“Marine (Terran Scout Fleet, Book 1)” by Joshua Dalzelle

Marine

Now this is my kind of book. It starts from the beginning and takes a young man through his military training up to becoming a somewhat capable operative. And it ties into the Omega Force series which was very, very good. In that series, a guy name Jason Burke, became a rouge operator with a mixed team of aliens. They set out to do good for the galactic community although their idea of good wasn’t always the majority opinion. Read that series if you want a good story. It’s out to ten books now, so you have a lot of reading to do.

Back to this book, our main character is Jacob Brown. He’s a young man who grew up with his Grandparents on Earth before the first aliens appeared. Those aliens made some demands about wanting a single human named Jason Burke, which Earth had no idea who or how to get him. Still, Jason Burke had been to Earth at least a few times and enough times that he had a son, yes, Jacob Brown. Since the name Burke was not one well accepted by humans, Jacob has his name changed to Brown. He also listened to too many stories painting his Dad as some kind of villain wanted by all Earth Forces. Due to a government cover-up, his Dad was actually far from a villain and probable the greatest spacefaring asset Earth had, but certainly not to Jacob.

So as soon as he could, young Jacob enlisted in the United Earth Armed Services (UEAS) with intentions on becoming a Naval Officer. He dreamed of commanding a huge starship as it sailed through space. He surprisingly did very well on the battery of test he had to take and was soon approached with an offer to attend the Academy on Terranovus. It looked like his dreams were about to come true, eventually. Continue reading ““Marine (Terran Scout Fleet, Book 1)” by Joshua Dalzelle”

“The Unsung (After the Galaxy, Book 1)” by Scott Bartlett

The Unsung

This was one strange book! That doesn’t necessarily mean it was bad, but the concept of this universe was hard to understand. You see, humans have somehow evolved to the point they don’t want to be in the “real” world. VR and the ability to completely immerse yourself into the virtual world you create, has taken over all humanity so that there are very few “real” people left. The Bacchus Corporation began offering people a way to get out of their boring lives and into something that would be perfect and would always stay perfect. They found a way to digitize a human conscience and load it into a data server. There, this new digital person, could create whatever environment they wanted to live in. More and more people found that real life was getting too hard and they opted to “upload” and leave their physical bodies to the Bacchus Corporation. It wasn’t know if they could actually come back to their bodies, but the Bacchus Corp. had agreed to store all these bodies until a way could be found to reverse the original upload.

So, apparently, the various galactic systems have huge data servers located somewhere in that system. The Guardsmen is an organization that was formed to protect those servers at all cost. Guardsmen were real humans who for whatever reason didn’t feel the need to “upload” and were perfectly fine in the real world. They were trained like the military and once trained earned the title of “Troubleshooter”. They had the authority to use whatever force necessary to protect the subverse data servers and terminals within their area of responsibility. Continue reading ““The Unsung (After the Galaxy, Book 1)” by Scott Bartlett”

“Fire Fight (The Fire Planets, Saga #1)” by Chris Ward

Fire Fight

Once again I picked up a new author and a new series without reading anything about the book. Sometimes that’s a mistake. This time, it was kind of a mistake, but not one that I can’t live with. You see, I’m a Male Chauvinist and I don’t like female leading characters! Yeah, I put that in print. It’s who I am and I’m not going to hide it. These are my reviews and I’ll write them like I want to. So, let’s move on and find out what I did like about the book.

Our main character is Lia (Lianetta Jansen) and she is the Captain of the “Matilda”, a rather dilapidated old starship. She has a crew of two, one named Caladan, and another named Harlan5. Caladan is somewhat human, but has only one arm. He is the ship’s pilot and very good at doing that even with one arm. He’s also a drunk like the Captain or prefers to sleep most of the time. The less work he can get buy with, the happier he is and the ship shows that. Continue reading ““Fire Fight (The Fire Planets, Saga #1)” by Chris Ward”

“Orion Uncharted (Orion Colony, Book 2)” by J. N. Chaney

Orion Uncharted

First off, this book seems short. If I remember correctly, the first book was also short or at least it seemed that way. Anyway, the story does get told, but leaves everything open for another book in the series. For this one, you’ll remember that the Orion, an Earth colony ship, crashed on some uncharted planet after a member of the Disciples (a terrorist group) planted a bomb in the engine room. Stacy Wilson, a Civil Authority Special Agent, was looking for Disciple members while the ship was being built. They had tried to prevent the ship from leaving Earth. The Disciples are a group of Transients who don’t believe in human genetic manipulation as done by the Eternals. The Eternals have extended their live-span to almost immortality via gene manipulation. Of course, this treatment costs a lot of money and only the wealthy were able to afford it. So now Earth is divided into the Eternals and the Transients. Most Transients don’t care one way or another.

