“The Last Champion (Book 4 of the
Last War Series)” by Peter BostrumBuy on Amazon
Well, we thought that with the destruction of the USS Midway and the defeat of Specter, every thing was over. But, of course, this being a science fiction book, just about anything can and does happen. Admiral Jack Mathis has gone home to Earth and seems to be set for a desk job or retirement. Still, he gets a strange visit by one of his old friends, an English Captain by the name of Pippa Spears. She is currently commanding the HMS Caernarvon (don’t ask me how to pronounce it!) heading for deep space and just the place that Admiral Mathis wants to go. So, being friends and all, she invites him aboard and off they go.
Meanwhile, there are reports that the Forgotten, a War Veteran group with possible legitimate grievances against whatever country they fought for, have kidnapped a large group of children, mostly babies! For what purposes, no one can figure out. Admiral Mathis knows of a secret base that the Forgotten were using (ain’t much of a secret) and he kindly asks his English Captain to make a little trip out of the way to investigate. Continue reading ““The Last Champion (Book 4 of the Last War Series) ” by Peter Bostrom”
“Nua’ll (A Silver Ships Novel, #11)” by S. H. JuchaBuy on Amazon
Things are really getting interesting in this fantastic universe created by Mr. Jucha. The Omnians, Harakens. Meridians, Earthers and SADEs and just about everyone else in Alex Racine’s universe are set to go after the Nua’ll. They are tired of the Nua’ll spying on their individual civilizations and downright destroying any civilization that has found space travel. So, Alex and his permanent collection of friends are collecting anyone and everyone that wants to go on this expedition knowing that they might not ever come back!
Alex doesn’t harbor the feeling that his expedition can actually destroy the Nua’ll. In fact, he believes the Nua’ll are actually being controlled by another powerful being or beings and that who he wants to seek out. He will talk to them if provided the opportunity, otherwise, he and his expedition could be fighting a losing battle which will ultimately result in the extinction of all humanity or anyone or thing not controlled by whomever is controlling the Nua’ll.
The story has about three parts that are written very well. There’s the initial preparations with Alex directing almost everything and some how seeing into the future as to what they might need on this long and arduous journey. The Omnians have even converted one of their city-ships into a fighting ship which will carry star fighters and be armed with it’s own weapons. Of course, the Freedom commanded by Admiral Cordelia is a huge ship and will accommodate just about anything they need to bring with them except for stuff from other civilizations that are soon to be delivered. Continue reading ““Nua’ll (A Silver Ships Novel, #11)” by S. H. Jucha”
“Superhuman” by Evan CurrieBuy on Amazon
This book has a familiar theme, one that’s been around for awhile mostly in comic books. How and author puts a different slant on how things happen is kind of interesting. For this author, he takes a somewhat novel approach, but one that could show up in something like the Twilight Zone.
There exists in this vast universe, an intelligence that doesn’t like life! It believes life to be an infection that should be eradicated every where it is found. It has semi-atonomous drones scouring the universe in search of life and then taking steps to exterminate every living thing it finds. Now, I’m not sure it includes plants and animals as the life forms it targets, but I do know that it definitely targets humans.
One such drone has found Earth quite by accident. It doesn’t consider our life form to be very advanced, but advanced enough to know that it could spread well beyond our planet given time. So, it sets about arranging for the destruction of all life on Earth. But, how it goes about this is particularly interesting. I has to make sure that the solution it applies will in-fact work. So, it sets off to do some sampling and testing. Continue reading ““Superhuman” by Evan Currie”
“Star Warrior (Star Warrior Quadrilogy Book 1)”
by Isaac HookeBuy on Amazon
I have read a lot of Isaac Hooke books and for the most part, they are pretty good if not long in the series. His “Argonauts” series has just about run it’s course so I guess it was time to start something new. Well, here it is and it’s a very long first book in a “quadrilogy” which is a term that I haven’t seen before. In fact, my spell checker doesn’t have a clue as to if it’s spelled right. So, if a quadrilogy is what I think it is, there are three more books in this series. Of course I would have known that if I had looked inside the book to his list of previously written works. The titles of the next three books are clearly shown.
