Free Book Giveaway : Xenoman  by Adam Martin

Free Book Giveaway : Xenoman by Adam Martin

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Free BookGiveaway : Xenoman

by Adam Martin

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  • 20 eBooks for reviewers (0 given, 20 remaining)

– ends 1 April 2018

Genre:

Science Fiction

Blurb:

Xeno yearns to have access to The Nth Dimension like The White Boys, famed telepaths who suffered brain damage when they made contact with extraterrestrial intelligence. Out of work as a bartender since the Shoki Pao dance club
mysteriously burned down, Xeno’s lackluster lifestyle is getting harder to maintain.

Having survived an overdose of Black Magic, and successfully revived by Drinama, a brain implant slipped to him as a Mickey at a job fair, Xeno earns an entry level position as an agent for secret service organization Intellegella. Garry, his handler, introduces Xeno to the industrial version of the black box, allowing Xeno’s pineal gland access to synthetic sensory perception with the turn of a dial.

Xeno’s initial mission is to test the black box on the field, under Garry’s watchful eye, and to locate Trianne, an ex co-worker, ex model, ex pole dancer for the Shoki Pao, gone missing and showing signs of spontaneous human combustion, an emerging side effect of Black Magic, and a public safety hazard.

All he has to do is bring Trianne back to Intellegella for treatment. It’s that simple . . . according to Garry.

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Book Review – The Janus Enigma by William R Dudley

Book Review – The Janus Enigma by William R Dudley

Book Review – The Janus Enigma

by William R Dudley

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Reviewed by Dale E. Lehman

Action Packed and Suspenseful

Through nuclear war and environmental degradation, Earth has been all but destroyed. Seeking new homes, humanity has taken to the stars using a marvel of engineering: the Janus Gate. Orbiting the sun where the asteroid belt used to be, the Janus Gate’s space-warping black hole and surrounding containment field catapults pilgrims to worlds far beyond our solar system. But Janus is also a colony in its own right, its concentric levels home to a full cross-section of humanity. Here, powerful ultra-conglomerates double as businesses and government, ruthless criminal syndicates run amok, and ordinary people eke out an existence.

In the lawless outer levels of Janus, former security agent turned freelance bounty hunter Calder is offered a fortune to find the missing son of one of the richest and most powerful women alive. Of course he takes the job. But soon he finds himself neck deep in deception, treachery, gangland war, and unspeakable crimes. Death threatens at every turn, but Calder must see the job through, cost notwithstanding.

“The Janus Enigma” packs suspense and intense action into a gripping tale of survival and intrigue. It’s well written, too. Author William R. Dudley is a former English teacher, journalist, and editor, so he knows his way around words. I did find some of the dialogue near the end a bit wordy, and on occasion I thought a sentence could have been phrased better, but these are minor quibbles. A bit more significantly, I didn’t entirely buy the young computer whiz Umbra’s emotional episode near the end, and I was a bit disturbed that Calder didn’t notice the parallels between certain of his own actions, which he justifies as necessary collateral damage, and the monstrous crimes he uncovers. Some elements of the ending might have been a bit too pat, as well, but to avoid spoilers I won’t go into detail here. Regardless, the story works, and works well.

Fair warning for those who might take issue: this is a violent story liberally sprinkled with hot vengeance and crude language. Personally I would prefer less of all that, but I won’t factor that preference into my rating, since I seem to be in the minority. In terms of both story and writing, “The Janus Enigma” falls on the high side of 4 stars. If I don’t give it 5, it’s only because of those few small issues I mentioned above. Well done, sir!


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Book Review – Halfway  by Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma

Book Review – Halfway by Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma

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Book Review – Halfway

by Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma

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Reviewed by Dale E. Lehman

An Amazing Ride, One of the  Better-written First Novels

An old rule of science fiction writing states that an author is allowed one independent miracle per story. In “Halfway,” Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma hit us with a real doozy: your memories are being harvested, and after you die you are remade with an engineered body and a little bracelet that connects you to those saved memories. Thus reborn into a world called Enigma, you are judged for your actions during your Earthly life and either admitted into the paradise of Elysium or condemned to the torment of Hell. But these realms are not religious/spiritual realms. Rather, they are technological realms situated in a distant part of the galaxy. Pardon the pun, but how the hell did that come about? We aren’t told, and for now it doesn’t matter. Independent miracle. Just sit back and enjoy the ride!

