Another strong book in the series with fast moving battles, good characters and moving scenes. As with the first book the prose seems to run on at timAnother strong book in the series with fast moving battles, good characters and moving scenes. As with the first book the prose seems to run on at times between Max and Bram but overall a really good space opera. ...more
At the end of a long and devastating war on earth - World War III - the nations of the confederation (The US, Canada and Mexico) built the first FTL sAt the end of a long and devastating war on earth - World War III - the nations of the confederation (The US, Canada and Mexico) built the first FTL ship and sent it off "into the black" for a shakedown cruise. Until then they had labored under the impression that they were the only sentient species in the galaxy and the Odyssey One was the ship to find out if that was true. What Captain Eric Weston, war hero and Archangel Pilot, finds out changes everything and depending upon how the information he returns with is received, may make him a hero or a criminal.
The book is packed full of technical information on laser based fighting and ablative shielding of ships and the action keeps all 600 pages of it moving along at a good pace. There are diverse characters from Captain Weston and his XO Commander Roberts, to the Archangel Fighter Pilots that make up the screening and fast attack force and the confederation troops that make up the recon forces and while we get to know them they aren't really fleshed out, the book is much more action than character driven, which is unfortunate in some ways as some alluded to an interesting backstory that isn't really explored.
A good, solid, Military Science Fiction book that left me wanting to know what happens at next contact....more
I remember reading this back when it first came out in 1986 so when I saw it on my "daily kindle deals" for 1.99 I couldn't resist a re-read.
Allen CaI remember reading this back when it first came out in 1986 so when I saw it on my "daily kindle deals" for 1.99 I couldn't resist a re-read.
Allen Caine is a rebel, born and trained by the resistance on an earth subjugated by the alien Ryqril, he is 26 years old and about to embark on a mission that could change the face of the occupation and the balance of power as it exists in the known worlds. The book opens with Caine being given his next to last information for the mission he is to travel to the world Plinry as Alain Rienzi, an aide to a Senator serving for the Ryqril. Although things go bad for his compatriots on earth he makes it to Plinry where he manages to meet up with what is left of the legendary Blackcollars - men who were specially trained with martial arts and drugs to be super fighters and who have been able to get a small trickle of the longitivity drug to keep them in fighting shape. What follows is a strongly written story with good intrigue - who can Caine really trust even if they are blackcollars - action and characters. I will be picking up the second book sometime (Backlash Mission)which was written right after Blackcollar, and the third (The Judas Solution) which was written 20 years after Blackcollar...more
It seems like so many urban fantasy books are written from the female's point of view and so many of these feature women that, even if not human, justIt seems like so many urban fantasy books are written from the female's point of view and so many of these feature women that, even if not human, just defy logic (seriously how do they run in spike heels or keep a sword blade hilt hidden in their hair, and seriously those back sheathes have to be a bit hard to drive a car in if you can't bend over without worrying that you are going to tear the upholstery in your car)not that they aren't fun to read but it's nice to have a different point of view and Patrick LeClerc gives it up in what I think is his first book.
Sean is a paramedic north of Boston but he's not just saving lives with medicine and a fast ambulance, Sean can heal others, it's something he's always been able to do, and always is a long, long time. He can't remember his childhood or his parents, but he remembers being Napoleons army, and WWI, and WWII, and the French Foreign Legion, it seems like for much of his life he has been a soldier and has kept moving around, because if he doesn't people wonder why he doesn't grow old like them, and that tends to lead to things like being burnt at the stake which could kill him, although most things can't. Being a paramedic suits Sean, he can help and heal a little and it lets him move around, but when he partially heals the ankle of a man who slipped and badly broke it on the ice he sets in motion a chain of events that just might give him some answers, if it doesn't kill him first. And along the way he might just find that it's okay to fall in love, let your friends in on your secret, oh and learn that you don't have to run away when all the chips are down.
