Yes, I love alien beings, space craft, a nice little romantic subplot, romance among the shimmering stars, and other space travel slice-of-life type stories... YET, one thing that struck me immediately in the read of this new book in the Bathorok Series is how deadly funny certain moments, and certain characters, were.
True, this book is mostly a fast-paced action story where the lives of the inhabitants of an entire planet hang in the balance (think MEGA summer Hollywood Blockbuster film—explosions, battles, intrigue, politics, humans meeting and interacting with an alien species for the first time, some interacting more closely than others, wink-wink—with many juicy roles for A-list movie stars), yet still... some deadly funny moments made me almost laugh out loud.
I'm not going to spoil the read yet let me just say that this story picks right up where 'Return of the Android: The Tale of Batharok: Part 2' left off. I don't think I've enjoyed serial sci-fi quite to this degree, except possibly for 'The Tripods' series by John Christopher and sci-fi written by Neal Stephenson.
I really see this story shot as a TV series or at least several feature films; funny and fascinating, it reminds me of the best aspects of `BattleStar Gallactica.' One of the things about writing by Andrew James Walker is his prose which reveals a light yet masterful use character, dialogue, sub-text, and reveals the quirks and oddities of human character and personalities in a way that is amusing and highly entertaining. Don't think this book is all fun and games, though.
The lives of many are on the line here as The Battle of Batharok is resumed when the ***SPOILER ALERT*** planet mysteriously reappears. There are emotional subtleties in many of the male and female characters. I was particularly engaged by the relationship between Kosh and Skyla and was reading with bated breath, waiting to see what would happen in their secondary plot romantic relationship. This book elicited various emotions in me, the reader, which is what I expect and truly hope to experience (and that's what a well-written story does, it allows us to live vicariously through the characters in the story).
If you like or love sci-fi, ensemble characters stories, androids, alien species, space travel, space opera, and well-written books by Indie authors, then you will probably very much enjoy this book. I did. Btw, this book ends in the best way possible all plot threads are resolved and the ending offers the perfect setup for a sequel. ***SPOILER ALERT*** in the end a fabulous and mysterious device, the Cumulat, is in the hands of a being who has no idea what it is, and he and the earthlings that he bumped into are headed to earth. Oh, yessss.
I can't wait to read 'The Tale of Batharok: Part 4.' Happy reading~*(less)
Oh, my fabulous stimulating, fast-paced, incredibly enjoyable read. Heartful, thrilling, intense, seXy and satisfying read... another fast-paced unput...moreOh, my fabulous stimulating, fast-paced, incredibly enjoyable read. Heartful, thrilling, intense, seXy and satisfying read... another fast-paced unputdownable book by Eve Rabi. This is the kind of book you read on holiday, when life is utterly boring, stressful, or just plain tiresome. Seriously, though. Was waiting and waiting, and waiting, for this sequel to the fabulous first book in the series (You Will Pay) and was it ever worth the wait. This first book in this series has some shocking content and was, like this second in the series, a wild fiction ride. The story and emotional lives of the characters were real, raw, and really compelling. I know that when I need a mind-wipe, to forget the irritations, or problems, of reality (or to make time at the gym fly by, on the treadmill), an Eve Rabi book will do the trick. Her characters are entirely human, very well-drawn, and easy to connect with. The plotting is fascinating, seriously. You will forget the outside world when you read one of her books. I love that she writes series. Her characters, like the lovable, intense, and utterly masculine (yet kind and loving) Bear and the complex, vulnerable, increasingly fierce, Arena, wind their way into your heart. When I read her books, it's entirely a mind candy treat, where I curl up to read and spend several hours with a glass of Merlot, or a hot tea and chocolate mini-escape. I love her GRINGA - In the Clutches of a Ruthless Drug Lord and other series, as well. Rabi is a truly gifted writer. Can't wait to read her next book. Happy reading~*(less)
‘Sweet Violent Femmes’ is a collection of short, almost feministic, stories by emerging author and freelance short story writer Holly M. Kothe. Hallma...more‘Sweet Violent Femmes’ is a collection of short, almost feministic, stories by emerging author and freelance short story writer Holly M. Kothe. Hallmarks of her work are biting, incisive prose that is highly descriptive, conveys ambiance, in careful construction of scene and setting, which makes the outer world slide away. Soon the reader is vicariously living the life of a scary, confident, assertive heroine with a white hot virulent rage-on that won’t be sated (at least not until vengeance has been wrought). You won’t read these stories; you will experience these horrific little tales of debauchery, revenge, self-righteous anger, self-abuse, and female aggression directed at former victimizers. There is a dark and disturbing quality in the heroines of these pieces, which is highly reminiscent of the female protagonist in Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl. There is also a Poe-like poetic and disquieting feature, a willingness to take the road less traveled, minus the Hollywood ending, that is rarely seen among modern writers. The generally shocking and self-righteous, eye-for-an-eye ideology held by each of the female protagonists of the short stories may put some readers off. Tightly-paced, compelling, and deeply unsettling, aficionados of the genre, or courageous readers willing to sample new literary fare, will be seduced by Kothe’s writing, characters, settings and plots. ‘Sweet Violent Femmes’ will be un-put-downable for fans of the macabre and those who don’t mind anti-heroines who, for the most part, destroy themselves in wrenching retribution from unrepentant men. Kothe is most definitely a writer-to-watch.(less)