Now that brings me to a problem. I’m not sure I’m going to continue reading this particular series. The writing was fine, it’s just that I don’t go in for the mystical stuff that can be part of a writer’s universe. In this book, we have a young hydroponics engineer who has a modest and boring life on the city of Kalindor on the planet Galtede Serpentis. Yes, humanity has gone far, far from Sol and our small universe. We have colonized and settle entire universes other that our original and have found that things are not as stable as they once were. It is the year 3134 and our main character, Tane Ganeth, has just gotten his “chip” implanted in his cerebral cortex which would make him permanently connected to the Galnet and all the information in the universe. It was something every young adult coming of age did if they had the necessary funds to afford the minor operation. The chip allowed for the recipient to upload new skills and abilities without the need to actually learn these new skills or abilities. Of course, everything has a price and everyone usually starts out at skill lever 0 and progresses from there. Of course, if you already had a skill, it was rated right after the chip was implanted and you started from there. Continue reading ““Star Warrior (Star Warrior Quadrilogy Book 1) ” by Isaac Hooke”
“Satori Rising (Starship Satori Books 1-3)”
by Kevin McLaughlinBuy on Amazon
I normally don’t read books like this that try to cram three books into one, but in this case, I’m very glad I did. These three books, “Ad Astra”, “Stellar Legacy”, and “Deep Waters”, are full of excitement. They really got me into reading them and I could hardly stop when the time came. I read all three pretty quickly and the transition from one book to the other is pretty seamless. Additionally, the author didn’t waste a lot of time re-writing the previous book in the first chapter or two of the second and third. He conveniently condensed the story down to what was essential so if you were to pick up book two or three and start reading, you’d have a good idea of what happened before. Of course I wouldn’t recommend you doing that, but you could.
One of the thinks I like/disliked about these stories is that the author sets things up so the obvious is going to happen. I mean, it’s frustrating sometimes for me the reader to read what is happening now and just know what’s going to happen in a few chapters down the road. I really can’t tell you what these particular things are because I’d be giving away the story so just know that what you read about happening is going to happen and there’s nothing you can do to prevent it! Now that sounds interesting, right? Continue reading ““Satori Rising (Starship Satori Books 1-3)” by Kevin McLaughlin”
“Ascension (Book 6 of the Ascension Series)”
by Ken LozitoBuy on Amazon
I don’t know why, but this particular book didn’t hold my attention as well as the previous books in the series. Then again, I’m not sure any of these books actually held my interest. I say that because it seems the author had an original idea for the book, i.e., a group of astronauts are sent out to explore an alien construct on Pluto and then he decided to expand the story to something entirely different. Now that might have been a good thing, but I’m not so sure.
Still, we’re back with the human crew of the Athena, a vastly different starship that came from Earth. It has been remade by the Drar in the previous book and is actually much, much more than what was anticipated. The on-board AI is almost sentient if not so, and is now considered an extremely valuable asset for any civilization/species that would control her, if that could even be done. Zack Quick, our resident computer nerd and genius, has grown very fond of Athena. He works much closer to her than any of the other crew and has grown very protective of the ship. Continue reading ““Ascension (Book 6 of the Ascension Series)” by Ken Lozito”
“Alliance (Legacy War #3)” by John WalkerBuy on Amazon
By now we should be used to the fact that Earth has only produced one FTL starship that’s capable of some combat. It has performed well in the two previous missions fighting off some rather pesky Kalrawv Group ships and the somewhat more difficult Tol’An terrorist. This next mission should be a “milk-run” in that it’s only an Ambassadorial transport mission. For some reason, Earth has designated Admiral Reach as it’s Ambassador to the conference with the Pahxin. It is hoped that the two civilization can come to some mutual agreement to share technology and provide each other some mutual support against the Tol’An.