You can tell that the author has real life experience in working on an ambulance and knows his emergency medicine and the people that so often need it, the book is well written but gritty and realistic with a touch of fantasy. I'd read more from Patrick LeClerc....more
This is a novelette set in the time after Daring, while Kris and her beaten up Wasp and crew were limping their way back home. Told mostly from the poThis is a novelette set in the time after Daring, while Kris and her beaten up Wasp and crew were limping their way back home. Told mostly from the point of view of her Grandfather Trouble it is a departure from the action and humor of the novels. As usual Kris is in trouble for things she did, things she was supposed to do but that her other grandfather - King Ray is going to hang her out to dry for. As Trouble tries to interceede for Kris with the dire news from the "front" that is coming in there is increasing dismay and unrest from the civilian population who think that just by wishing it away there won't be a war. A very short Novella and a bit of a different presentation but it fills in a bit of a gap before Furious is released...more
The first book in the "Last War" series, the first of the two series trilogies, time wise. that span the human-kreelan war. It is the second of the twThe first book in the "Last War" series, the first of the two series trilogies, time wise. that span the human-kreelan war. It is the second of the two series he wrote, the "Redemption" series was written first but comes chronologically second, a-la Star Wars. I found out about the books by looking over the kindle free library and saw that the first two books of both series were free and decided to do the series in what would be chronological order despite people saying that Empire (the first book in the second series) was the real starting point). I have to say so far I'm not disappointed in where I started.
It's been centuries since man has taken to space, saving the human race from self-induced extinction but in all that time there has never been another race encountered. Then the exploratory ship Aurora jumps into a system to find ships accelerating towards her, ships that aren't human. As the humans ready first contact protocols we get a glimpse of the aliens, large, blue skinned with large teeth and technology way beyond anything humans have ever encountered. They have met the Kreelans, who have expanded across their empire for untold millenia fighting and subsuming all others they have met. These fierce warriors take over the Aurora and after brutal and bloody close combat one is left alive to return to human space to warn of the impending war.
I found it hard to put the book down, it has good character development and relationship building. The worlds are realistic and even the technology which is so different than most I've seen in books is very well well described yet leaves enough to imagination. Looking forward to seeing how the other 5 books in the series hold up....more
The 4th book in the Confederation Series did not disappoint, Gunnery Sargent Torin Kerr is back in action with her original squad hoping to put "Big YThe 4th book in the Confederation Series did not disappoint, Gunnery Sargent Torin Kerr is back in action with her original squad hoping to put "Big Yellow" - the polynumerous, polymorphic organic plastic alien, and the Silviss behind her. But the routine of the squadron and the war is short lived when suddenly she wakes up in a cave after a brief but brutal battle on a planet being attacked by the "others", and now Torin is front and center of another type of war. Meanwhile Craig and her family have been told that Torin died in that battle and he refuses to believe it, and with the Katrin reporter Presit he goes to find the truth. But it takes more than a nearly magical teleportation to keep Torin down and what she finds and does in the caves may change her life and the entire war....more
Not a bad anthology of science fiction/fantasy with an old west theme. I bought this book for one reason - to read Seanan Mcguires "Flower of Arizona"Not a bad anthology of science fiction/fantasy with an old west theme. I bought this book for one reason - to read Seanan Mcguires "Flower of Arizona" which is the .01 of the Incryptid series, the .02 and .03 being available on her website. That was the best read in the book as far as I was concerned. The rest were good, but none led me to want to go out and purchase any more of their authors books....more
The third book in the Mindstar/Greg Mandel series (or volume 2 in the kindle edition) takes us back to the world of Julia Evans and Event Horizons, MiThe third book in the Mindstar/Greg Mandel series (or volume 2 in the kindle edition) takes us back to the world of Julia Evans and Event Horizons, Mindstar and the rest of the post warming world that Peter Hamilton has created. It's been at least 17 years since the end of the last book and Greg and Eleanor have 4 children with another on the way, and Julia and Royan have two. But Royan went missing 8 months ago with no clues to his whereabouts until a "professional" delivers a box with a flower to Rachel, Julia's former hardliner, now her personal secretary. At the same time Julia is approached by two companies asking her to invest in a hithero unknown atomic structuring technology. Concerned with the flower,which has no known counterpart on earth and these strange overtures Julia turns to Greg for help.
