“(Seeds of War, Book 1) Invasion” by Lawrence M. Schoen and Jonathan P. Brazee

I almost didn’t write this review. I am or was a big fan of Jonathan P. Brazee and his very interesting United Federation Marine Corps books. Those are well written and very interesting military science fiction. I don’t know who Lawrence M. Schoen is and problem won’t be reading much of his writing if this is an example. The two writers together managed to put together a really horrible ebook.

If anyone is remotely familiar with “The Day of the Triffids” then they will know all about this book. That book and the movie it produced were classics, horrible, but classics. This book won’t every fall in that category.

Story goes that some disgraced Marine Corps General was retired or exiled to this agricultural planet. It has nothing on it but food crops. Everything is automated so there’s not much need for even a human to be around, but that’s where this guy lives with his adopted dog. He talks to his ag AI all day and the ag AI tells him everything is running just fine. Crops that are ready for harvest, get harvested, shuttled to the planet’s rail launch system and shot through a warp-gate back to some where around Mars. Again, I’m not sure why the retired General is even here. Continue reading ““(Seeds of War, Book 1) Invasion” by Lawrence M. Schoen and Jonathan P. Brazee”

“(First Colony: Book 5) Discovery” by Ken Lozito

Once again, I seemed to have gotten a very short book. It seemed like I just started reading it the other night and then last night I finished it. It was very exciting, but I don’t think that’s why I read it so quickly.

Our main character, Connor Gates, now Mayor of Sanctuary, has to get away from his position and the city for awhile. He’s never been the “behind the desk” type of guy, so it’s no wonder that he’s planned this little outing into the wilds of New Earth. “Little” is kind of a misnomer since Conner had requisitioned two brand new N-Class Rovers and they were already packed for what appeared to be an extended camping trip. The other members of the camping group were now showing up and it was going to be quite a group Altogether, including Connor, there would be nine campers.

Some of the group were questionable as to why they were included. John Rollins was one in particular. A lot of Colony Defense Forces (CDF) took R&R in Sanctuary just to get their heads clear and rest up. Some had pretty back cases of PTSD and Connor thought this little camping trip would give them a chance to unwind far from everything and anything. John was pretty much mad at everything and every body. He had a pretty unfriendly attitude, but Connor was willing to work with him to get him back to normal. Anna Gray was another camper with issues (PTSD) that had drawn her into an almost extreme introvert. While she was smart, she was also scared of everything. Her experience during the Vemus War where she was trapped behind enemy line for days was causing her to react as she was now. Again, Connor thought getting her out and away from everyone and having her do something different might ease her fears. Continue reading ““(First Colony: Book 5) Discovery” by Ken Lozito”

“Reforged (Bolt Eaters, Book 2)” by Isaac Hooke

The Bolt Eaters are still stuck on a suspected Banthar colony planet. They’ve been captured by Manticore who was a former Mind Refurb and a Bolt Eater. He went crazy and was thought to have been killed, but he apparently was captured and has been brained-washed by the Banthar. Now he has the Bolt Eaters wrapped up, prepared for transportation back to where ever he intends interrogate them. Of course, it’s hard to keep the Bolt Eaters contained.

Eric and a couple other Bolt Eaters manage to extract themselves from their Devastator mechs and start climbing huge trees to stay out of sight while following one of the Bantha airships. This is just the start of their problems. They are constantly harassed by the Bantha troops even when they re-locate to a mountain range. There they find some other alien life forms similar to bats in side some huge caves, but these things focus on consuming metal just like the “termites” the Banthar have built and released. Continue reading ““Reforged (Bolt Eaters, Book 2)” by Isaac Hooke”

“Reclamation (Legacy War #6)” by John Walker

This isn’t a long book by any means. It follows most of the books in this series by writing about one mission and one mission only. There is several different stories going on all over the place waiting for everything to converge. That’s not a bad thing, in fact it helps in concentrating on what is actually happening to all the main characters since they are all on the same mission.

