Backtrack is a great example of doing time travel the right way. It takes place over the course of just a couple years and finds really interesting pl...moreBacktrack is a great example of doing time travel the right way. It takes place over the course of just a couple years and finds really interesting places to fit the twists, turns, and unexpected events. While the main story line is stopping a terrorist attack on the United States, it is how the main character goes about the hunt and the relationships that he forms (and are forgotten) that really push the book forward.
There really isn't much downtime in this book and there is always action around every corner. If the action isn't good enough, the ring will be set back 5 seconds just to make sure it is good enough on the next try. At first I didn't know how I would find the short 2-3 minute chapters, but I actually found it increased the pace and had me reading more than a book where I had to invest 20-30 minutes to a chapter; I would keep saying just one more, just one more, instead of putting it down because I would fall asleep before finishing it. I found it was easy to just pick up during a commercial break or waiting for food to cook as you always got to an end point quickly.
As you follow the character and the decisions he makes and the people he meets, there is no lack of believability. Time travel is the only thing "science fiction" about the book, everything else is kept very real and easy to follow. There is a little humour, a little romance, a little mystery, and a whole lot of action in between these covers. This is one book I highly recommend; give the first few chapters a read for free on Amazon and you will be hooked and have to know what happens next.
It's usually in a horror book that something like this can be said, but it is very fitting for this book too,. You never know who will be waiting for you when you open up the door...(less)
Time Savior is a pretty decent take on a time travel story. While it spans a large amount of time and has quite a few jumps, it is nice that there are...moreTime Savior is a pretty decent take on a time travel story. While it spans a large amount of time and has quite a few jumps, it is nice that there are not that many characters that you have to remember; so when you meet one in the past or future you are not scrambling through your brain to remember who these people are. As the title suggests, the protagonist is attempting to save a catastrophic change to the time line, even though he has no clue what is going on.
The way the characters interact throughout time worked really well and seemed really well thought out. Everyone had a purpose for being where they were even if they weren't supposed to be there. The time travel device itself was a little less well done as sometimes you need an event with high levels of radiation involved but then other times it didn't matter; it was not as well thought out as the rest of the book. There were some slower parts that probably could have been skipped as they didn't help push the story along or give any extra information, but all around it was a page turner because you never knew what was going to happen next or who you would meet and when.
While there are better time travel books out there, this one would still be on my recommend list as there is enough good about it that you should give it a read at the right price. The style the book was written in was easy to follow and kept this readers attention, so I will be keeping an eye on this author to see what else he can come up with. There is nothing too deep or life altering in this book, just a fun little time travel tale.(less)
The idea of The Birth Of Decay was really good, execution was very hit and miss. Between the unbelievability of the characters and the way a lot of th...moreThe idea of The Birth Of Decay was really good, execution was very hit and miss. Between the unbelievability of the characters and the way a lot of the plot dragged on or didn't make sense, it was hard to get through. Although it seems like it from the description, this book is not a techno thriller in the least, it is a zombie book that needs a lot of work; and I should also mention that it is in desperate need of an editor as well. The way the book was ended, there will definitely be a sequel (which I will probably not be reading) but if it heads a little more in the direction of the technology that was actually the cause of the apocalypse instead of zombies then it will be a much better book than this one was. I would not recommend this book unfortunately. Mindless automatons are not the same as the living dead...(less)
After the Plague is about the beginnings of the apocalypse and immediate survival. Facade of decay takes place a little while later when survival reli...moreAfter the Plague is about the beginnings of the apocalypse and immediate survival. Facade of decay takes place a little while later when survival relies more on finding people instead of staying away. While this book was a lot more predictable than the last, it still held this readers attention as we met new (and old) characters and the interactions were very different from the first.
While the book still followed a few main characters, there was a lot of jumping around the place and it took a few sentences to realize who we were following at the moment. That being said, it made sense to do it that way because it was very many verses many; unlike the first book which was few against many. The action scenes were written really well and had the pages turning faster as you get immersed deep into it.
