Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1 – Launch Day is 1 Week Away!

The day is fast approaching! 7 Days until I ‘officially’ launch

Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1
A Space Adventure Anthology

June 28th, 2018

And here’s the really cool part. It’s going to 99¢ on Launch Day through July 1st!

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That’s right, I’m setting the start price at less than the cost of 20 oz. soft-drink!

Do yourself a favor and pick up three really awesome space adventure stories in one anthology for less than a buck! Then do me the favor and share the love to as many people as you can!

Want some more cool news?

eConscience Beta, my awesome technothriller comedy will ALSO be on sale for 99¢ on Launch Day through July 1st!

Yep, you can get BOTH of my ebooks for just under $2!

If you need a reminder on the day, go ahead and Follow the Facebook page, maybe even add yourself to the Book Launch Event, Sign up for my mailing list either on the FB page or this blog. I will be sending out reminders.

Here are the covers and blurbs for both books! Happy Reading!


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Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1 – A Space Adventure Anthology

HORIZONS UNLIMITED
Matter conversion technology–Matt-Con–has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.In this volume:

Quicksilver
The space station Chariot of Helios–on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech–encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.

Escaping Aurora
The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.In preparation for this, I have spent a lot of time learning to use Gimp 2 to design my own cover, bookmarks and other sundry media/ad items. There has been a steep curve to the software, but I’m getting there. It’s a great free resource that’s well worth taking the time to learn.


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eConscience Beta

Peacekeeper Incorporated’s breakthrough nanotechnology could bring repeat offense crime to an end, freeing society from the need for criminal incarcerations. But first, they have to finish testing it. With funding on the line, and time to prove out the project getting short, the lead scientist must find a way speed things up. That’s unfortunate for his guinea pig, and anyone who would stand in his way.

Can the goal of ending most crime justify committing one… even a few? And what happens when you conflate altruism with egotism?

Find out in eConscience Beta, where two lab techs and an uncouth petty criminal must outwit a brilliant but sociopathic scientist who’ll stop at nothing to establish his legacy as the man who ended crime.


I would greatly appreciate your help spreading the word to others who might like these types of stories.

If you just can’t wait, though, you can snag a copy on Amazon right now. Just click on the book images below!

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Review: Sanctuary (Frontiers Saga:Rogue Castes #8)

Sanctuary (The Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Castes, #8)Sanctuary by Ryk Brown

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Episode #8 of The Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Castes is a decent read in the series. It is a side-quest heavy episode, but the main plot line does advance a bit. The tragic events of the previous episode are heavily on the mind of Captain Nathan Scott, thus it keeps him on a personal errand for most of the book. That errand is action packed, of course. Meanwhile, the fleet, Cameron & Telles are left to deal with a conniving Rakuen politician on their own.

To be honest, the ‘You are the only one who can lead us, Nathan Scott!’ mantra is a bit over-played in this book, and I also find it not to be true. Between the Aurora’s Commander, the Ghatazak Commander and Deliza Ta’Akar, the Rebellion is in more than capable hands. They can run it by themselves… and kind of do. Nathan Scott has not done much yet, other than gather some silly race-car spaceships (Gunyoki) and a reluctant ally in the Rakuen. The ending scene was a bit over the top and cringy, but the outcome is a turn in the right direction for the main character, so I hope things get back to normal. And by normal, I mean more space captain fighting creative space battles and less space pirates doing space pirate stuff.

The side-quest in this book does introduce some interesting new tech possibilities that will no doubt lead to the Rebellion keeping the upper hand against the Dushan (and some really cool fight scenes!). There are also some mysterious revelations that I think I know the backstory of, but I’m not sure, so I won’t guess here. All in all the book is a fun read and makes me eager for the high stakes fight that is brewing.

I give this one three stars and call it a Decent Read.

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Book Launch Countdown: 15 Days to Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1

The blog has been silent for a while because… well, I’ve been busy. I have not had time to read a lot or write a review lately because…

Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1 – A Space Adventure Anthology will officially launch on June 28th, 2018. Mark your eCalendars, set your Apple Watch, Go Follow the Facebook page, maybe even add yourself to the Book Launch Event.

