Another month down and another nine books added to my reviews. I think you’ll find most of these books just as outstanding as all my others, with a few exceptions.
The month started off with one of my favorite series, “Omega Force” Redemption (Omega Force, Book Seven)” by Joshua Dalzelle didn’t disappoint. Seems like the Omega Force has gone their separate ways after something happened that was not detailed in the previous book. Now, Jason and Lucky are moping around on a freighter hauling junk for little to no money. It’s not something Jason wanted to do, but that’s what it’s turn into. Yet, Doc and Crisstof show up and provide Jason a good a reason as any to patch up the troubles between the Omega Force team and go do something good. This will be another exciting adventure you’re going to enjoy.
A new author, M. R. Forbes, found his way to my reading list. I don’t know where I stumble upon this author, but I’m very glad I did. He apparently has several series already written that are right down mine line. The first one “Hells’ Rejects (Chaos of the Covenant Book One)” has a young girl as the main character which I guess I don’t mine even though I’m definitely a male chauvinist Abigail Cage or “Abbey”. She’s a “Breaker” which is something you’ll have to found out about in the book. She’s also headed for prison. Not her fault, but they all say that, right. Still, this young lady is one tough person and she seems to be able to handle herself. While things might look bleak now, they do start getting better, not much but better. Once you’ve been in “Hell” anything has to be better, right?
The next book is written by another new author to me. This is not my kind of book, but I thought I’d take a break from all the alien fighting and read some other kind of sci-fi. I’m sorry I did! Oh, “The R.E.M. Effect: A Science Fiction Thriller (The Ocula Series, Book 1)” by J. M. Lanham isn’t bad, it’s just not very interesting as far as I’m concerned. There’s this pill company that has came across a new kind of sleeping pill that can really give a person a great nights sleep. That seems to be the biggest problem with people on Earth in that they don’t sleep enough so we’re kind of wandering through our days. With this pill you wake refresh, rested and ready to do just about anything. Problem is, this pill has side effects. Oh, you won’t know about them because they happen when you’re in R.E.M. (rapid eye movement) sleep, the deepest sleep possible. You can read about these side effects. I’m probably not going to read more of this series. It puts me to sleep!
Ok, on to my favorite series and author, S. H. Jucha. In his “Celus-5 (A Silver Ships Novel)” I, surprisingly, started off disappointed! I thought the author was trying to shove us off onto his son, Teague, as the main character and leave behind Alex Racine and all his wonderful people. Fear not, though, for even if his son has gone to a new planet called Celus-5 to establish a new colony, Alex is soon needed in a big way. What was thought to be a barren, uninhabited planet does in fact have two species that are both intelligent. Problem is one has been eating the other. Sounds like Alex needs to step in and help somebody. Great story if a little different. It also seems that Alex is off on another great adventure maybe leaving Haranken behind. That’s going to be interesting if that’s the way this series now goes.
In “Pursuit (Rise of Mankind, Book 5)” by John Walker, the Earth’s only interstellar starship, the Behemoth, that is supposed to protect the entire Solar System is off again on a diplomatic mission. This mission is kind of important as Earth is finally being granted admittance into the Alliance. Captain Gray Atwell is to act as Earth’s Ambassador and this mission should involve little danger. Then Clea An’Tufal, the Behemoth’s kielian Advisor has a very strong dream about something that occurred while she was a junior officer aboard a kielian vessel engaged in combat with their mutual enemy. She can’t remember what it was that is so important about her dream, but she knows that she left some kind of information on her derelict old ship that might end this war. So, now the Behemoth finds itself heading for the space equivalent of the “Bermuda Triangle”. Surely, this can’t turn out good.
Ok, back to the good old Omega Force. In “Omega Force: The Human Factor (Omega Force, Book 7)” by Joshua Dalzelle we get to focus on Earth for awhile. That’s not necessarily good. Jason has been purposely avoiding any mention of his home world to anyone in the galaxy. He knows that Earth is no where near ready to meet some of the galaxies advanced or even semi-advanced civilizations. He’s also not had much news about Earth in his neck of space so he doesn’t really know what’s been going on in the Solar System. It seems that Earth has in fact met with an intelligent race who have provided some advance technology which Earth has used to establish a new colony called Terranovus. Earth placed an Administrator in charge of Terranovus, but that Administrator has other ideas about who’s in charge. Now Jason has to step in and stop some internal human squabbling and prevent an alien race from trying to take over the entire planet. I wonder if his friends will help?
“You Are Prey (Argonauts Book 2)” by Isaac Hooke is very similar to the Omega Force except the Argonauts are all human. They’re ex-Navy MOTHs which means they are very dangerous and very capable. No one wishes to mess with them if they can help it. They’re now setup as a “security consultant contractor” offering to do various task to paying customers. Their current employer is a Green Phant, the good Phants, who are hunting down the Black Phants. They have found evidence of a Black Phant hiding out on a barren, desolate planet that doesn’t appear to be able to support life. But, there is life and there are Black Phants to be found. Deep, deep underground. It’s going to get real buggy around here. An exciting read if you don’t mind crawly things.
Here’s another one of M. R. Forbes’ books, “Starship Eternal (War Eternal – Book One)” which I think is going to develop into a very good series. It kind of parallels his other book, “Hell’s Rejects”, in that the hero, Captain Mitch Williams is a quasi-hero who has to run for his life after getting dumped on by the Alliance Navy. Oh, and he’s also accused of raping the wife of the Galactic President or something like that. Anyway, he flees in a uniquely advanced starfighter to the outer edges of know space and there he waits to die since he has no fuel and limited oxygen on-board his starfighter. Then he’s miraculously found and picked up by the “Schism”, a salvage hauler which is not what it appears to be. He’s also been told on several occasions that he must find the Goliath, Earth’s first ever faster than light starship which was lost on it’s first maiden voyage. Why he has to find this ship, he doesn’t know, but it could mean the destruction of humanity if he doesn’t. It’s kind of important.
And this next book is also a new series by another new author, Peter Bostrom. I think I’m going to like this series very much. In “The Last War (Book One of the Last War Series)” I was struck by the use of my old Navy ship, the USS Midway. Only this time, it’s a interstellar starship docked to Friend Ship station in deep space. The Americans and Chinese have just settle a war between themselves and the Chinese will be the caretakers of Freedom Station for the next year. A diplomatic contingent of Americans has come to show their good will towards the Chinese and allow the American Station Commander the following year to meet. Only, Admiral Jack Mattis hates the Chinese. They killed his brother and a lot of other American sailors whom he commanded as Captain of the USS Midway. He doesn’t like this idea of being friendly to his recent enemy and isn’t afraid to show his contempt. Then something happens in the deep fringes of known space. An isolated space station is suddenly and totally destroyed. Who this new enemy is currently unknown, but they do know they are now heading straight for Freedom Station and the USS Midway!
So, that’s it, another nine books read and reviewed. I’ve got a lot more coming with the first one of May already posted.