“Rift (The Resistance, Book 1)” by Nathan Hystad

Rift

This was a pretty good story, but very predictable for the most part. The Earth Fleet is pretty much in charge of the Solar System. Humanity has moved out from Earth to settle on Mars and various moons of our other planets. There’s not much danger in our system, except for a few space pirates and the occasional planet uprising for which the local government can’t handle. Once the Earth Fleet is sent in, everything comes to a screeching halt.

Grand Admiral Jish Karn has been leading the Earth Fleet for well over thirty years and she is driving it to become much, much larger than you would think necessary. Still, thirty years ago, something happened in our solar system that has scared her almost to death. She knows something that only a very few people know and has kept her secret for the last thirty years. The only other person that knows her secret is Councilman Jarden Fairbanks.

Jarden Fairbanks disappeared almost two years ago. Some say he died, but others are not so sure. Either way he’s not around to discuss Grand Admiral Jish Karn’s plans which he wouldn’t have liked anyway. Truth is, Councilman Fairbanks has been very busy over the last thirty years and has become a hugely wealth man. He’s taken that wealth to develop his own plan and is soon going to execute it. Everything is coming to a head in just a few short days. Continue reading ““Rift (The Resistance, Book 1)” by Nathan Hystad”

“Into the Breach, Always Forward and Chaos Sieged (Gateway to the Galaxy, Book 1-3) ” by Jonathan Yanze and Jr Castle

Gateway to the Galaxy, Books 1-3

(Each book!)

 

This is a very long review!

INTO THE BREACH

This is some good writing. It’s different than most stories because the author uses contemporary language and references just like a person from this century would do. I don’t know what century this book was supposed to have been written for, but it could easily be for right now or a little further in our future. It doesn’t really matter since all the action happens far, far from Earth.

Frank Wolfe is an ex-Marine, but since there isn’t such a thing as a ex-Marine, I guessed you have to call him an inactive Marine. He was in real life a weapons salesman representing his company called B.U.T.T.S. Yes, that’s the name of the company which stands for Ballistics United Tactical and Tech Systems. Sounds like something that was made up and it probably was. Anyway, Frank was a very good salesman for the company going out into the field and demonstrating the latest tech in weaponry and personal protection that his company developed and sold.

Then he got a call from his Boss to meet with a prospective buyer and do his thing for them once at their location. Transportation was arranged by the proposed buyer and Frank was whisked away by a not so bad looking Marine Major Lucy Lopez. Nothing was unusual about this pickup other than it was in a Humvee which he soon found was going into the deserted Nevada desert. Then the unusual happened when he was asked/told to put a black hood over his head since the final destination was going to be classified. Reluctantly, he followed along. Continue reading ““Into the Breach, Always Forward and Chaos Sieged (Gateway to the Galaxy, Book 1-3) ” by Jonathan Yanze and Jr Castle”

“Legends Never Die (Omega Force, Book 10)” by Joshua Dalzelle

Legends Never Die

Didn’t think I’d get to read another book in this series. Last time we were with the Omega Force, Lucky, the battlesynth had been killed. Now a year has past and the Omega Force team has kind of dissolved. Jason Burke and Crusher snuck off in the middle of the night with the Phoenix and went out to the Badlands rim to stir up some trouble. They were bored with setting at their home base and needed to do something to take out their sorrow and anger over losing Lucky.

Of course neither would admit that Lucky’s death really got to them, but it was pretty obvious. They were now tearing around like a couple of wild men not showing their usual restraint when it came to killing everyone. They were on the verge of getting a very bad reputation, but that didn’t seem to be a reason for them to stop.
Then they got a call from an unexpected source that told them Kage and Twingo were in trouble and needed some serious rescuing. So, just in the nick of time, Jason, Crusher, and the Phoenix showed up and plucked them and their cargo off the roof of a factory that was about to blow to kingdom come! Jason and Crusher had no idea how their two other team members had gotten themselves in so much trouble. So, Kage began telling them a story that explained the what, but not the why. Continue reading ““Legends Never Die (Omega Force, Book 10)” by Joshua Dalzelle”

” A Fiery Sunset (The Omega War, Book 1)” by Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey

A Fiery Sunset

This book seems to be a continuing story about mercenaries from Earth who are not well liked by other alien mercenaries. It seems like I’ve read another book about a young mercenary who decided to split off and run his own company. He had help from the daughter of a King or something like that. She provided the funds and he organized the fighting force. His mercenary company had a lot of aliens as fighters which was quite a bit different from most Earth-based merc companies.

