Re-Release: Planetary Anthology: Venus

Greetings, Happy Readers!

Not a lot of progress on the writing front to report. I did do a couple of short stories, and I’ve spent a good bit of time helping to edit an anthology (more on that at a later date). Mostly, I’ve been working on outdoor projects and gardening.

My hope is to refocus and start catching up on my reading, and thus blogging, of some good books. Fingers crossed!

In the mean time, I’d like to announce that another Re-release in the Planetary Anthology series has officially gone live!

Planetary Anthology: Venus

Oh, look! A video vaguely related to the post! Still not sure why Venus was depicted as a vampire and a devil, but meh… it was the 80’s and the costumes were hot!

Now check out the anthology with it’s awesome new cover!

OK, I admit it, that seqway isn’t nearly as good as the last one. I’ll try to do better next time.

Anyway, you can read my story “37 Shades of Yellow” from my Horizons Unlimited Universe in this anthology. Here’s the blurb for my story.

Terraforming Venus puts human pioneers into a constant fight against a raging environment, but the real challenge is finding that special someone with whom to fight the fight.

There are more re-releases to come, plus the fantastic new releases as well!

Find out more about the Planetary Anthology Series here:

Happy Reading!


Make an author happy! Leave a Review on Amazon! Here are links to my novels if you would like to go do that!


If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

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.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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.

HAPPY READING!

Book Launch: Prose & Cons: A Corner Scribblers Flash Collection w/ guest author, John Drake (2020 Quarterly Book 1)

Newly Released

Prose & Cons: A Corner Scribblers Flash Collection w/ guest author, John Drake

(2020 Quarterly Book 1)

OK, Happy Readers, we’ve made another thing!

The Corner Scribblers strike again in our first Quarterly Flash Fiction Collection centered around the Convention Experience.

For those who have been to a fandom con, this book has examples of the things you know and love or maybe just give a side-eye toward as you pass by hoping not to be noticed. *shrug*

For those who have not attended a convention, the stories are entertaining, and true to life. You’ll enjoy them.

There’s also some really good advice from John Drake to aspiring authors in the introduction as well.

Buy it! Read it! Love it! Review it!


Story Titles and Authors in this collection are:

Hiding in Plain SightReggie Broach
It all began with a WookieKarin Harris
Costly WordsPhilip K. Booker
Home ShowJerry Harwood
Truth and ConsequencesWilliam Joseph Roberts
The Game of LifeS.L. Starr
Impressions of the First KindJohn C. Mannone
For ConventionIsaac Craft
Standards of LivingKale Sastre
The BallRachel Anne Creamer
Time to Go!Stacy Harmon
Once upon a ConPhilip K. Booker
Muggles WelcomeMichael Gants
Statue of LimitationsJ. D. Beckwith
T.H.R.O.W.John Drake

Re-Release: Planetary Anthology: Mercury from Tuscany Bay Publishing

Greetings, Happy Readers!

Well, I hope you’re Happy.

No, I don’t mean it like that!

It’s crazy out there, so I sincerely hope that you are Happy!

With all the fear, uncertainty, economic fallout and lack of zombies* I know that a lot of people are in some seriously WTF mental states right now.

*[does not include your six-week-quarantined significant other over there on the futon or whatever oddly smelling furniture you have that will need to be thrown out when all this is over because of the clean hands but dirty bodies effect]

It has certainly flipped the script on what I’m doing or was planning at least. Despite all of that, I am trying to reinvigorate my motivation and move forward in the directions I have available to me. I hope that things will soon begin to lean back in the direction of ‘normal’ for all of us, but in the mean time I plan to adapt and move ahead. We’re all going to have to do that pretty soon I think.

As Freddy Mercury says so well… The Show Must Go On!

Speaking of Mercury!

Tuscany Bay has picked up the Planetary Anthology Series and re-Released Planetary Mercury with a snazzy new cover!

(see what I did there? That’s call a segway!)

You can read my story “Quicksilver” from my Horizons Unlimited Universe in this one along with many other great stories by some really great authors.

Oh, and you can also read more about the Anthology from David Hallquist’s guest post on Tuscany Bay’s blog here:

You can also find out more about the Planetary Anthology Series here:

Happy Reading!