HORIZONS UNLIMITED
Matter conversion technology–Matt-Con–has broadened the scope of mankind’s existence. It has opened up the real possibility of viable colonies on other planets in our solar system, and even space itself. Anywhere matter can be captured or energy from the sun can be felt, the possibility of expanding human habitation exists.In this volume:
Quicksilver
The space station Chariot of Helios–on its way to Mercury to become a power collection station for Earth’s growing need for energy to power matt-con tech–encounters a strange anomaly that threatens ship and crew.
Escaping Aurora
The sudden destruction of mankind’s first atmospheric terraforming platform leaves three unlucky exonauts struggling to survive in the skies of Venus aboard a cobbled-together airship. Meanwhile, the commander of the space station above battles obstacles that might keep her from rescuing her stranded husband and crew in time.

In preparation for this, I have spent a lot of time learning to use Gimp 2 to design my own cover, bookmarks and other sundry media/ad items. There has been a steep curve to the software, but I’m getting there. It’s a great free resource that’s well worth taking the time to learn.

Here’s the Facebook Cover Photo I came up with.

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Here are my bookmarks, which will be available for LibertyCon during my launch window.

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And last, but not least (first, actually), the book cover itself.

The new book will be officially released in ebook format on June 28th, and I’m trying generate interest in advance so that everyone who wants a copy can help boost me up in Amazon rank by buying it on the same day.

I would greatly appreciate your help spreading the word to others who might like these types of stories.

If you just can’t wait, though, you can snag a copy of the paperback version on Amazon right now. amazon-buy-button

As for the blog, I do have  a book review coming up for the latest in the Frontiers Saga, but I don’t think I’ll get to it tonight.

In the mean time, enjoy this picture of my duck, Harley and her new hatchling!

Happy Reading!

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Harley (mama duck) & baby

Book Launch: Planetary Anthology: Earth

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Planetary Anthology: Earth

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Planetary Anthology EARTH IS OUT NOW!

My short story Xolotl Resurrected is only one of twenty tales you can find featured in this new release called Planetary Anthology: Earth published by Superversive Press.

Xolotl Resurrected is the origin story of Horizons Unlimited, the organization that created Matt-Con tech. Its the same universe as Quicksilver (Mercury Anthology), and Thirty-Seven Shades of Yellow (Venus Anthology), AND the upcoming Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1 to be released later this month which will include a brand new novella call Escaping Aurora! Get this anthology now and read up so that you are ready for the fun!

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Here’s the teaser synopsis:

Xolotl Resurrected – A convergence of breakthroughs in quantum intelligence and materials technology has lead to the birth of matter conversion. Can the idealistic inventors prove its viability to the world, and share it, while still protecting against its misuse? They have the power to create anything, so why not start with a miracle?

Get your copy on –> Amazon!

Take a look at this awesome launch video put together by Ben Zwycky.

Here’s the blurb:

PLANETARY: EARTH

18 tales of explorers, lost worlds, strange and wondrous creatures, gods & goddesses of old, miraculous inventions, aliens, bots and post humans, brought together in this anthology of discovery and daring.

Come explore the legends and chronicles of planet Earth and the space beyond in the fourth volume in the Planetary series.

Included in this volume are:

Silesian Treasure by WJ Hayes
This Planet is a Hole by Lou Antonelli
Extinction Point by Richard Paolinelli
I Hate Mars! By Arlan Andrews
The Mantle of Gaia by Jody Lynn Nye
Reality Run by Alfred Genneson
Escape From The Lost Land by Nathan Dabney
Unacceptable Losses by John M. Olson
Climate of Change by Marie Genneson
Welcome to Mars! by A. M. Freeman
The Dawn of Reason by Dan Gallagher
Under A Wayward Sun by Josh Griffing
The Hidden Conquest by Hans Schantz
Complicit in Their Bondage by J. Manfred Weichse
Ringrun by Ben Wheeler
Xolotl Resurrected by J.D. Beckwith
We’ll Always Have Earth by Bokerah Brumley

Review: Tails from the Apocalypse

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by Chris PourteauStefan Bolz, David Bruns, Michael Bunker, Nick ColeJennifer EllisHarlow C. FallonHank Garner, E.E. GiorgiDeirdre GouldEdward W. RobertsonSteven SavileDavid Adams

My rating: 3.5 of 5 stars

This is a collection of short stories… Tails… about what happens to the animals in the wake of an apocalyptic event. Post-Apocalypse or Inter-Apocalypse are tough times for people, but have you ever thought about what you would do with your cat in a zombie outbreak? What happens to Fluffy the bunny or Bubbles the goldfish when aliens invade? For our four-legged friends, their dependence on humans is the biggest liability they have in a cataclysm… catastrophe… dogvastation… cowlamity… OK, I’ll stop now.