And it is an amazing ride. Like their authors, the key characters hail from India and have backstories bound up with the customs and history of that land. Dev, a young computer wiz who pulled himself out of a suicidal funk by entering into an illegal cell phone scam with his over-the-top pal Sid, faces Hell because he was killed when he ran in front of a truck with an old suicide note in his pocket. An open and shut case, except he didn’t kill himself at all. His death was a tragic accident. Meanwhile, a young woman named Aparna is in similarly deep trouble. After her enraged father killed her boyfriend in front of her for the crime of dating Aparna, she retaliated by murdering him. Worse, she’s now killed two of the locals in Enigma, although in self-defense. But in Enigma, justice can be as elusive as on Earth. In fact, the “afterlife” doesn’t seem all that different from Earth, riddled with politics, corruption, lust, murder, and other lesser crimes and sins. Worse still, lurking in the background is the specter of war as Hell’s self-appointed queen Phoenix prepares to attack Enigma. This is an amazingly good story given that the premise makes absolutely no sense. I found it hard to stop reading. Even better (or flummoxing, depending on how you feel about it), this is book 1 in the “Aspiration for Deliverance” series, and in some ways it’s not a complete story. The lives of Dev and Aparna don’t intersect at all. This is just the set-up for whatever comes next. But it works, so long as you’re willing to wait for book 2, where at least some questions will presumably be answered.

In spite of my raving, this is not a perfect book. It’s a first novel by a pair of indie writers, and as usually happens the writing could stand some editing. Not that it’s terrible. It’s among the better-written first indie novels that I’ve read. But it could do with a fair bit of tightening. Some material needs reorganization for clarity, and many of the information dumps should be cleaned up.  The description is a bit klunky. There are too many sound effects for my taste (I’d get rid of them all, guys, and write some engaging action instead). Oh, and many of those hyphenations and capitalizations shouldn’t be there. Because of these issues, I’d make the writing a 3, but the story easily deserves 4+ if not 5. So overall, let’s give it a 4 stars mark.


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Free Book : The Janus Enigma  by William R. Dudley

Free Book : The Janus Enigma by William R. Dudley

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Free Book : The Janus Enigma

by William R. Dudley

 

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Genre:

Science Fiction

Blurb:

Janus — the man-made gateway to the stars, an immense, multilayered sphere orbiting the sun far out in the solar system — the last hope for humankind as they seek to escape a dying Earth, but only if they can afford to pay the price demanded by the Ultra-conglomerates, who own most things and control everything.

Calder — college dropout, ex-military, freelance bounty hunter, part-time minder in Mamma Lou’s licensed bar & whorehouse and full-time cynic. Calder knows all about trouble. He was born to it. For most of his life in the crowded, often lawless and always dangerous Outer Levels of Janus, he’s had to rely on his wits and his talent for violence simply to survive.
When he’s offered an insane amount of money to find the missing son of one of the richest and most powerful women alive, he can’t resist.

Aided by Sunny O’Malley, a mildly psychotic colleague from his time in the military, and the Krasskovs, one of Janus’ many criminal organisations, Calder’s search leads him through the shadowy underworld of the Outer Levels, down into the wealthy and privileged Inner Levels and far into the depths of space. There, a horrific discovery drives him on to untangle a web of conspiracy, murder and deceit.

With his life constantly at risk, Calder goes on to discover a deeply hidden secret — one which has shaped the very destiny of humanity.

Message from the Author:

Having long been addicted to the Science Fiction and Noir genres, this book is my attempt to combine the two. I had a huge blast creating Janus and the characters within the story and hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoyed writing it. Please note, “The Janus Enigma” contains scenes of violence and some strong language, so is only suitable for an 18+ readership. Thanks for considering spending some of your time reading and reviewing “The Janus Enigma”.

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Free eBook :  Halfway (Aspiration for Deliverance #1)  by Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma

Free eBook :  Halfway (Aspiration for Deliverance #1)  by Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma

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Free eBook :  Halfway (Aspiration for Deliverance #1) 

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Sceience Fiction

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A few hundred people wake up in an auditorium with no memory of their past, scared and confused, struggling to remember who they are and how they got here. A voice draws their attention to the person standing on the podium, impeccably dressed, an air of calm confidence about him that suggests he has the answers to all their questions. As he starts explaining the situation, they slowly begin to realise they are in a futuristic realm called Enigma, where dead humans are reborn and brought to trials for the crimes they committed in their human-lives…

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Book Review – Xenoman by Adam Martin

Book Review – Xenoman by Adam Martin

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Book Review – Xenoman

by Adam Martin

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I’m usually not a futuristic novel reader, but sometimes I do pick one up. Some of them are just so over my head that I lose interest, but it was not this way with Xenoman.

Xenoman takes place in a future where the majority of the population is addicted to a drug called ‘Sunlight’. But when ‘Sunlight’ is no longer available, most people turn to ‘Black Magic’, a designer drug that unfortunately causes spontaneous human combustion. It’s a culture where everyone walks around with a little black box on their chest and listens to 5-track music. (If you are having a hard time picturing this, think future meets the 80s.)

Xeno has always wanted to enter the Nth Dimension like his idols, The White Boys, a travelling band who are rumoured to be telepathic. He goes to take the Zener Test, and unknowingly gets an implant placed in his brain. However, when this implant starts to act up, neither of his friends Zoom and Trianne believe him. Things start getting a little weird when Zoom disappears, presumably dead, and Trianne begins smouldering. Xeno is then recruited to Intellegalla to save Trainne, and then things start to get real interesting: ‘Klownburger’ characters, robotic synths, and aliens are just to name a few. With everything going on, Xeno starts to even question reality.