Of course the Tol’An know about the pending meeting and will be attempting to sabotage it as much as they can. If they can capture the two primary Ambassadors, that would send a signal to everyone that they were a power to be reckoned with. So we get to read about the leader of the Tol’An and met his chief henchman who like all good bad guys runs around in black with a black hood covering his face. Continue reading ““Alliance (Legacy War #3)” by John Walker”
“Thunder and Lightening” by Christopher G. Nuttall
and Leo ChampionBuy on Amazon
I really don’t like books like this! Now, I hope that doesn’t turn you off from reading the book because some of you might very well like the theme of this kind of book. It’s an Earth invasion story. Simply put, some aliens travel the stars to our lonely planet and literally kicks our butts! They kill some where around 3 billion, yeah, that’s billion humans and then say they were trying to help us!
What I hate about these books is that they are so depressing during the first seventy-five percent of the book. Earth and humans that live on this planet have been broadcasting our TV and radio waves out into the universe for hundreds of years now. Sooner or later, some civilization on a distant planet will capture our old broadcasts and that will form their basis of figuring out who we are. That’s pretty frightening. I don’t think we can stop it. I mean our radio and TV just shotgun everything all over the planet and that stuff is what we call “entertainment”. But, what if the aliens started just now hearing stories and news releases of World War I and then not long after, news about World War II. I would guess they would think we’re all deranged and I would know that’s what they’d think after viewing some of our comedy shows. Continue reading ““Thunder and Lightening” by Christopher G. Nuttall and Leo Champion”
“Lost Systems (Legacy War 2)” by John WalkerBuy on Amazon
I’ll start out by saying that the typography problem I found in book 1 has been fixed. This book reads much, much better. But, and I’m not complaining, it is a short book. While there is a lot of action, it seems to go by pretty quickly.
After returning to Earth with a second Orb and a Pahxin scientist, Doctor Thayne Randala, they now know their enemy is a rebellious group of Pahxin who are out to collect all the Orbs and other ancient technological artifacts. Doctor Randala believes that his people, the Pahxin, would be more than agreeable to an alliance with Earth if they were given something to help with defeating this splinter group the Tol’An. He informs Captain Bradford, commander of the Gnosis, that another scientist of his race might have more answer as to the origins of the Orbs. He also tells them that his scientist friend is currently located in self-exile on a neutral space station called the Rilla. Doctor Gil Vaedra is an expert in stellar archaeology. Continue reading ““Lost Systems (Legacy War 2)” by John Walker”
“Gnosis (Legacy War Book 1)” by John WalkerBuy on Amazon
Right off the bat, I’m going to tell you why I gave this book a 3-star rating. It’s has nothing to do with the story, but this book was released in electronic/digital format with atrocious typography! Kindle version was very hard to read due to extra spaces around commas and smashed together words that happened way too often. The author should direct that a reprint be done and send it out to all that had to deal with this lousy publishing work.
Now, back to the story. It’s the first book of what reads like a pretty good new series. Once again, Earth has just now started to reach the stars. While we don’t appear to have settled on the Moon or even attempted to colonize Mars, we’ve built our first faster than light (FTL) starship named the Gnosis. The Gnosis was intended to be an exploration ship roaming the stars beyond our solar system, attempting to find just what is out there. We know that there are aliens in outer space. We’ve known that since finding the Orb, as it’s called. It is an alien device of unknown origin and, right now, of unknown abilities and uses. It seems like a data depository which has grudgingly released some of it’s knowledge for human benefit. Once such knowledge release was the reason the Gnosis now existed. Nothing on Earth was as advanced as the Gnosis. We had our own small fleet of spaceships capable of flying to the edges of our Solar System, but nothing quite as capable as the Gnosis. She wasn’t even fully tested yet so we didn’t even know her full capabilities. The first mission for the Gnosis was to go out beyond our know solar system and return, just a small test to see just how well her FTL engines would work. Continue reading “” Gnosis (Legacy War Book 1)” by John Walker”