In typical Hamilton style the book is very heavy on detail, although not quite so much that I felt bogged down. With a cast of characters that included Suzi and Victor Tyco from the previous books and new ones that were just as memorable and new developments in the post warming world, including more information on the political structure and alliances that are forming and disbanding, it makes for a very good read....more
I am sad to see this series be over, Jax in all her stubborness and impatience wormed her way into my heart. But since the series had to end this wasI am sad to see this series be over, Jax in all her stubborness and impatience wormed her way into my heart. But since the series had to end this was a wonderful send off. I'm sure it's been quoted many times in reviews of the book but the opening line said it well... "This is not a love story" and indeed it isn't. There is love in the book, at points poignant and heart rending, there is freedom too; but more so there is war and death and destruction.
When the planet of La'heng was first discovered it's people were violent and unreasoning with those of the confederation and so the confederation sprayed the planet with a gas that rendered the people docile, what they didn't, and couldn't, know was that the La'heng physiology was adaptive and the things that happened to the adults biology was passed on to their children. And so the La'heng became slaves to whomever "owned" their bond, unable to lift a hand even in their own defense. Often the La'heng are sold from person to person as part of a debt being paid, which is how Jax met Loras many books ago and although she once left him to die she was also the only human to ever see Loras as anything more than a slave or servant and to treat him as an equal. It had become Jax's crusade to free the La'heng and she financed and helped find a cure for them, a cure that the ruling human government-currently the much despised Nicuans- has absolutely no desire to put into effect. And so rebellion is born.
The book takes place over a span of years and very much like Jax I grew sad and distraught with the toll that war was taking, not only physically and emotionally on her but on all of the La'heng that were taking the cure and then fighting for their freedom. The book follows the early attempt by Jax and Vel to achieve a diplomatic solution that would allow all the La'heng to receive the cure if they wanted, as said before that failed, almost predictably so. I was overjoyed to see March back and Sasha as well, and it was an emotional ride to see how Jax and March work on their relationship not just by psi but by actually talking things out, including Jax's relationship with Vel. Ah, Vel, what a strong yet unconventional relationship they have. If there is anyone Jax can trust it is Vel. Zeek and Constance are there as well and there are some other familiar faces, although in different, yet essential roles. The book left me exhausted both from the emotional interplay between Jax and March and Vel and the hard truth of slavery and how people act towards others, even if in this case the slaves are not human. Indeed is not a love story, it is much much more than that....more
Peter F. Hamilton and Short Stories are not things one would think of together. His books tend to be long and incredibly full of detail and span a hugPeter F. Hamilton and Short Stories are not things one would think of together. His books tend to be long and incredibly full of detail and span a huge distance, not just time but space. So reading short stories of his is a little bit incongruous. There are 7 shorts in here, two of which feature the indomitable Paula Myo who is a genetically engineered police investigator who can not leave justice unmet. The other stories involve time travel and the consequences of going back in time, or in some time for one who isn't prepared, another involves a universe where Rome has never fallen and the ruling houses play a different version of the great game, and a murder is something almost unheard of. All 7 stories do a good job of showing Hamilton's versatility in the genre and were good reads but I prefer the long stories he has come to be known for...more
A zombie with cognizant thought? A zombie mercenary for good (mostly)? Yes indeed in this pulpy pastishe of pulp fiction and zombie stories. John DoeA zombie with cognizant thought? A zombie mercenary for good (mostly)? Yes indeed in this pulpy pastishe of pulp fiction and zombie stories. John Doe is a zombie, he doesn't remember what he was before he was a zombie, so he assumes he's pretty much always been a zombie. He's got a gun, he's got a bank account, he's got a mobile phone, even though he's dead and occasionally he eats... well, you know, it's a zombie thing.