One Transient is Dean Slade. He’s a mechanic on the Orion construction crew and has no intention of leaving Earth on this ship. But,circumstances beyond his control change things until he finds himself aboard the Orion and helping Stacy track down a Disciple. They catch one, but not the other one and that causes the Orion to crash land on the planet they know nothing about. The ship didn’t make it down in one piece. In fact, the ship has been scattered all over the planet with escape pods and shuttles flung everywhere. Dean and Stacy find each other and then some more colonist and lead them to a large remnant of the Orion. There they meet with a large contingent of surviving colonist and the leaders, Elon and Arun, both Eternals. Continue reading ““Orion Uncharted (Orion Colony, Book 2)” by J. N. Chaney”

” Empires at War (Earth Fall, Book 3)” by Raymond L. Weil

Empires at War

We’re back again with the “special” five Lieutenants which is something that Mr. Weil seems to create in a lot of his books. These young people are apparently geniuses helping a Professor Wilkens solve whatever problems he assigns them at Complex One, a secure safe haven underground. Now, they are “volunteered” to accompany Captain Dolan and the Fury on a dangerous mission deep into Trellixian space. They are to scout several Trellixian systems to see what they contain and try to determine if the Trellixian’s have any kind of weakness. They will be accompanied by three other Earth ships, but are not to engage the Trellixians if it can be avoided.

Why the “special” five Lieutenants are needed aboard this ship is never clearly explained, although they do come up with a significant new capability that does allow the Fury to accomplish its mission. One of the annoying habits of Mr. Weil’s writing is that he does repeat himself on numerous occasions, especially with this group of Lieutenants. It seems that one is always wishing she was back with Professor Wilkins doing research and we read this lament repeatedly over and over! Additionally, two of the Lieutenants are some what romantically involved yet, they supposedly have set aside their feelings for the duration of the mission. That is also mentioned more than once, a lot more! It’s like you’ve read a paragraph on one page and then you’re reading the same paragraph on the next. I guess that fills up space in the book, but it sure gets annoying! Continue reading “” Empires at War (Earth Fall, Book 3)” by Raymond L. Weil”

“Dust & Iron (Starship Satori, Book 9)” by Kevin McLaughlin

Dust & Iron

When you write a series about someone or something, you’d think that thing or person would be a major part of the story. Not so here. This isn’t about the Starship Satori at all. Instead, it’s about Charline, the geeky, formerly scared as sh*t programmer. The only thing that was ever good about Charlene was that she could shoot! And that’s a good thing if she ever got the courage to do anything with it. Most of the time, Charlene was supposed to get the Satori human computer system to interface with the alien stuff. She did that pretty well, but I never figured her to have a book all her own, but here it is.

I think that author stretched Charlene’s character a little too much. Earth Command has decided that a human colony needs to be established someone out in the galaxy before the Naga obliterate everyone on Earth. That’s probably a good idea, but then they make two really bad ideas. The first was to direct that the human colony be established on Dust! Yeah, that’s the dead planet with nothing but Ratzards and man-eating centipedes! Not the wisest of choices.

Second, they pick Charlene to be the leader of the colony group. Now why would anyone select a geeky computer nerd for a major leadership role? To Charlene’s credit, she has the same thoughts, but doesn’t have the sense to refuse the job. And she’s supposed to take far less people than you would expect to establish a human colony on a very hostile planet.

Things don’t go right from the start. While the Starship Satori did attempt to deliver the colonist to Dust, the didn’t have time to off-load all the equipment and people. A hostile starship showed above Dust and the Satori had to go defend everyone. From that point on, the Starship Satori is out of the book. Now, it’s up to Charlene to take over and be the boss, which she is not even close to being suited for. Continue reading ““Dust & Iron (Starship Satori, Book 9)” by Kevin McLaughlin”

“Artifice (The Silver Ships, Book 12)” by S. H. Jucha

Artifice

Twelve books! Man, that’s a lot of books for one series. But, this has been one of the best series that you can read. It’s also one of those series where you have to start at the beginning. Mr. Jucha fills his books with so much human interaction, sensitivity to others and a way of doing things that don’t show up in other books. Yet, this series also has fighting scenes both in space and on the ground. I haven’t read any other book where a group of nice people utterly destroy whomever they are facing and make the defeated foe fell wonderful about what just happened.