As you previously read, the Earth and Pahxins have managed to secure two Orbs and have taken them into hyperspace to see if they can link with them and find out more of their secrets. That works and three members of the Gnosis were found to have the ability to link with the Orbs. They even found out where the other two Orbs reside and this mission is to find one more. Continue reading ““Reclamation (Legacy War #6)” by John Walker”

“The Ancients (The Survivors Book 4)” by Nathan Hystad

We start out by finding our trio of main characters, Dean, Mary and Slate, trekking through a cold and ice covered world. They got there through another portal used in their quest to find the Ancients or otherwise known as the Theos. The Theos have left small clues and artifacts that continually led this trio on. They’re hoping that finding the Theos will lead to solve several mysteries, some which have been very deadly.

This is a far cry from the original story where Dean saved all humanity from some aliens who had loaded everyone up in starships and sent them towards the Sun. Yes, Earth and humanity have enemies they don’t even know about. Since “The Event”, Dean and Mary have had quite an adventure. While some thought this would end when everyone decided to flee to New Spero and set up a new human civilization, it didn’t with the discovery of the Portals. This is an ancient network of gateways to various worlds throughout the universe. It was set up by the Ancients or Theos and used for some purpose by them. Now only a few people (including aliens) know about these portals and access is very limited. Since Dean stumbled upon the portals and has a rudimentary understanding of how they work, he’s been made a Gatekeeper with free access to the portals or gates as he needs. It is evident that some of the original destinations along the network have been shut down. Apparently, the Ancients didn’t want anyone stumbling onto these worlds for one reason or another. Usually, it was for the travelers own protection. Continue reading ““The Ancients (The Survivors Book 4)” by Nathan Hystad”

“A House Divided (Terran Armor Corps, Book 4) ” by Richard Fox

Getting back to a quasi-religious war-fighting scene. In these books, there is a contingent of Marines or soldiers, I’m not sure which category they fit into, that fight for some kind of saint, Saint Kallen, to be exact. She is some kind of mystical war hero who used to be armor. Now when I say armor, this isn’t the tanks of today. No it’s heavy armor that encases a soldier and makes them almost invincible. They are actually in a womb of amniosis fluid with nerve connected attachments all over their bodies. They become one with the armor. Our main character, Roland Shaw, is part of the Terran Union, the Armored Corps. He’s also taken the vows of the Templar, a group of Armored personnel who fight for all humans and Earth. These are the religious warriors I mentioned.

Roland is in a difficult situation in that he was captured by the rogue humans called the Ibrarrans. They have gone off on their own since they could not agree to the terms of the Hale Treaty which Earth signed with a bunch of other alien civilizations. This treaty was to stop on-going wars with different alien factions, a war that Earth was close to losing! Continue reading ““A House Divided (Terran Armor Corps, Book 4) ” by Richard Fox”

“Invasion (Blood on the Stars, Book 9)” by Jay Allan

This is a fairly long book. There is ample reason for it to be this long since Admiral Tyler Barron has a lot to accomplish and not very much time. The Confederation is in chaos caused by operatives from the Union messing with several members of the Confederation Senate. While all the members of that body were corrupted to some extent, the Union operatives were influencing several key members with almost total success. After the successful arrest and imprisonment of Admiral Barron and the Confederation Chief of Intel, Gary Holsten, things were looking up for the Union spies. That is until friends of the two broke them out of their imprisonment.

Admiral Barron has fled to Archellia and is trying to rally those Confederation space forces to his cause. He doesn’t want to start a civil war, but he must get back to Megara and find out what is causing all the unrest with the Senate. He also knows he must do this quickly in order to organize any kind of defense against the Hegemony invasion. That invasion is already underway at Dannith with Admiral Clint Winters fighting a losing battle against the overwhelming forces of the Hegemony.

In the last book, Andi Lafarge was captured by Richard Lille and suffered considerably under his control. While outwardly she appears to have recovered from the ordeal, she is internally festering a deep hatred and a growing desire to go back to Megara and kill Lille. Since Gary Holsten has to go back to Megara also, Andi volunteers to take him back on the Pegasus. She knows that Tyler Barron would never let her go if he knew the vengeance that Andi was after. Neither would Gary Holsten or at least he would insist on helping her kill Lille. So, Andi says nothing of her plans to track down and kill Richard Lille. It’s either her last act or his. Continue reading ““Invasion (Blood on the Stars, Book 9)” by Jay Allan”

“Alpha Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 3)” by B. V. Larson

Captain Leo Blake and his crew have been more or less grounded due to an outbreak of peace in the stellar region. They are naturally getting bored considering the terror they have most recently experienced out in Rebel space. Under Rebel command, you had to always watch your back or it soon would have a club coming down on it very hard. And hitting you in the back was done only because they missed your head. Peaceful Earth with no fighting just wasn’t what the crew of the Hammerhead were used to.