Usually, I only give my own summary of what the book is about in my reviews. This time, though, I’ll let the book speak for itself as well, by quoting its own blurb. This is probably something I should have thought about doing a long time ago, but…

Anyway, here’s the book’s blurb.

The Doomsday siren calls on civilization’s last day. Natural disaster. Nuclear war. Pandemics. These are the ways the world ends.
Nobility. Self-Sacrifice. Unconditional Love. These are the qualities of the heroic animals in this collection.

The Walking Dead meets The Incredible Journey in 14 amazing tales by today’s most talented independent authors. Seven stories set in all-new dystopian landscapes. Seven stories set in the bestselling post-apocalyptic worlds of David Adams’s Symphony of War, Michael Bunker’s Pennsylvania, Nick Cole’s Wasteland Saga, Hank Garner’s Weston Files, E.E. Giorgi’s Mayake Chronicles, Deirdre Gould’s After the Cure, and Edward W. Robertson’s Breakers.

When the world ends, the humans who survive will learn an old lesson anew—that friendship with animals can make the difference between a lonely death among the debris and a life well lived, with hope for the future.

The actual story-telling in most of these was quite good. The structure was choppy in a few, but mostly the ones that were done with the animal as narrator. I found them fun. Of course, we are talking about apocalypse events, so most are of a sad bent. That being said, they are also very touching. I especially love the ones where the animals illustrate their loyalty to the humans for whom they care.

The only negative I have is that it was heavily dog-centric. I like doggos, but I’m a cat person at heart, so I would have liked to see more from that angle.
Now we get to the individual story reviews. The way I reach my overall rating is to review each story (0-5 stars) and average them together for the book. That brings this one in at 3.5 stars overall, and I call it a Tail Wagging Read.

Be warned, the individual reviews probably contain spoilers:

  • The Water Finder’s Shadow by David Bruns (5 star)

    Only special humans can find water in a dried-out future Earth, and their worth as anything but slaves is tied to that talent. One man finds that his talent is linked to his dog, but dogs don’t live forever.

    This is one of the best in the book. Warning: if you have ever watched a beloved pet grow old and fade away, this WILL bring you to tears.

  • When You Open the Cages for Those Who Can’t (a Breakers short story) by Edward W. Robertson (3 stars)

    A little girl who’s parents succumb to a Plague outbreak takes it upon herself to help the animals at a local shelter when the people don’t come back. She learns a harsh lesson about evil among the remnants of humanity, but true friendship in the form of her chosen furry peoples. This story shows promise for the series it is based upon, which I might need to check out.

  • Protector by Stefan Bolz (3.5 star)

    An act of kindness toward a wounded wolf cub in a time of desperation creates a loyalty that saves a clan. Quite a well-written story. It has good pacing and tension. Another teary eyed ending for me.

  • The Poetry of Santiago by Jennifer Ellis (5 stars)

    A long-lived cat adopts an antique store widower in doomed modern Pompei. The only cat-focused story of the book. It is well done, and the perspective of the cat felt almost perfect.

  • Demon and Emily (a Symphony of War short story) by David Adams (3 stars)

    A family flees an invasion by sentient alien bug-beings, but tragedy strikes on the way. The young daughter and her dog, Demon, end up with the army as they attempt to evacuate. This is a decent story, and I’m interested in the series because of it. I can only give it three stars though. I would like to it four stars, but the ending felt forced into a sad one when it could easily have been happy.

  • Keena’s Lament (a Weston Files short story) by Hank Garner (3 stars)

    An interesting take on the Flood of Noah from the perspective of a Watcher (a descendant of the fallen angels among men). He sees the building of the Ark, but doesn’t believe. He has a canine companion who witnesses the end with him. Entertaining, but I tend to frown on odd Biblical twists that contradict things.