I'm not sure if this was supposed to be tongue in cheek, a very dark tongue in cheek but tongue in cheek it seemed to me. He might be a zombie, but maybe the only thing that can save the world is a zombie who likes to eat... yeah, that....more
A steampunk novel set in today's world, but one in which Queen Victoria is almost 160 years old, the British Empire rules the world, the Underground oA steampunk novel set in today's world, but one in which Queen Victoria is almost 160 years old, the British Empire rules the world, the Underground of London has been replaced by an Overground, pockets of "lost worlds" have been found around the globe so there are really truly dinosaurs at the zoo, there are settlements on the Moon and Mars, and there are steam engines. And through it all is Ulysses Quicksilver, dandy, aristocrat and servant of the Queen.
There is a break in, or maybe a break out at the Museum of Natural History and a guard is killed, Ulysses, just returned from a harrowing journey to Nepal, is put on the case by the dark and foreboding minister Uriah Wormwood. It seems that a professor of evolutionary biology has gone missing along with his difference engine (as in a Babbage difference engine)and an ape is on the loose. Along with his faithful manservant Nimrod they clamber to the foul depths of the old underground and fight high above the city on the overground all in the name of saving the empire from the threats within and without.
Honestly, with characters named Quicksilver, Nimrod, Wormwood, Methuselah,and Galapagos how can you not be entertained? It's not high drama or great literary prose but it is a fun read....more
The second book in the Star Carrier series continues the story from Earth Strike with Admiral Koenig leading the battlegroup from the Star Carrier AmeThe second book in the Star Carrier series continues the story from Earth Strike with Admiral Koenig leading the battlegroup from the Star Carrier America and Trevor Grey still flying his starhawk but finally fitting in a bit better despite his prim beginnings.
The battlegroup is being feted at a party in one of the archeologies on earth after they saved the Earth from a strike by the Turasch. Grey meets up with his old flame Angela, who he lost to the "modern" world after bringing her in to a hospital when she had a stroke, and was the prime reason he became a starhawk pilot, any old feelings he may have had finally brought out in the open, but before any resolution could be made there is a recall to the ships and he is back out in the stars where he feels more at home.
A H'rulka ship is seen in Earths space, the H'rulka being another client species of the overlording Sh'daar, and one had followed a recon probe back to earth. Koenig has to make a decision - to go "rogue" and take the star carrier out to battle the aliens on their turf, or wait for the inevitable orders that are only hours behind him to stay and defend the earth. Since good things don't always come to those who wait the good Admiral decides to leap into the unknown and the book is filled with the usual well done descriptions of a space battle that Ian Douglas is known for.
Looking forward to the third (and final?) book of the series. ...more
Earth is now the center of what used to be a far flung confederation of human worlds. Unfortunately that confederation of worlds is shrinking due to tEarth is now the center of what used to be a far flung confederation of human worlds. Unfortunately that confederation of worlds is shrinking due to the Sh'daar and their subservient species the Turusch. The Sh'daar are the big bullies of the universe and they have given earth an ultimatum - give up all technological progress that would lead humans to the "tech singularity event" (where we would transcend our biological forms) and become another client species, or be destroyed. Being humans, though, most of us don't take to well to ultimatums like that and despite heavy losses of colony world we are trying to find a way to fight back.
Enter Star Carrier America and the battle group lead by Rear Admiral Alexander Koenig, tasked with trying to rescue marines and civilians (although the later are expendable according to the Political Liaison) from the planet Mufrid which is under attack from the Turusch. The book revolves around a few main characters Koenig, and Lieutenant Trevor Gray, a navy Starhawk pilot. Where as Koenig has years of experience of battle and politics Gray is young and mostly an outcast due to his roots as a prim someone who was raised outside of the commonwealths health and orderly ways.
It takes a little bit to get into the history of what has happened on earth, it is given a bit in flashbacks about Grey's life but it meshes well with the action that goes on the book and it tells how much times have changed from today to 200 years in this future.
The book moves from the space battle above the planet to the people on the planet - both the marines and the civilians they were trying to save back to earth and the battles that need to be fought there, not all of them with aliens....more