Raally liked this book for the most part. Sadly, as happens far more often that I like, it's seriously a trend with authors, the last chapter (the par...moreRaally liked this book for the most part. Sadly, as happens far more often that I like, it's seriously a trend with authors, the last chapter (the part where *SPOILER ALERT* her memory issue cleared up and who she was after the accident integrated with who she was before it) felt hurried. Seriously, that part of the book, possibly the most important part of the story, was rushed, less polished and less edited. Hard to believe a Legacy Publisher would put it out like that. Whatevs. Still quite a good book, though I docked it star for the rushed, slapped on, poorly polished ending. Happy reading~*(less)
You know those books that read so easily that reading is like watching a movie. That--this highly visual, entertaining, and fast-paced book was a fun...moreYou know those books that read so easily that reading is like watching a movie. That--this highly visual, entertaining, and fast-paced book was a fun fast read. Lily Sutter is an up-and comer--a clever, especially attractive young lady who has done well as the understudy to Alex and is outselling him in marketing Greenwich Venture Investments to the über wealthy potential investors whom they target. A beautiful girl, raised by her now deceased working-class single father dad, she has a taste and mind for the high life. She is one smart cookie, knows how to dress, and is a quick study. Mid falling for a married wealthy man, her boss educates her to the fact that the guy's a scoundrel with a history, "bad credit, arrests for drug possession and use, driving under the influence, reckless driving, involuntary manslaughter, visits to rehab, expulsion from Yale," and more. Alex convinces her to move to Montecito to open their new office. She does so and hires a sometime lawyer Joe Costa, a guy who holds his own defending and dealing with organize crime members, who has worked in real estate a bit, to find her office space, and through him meets the first of many wealthy locals, socialites and more. Young, attractive, and charming when she wants to be, which is whenever she wants something, Lily networks and flirts her way through the social scene to find moneyed investors for the high yield securities she sells. When Joe introduces Lily to the country club set, she befriends Vergie Hove, a wealthy addict who has a philandering former tennis pro younger husband named Tony, and--as always, with an eye toward action as a means to an end--Lily insinuates herself into Vergie's life. Lily sets up Monterey Venture Investments (MVI) and before too long has a number of investors ready to pony up the $1M required investment to invest in sexy Biotech and other cutting edge applicable science related technology (who are willing to leave it untouched for the first year, per the fund requirement). Soon a series of events are set in motion, largely manipulated by Lily, that may lead her to the life of wealth that she craves. Devious and cunning, a true sociopath, Lily uses her youth, good looks, sexuality, street smarts, faux friendliness, or any other wiles, to get what she wants for both the short and long term. It's not all champagne, country club dinners, sexcapades, million dollar wire transfers, and manipulation of the über wealthy--before long dangerous complications ensue. Tony is up on rape charges, Lily's boss Alex is angry that she's busy with her personal life (insinuating herself into Vergie's exclusive life) and is on his way to California, the crazed former married man reappears and is murdered, and the FBI and local law enforcement are investigating both MVI and the murder. In addition, stone cold Lily is up to her ears in killers, criminals, killing and crime but, like a black cat who always manages to land on its feet, she navigates the insanity with ease. Bodies start to pile up, a mobster and a hit man come calling, and the heat is on. You'll have to read the book to see what happens. I admit it. I had no intentions of reading this book over the last day or so. I had other obligations but, when I made the mistake of opening it, I was immediately sucked in. I opened it quite late, on my Kindle, to move it to the front of my to-read queue or I would have read it all in one-sitting. A terribly compelling, well-plotted thriller, quite noirish in prose and plot, I read until I fell asleep in the wee hours. Upon waking I had to finish the page-turner before doing anything else. I disliked the absence of any kind of hero; there is no altruism or nobility in any single character in this book. That said, the characters are well-drawn, the story fascinates, is well-told, moves quickly, and it is truly a good read. Like an old-fashioned noir novel, this crime drama delivers high style, cynical attitudes, and sexual and monetary motivations. Although this isn't true noir, lawyer Joe Costa isn't the central character, Princess Lily of the title is running the show here, the tone, themes and sharply delivered prose read close to the classic noir mood. Think #crimedrama #erotic #gritty #strange #ambivalent. If you love thrillers or crime drama, or evil heroines, then you will likely love this book. It would make a fascinating feature film. Happy reading~*(less)