But, it appears that peaceful existence might be coming to a halt. A rift in deep space has appeared and some unknown ships are arriving. General Vega, commanding all Earth space forces, decides he doesn’t want to wait to find out what’s coming through that rift so he orders his small phase-ship fleet to fire on the first vessel coming through. That turns out to be a mistake since its none other than Admiral Flex with ships and crews from Gref. Their cruisers make short work of the two phase-ships that fired on them and now they sit. Once they do contact Earth, they don’t want to talk to General Vega, but to Captain Blake. Fex is back to inform the Earth that he and his Grefs are there to form a protectorate over Earth. Since Earth has no means of defending itself, he wants the planet to commit to him as its planetary Commander. He wants any and all Earth space forces placed under his command. Continue reading ““Alpha Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 3)” by B. V. Larson”

“Orion Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 2)” by B. V. Larson

We’re back on Earth with Leo Blake and his crew. They have, almost single-handedly, saved he universe, but they also don’t want the notoriety that comes with being a hero. They just want things to settle down which they do in a hurry. So much so, that most of the crew is getting really bored. With the Imperials pulling back, it doesn’t appear that their will be any further combat for a long time. So, Blake finds himself in limbo not knowing what he’s supposed to be doing.

Except, none other than Captain Ursahn of the Rebel Fleet ship Killer, shows up with some Earthly intel she’s not supposed to know. She has found out that Earth is building a spaceship! Even Captain Blake wasn’t sure of this, but he kind of figured out that was what happened to is old ship, the Hammerhead. He stole it from the Rebels just for the purpose of letting Earth’s scientist reverse engineer the things so we could possibly defend ourselves. It turns out that the ship Earth built was a phase-ship. This is the very kind of ship that the Rebels despise and have made it almost illegal for one of their members to create such a ship. Still, the Earth is new to this Rebel stuff and plays things they way they want to. Now that the ship is known to the Rebel Alliance, they demand that Earth send it into combat. Continue reading ““Orion Fleet (Rebel Fleet, Book 2)” by B. V. Larson”

“Rebel Fleet (Rebel Fleet)” by B.V. Larson

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Well, this is going to be a fun series! Leo Blake reminds me of James McGill of the “Undying Mercenaries Series” also written by B.V. Larson. They are both irreverent, cocky and don’t follow the rules. McGill gets into more trouble, but Blake has his hands full in this series. There’s just enough comedy thrown in to make the story mildly amusing, but not to the point it gets ridiculous.

Aliens have dropped some kind of rock in the water just off an island in Hawaii. Blake and a friend of his swim out to find out what it is, showing off for their girls who remain on the beach. Blake’s friend disappears below the water and doesn’t come up for way too long. So, Blake dives down and finds Jason stuck to some kind of glowing rock. He doesn’t appear to be breathing. Blake attempts to pull him away from the rock and eventually gets a rocking motion that succeeds in getting his friend free. He drags him to shore and start CPR, but it doesn’t look good. By this time, the girls have called for help and a doctor arrives on the beach to pronounce Jason as dead. Then one of the girls suddenly notices that Jason’s hand is missing. Blake must have broke Jason loose from the ice block holding his hand to the stone by just ripping the limb off. There was blood everywhere on the beach.

That’s starts off this adventure that will take Blake and one of the girls to outer space, far, far from the Earth. Earth hasn’t developed any kind of space exploration capabilities than we have now, yet the have positive proof that aliens do exist and they are visiting Earth. In fact, aliens are now on Earth recruiting humans for their interstellar war. Actually, it’s not a war so much as a rebel uprising against the Imperium which has been devastating alien planets all along the frontier. It turns out the Imperium is using these planets a training grounds for it’s Imperial space forces. They are only sending their inexperienced space craft out to fight against the rebels and not worrying much about the outcome. Except, they don’t expect nor like to lose these battles. Continue reading ““Rebel Fleet (Rebel Fleet)” by B.V. Larson”