  • Tomorrow Found (a Wasteland Saga short story) by Nick Cole (4 stars)

    A wanderer twenty years after the apocalypse searches for the past with the help of dog who keeps him going. Another great story in the book. Excellent glimpse of the world in a short story, with a character whose drive to complete his task has you rooting for him and his friend.

  • Pet Shop (an After the Cure short story) by Deirdre Gould (4 stars)

    A pet shop parrot named Surly Shirley finds friendship despite the zombie apocalypse, but her new friend might be too soft for this new world, especially considering the company he’s keeping. I liked the story, and I liked the portrayal of the parrot’s personality which is the reason I give it four stars. I do have to say that it’s only the premise that the infected can be cured that makes the human protagonist anything but a useless idiot in the zombie apocalypse. I can’t fault the storytelling at all, so four stars it is.

  • Kael Takes Wing (a Mayake Chronicles short story) by E.E. Giorgi (3 stars)

    A doomed falcon chick is rescued by survivors of the apocalypse and given tech upgrades and made part of the family. Although I never picked up what the apocalyptic event was, the story is fine without the info. It’s told from the perspective of the falcon, and is very interesting. Another series that might need investigating.

  • The Bear’s Child by Harlow C. Fallon (2.5 stars)

    A ‘feral’ human survivor of a disease apocalypse, a self-imposed outcast of her own clan, is adopted by a mama grizzly in her efforts to escape other ‘civilized’ humans who are out to exterminate all the diseased ferals. The story was decent, but it left too much unexplained.

  • Wings of Paradise by Todd Bareselow (0 stars)

    Quote from Paragraph 2:

    “Of the seven billion people living when the world ended, only a few thousand souls survived [snip…] Within six months, most of them were gone too, victims of the plague unleashed by the Earth’s core in retribution for a century of cumulative abuse. Fracking for oil and natural gas was the undoing of man.”

    No. Just No. I quit reading there. I refuse to pollute my mind with bull-crap.

    NO STARS FOR YOU!

  • Ghost Light by Steven Savile (4 stars)

    A planeload of passengers crash-land in Scotland when the nukes fall. They hope for and soon search for a reason to go on, but they really just want to go home.

    This one starts oddly. Then it continues oddly. The ending is a surprise that totally made me re-evaluate the story. It’s good, and I won’t spoil it for anyone.

  • Kristy’s Song (a Pennsylvania short story) by Michael Bunker (4 stars)

    A dog helps a man avoid totalitarian technocracy in a city on the Shelf of New Pennsylvania.

    I didn’t realize what world this was written in when I read it, but it made sense afterward. I have read the Pennsylvania series and it is quite good. Michael Bunk is a great story teller. This one is no exception.

  • Unconditional by Chris Pourteau (4 stars)

    A small dog who loves a small boy and considers him to be his twin, will stop at nothing and do whatever it takes to show his love, no matter what that means in a zombie apocalypse.

    Great story telling from the dog’s point of view. The ending is perfect… and shocking.

 

Review: Vader (Star Wars: Darth Vader, #1)

Star Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: VaderStar Wars: Darth Vader, Vol. 1: Vader by Kieron GillenSalvador Larroca (Illustrator)Adi Granov (Illustrator)

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I picked this comic collection up as an Amazon freebie a while back and finally decided to look through it. I was pleasantly surprised with the story, and the art was top notch.

The time-line is between A New Hope and Empire Strikes Back. In true Sith fashion, Palpatine liberally assigns blame and shame on all who failed to perfectly execute his fool-proof plans. The brunt of which falls on Vader for not preventing the Death Star’s explosion. Plans within plans begin to unfold as Vader vies to maintain his supremacy on many fronts at once. New events you never knew about are intermixed with both ANH and memories of Prequel events.

The only negative I have is that the Expanded Universe seemed far more interesting than the plot in this divergent series. I am one of those who see the Thrawn Trilogy by Tim Zhan and much of the EU as canon (screw the Yuuzahn-Vong, they are worse than Jar Jar), and the new take (Disney productions) as an alternate time-line. That doesn’t mean both can’t be good, but I can’t help but compare the two and find the newer lacking. All that observation is for free! 🙂

Still, I found the survival of the strongest competitor to ring quite true to the mentality of the Sith.

