“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”