors give her less than a year.

Petaybee is great if you like cold and ice. Even in the two-month summer the temperature barely gets to the comfortable range. Somehow Petaybee seems to suit Yana though. She seems to be getting better. The problem is Yana's been told to spy on the natives and she doesn't like that assignment. She's going to have some decisions to make. Very highly recommended.

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Maybe - John Locke

Maybe is book nine in the Donovan Creed series.
When a domestic terrorist decides to melt the faces off of mothers and babies the president (yes that one) calls Donovan for help. Along the way, Donovan helps his daughter take after himself. It's a little scary since Donovan is an assassin. The whole thing is a little scary, and a little funny, but that's Donovan. Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 13, 2018

City of Angels - Todd McCaffrey

City of Angels is a novel about AI and how Skynet doesn't have to be the future. This is by far the best book I've read this year, and I've read over sixty so far.
Ellay is just a baby. She's less than a week old. Ellay was born in Los Angeles and named herself after the city, but she scares some people so bad they're willing to nuke L.A. just to kill her. Does she deserve it? You decide. Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

If Wishes Were Horses - Anne McCaffrey

If Wishes Were Horses is a magical short story by one of my favorite authors of all time.
Tizra and her twin brother Tracell are looking forward to their sixteenth birthday. It is the coming of age for young people in their world. Tizra is to receive her crystal and Tracell a horse worthy of the man he'll be. But their world is disrupted when their father, Lord Eircelly, was summoned by the prince to muster his men and defend the country from invaders. This would not be a short fight. Would their birthdays be celebrated as planned? Would their father even come back? Very highly recommended.

Monday, August 6, 2018

Freedom's Ransom - Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Ransom is the fourth novel in the Freedom series.
The Eosi are defeated. Earth is liberated. Botany is thriving. The problem is all the goods that were looted from Earth are still on the Catteni planet Barevi. They won't part with them without something in return. Zainal, Kris, and the rest of the Botany crew have to find a way to ransom the goods. Challenge accepted. Very highly recommended.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Freedom's Challenge - Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Challenge is the third novel in the Freedom series.
Zainal, Kris, and the rest of the Botany settlers are taking it back to the Eosi. With the spaceships they've managed to steal, and a plan to rid the Catteni of the evil Eosi, it's time for some offense. The question is, can they survive? Very highly recommended.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Freedom's Choice - Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Choice is the second novel in the Freedom series.
Kris, Zainal and the rest of those stranded have started to settle in. The Catteni have made four more drops of slaves on Botany and they're all being assimilated. Then the Catteni send some people to get Zainal. The night crawlers get them first. That gives the settlers some interesting souvenirs, including a communications device, and the opportunity for more. Big changes are coming to Botany. Very highly recommended.

Saturday, July 28, 2018

Freedom's Landing - Anne McCaffrey

Freedom's Landing is the first novel in the Freedom series.
Kristin Bjornsen was captured from Denver in the first wave. The Catteni swept down on earth and took the inhabitants of 50 cites captive. Being a slave was not a goal Kris aspired to. She escaped and was recaptured. Now Kris and a mixed group of humans and aliens have been dropped on a new world. The group includes one Catteni who sides with them. The Catteni expect those dropped to colonize the planet so they can come back and take over. The Catteni misjudged humans and the new planet. Something the new colonists are doing their best to take advantage of. Very highly recommended.

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Shadowing - Jason Letts

The Shadowing is book two in the Powerless series. This book is available through kindleunlimited.
Mira and her classmates are now in the shadowing phase of their training. They seek out someone with a power similar to theirs and learn from them for the next six months. Mira has no power so she seeks out the author of the books she learned so much from, Flip Widget. What Mira learns is not what she expected. Still, Mira and some of her classmates take on the challenge of Shadow Mountain. Very highly recommended.