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[Review] Liar’s Blade

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14 June
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This book took me a while to get through, not because it was bad, but it started off very slow for me and life kept taking me away from it. However, once I got past the first few chapters the adventure started to pick up. How long did it take to read I can hear you asking, sadly far too long as this was handed to me by the publisher at BEA some time ago. The main characters are the rouge Rodrick and his sword, Hrym. How can a sword be a character, well when it talks, schemes with his… Read more »

[Review] The Bride Wore Black Leather by Simon R. Green

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05 March
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Sadly, this is the last book in the Nightside series, but what an ending. The enigmatic John Taylor is actually getting married. And of course, it’s to the deadly Shotgun Suzie. But seems a few other things have come up before he can walk down the isle with his beloved. While on his first official case as the Walker of the Nightside he encounters a bit of a problem. Framed for the murder of a world renowned mover and shaker in the Nightside, John must bring the truth to light while fighting off all the bounty hunters who are out… Read more »

[Review] Steel World by B. V. Larson

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15 January
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Steel World is the first in the Undying Mercenaries series, and why are they called the undying mercenaries? Quite simple actually, because as long as they can be confirmed dead, and their files are on record, they can be revived / cloned / reconstructed, whatever word you choose for the process. All this is because Earth only has one trade good to sell to the galactic empire, the lives of its warriors. The universe in which Steel World takes place is interesting, and the main characters catch your attention. The story is highly believable, another race tries to prove they… Read more »

[Review] Koban: Rise of the Kobani by Stephen W. Bennett

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18 December
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The first book of the Koban series caught my attention. This second installment kept it and held me tightly to the story universe as it drove deeper into the characters. This third installment has me begging for even more. This book picks up not long after the events in the second book. The Kobani with their pirated alien ships are about to introduce themselves back into the human worlds and demonstrate what they can do to win the war against the alien invaders. Along the way they face a multitude of challenges and gain some allies, both human and alien…. Read more »

[ARC Review] Strands of Sorrow by John Ringo

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11 December
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I was both excited and regretful to read this book. Excited because I have loved this series from the beginning. Regretful because this is the final installment of the Black Tide Rising Series. Over the series I have come to enjoy following the adventures of Steven “Wolf” Smith and his family as they lead the effort to restore civilization after a “zombie” apocalypse. And the family hi-jinx continue in this latest book, complete with dealing with idiots who think the rules of the pre-plague world still exist. I won’t give away any spoilers here, but I will say John Ringo… Read more »

[Review] Koban by Stephen W. Bennett

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02 November
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Well, I must say I was surprised with this book. The cover caught my eye, the blurb about it held my attention, and the story carried me away into a world several hundred years in the future where humans have colonized more than 700 worlds and are about to make contact with an alien intelligence. Too bad they aren’t friendly. This book is a good start for the series, the main characters are introduced, fleshed out, and brought to life as the story flows. The world building is solid, lots of well thought out background spread through the book without… Read more »

[Review] Blood and Bullets by James R. Tuck

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23 October
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I’m a huge fan of monster hunter style novels, and this one did not disappoint. The main character, Deacon Chalk, hunts monsters for a living and uses a strip club he owns, Polecats, as a base of operations. His bartender is an ordained priest and his right hand woman is an expert at electronic information gathering. Together they make a formidable team. I loved how the author brought these elements together and added a wannabe rookie monster hunter with a silly name, a supernatural legend out of the bible, and a supernatural threat that may be too powerful for them… Read more »

[Review] Sandman Slim by Richard Kadrey

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19 October
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When I first started Sandman Slim I was under the assumption that this would be just another paranormal detective novel. I was wrong. Sandman Slim follows the actions of James Stark after he has returned to the mortal realm, from hell. And what did he do in hell, battle monsters, slave to demons, oh, and he was a hitman for one of the princes of hell. But he is much more than that, he is also a magic user of significant strength. I was captivated by the whimsey and humor of the protagonist’s exploits. There really was never a dull… Read more »

[Review] Kildar by John Ringo

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25 September
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As I read through Kildar I was glad to find it was far more along the lines of what I was expecting compared to the first book in the series, Ghost. Mike Harmon, aka Ghost is trying to escape his past of battling terrorists by touring the cold regions of Georgia, Ukraine, and Russia. Getting lost is a blizzard he soon finds himself in the secluded valley of the keldara. These people have odd traditions, act like they are still in the dark ages, and yet have been recognized as warriors extraordinaire in times past. I was drawn in by… Read more »

[Review] Ghost by John Ringo

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07 August
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Alright, I’m going to start off with I like John Ringo’s writing. His military-thriller with a mix of sci-fi thrown in. And this book starts off strong with a worn hero, damsels in distress, and terrorists in serious need of killing. The hero isn’t superman, and needs rescuing himself with the aid of the US military to extract the surviving hostages. But, this just made the book feel more real to me and kept me on the edge of my seat. However, in the second of the three sections of this book I felt he lost touch with the whole… Read more »