Make an author happy! Leave a Review on Amazon! Here are links to my novels if you would like to go do that!


If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

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.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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.

HAPPY READING!

Review: From The Ashes (The Fallen World #3): Anthology

Greatings, Happy Readers!

It’s been a while. I’m horribly behind on my reading schedule for the year. Writing too, truth be told. Mostly this is because of a stretch of full-time work (which I am thankful for), but there’s also the lazy factor that wants to watch Star Trek: Picard and Twitch instead.

Maybe I’ll change that behavior soon-ish as the work contract wains and I get some free time. The whole CV-19 thing is throwing a monkey in everybody’s wrench though, so I hope your crystal balls are less cloudy than mine.

Speaking of apocalypses and lack of toilet paper… have you heard of The Fallen World series?

Well, I finally finished book 3, which is an anthology. Details are below. It is a heavy spoiler type review, so be warned. If you just want the Cliff’s Notes version, it’s a great book and you should read it.

I’m writing this with droopy eyes, so I’m only going to mention a future update without details. The Planetary Anthologies have been given NEW LIFE and will be re-released during the coming year. I’ll post details in a future blog! Stay Tuned!

Now here’s that review…

Happy Reading!

Amazon’s blurb & preview

In the late 2020’s and early 30’s corporations managed to render the major governments of the world obsolete. The big corporations owned most of the territories as well as the majority of the world’s wealth. While many of the old traditions were still observed in various parts of the world, the true power was with the corporations.

In the late 30’s, what would be known as the Corporate Wars began as larger companies initiated hostile takeovers in a whole new fashion. Employees, armed with corporate weapons, warred for dominance. It was a bloody time, and many small corporations were destroyed, as were a lot of civilians in the wrong place at the wrong time…as well as those who’d been buying the wrong products.

On May 1st, 2067, it all ended in nuclear fire.

Sixteen outstanding authors have come to this Fallen World with stories that take place from the islands off the coast of Washington to the plains of central Europe; from the swamps of Florida to the streets of Philadelphia. These stories document the fall…and introduce you to people who might just drag civilization back from the ashes…

With stories by:
Chris Kennedy
Brisco Woods
Jamie Ibson
David Carrico
Kevin Steverson
Philip S. Bolger
Joseph Capdepon II
Alex Rath
David Alan Jones
Derek Shupert
Ian J. Malone
Jan Kotouc
Jon R. Osborne
Mark Wandrey
Marisa Wolf
Christopher Woods

From the Ashes (The Fallen World Book 3)From the Ashes by Chris Kennedy, et al.
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

These 16 Stories in the Fallen World universe are a great addition to the series. They should serve to whet your appetite for more to come. I found almost all of them to be quite good. I was excited to learn new details about the tech of the Fallen World, both pre & post Fall. The writing from all the authors was top notch. It was a blend of apocalypse and hope that you like to see rather than total morbidity. I thoroughly enjoyed it and definitely recommend it to you Happy Readers!

What follows are 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. For this anthology, I give 3.4 stars overall, and I call it a Terrific Read.

Be warned, the individual reviews contain spoilers:

What’s In A Name by Chris Kennedy (4 stars)

Straight after the events of Don’t Call Me Ishmael” our old friend ‘Fred’ decides he has to chance a run to Philly to find a rumored Imprinter that can restore his true identity.

Kennedy rolls out another kicker as the MC finds the path to his past is blocked by a whole lot of ‘bad stuff’ like Clowns & Geno Freaks, but ends up with some potential allies.

Spec Shey by Brisco Woods (5 stars)

Spec Shey joined Teledyne for payback against Obsidian. Now the world has Fallen, and he was stuck in a booth getting some upgrades when it happened. Luckily, he was found by someone who’s first instincts were not to rob, maim and kill.

The story was terrific. A nice backstory the leads to a great payoff at the end. I like a good twist that I didn’t see coming because of the other cool stuff going on around it. Top notch!

Daimyo by Jamie Ibson (3 stars)

Survivors flee the Fall by way of an island and institute Feudalism in the Japanese style to help them survive. Three Agents serve and rule them well. Twenty years on, they now face pressure from other outside survivors led by an Agent who is much more malevolent and power hungry… Gaunt.