If you enjoyed the first book, you will really like this one. It has more action, a larger family, and a lot more fun. You have already invested the hours feeling for the characters, so you might as well continue the journey and see what happens to them.(less)
When a virus made to infiltrate a bank's system collides with their new AI, it inadvertently gives that AI a mind to think for itself. That is the gen...moreWhen a virus made to infiltrate a bank's system collides with their new AI, it inadvertently gives that AI a mind to think for itself. That is the general premise of System error: in your favor and it played out quite interestingly. I didn't know what to expect when I started reading, but it ended up going down a fun path. There was some unbelievability in the banks over reaching of power, and the author didn't do much digging into how hacker groups operate, but otherwise it followed a good story line.
If you are in the mood to just sit back and watch a powerful computer system (with more powerful than currently available from a bank server) run away and do what it thinks is best for how it sees society, give it a read. If you get caught on things that don't fully make sense but are just there to push the story forward then you will want to pass on this one as there are quite a few "really?" moments. Overall it was a good read and a fun take on a computer than can think for itself.(less)
The blood, gore, and unadulterated violence might be a put off for some people because Curve Day is full of it! Lucky for me, I love that stuff and th...moreThe blood, gore, and unadulterated violence might be a put off for some people because Curve Day is full of it! Lucky for me, I love that stuff and this book has a great splattering of all kinds. The book starts a couple weeks away from curve day with preparations and slowly gets closer to the action until finally we are right in the thick of things.
When it comes to the writing style, there were a few things that bothered me a little, but not enough to stop me from turning page after page. The pacing was perfect with a nice suspense leading up to the day,. The formatting threw me off a little bit more than anything else, and that might just be a Kindle situation that needs to be addressed. While the book looks like it is over 500 pages, it is double spaced and could not be changed which made it seem a lot longer than it was (and I personally like things tighter), Another issue was that within a chapter it jumps to random scenes without so much as a dividing line or anything to know that you are now somewhere else.
A great concept for a book (and a movie released a month after the book called The Purge which has the same theme) and it was well executed. If you are looking for a book where you don't have to think, just sit back and enjoy the bloodbath, this is the book for you. While you won't think much in the thick of the action, it will leave you thinking about how you would react if Curve Day came to reality...(less)
While I really enjoyed The Intruder and it's unique take on a splitting of society, I think it tried to push plot twists a little too far at times and...moreWhile I really enjoyed The Intruder and it's unique take on a splitting of society, I think it tried to push plot twists a little too far at times and focused more on that than the progression of the story. It took a little getting used to, but eventually it just became expected and worked well; just a style that I am not really used to.
The plot and how everything interconnects was very well written and thought out; all the pieces to the puzzle are slowly revealed, even ones that you didn't even know existed. Everytime you think you know what is going to happen next, something gets in the way of it happening and the tables are turned. When the hallucinations started to be introduced I was worried that it would fall into a world of disbelief, but the author thought that through as well and it was incorporated into the story slowly and, again, in a very believable way.
The technology in the book is well rounded based on where it is currently heading and it's "nefarious" uses sound like today's society advanced. Everything is kept close enough to current reality that it makes sense and is easy to follow. If you like to read about the future of technology or deep government conspiracy and spying on privacy, this might just be the book for you.(less)
The Mother of All Viruses is my type of book. Computer intelligence (not even just AI), viruses, hacking, social engineering, Russian and American age...moreThe Mother of All Viruses is my type of book. Computer intelligence (not even just AI), viruses, hacking, social engineering, Russian and American agents, and all out pandemonium! Your head will be spinning by the time you get through it and find out exactly what is going on and how all the pieces fit together.