But that’s not what this story is about. We’re still reading about Earth mercenaries, but we have a whole bunch of them in this book. It seems that Earth is part of a galaxy-wide community and is up-and-coming with is highly successful mercenary companies providing a much needed service to the rest of the galaxy. There are some alien civilizations that will not fight no matter what the reason although they want someone else to fight for them or to protect them from an aggressor. Earth mercenaries seem to be well suited for the task and have come to the attention of the Mercenary Guild. The Mercenary Guild is supposed to control all the contracts for all the galaxy mercenary companies and to make sure all of them follow some common rules. Continue reading “” A Fiery Sunset (The Omega War, Book 1)” by Chris Kennedy and Mark Wandrey”

“Gamma Strike (Legacy War, #8)” by John Walker

Gamma Strike

I like the way these books have been written; they have one central story and that’s all. There are very few side-stories and there is a small one in this book. It also seems like the series has ended, but there is a major part that’s missing.

Earth has been in an alliance with Pahxin to fight off the efforts of the Tol’An, a terrorist group threatening the entire galaxy. Earth has developed one starship called the Gnosis which was supposed to be an exploration ship and not a warship. The threat from the Tol’An have changed that.

Central to this story is the Orbs. These are very advanced devices left by an alien race long, long dead. Neither Humans nor Pahxin know exactly what the devices were for or exactly how to use them. They believe the hold significant scientific advances which, if they could be accessed, might push humanity and the Pahxin well beyond their current technology levels. The Pahxin are already much further advanced than the Humans, but they are willing to share their technology. Continue reading ““Gamma Strike (Legacy War, #8)” by John Walker”

“Recruit (Iron Legion, Book 1)” by David Ryker and Daniel Morgan

Recurit

I like these kind of books where it takes a young person doing what he or she would normally do and turns them into a warrior. Only, this time it’s not done under the best of circumstances. James Alfred Maddox was born on Genesis-526, a dirt-ball of a planet with nothing going for it. He’s a terraform engineer which is a better way of saying he digs in the dirt! He also a “tuber” having been born in a test tube just for the purposes of doing what he’s doing now. He’s nineteen and going to get real old doing the same thing everyday if something doesn’t change.

And that change comes one day after he just barely save his own life from a horrendous accident caused by a Federation troop transport that lands on Genesis-526. James’ part of the galaxy is ruled by the Federation. They control everything and everyone. Now they have come to exert even further control over some of the young men from Genesis-526. He’s conscripted into the Federation military. At least that means he’ll be getting off this planet and seeing something else for a change. He doesn’t realize that the changes awaiting him are pretty dangerous.

During the in-processing, James is shoved from one place to another aboard the troop carrier, a huge Federation ship. He’s been conscripted into the Federation military. Without any kind of pedigree, James is headed for the Federation Ground Forces. Federation Ground Forces were cannon fodder, plain and simple. Out of whatever number they sent in to fight the ground battle, usually only 7 percent survived; 7 out of 100! That’s not very good odds. Continue reading ““Recruit (Iron Legion, Book 1)” by David Ryker and Daniel Morgan”

“Interstellar Wars (The Pike Chronicles, Books 1 – 5)” by G.P. Hudson

Interstellar Wars

Overview – This is a five book series contained in one Kindle file. I don’t usually like reading books this way because it often means that each book if short and all the books together only make for an average sized book. Not so with this group. The first book which I have finished was quite long. I was kind of wondering when it would end, not that I wanted it to, but it seemed to be going on for a long stretch. That first book is title, “Sol Shall Rule” and I have no idea why it was named that. It certainly doesn’t fit the story. I’m going to break each book down and write my review as I read them, that way I won’t forget something important. So here goes.

Sol Shall Rise, Book 1, The Pike Chronicles – Jon Pike, also known as Captain Jon Pike is a unique human. He’s obviouslySol Shall Risemilitary and was previously selected for a limited experimentation, one that he now regrets. See Captain Jon Pike is the only living human to have a successfully a living symbiont inside his body. This symbiont was from an alien species called the Diakans. Trials didn’t go too well. Both the human host and the symbiont died. Diakans were born with a symbiont so there was nothing unusual about someone having one. Still, this human experiment was to see how the human body and the symbiont would interact with each other. Unfortunately, several first trials didn’t go too well. Both the human host and the symbiont died.

Not so with Jon. In fact he and his symbiont seemed to flourish even though they were in constant conflict. Jon was a black ops operative and very good at what he did. The symbiont gave him some remarkable new abilities like faster speed and greater strength and stamina than normal humans. It also was very aggressive and did not tolerate much compassion on Jon’s part. When threatened, it sometimes forced Jon to kill when it was unnecessary. Jon wanted the symbiont removed. That wasn’t going to happen. Any attempt to remove the symbiont would result in both Jon and the symbiont’s death.

Continue reading ““Interstellar Wars (The Pike Chronicles, Books 1 – 5)” by G.P. Hudson”

“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”