” 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”

“Nightfall (Blood on the Stars, Book 10)” by Jay Allan

Admiral Tyler Barron and the Confederation is facing its pending destruction. The Hegemony is on the move and the Confederation is in disarray! The next target for the Hegemony is the capital planet of the Confederation, Megera. In addition to that pending doom, the Confederation and Admiral Barron just lost their senior military commander, Admiral Vann Striker. Now it looks like Tyler Barron will have to shoulder that load as well as his own command. But, he doesn’t want the job, not yet anyway. He feels that he needs to be leading the fight, not back at some HQ waiting for the enemy. So, they bring retired Admiral Dustin Nguyen out of retirement to command all Confederation military ops. He is a famous warrior who fought along side the famous Admiral Barron, Tyler Barron’s Grandfather.

The one thing you should remember from the previous books in this series, is that the Hegemony has far superior technology and an almost unimaginable supply of starships. They have battleships with rail guns that far out-range the Confederations primary weapon, but they do not have starfighters! And that has been their Achilles heal so far, but it’s not been enough. Captain Jake Stockton has been placed in command of all Confederation starfighter operations and he has done a fantastic job, but the number of starfighters available is slowly dwindling down.

Admiral Tyler has got to come up with something. He assigns Captain Andi Lafarge a mission to go to the Institute and rescue several top scientist that were working madly on some advanced weaponry. She was then to take them to the Calvus System and planet Craydon. This was one of the seven heavily industrial planets of the Confederation core. It was the major ship building center for the Confederation and they were working at a frantic pace to produce more starships. They needed the scientist there to make any modifications that might help in this war. Andi felt that Tyler was just giving her a mission to keep her out of the coming battles and he was, but this was something that needed to be done. Continue reading ““Nightfall (Blood on the Stars, Book 10)” by Jay Allan”

“Embers of War (Starship Satori, Book 8)” by Kevin McLaughlin

Embers of War

It’s been a few months since I was reading this series. It ended with the Earth in pretty big trouble from an alien species called the Naga. These creatures were an advanced war-fighting civilization that we first encountered in the starship Satori’s initial ventures into space. We’ve seen some crew members of the Satori captured by the Naga, although in one instance, it turned out pretty well. Dan was the original pilot of the Satori while being confined to a wheel chair. During his capture by the Naga, he was subjected to some pretty intense torture as well as incredible pleasures. The device they used on him was also healing his broken spine to the point that he has now gained complete use of his legs.

Dan is now the Captain of the Independence, the Earth’s second starship after the Satori. It is a captured Naga battlecruiser that has been heavily modified by humans. His ship is just now finishing readiness tests and appears to be ready for mission. He soon gets one resulting from a surprising quantum call from Naga Command telling Gaurl, the former Naga vessel Captain, to report in and head back to the home planet. Before replying, Dan contacts General Hereford and asks him what he should say in return. After consulting with the President, they tell Dan he should try and negotiate a peaceful approach to friendly relations with the Naga. They want him to offer to return the Naga battlecruiser and the Naga prisoners they are holding. Dan doesn’t think the “peaceful” approach is going to work because he knows the Naga only act from a position of strength. So he fashions his response in that manner. This results in his mission to the Naga homeworld to return the Naga prisoners, but not the warship. Continue reading ““Embers of War (Starship Satori, Book 8)” by Kevin McLaughlin”

“Anomaly (Legacy War, Book 7)” by John Walker

Anomaly

 

 

One thing I have said before about the book in this Legacy War series, is that they are mission focused. When the Gnosis is assigned a mission, that’s what it does and nothing else. The Gnosis’ mission is pretty simple, go get the third Orb from a desolate and abandon space stations in an isolated sector of space. This space station was built by a civilization that has now gone extinct. The Pahxin have sent a small contingent of scientist to try and restart the power core of the space station and to see if the Orb is still there. While that mission was going on, the Tol’an also found out about this space station and they sent an armed ship to capture the space station and the Orb it contained.

For some unknown reason, their scientific team has gone silent. There have been no communications with the team since shortly after they arrived. This causes the Gnosis’ mission to be started. Usually, the Pahxin send an escort with the Gnosis, but not this time. Meanwhile, the Tol’an warship has also gone silent and not reporting back to Tol’an headquarters. The Tol’an don’t have any better idea as to why their entire ship and crew have gone silent so they decided to send another ship with a smaller flotilla as backup. Something is going seriously wrong aboard the derelict space station. Continue reading ““Anomaly (Legacy War, Book 7)” by John Walker”

“Legend (The Four Horsemen Tales, Book 1)” by Christopher Woods

Legend

This is a very good book by an author that is new to me. I haven’t read a military science fiction book as good as this one in quite awhile. It contains a lot of human and alien characters. In this universe, the Earth is part of the Galactic community albeit a lowly, young member. The only export and contribution to this galactic community is mercenary armies. Some would question if that’s not a commodity that Earth should want to be known for, but the Earth is technologically behind the rest of the galaxy. The only thing we can excel in is military technology and our ability to think while on the battlefield. Yes, human mercenaries are in demand if they can get the attention of those who are issuing contracts.

At the beginning, our main guy is Martin Quincy. He’s been a mercenary for a long time, but not long enough that he’s ready to quit. He’s a member of the Cavaliers, a mercenary outfit based out of Wichita (Kansas?). They have been through some pretty tough contracts which is the same thing as saying battles. Quincy seems to have a unique skill set that makes him excel on the battlefield. He did so well on one particular planet that the Sirra’Kan now call him the Koreverone or “Legend”. Of course, the other members of the Cavaliers are duly impressed with Qunicy’s new moniker so they remind him of it often. His best friend is always spouting off about the great exploits of the “Legend” which aggravates Martin Quincy to no end. He’s just doesn’t feel like a “Legend” and says he’s just doing his job. Fact is, Quincy has come up against some of the more dangerous and aggressive alien mercenaries in the galaxy. He has been captured on video while killing two of these alien monsters in hand-to-hand combat. So now he has to live with the title of Legend or “Gorestole” in Andori, “Torkanto” in Grawwl, “Daksada” in Torvasi as well as the previously mentioned “Koreverone” in Sirra’Kan.

“Fact is, Quincy has come up against some of the more dangerous and aggressive alien mercenaries in the galaxy.”

Continue reading ““Legend (The Four Horsemen Tales, Book 1)” by Christopher Woods”