There is a lot of computer talk in the book since it is all about computing speeds and the calculations they can do. The book is mainly about a university scientist that needs more computing power to prove her theory but she does not have the budget; things progress from that point in really interesting ways. The tech-talk might slow some people down, but most of it can be ignored and just glossed over as it is just for us computer nerds and doesn't really affect the plot. There are a few pacing issues and back-and-forths that aren't really necessary, and then there were parts that just breezed by way too quickly for what was happening, but the rest of the book makes up for it.
A very well written story that is a great read, for nerd and regular people alike. There is a little bit of a sci-fi aspect mixed in too which might be a hinderance to some, and was really the only unbelieveable aspect of the entire book. You can get almost half the book for preview on Amazon and Goodreads, so there is no financial reason to not give it a look.(less)
This first thing that I want to say is that I wish this story was longer. It was really well written and quite the intriguing read. Each section was l...moreThis first thing that I want to say is that I wish this story was longer. It was really well written and quite the intriguing read. Each section was like it's own little shorter story and would hold some ground by itself, but all pieced together the way it was kept things interesting...you never knew what was coming next! I was so into it that when I noticed there was just a small percentage of the book left I was a little upset. That being said, it wrapped up really nicely and worked very well as a short. Being the length of a movie and as well written as it was, I can't come up with any reason for anyone not to read this!(less)
The Lisa is a story of the future if we keep letting big brother watch us the way it is. Drawn in the future when humans have moved underground to sav...moreThe Lisa is a story of the future if we keep letting big brother watch us the way it is. Drawn in the future when humans have moved underground to save mother earth, not many question their life. This book follows one of the people that do and that have heard about how things used to be.
I really enjoyed the book, I just wish it was broken up differently. Throughout the book there are "history lessons" of the main character remembering or telling the story of what his grandfather used to tell him as a child. While I understand that they are there to set the scene, I think the book would have done well without most of it. It was used to convince another character of what life could be like and also let the reader know why things got the way they did, but a lot of it came off as very preachy or anti-government when the main plot would have been able to be driven faster without it.
The List is a good read set in a good world with good characters, but nothing more than just good. While this will have me trying out another book by this author because I like the adventure he brought me on, I would say this book is a pass to those who are very picky about pacing. If you are running low on books in your queue, I say give this one a read even though you won't be dazzled.(less)
This is the second book that I have read from this author, and it blew me away even more than the first one did. There was a joke in the opening of th...moreThis is the second book that I have read from this author, and it blew me away even more than the first one did. There was a joke in the opening of the book about movie rights and that is exactly what the book felt like. A coming twist is obvious, the twists themselves are not at all!
When you break it down, The Rockets' Red Glare is a book about terrorism and how organized it really is. What separates it from every other book about terrorism out there is that the terrorists in the book are just about as clueless as to what is going on and who is pulling the strings as we, the reader, are. Starting from the bottom and working all the way up to the top, no one knows exactly what is going on which added many levels of suspense and mystery.
The characters (and there are many of them) were well thought out and easy to follow. Usually when there are so many scenes and so many plots going on it is hard to follow who is who and doing what, but the way the author introduced them each time it was there scene made the whole book flow very nicely. The realism was there as well which made it a good read; there was no part that made me question the reality of a situation or a tracking method.
Overall I would recommend this to anyone who likes a good action or adventure book, a conspiracy theorist, any against terrorism even if it is your neighbour, a good FBI/CIA/NSA or any other abbreviated government agency chase drama, a book about twists and turns, or just someone who likes a great piece of literature that is well thought out and very well executed. (less)
The tagline “based on the testimony of human and robot witnesses” almost made me shy away from reading The War of 2083, but the description of the boo...moreThe tagline “based on the testimony of human and robot witnesses” almost made me shy away from reading The War of 2083, but the description of the book made it hard to not read. Following the natural progression of reliance on technology, lack of proper diet, robots taking over our jobs, and the silent tension between countries made this a very well planned out world and very believable. This is a great book about trust, backstabbing, rebellions, and all out civil war. There was no wasting time to get into the thick of the action and that action pretty much continued until the very last page.