A decent story. Good fight scenes. Tension was built and the climax was on point.

A Winter’s Day by David Carrico (4 stars)

Post Fall Montana is about to get its first taste of lawlessness as one family fights for its own survival. After, the law that was must give way to the justice of the Fallen World.

Good story in the vein of an old school wild west homestead defense. Not tame and lossless like most stories. I enjoyed this, and I hope to read its sequel someday.

King of the Mountain by Kevin Steverson (4 stars)

What would you do if you knew the nukes were going to fly tomorrow? Make a survival plan, buy as much gear and food as you can, and head for the hills, right?

I really liked this one. It has made me a fan of Steverson’s writing style. I plan to check out some of his books including Salvage Title.

A Smile for Napalm by Philip S. Bolger (3 stars)

Obsidian Agents did bad things before the Fall. Surviving and helping others to survive the nukes is one way Lucia Frausto is making amends. Her past still manages to find her though, and she must fight for her own survival, and that of her town when it does.

Decent story. The battle scene was cool.

What Passes For Human by Joseph Capdepon (4 stars)

A former Obsidian scientist and his wife struggle for survival after the Fall. It’s especially hard for her since she’s a cyborg. When his wife is abducted by an anti-Tech cult who uses torture to convert and destroys all technology, even if it keeps someone alive, there is no place for half-measures in her rescue.

This was a well built tale that made you care for the characters and brought a new nuance to the Fallen World. I really enjoyed this one.

Mr. Smith Goes To Toronto by Alex Rath (2.5 stars)

Forced to leave his doomsday bunker to deactivate a nuke, Mr. Smith sees what the world is like up close and personal for the first time and decides to hang around and help.

An OK story, but very low-key compared to others in the anthology

Bloody Monday by David Alan Jones (4 stars)

Monday Fulcher is a drifter in the Fallen World, but he takes a liking to a local lass that’s mutual. Unfortunately, the town has a secret that he just can’t go along with… so he ends up dead… at first.

Another great story. It introduced a concept about the nanite tech that is new to the reader. I think it has potential to be expanded upon and I hope for a sequel for this story also.

Justice For All by Derek Shupert (2.5 star)

A soldier of the Corporate Wars seeks meaning and redemption in the Fallen World. When he saves a girl from cannibals and discovers they are lead by a Geno Freak, he decides to help save her whole town.

A bit corny & navel gazzey at the start, but the actual action & plot of the story is good.

The Coward of Leon County by Ian J Malone (1 star)

Just go listen to Kenny Rogers.

Take the song Coward of the County and twist it a bit to make it fit in the Fallen World. I would have liked it if not for the blatant plagiarism of the plot. It wasn’t bad writing, but I was thrown out immediately and constantly by the deliberate parallel to the song. I know that was the point. I did not like that point. YMMV.

Hippocratic Oath by Jan Kotouc (3 stars)

An international story that takes place in the Czech Republic. A man is trying to find medical supplies to create an antidote for a drug used by a rising power that turns people into berserker addict soldiers to fight their invasions.

Good story, but I was lost behind the language barrier at times, especially with regards to place names and roads. Still, the plot was good as was the writing.

Shiva by Jon R. Osborne (4 stars)

A Farmer caravan is attacked by brigands leaving the MC wounded in a ditch, left for dead and his wife kidnapped. A local warlord is getting overindulgent and a bit insane, and when his Imprinter is used on his new ‘toy’ those who are trying to take him down find they’ve made a terrible mistake with the programming.

Damn good story. Slow start, but still decent. Once it gets to the pinch point though, yikes! Shiva indeed! I hope there will be a sequel to this one. It was hinted at and left wide open for it, so maybe so.

A Well-Dressed Wolf by Mark H. Wandrey (4 stars)

A French refugee with a ship full of… well, crap… brings a prize to the island of Bermuda to help with their crops. All they have to do is let him dock…

I’m pretty sure this story is full of nothing but bad guys, but it was really good.

Salt by Marisa Wolf (4 stars)

Problems are building on Nantucket. Survivors are at a pivot point between hunker down and stay safe and gather resources while risking lives to keep them all alive. Thieves raid, and the scientist who is enhancing their people for survival is being stalked.