I didn’t like the sudden worshipfulness of the techno-archaeologist toward Vader. It seemed contrived. That lost one star.

Spoiler in the next paragraph. Highlight to read–>The fact that Vader’s competitors do not use the force, but managed to give him some grief made no sense either.<–

Two stars down.

The rest was fine. I would read the others in the series if they went on a deep sale. I give this a handy 3 stars and call it a Worthy Read.

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eConceince Beta price drop!

I’ve decided to lower the price on my ebook version of eConscience Beta.

You can grab your copy for only $2.99 on Amazon!

Also remember that you can get a $0.99 ebook version if you buy the paperback.

Also, also, you can read it through Kindle Unlimited or the Kindle Owner’s Lending Library if you have Amazon Prime!

Happy Reading!

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Review: Clockwork – Mystery Anthology by John M. Floyd

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My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This isn’t my normal fare. It’s a collection of mystery shorts, mostly what you might call ‘cozies’. I chose to read it because it was written by a college friend’s dad, I like a good mystery every now and then, and I also like to read southern authors, especially ones from my home state of Mississippi.

Mr. Floyd’s ability to write well is beyond question. The descriptive elements are weaved in unobtrusively, and always leave you seeing exactly what’s there without being overly intricate. The modern stories range in timeline from the 80’s to pretty close to present day. Some of the stories in this particular anthology are a bit anachronistic, and the plot would no longer work because of current tech; however, as long as you can suspend that part of your brain and live in the moment of the story, it works fine. There are a few that jump back to the wild west, or just after, that are actually my favorites.

I do know for sure that it’s not the genre I prefer for entertainment. The short story format is where my problem lies, I think. I prefer more intricate, drawn out, complicated plotlines than a short story can provide. There weren’t many that I couldn’t immediately see where the plot was going, and many of them were tropish. There were a few twists that were interesting. If you like that sort of thing, and many people do, then you will probably enjoy the book more that I did. Taste is subjective… some people like hot sauce and others don’t.

As for characters, again, short stories make for shallow development as a general rule. There are only a couple major ones from the anthology that stood out to me.

The main two were recurring characters who appear in several different stories. Sheriff Jones and Ms. Potts, while possibly endearing to fans of shows like Matlock or Murder She Wrote, were kind of annoying to me. As a writer, I should be able to describe what bothered me about them, but all I can come up with is that they gave me an ‘ick factor’ that made me not like them. It’s a personal preference, no doubt.

Conversely, I can’t praise The Warden’s Game enough. That story is absolutely riveting, and is, by far, the best in the anthology. It has an old western feel, even though it takes place in rural Alaska. It is a tale whose theme is of justice found from mysterious sources. I think the fact that it is also one of the longer stories makes it more appealing to me. The characters are able to be developed in more depth, which increases my concern for them. The plot, while not unique, still managed to pull me in because of my like for the theme.

All told, I can recommend the book to those who like to read mysteries, especially cozies. I give it three stars and call it an Interesting Variety Read for me.
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Review: Black Tide Rising (Anthology – Book #5)

Black Tide Rising (Black Tide Rising anthologies Book 1)Black Tide Rising by John Ringo
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

An anthology of stories in the Black Tide Rising universe created by John Ringo. A great mix of well known authors play around in the sandbox of the master of Mil-SF. It’s a great adder to the overall universe. Typical mix of good and mediocre found in an anthology, but mostly good. The final Ringo story also might leave you gape-jawed at the potential for things to come in the series.

TLDR: The Flint, Williamson, and last Ringo stories are worth the price of the book. These three get 5 stars. There are other good ones as well in the anthology. My average rating for the book is 3 stars (36 over 12 stories), and I call it a Worthwhile Read.

Individual story ratings below. Beware of spoilers (I try not to, but they are short stories, so…)

Never Been Kissed by John Ringo (2 star)

Very short. Musings of Faith about the fate of all the people she knew.