Now on with this book. We finally get to face our supreme nemesis, Artifice. As you read in the previous books, this is the entity that has been terrorizing the entire known universe. He’s been watching every star system until he feels that they need to be destroyed so as not to challenge his supremacy. Alex Racine and his group of Omnians have come to confront this entity and destroy it if necessary. Continue reading ““Artifice (The Silver Ships, Book 12)” by S. H. Jucha”

“Orion Colony (Orion Colony, Book 1)” by J. N. Chaney

Orion Colony

A familiar and very good author has started a new series and it’s good! While it’s not my usual “military” science fiction, it still has a lot of action to it. Still, it’s something of a detective story which isn’t bad, but a lot depends on how it’s written. The story is also pretty straight-forward and simple. Although, getting ready to depart Earth for a new home world might not seem all that simple.

Earth is currently split into to major cultures that don’t exactly get along very well. The Eternals are wealthy, very prosperous people who just happen to have the money to buy an immortality drug. Yeah, they’ll live forever as long as they don’t have a terminal accident. They are also changing with this drug. They appear as albinos with pure white skin and deep blue eyes. On the other side are the Transients. This is the middle and lower classes of society or those who can’t afford the miracle immortality drug.

Initially, the Transients weren’t happy with the way they were treated as second-class citizens by the Eternals. It seemed as if all the top management jobs were always filled by Eternals who controlled about everything. The Transients staged something of a revolt and the Eternals decided to offer the Transients an out. Build a number of colony ships and head out to deep space to form your own civilizations. There were to be twelve colony ships including the one that Dean Slade was working on as Mechanic Grade-2, Transient. Continue reading ““Orion Colony (Orion Colony, Book 1)” by J. N. Chaney”

“Devastator (A. I. Fleet, Book 2)” by Isaac Hooke

Devastator

I just can not get my mind around starships as characters in a book. This is what the main characters in this book are, Mind-refurbs built into AI capsules inside a gigantic starship. These were once humans that for some strange reason, volunteered their brains for transplanting into AI cores when they died. Some knew that the technology to do that didn’t exist when they died, so they really didn’t know what they were agreeing to. Most of the Mind-refurbs are or were military and once the military gets ahold of you, the don’t let go.

Jain is the main character and he leads the Void Warriors. The Void Warriors are a collection of surviving starships from a battle that happened prior to the first book. In that book, Jain was the first one to come to and realized what had happen after he again realized what he was. He was damaged some in the battle because not all of his memories are intact. Still, he know enough to get his starship (himself) repaired and ready for combat again. The other Mind-refurb starships, I think there’s six or so in total, do make a similar recovery with Jain around to tell them what he things happened. They all agreed to let Jain lead them and the set about trying to find out who had attacked and what their mission had been. Continue reading ““Devastator (A. I. Fleet, Book 2)” by Isaac Hooke”

“Weaver (The Fourhorsemen Tails, Book 2)” by Kacey Ezell & Mark Wandrey

Weaver

 

If I had known what this book was about, I probably wouldn’t have read it. Yeah, that’s kind of harsh, but this isn’t a normal book. The first book of this series, “Legend” by Christopher Woods, was what I expected and what I had expected this book to continue to be about. It wasn’t and I should have known that since the authors were totally different. My bad. But, if you’re going to have the same series title, then I think you should continue with that story-line and not jump so far astray.

The only reason I finished this book, is because the writing was very, very good! And that is the most surprising thing about the book. If you choose to read this book, look at the cover picture very closely. That’s what the book is about. You’ll see a small furry thing sitting on a giant spider. That furry thing looking like a cross between a cat and a wombat, is a Flatar and the giant spider is a Tortantula, we ran across one of those in the first book. And that’s what this whole story is about! This isn’t anything resembling a human military science fiction story, but it is kind of good.

It starts in the beginning as every book should, where the Flatar, who’s name is Sadek and the Tortantula, who’s name is Azah are both babies, very intelligent babies. Their initial home is the nesting place of Azah. Her nest mother and her siblings are there and they are making it a difficult time for Azah. See, Azah is a runt, the smallest of the brood and one that probably should have been destroyed at birth. But she wasn’t so now she has to start out just like any other Tortantula and that mean pairing off with a Flatar. Sadek kind of knows what he’s supposed to do, but Azah is just hungry. She’s attacked by one of her sisters and immediately finds out she knows how to kill. She thinks nothing of killing her sister and then eating what remains, in fact, Tortantulas will eat just about anything of flesh and blood! Continue reading ““Weaver (The Fourhorsemen Tails, Book 2)” by Kacey Ezell & Mark Wandrey”