Another great story that left me wanting more. The doctor who created many of the Geno Freaks deserves more story time.

Enforcer by Christopher Woods (2.5 stars)

Mathew Kade does another walk-through of the city.

This one felt like a repeat of one of the stories from the original Fallen World trilogy. There simply was not a lot of ‘new’ to it. Though some terrific backstory/foreshadowing made me want more.

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And that’s all they wrote! Happy Reading!


Make an author happy! Leave a Review on Amazon! Here are links to my novels if you would like to go do that!


If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

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.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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.

HAPPY READING!

Review: Space Team: A Funny Sci-Fi Space Adventure

Holy Schizz this was fonking hilarious!*

OK, Happy Readers, I found that 5 Star for you. As per usual, it came as a surprise.

A bit of backstory and explanation on this one is in order I think. This was not in my line-up at all. You see, I kind of cheated on ‘reading’ this book. I call it cheating because I didn’t actually ‘read’ it… I listened to it.

No, not an Audible or even an audio book version. I accidentally stumbled across the fact that my Kindle Fire TV will let Alexa read to me. And she does a pretty good job. There are some inflection and pronunciation issues, naturally, and the pauses are a bit unnatural at times, but other than that, it comes out quite decent.

Oh, and before some of you who might be ‘listeners’ out there get tweaked by my calling this cheating, let me explain. If you don’t read the book you are cheating. (Now you can get mad since I said it instead of inferring it.) Yep, if you didn’t read it, you had it read TO YOU which is not the same as reading it yourself. It can be just as good, and I’m not knocking the experience, but it is still not the same. Just like watching a movie vs. reading the book is not the same. Cheat if you want, but it’s still cheating. Fight me. But I digress.

No major status updates for me yet. Still fighting the 2020 New Year’s Write-olution fight (1000 words/day). It’s a draw at this point, but again, I’m not giving up!

Anyway, on to the review!

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

The galaxy just called for help. Unfortunately, the wrong man answered.

When small-time conman, Cal Carver, is thrown in jail and forced to share a cell with a semi-naked cannibalistic serial killer, he’s pretty sure his day can’t get any worse.

Boy, is he wrong.

It isn’t until two-thirds of the human race is wiped out and Cal is mistakenly abducted by aliens that things really start to go downhill.

Whisked across the galaxy, Cal is forced into a team of some of the sector’s most notorious villains and scumbags and tasked with delivering a package to a warlord-run solar system where the authorities daren’t venture.

The mission should be simple enough, but as one screw-up leads to another the ragtag group of unwitting heroes find themselves in a frantic battle to save an entire alien civilization – and its god – from total annihilation.

Featuring epic space battles, hilariously snarky characters, and a shapeshifting blob with the face of Tobey Maguire, Space Team is the first book in the internationally bestselling series by award-winning author, Barry J. Hutchison.

Perfect for fans of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Galaxy Quest, Guardians of the Galaxy, and pretty much anything else with the word ‘Galaxy’ in the title.*

*Except Samsung’s Galaxy S series, which is a range of mobile devices, and so not really similar.

And now the review!

Space Team (Space Team, #1)Space Team by Barry J. Hutchison
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Holy Shizz this was fonking hilarious!*

I picked this surprise gem up about mid 2017 (it is Jan 2019 for reference) and it went into the secondary to-be-read pile. Meaning I might read it one day. But when I discovered the Alexa thing, I decided to try it out on a something that I was ambivalent about reading. Well, as i said, I got a surprise.

This book is an absolutely hilarious and fun romp. It is like Douglas Adams and Harry Harrison (think Stainless Steel Rat) got together and wrote a book to mock Red Dwarf. Yep, if you like ANY of those, you must (zero choice, you must) get this book and read/listen to it. It was so good that I sat and put together half of a 1000 piece puzzle giggling like an idiot while it blared out of my television set. If you like absurdist comedy, do yourself a favor and pick this one up. You will not regret it!

Oh, yeah, it’s about a Space Team. Blurb above pretty much says it all.

I give Space Team five Space Stars* and call it a Fonking Hilarious Read!*

*jokes are understandable if you read/hear the book

Happy Reading (Hearing?)!