Up on the Roof by Eric Flint (5 stars)

An excellent story of a group of survivors who make an excellent choice to ride out the apocalypse atop a gasoline tank farm. Really good setup, detailed enough without being boring, and good character development in a short time. I would like to read a full novel about this group.

Staying Human by Jody Lynn Nye (1 star)

Missed the mark on several key points about the behavior of the zombies in this universe. Sentiment is all over the place and turns very preachy about being better and not seeking revenge against the ‘poor infected’. Waste of my time.

On the Wall by John Scalzi & Dave Klecha (2 stars)

Annoying. Some humor, but of the obnoxious variety. The entire story is dialogue, which makes it read like an episode of Gilmore Girls. One of the characters is such a douche that he needed to be thrown to the zombies.

Do No Harm by Sarah Hoyt (3 stars)

An ER nurse must come to grips with ‘kill or be killed’ as the hospital is overrun with zombies. Good story. Great character development for a short story length tale.

Not in Vain by Kacey Ezell (3 stars)

A group of cheerleaders and their coach must step up if they want to reach a safe haven in the zombie apocalypse. Excellent character development, but too short. I want more!

How Do You Solve a Problem Like Grandpa? by Michael Z. Williamson (5 stars)

Grandpa is a vet, but his grandkids think he’s a gun hoarder that needs an intervention… until the zombies hit. Best one in the book. Grandpa was right, and he ain’t taking no more of your crap, you little shits!

Battle of the BERTs by Mike Massa (3 stars)

Interesting story of the teams sent out to control infected on the streets of New York before everything gets completely out of control. This one ties in directly with events form Book 1 in the series.

The Road to Good Intentions by Tedd Roberts (3 stars)

A small town in the Blue Ridge Mountains could be a refuge for some, but only if they can keep outside influences from ruining things. One man struggles with his own religious issues as the local pastor calls his survival of the fever a miracle and sets him up as a beacon of hope. A decent story with good details, but the ending is abrupt and left hanging. The use of religion as a plot device is bothersome.

200 Miles to Huntsville by Christopher Smith (2 stars)

A post-war Vet turned cop, his dirty-cop partner, and the prisoner they are escorting find themselves in a cultish Hicksville, Texas as the final shoe begins to drop. I didn’t care for this one mainly because of the use of religion as a plot device. The writing and characters were ok, but the blurring of good/bad would not be something I’d want to keep reading for much longer.

Best Laid Plans by Jason Cordova & Eric S. Brown (2 stars)

A group of thieves are determined to rob the Louvre despite the zombie apocalypse. Interesting, but too short to get to know the characters well. The humor is quirky and not all that funny to me (others might find it more so).

The Meaning of Freedom by John Ringo (5 stars)

An interesting interlude that shows the true nature of the ‘beta’ zombies that has been hinted at in the main series. It raises a huge moral question, which I won’t spoil. This one is a thinker, unlike the ‘killing infected’ or ‘using infected for medicine’ questions that I found to be trite in the main series itself. This story is a must read for the series.

Happy Reading!

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Review: Strands of Sorrow (Black Tide Rising Book #4)

Strands of Sorrow (Black Tide Rising, #4)Strands of Sorrow by John Ringo
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Another winner in the Black Tide Rising series. This one finally brings the recovery of America back to the home shores. The hyper-effective Faith Marie Smith, who has now become the central character of the series, continues to push the limits of get it done action and zombie stomping. Luckily, she is surrounded by survivor types that come up with more ingenious ways to rid the land of its post-human plague.

The action in this one is almost non-stop. The logistics-speak is so finely woven with the next big zombie killing spree that you hardly notice it. I continue to learn new mil-speak each book I read, and I absolutely love to see what goodies that go boom will come from tackling the next hurdle in the race to save as much of humanity that remains. Characters continue to grow, and some new one get added to give yo more to like. Even the screw-ups seem to get a chance to shine.

From more guns on a helicopter than should ever be thought about, to tomahawks raising an entire host of infected, to the unparalleled bad-assery of an M1A1 Abrams (named Trixie of course) that pirouettes like a ballet dancer on a zombie juice slip-and-slide, this book will most assuredly peg out your kick-assometer! I give it four stars and call it a Kick Ass Read!

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