There are a few different types of robots that play a big part in the book (ie. eggs, spiders, humanforms), but the author details them in a very interesting way. Instead of just giving a description of the robots which would have us not believe that we are in the world we are reading, we are given subtle hints throughout about the size, weight, shape, intelligence, and use of them; the names of them help with the description as well of course. While The War of 2083 is about a future world, there are quite a few socio-economic and political questions that are brought up that ring true today. The power certain branches of government are given to abuse is the first one that comes to mind, but there are many other similarities to today’s society that will make this book more of a reality of what’s to come than a fantasy book.
If you enjoy a good book about corruption and attempting to overthrow that corruption (whether you are aware that you are playing that role or not), then The War of 2083 is something that you should read. The pace keeps pushing the book along, even through scene changes from the big city to underground labs to the jungle. While William Elder’s other books don’t really spark any interest for me, this one was a very pleasurable read.(less)
Without is a very good dystopia-style novel for anyone who is into the genre. There is quite a lot of action, adventure, gore, philosophy and psycholo...moreWithout is a very good dystopia-style novel for anyone who is into the genre. There is quite a lot of action, adventure, gore, philosophy and psychology. We join the protagonist as mother nature starts kicking back and follow him through his adventure to get out of the city. Some people he meets he wants to help while others want to help themselves to what he has; there is a wide range of types of people that he meets along his journey. This book is not for the feint of heart. Although there are some slow parts where very little is happening, there are also quite a few parts that would make some queasy.
The only thing that didn't really work well for me was him seeing, and having conversations, with the dead. I understand they were just manifestations of his own mind giving him pushes and pulls in whatever direction, but it just brought me out of the story every time it did it. An inner voice is one thing, putting them to characters and trying make it really seem like he is interacting with them in the real world just killed a little of it for me. To some it might work and it did push the story into different directions, that is just my opinion on the way it was used.
The way Without was written was enough to fill my head with images like a movie or a dream. Some books try to overdo the details of everything happening which is painting too much of a picture; others are too vague and it is hard to even imagine what is going on in the scene; this book gives just enough that your imagination isn't working overtime, but just the right amount to live the world the author created. I would recommend this book to most, as long as you can deal with some brutality.(less)
Cybersp@ce is a decent read. Mixing the topics of computer hacking, political delicacy, and Area 51 into an action story that could lead to the end. T...moreCybersp@ce is a decent read. Mixing the topics of computer hacking, political delicacy, and Area 51 into an action story that could lead to the end. There was plenty of planning, and little bit of action, a dabble into romance; but all around pretty average. It did give a little suspense of what will happen next, but the anticipation was not strong because it was very predictable. There were no real clever "a-ha" moments or any twists and turns, but it was a good story on the straight and narrow.
The pacing of the book was really nice and it didn't linger on anything too long so as to slow it down. The basis of the story, computers not being as secure as we think they are, is one of the topics that I read a lot so I have high expectations at this point. One of the things that was not done in the book was any explanation of the hacks or any real mention of the technology doing the hacking or being hacked. The book just seemed to take the easy route of glossing over the details. Not many people probably want to read about the technical details of a hack or the technology, but more details (to bring the reader into the moment more) about the action or mass destruction would have taken this book a long way. 100,000 people were killed by a nuclear reactor being hacked, and it is just glossed over. If there was more detail on the subject it would raise the blood lust the reader had toward those responsible instead of it just being a plot line we are following.
Overall Cybersp@ce is a good read to just sit back and relax and not have to think. With the topics at hand it COULD have ended up being a very heavy (and long) book, but instead it was very light and something you could put down whenever you need instead of having to read at least one more chapter. If you want just a basic suspense book about computers and the possibility of the next world war, this is one that gives you exactly that.
(Fitting that I finished reading this book on the anniversary of the Roswell crash...)(less)