Happy Reading!


Check out my books over on Amazon.com!

I currently have two self-published works. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited, and on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free if you have Amazon Prime. I also have stories in several anthologies, so check those out too!

Follow me on Facebook.


Primary Works

If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

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.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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.

HAPPY READING!

Review: Return of the Corinari – Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Casts #13

Welcome to my first post of 2020!

I wish the first book review were a 5-star for you Happy Readers, but, unfortunately, it’s only a 3.

While this installment of The Frontier Saga was not as spectacular as some have been, it it still worth the read. See details below.

If you are interested in a status update on my doings… well… let’s just say I have lots of ‘plans’ but my willpower is lacking.

I did set myself a goal… a 2020 New Year’s Write-olution as I’ve been calling it on Facebook. That goal is to write 1000 words per day. Every Day.

…and I’ve already failed.. but I’m not giving up! I am setting that as the goal, and will try to keep the ‘AVERAGE’ word-count at 1000/day while keeping the number of failing days at a a minimum.

Wish me luck!

Anyway, on to the review!

Here’s the Amazon Blurb:

Part 2: Episode 13

A host of new allies…
A plethora of advanced technologies…
A daring gamble to advance their forces…
A chance to retake lost worlds once and for all…

The Dusahn have been backed into a corner, barely able to hold the worlds of the Pentaurus cluster, let alone the entire sector. Forced to dig in, they may have to resort to drastic measures to save their fledgling empire.

Captain Scott must use all his military and diplomatic skills to prepare his forces for the final assault on the Dusahn Empire. But he cannot do it alone. He needs help, and lots of it.

And now the review!

Return of the Corinari (The Frontiers Saga: Part 2: Rogue Castes, #13)Return of the Corinari by Ryk Brown
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

The 13th episode of The Frontiers Saga was a decent read, but may have had just a bit too much of everything to make it really ‘great’ at any one part. It was also a two part tale. The first half being empire building and diplomacy culminating in a dramatic combat action scene while the latter half (or maybe just a third) being the full scale invasion/liberation of Takara & Corinar. That’s not a spoiler, really, because it is hinted at from the very start and in the title.

The ebb and flow of the political tension at the start was decently paced. Unfortunately, we get yet another dose of super-equipment-upgrade overload that sometimes happens when new tech is introduced, but this time it was every conceivable technological arena of the Aurora, the Alliance, and its personnel in rapid succession. It was so much that it blurred together in my mind and only one thing stood out enough to pin-point as ‘wow, cool!’ Unfortunately, that got used in two cool scenes and that was it. Hoping for more to come on that in future episodes.

I also suffered from character overload in this book. I barely know who half the players are in the battle scenes. I had no investment in their well-being because of that, so the tension of their duress in combat was not very high. The combat also jumped around a lot in this book, making the final ending less than awesome, which has come to be the hallmark of ‘good’ in this series to my reading sensibilities.

Now, that all sounds like negatives, I know, but if you have read any of my reviews before you know that does not mean it’s a bad book. I just tend to focus on what could be ‘better’. The story and the unfolding of the plot are quite good, and I was surprised (and frustrated, but in a good way) by the ending. I won’t spoil it, but keep in mind that the series is a planned number of books, and the next one is slated to be the last of Part 2: Rogue Castes. The next book is going to be the one that puts the bow on this thing, so I have high expectations for it.

Speaking of that, I have to say that I hope Part 3 (assuming there will be one) does not end up being a ‘surprise, we killed the hero, but he’s not really dead-dead’ kind of thing like part 2 was. I need it to be a continuation of the main characters that I already know and like, too. Ryk writes good characters and great plots, but the cloning thing is just not what I’m looking for in my space shoot-em-ups.

So, there it is. 3 stars and I call it a Decent Lead-Up To The Conclusion Read.

Happy Reading!


Check out my books over on Amazon.com!

I currently have two self-published works. Both are available on Kindle Unlimited, and on Kindle Owners’ Lending Library for free if you have Amazon Prime. I also have stories in several anthologies, so check those out too!

Follow me on Facebook.


Primary Works

If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

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.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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.

