After being colonized and terraformed by humanity, Mars is now home to a considerable amount of people. Suddenly under threat by Dr. Andreas Hitzig, wAfter being colonized and terraformed by humanity, Mars is now home to a considerable amount of people. Suddenly under threat by Dr. Andreas Hitzig, whom is quite literally a mad scientist, it's up to Liberty Rise and her team to save the planet.
(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thank T.A. Uner for giving me the opportunity and I wish him all the best. Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers before reading further.)
There's always something about the genre of Science Fiction that drives my imagination wild, from new worlds to alternate timelines to life in space, it's all extremely fascinating to think about. This novella was no different, offering the chance to be pulled into an action-packed adventure with interesting characters. However, unfortunately the length was an issue, as with the sheer amount of information I feel it would've been better suited with more depth overall. It was too brief with events moving at a pace that left little time to get attached or feel any sort of emotion. I'm not saying I didn't enjoy the read, just that I prefer more time for story development.
Liberty, a strong woman with the "mutant" power to manipulate time was great alongside her partner, Detective Muir. As a team, they clashed with their differences, which added a bit of nice humour. They should definitely join up again, as they both had a lot of potential. 'Slow Fly' was an also a strange, yet intriguing character and for me, he was quite unique. I do wonder, after gaining his freedom, what he'd do with himself and if he'd cause anymore trouble. Who knows?
The Mindcop Dossiers has the chance to become a great series, but I think I'll only continue if the proceeding books are full length novels, rather than short stories.
Woken up in the middle of the night, Libby Butler has no choice but to rush into work as the on-duty solicitor and offer her services to a very strangWoken up in the middle of the night, Libby Butler has no choice but to rush into work as the on-duty solicitor and offer her services to a very strange man wearing battle attire. With a killer on the loose appropriately named "Dracula", a beautiful warrior searching for a powerful stone, and a cult rampaging about the city, she has no idea just how much her life is going to change from that night on, with herself in the centre of it all.
(I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review. I thank Sara Bain for giving me the opportunity and I wish her all the best. Please be aware that this review may contain spoilers before reading further.)
This book offered a successful mix of fantasy, mystery and crime elements, all of which came together into an interesting story that admittedly had me guessing and re-guessing throughout. At first I thought it was some sort of paranormal romance, but I was soon proved wrong; romance playing little part overall. Something I noticed early on was how extremely well written it was, the structure of sentences and flow of words far superior to most things I read nowadays, so Sara Bain clearly has talent in that regard. What put a dent in it for me, was however purely personal preference, in that I disliked the main leading lady. Libby was by all accounts, painfully realistic with flaws spewing from every orifice and of course I appreciate such in-depth characters, but I need to like them in order to fully enjoy the experience. I had hoped she would grow on me and by the end my feelings for her would've changed, but unfortunately I was unable to warm to her, nor any of the others for that matter, except one. Rose Red was the only character I wanted to see more of; the delightfully deadly assassin was a real treat from the get-go.
The self-named "Gabriel Radley", whilst he certainly piqued my interest at first, the sheer lack of answers to questions just over time diminished most of my curiosity. I'm all for mystery, and I do think it was well done here, but I prefer everything to be tied up in the end to give the feeling of satisfaction. Where did Gabriel come from? What was he? It crossed my mind perhaps he was some sort of vampire, but I ruled that out. There was still something about his bite being deadly, but for my own sanity I gave up trying to guess. Personality wise, he was likable enough, but not something I found myself swooning over. Some of the things he had to say were very thought-provoking, especially about how we live and how we think, for example;
"The vain triviality of your minutes, hours and days has little impact on the natural order of the universe, for such is too vast for an ordinary mortal to understand. Yet, in your quest for theory over practicality, you believe infinity to be a measurable reality. You set out to quantify the distance between the present and the untold future by basing your findings on simple conjecture and calculable reason forms the basis of the study of science. This is, Miss Butler, a most terrifying world beset with insanity."
Something I did like was how at times I got that British vibe, which is surprisingly absent with a lot of books set in the UK. I appreciate when it's there, because location should be important and thus applying that feel of culture. Saying that, particular things said and thought by characters were a little too dramatic or unrealistic, in my opinion at least, but it didn't cause too much of a problem. The plot itself was never boring, making it easy to read and get lost in, with added twists and turns I didn't see coming. I do love the unpredictable.
I would happily read more of Bain's work in the future and I believe she could go far in the urban fantasy genre.
"It took you long enough to answer my call, Mr and Mrs Whatever-your-names-are. It’s a good thing I wasn't being murdered. My killer would've had enough time to clean up his tracks, make himself dinner, have a little nap and leave with all the family silverware by the time it took you to get here." She slammed the door in the outraged faces.