HAPPY READING!

Book Launch: Drunken Cranberries & Other Holiday Musings

Announcing

Drunken Cranberries & Other Holiday Musings

A Corner Scribblers Holiday Collection : Vol 1

Well, Happy Readers, we’ve gone and made a thing!

Who is “we”? you might ask. “We” is (are?) the Corner Scribblers!

A group of us writers have been getting together on Tertiary Tuesdays since September. We decided to call our group the Corner Scribblers since we started out in the NW Corner of Georgia. We are all local authors, artists, videographers, vocal artists, editors, readers, gamers and other interested parties who just want to help and encourage each other along in this game of writing and publishing.

In the November meeting it was decided to put together a collection of flash fiction (500 words or less) stories into an anthology under the Corner Scribblers’ moniker. The theme would be centered around the Holidays.

Well, a month later, we have a flash fiction anthology ready for you Happy Readers to pick up, enjoy and stuff into your stockings or electronic Kindle socks! 12 bite-sized selections from a wide range of genres so than anyone is bound to find something they like inside! Hey! That’s one for each Day of Christmas! All for a short buck ($0.99) on Amazon.

So, get your copy! Devour it like the proverbial Christmas Goose! Then be sure to leave us a review so that we can all get rich and famous!

Check out these festive titles by these soon-to-be-rich-and-famous* authors!

Grandfatherly AdviceIsaac Craft
Grandmaw Bubba and the Crimma BushJ.D. Beckwith
Twas the Night of the Living Dead Before ChristmasS.L. Starr
Holiday PayReggi Broach
Snowman DreamKit Roberts
T’was a Nitemare’s EveWilliam Joseph Roberts
The Specter of Christmas PresentMichael Gants
C is for ChristmasJ.D. Beckwith
Holiday “Spirit”William Joseph Roberts
Holiday HaikusKarin Harris
Farmer’s ChristmasChristopher Woods
The Solstice HuntMichael Gants

* This may be a fictitious statement, but as a fiction author I am qualified to make it. Also, some of the authors listed may already be rich &/or famous. I have no idea how exactly you measure something like that objectively.

Review: Don’t Call Me Ishmael (The Fallen World #2) by Chris Kennedy

Hello again, Happy Readers!

Well, the kickoff week of the Z-Day anthology has passed. It did manage to snag one of those shiny orange #1 Bestseller tags from the ‘Zon, so that’ s a cool thing. We shall see how it continues to go, but I am really glad to be a part of it. I, myself, am about to read the other contributions and will be doing a semi-review of the book soon. I mean, it’s 5 stars, OBVIOUSLY, but I still need to get into the details. I was a fan BEFORE I was a contributor!

The holidays are fast approaching. Turkey Day is just 2 days away, then the scramble for Christmas begins (for me at least). I’ll be spending time with family and the blog may only get one more post before the year end.

For now, though, I come to you with my review of the second book in The Fallen World series, and believe me, it’s a winner!

Happy Reading!

Amazon’s blurb & preview

Don’t call him Ishmael. Or do; he really doesn’t care. Just don’t call him Fred.

No matter what you call him, though, he has a problem. Well, several of them. Ishmael—for want of a better name—woke up in a world that had changed. The Corporations—the wielders of power in a society not long from now—brought about the end of civilization as we know it, nuking each other to the point where it collapsed.

Ishmael doesn’t know any of this, though; in fact, he doesn’t know anything about himself when he wakes up in this shattered world. All of his autobiographical and episodic memories are gone, and along with them, any knowledge of who he was or anything in his past.

Worse, he has made enemies of some very important people, and they are after him. They are armed and he is alone and in…well, he doesn’t know where he is, either.

Can Ishmael stay alive long enough to recover his memories—to find out who he is and how he fits—or will he be just another casualty of This Fallen World?

Don't Call Me Ishmael (The Fallen World Book 2)Don’t Call Me Ishmael by Chris Kennedy
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This second installment in the Fallen World series is from a different author, Chris Kennedy, and is from a different perspective, although the theme of ‘amnesiac bad-ass’ is the same.

Side-note: This is my first book by Chris (this Chris) and I can say that it was a great one to start with, and I will definitely be seeking out more. It won’t be hard because there are TONS of them. Just check out Chris Kennedy Publishing and you’ll see what I mean.

From the start of this book, you will be sucked into the Post-Fall then shoved through the door of your imagination against your will, naked, and forced to survive there! Well, not really, but it’s a fun analogy, so run with it.

Dude with no name (he tells them to call him Ishmael, but most of them just call him Fred) staggers forth into a crumbling world with no ‘personal’ memories, but a lot of ‘muscle’ memories of rather extra-ordinary abilities. He soon finds himself in a fight for his life, teaming up with set of survivors that just happen to be on their way to a place he doesn’t even know he needs to go. And fight he does. Busting through roadblock after roadblock from Slidell, Louisiana to Florida then on up to Tennessee, Mr. ‘Fred’ puts the bad guys in their places while seeking out his own true identity in This Fallen World.

I found this book to be one of the more exciting page-turners I’ve read in recent months. The familiar setting of just after the fall of the modern world was easy for me to understand. Having read the first book, I also knew the score of the world’s history which made it fun to guess at what was coming (sometimes rightly, sometimes not). I look forward to the further adventures of ‘Fred’ as much as I do the characters from book one in the series.

I give this one four stars and call it a Non-Stop Action Read.

The next in the series is an anthology of multiple authors from many different perspectives in The Fallen World called From The Ashes.

There rest of the series to date is as follows:
Book 4 is another by Kennedy titled The Price of Freedom.

Book 5, Farmer’s Creed is just out recently (Oct ’19) and is Chris Woods’ continuation of the Seeds novella in This one.

Finally, Call Me Mr. Smith, written by Alex Wrath, was just released this month (Nov ’19).

I’ll be reading book #3 in December (I hope!) and will drop the review here when done.

In the meantime, Happy Reading!


Make an author happy! Leave a Review on Amazon! Here are links to my novels if you would like to go do that!


If you like intrigue, humor and a bit of speculative technological supposition, you should pick up a copy of my technothriller-comedy eConscience Beta from Amazon today!

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.


If Science Fiction Space Adventure is more your speed, then you should check out my anthology, Horizons Unlimited: Volume 1.

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.

HAPPY READING!

Book Launch: Places Beyond The Wild – Z-Day Anthology + $0.99 ebook sale

Welcome to Launch Day, Happy Readers!

Some of you may remember my reviews of Dan Humphrey’s Z-Day books.

Now it’s time to reveal a brand new ANTHOLOGY in the Z-Day Universe with a story by YOURS TRULY!

You can find my wordy contribution, titled A Place To Be Alone, along with stories from a great cast of writers IN:

PLACES BEYOND THE WILD

The world did not go quietly into the night.
The vast wilds outside a place called Hope hold their own stories. When the end came, what happened to everyone else?

Massachusetts. Texas. Alabama. Tennessee. Pockets of humanity have persisted through the apocalypse. All have tales of survival and loss.

Mad Dog Mattis’ last stand at the Pentagon. The first Christmas after the end of the world. A family isolated on their homestead as the evolving dead press at the fences. A desperate quest for helicopters to destroy the undead.

Come read through this expansion of Daniel Humphreys’ Dragon Award nominated Z-Day universe. Twelve brand new survival stories written by the best up and coming independent sci-fi and fantasy writers will thrill fans of the series.

Find tales of hope in a desolate world and read Places Beyond The Wild today!

Author Role Call

Daniel HumphreysTravis J.I. CorcoranDeclan FinnP.A. PiattHans SchantzJon Del ArrozJ.M. AnjewierdenBokerah BrumleyRichard PaolinelliJ.D. Beckwith

I can’t wait for you to enjoy this book, and I am beyond excited to be a part of it! Thanks so much to Daniel Humphreys for letting me play around in his amazing world of techno-zombies!

And, in celebration, I have also put my two books on sale for just $0.99 through next Monday November 25th!

So grab a copy of Places, check out my story, and then grab a copy of both of my other books if you like what you see!

Also, Happy Readers, remember that Authors Live On Reviews (and coffee, of course) so be sure to drop one on the book at Amazon when you are done loving it like I know you will!

THANK YOU & HAPPY READING!