“The more I see, the less I see. Time, space, objects, are all smeared like dream logic. The dream has a logic, but the logic is occult to me. Nothing holds its form long enough to register what it refers to. Reality as it really is, is . . . incoherent.”

Xenoman really seems like a satire on culture and a reminisce of the 80s. A future where technology is a black box strapped to your chest and connected with a black node on your forehead, (seems a bit like the large boom boxes and first cell phones), music is provided via 5-track, and the villains are strangely similar to the old McDonald characters. Though all these references are before my time, I found them rather amusing and entertaining.

Xenoman really took me by surprise (I actually started out with an eBook but didn’t connect to it, so I went ahead and bought a hard copy and that made a big difference). Martin has a very thought-out plot and I actually enjoyed going on the mission with Xeno.

A few things would have helped me out more, in understanding the story’s beginning and setting the scene. There was a back-story that the readers don’t get a lot of information about at first, and I found myself a little confused. Also, I would have liked to know a little more in the beginning about how Xeno, Zoom, and Trianne became friends.

Another thing I would have liked to see further developed was Xeno’s relationships. Especially between Xeno and Trainne. But the thing that confused me the most, was his relationship with Garry, his Intellegella handler. They really hit it off, but Xeno just met the guy, found out his company had put an implant in his brain, and then willingly goes on a dangerous mission, all within a day. It was not very convincing…

Overall, this is an entertaining Sci-Fi novel that really took me for a spin.

Xenoman by Adam Martin gets 3.5 stars.

Thank you to Adam Martin for providing me with a copy of your book to review.

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Book Review – Absence of Blade by Caitlin Demaris McKenna

Book Review – Absence of Blade by Caitlin Demaris McKenna

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Book Review – Absence of Blade

by Caitlin Demaris McKenna

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Miss this on your own peril: this great Sci-Fi will be a Netflix series someday

When I was in high-school, a long long time ago, I came across Frank Herbert’s Dune. It was probably the first complex ‘whole new universe’ type of political Sci-Fi I had ever encountered in book form, and it rocked my world. I was so into it, that I even faked illness to stay home in order to read it (geeky I know). I have since came across only a handful of other authors who were talented enough to invent a universe, plausible enough for me to get into… Roger Zelanzy’s Nine Princes in Amber for one is an excellent example. And so, I turned to more ‘realistic’ genres, neglecting Sci-Fi and disassociating from fantasy altogether (‘Dragons live forever but not so little boys’ – as the famous song goes).

This long intro is not to say that Ms. McKenna had written the next Dune, but she definitely holds the potential. Absence of Blade paints an elaborated and intriguing universe of humanity’s (“Terrans”) future, and I’d certainly stand in line to read more.

The year is sometime in the very far future, Terrans’ Expansion to other worlds in new and remote star systems is underway in full throttle (hence “The Expansion series”). However, after a few bloody conflicts that ended with the Terrans’ army having the upper hand over alien species, the Osk colony of Za stands its ground. The Osk have been winning some key battles against the Terrans, thanks to their killer Seph assassins. The story mostly gives us the Osk perspective. They are four legged, have grey-dark complexion, with coloured mane and a snout rather than a nose. They are extremely sensitive to smells, oh and they have killer bodily blades embedded in their arms.
The power behind the Terrans’ Expansion is the ‘Universal Church’ who has its own army and agenda, trying to bring-in other species into the holy trinity system of beliefs.
Sounds complex? not really. Sephs Gau Shesharrim, Mose Attarish and scientist Shomoro Lacharoksa, all Osk, have their own story and missions; while the Terrans are preparing for their final blow, led by General Shanazkowitz and her son Jan.

McKenna’s English and writing is superb (save the ‘fight scenes’ which I found a bit disorienting). The plot-line, which is enriched with the history of this new future weaved with more human warfare and conflicts, is fascinating and the book in general is hard to drop. Also, while at first I thought the Osk point of view (which dominates the novel) is weird, it grew on me, and I think it’s a fresh way to tell an inter-specie story.

What knocked the score to 3.5-4 stars are a few plot-line weaknesses which disturbed me, along with the failure to elaborate on the key human figure, Jan Shanazkowitz, who I suspect will have a major role in future books. What made me even more annoyed was the story leaping 15 years forward. I suspect things have happened during these years which are crucial to the understanding of the characters’ development and their agendas/motives. 15 years, that’s a lot to miss! And that raised questions, which remain unanswered.

Finally, what brought the score back to the solid 4 stars ground is the fact that the author managed to paint a plausible universe, for me, and I totally want to hear more about it. As an author I understand the need to keep it simpler in a debut novel; And I personally will welcome a revised longer version someday, which may include omitted chapters (I suspect there are quite a few). Dune is 604 pages long, and that was just setting the scene! Alas, that’s the main problem when fabricating a whole new world.

Great debut Sci-Fi. If you’re into these kind of books, Space Operas, or anything clever and out-of-the-box, you should definitely read it. Miss this on your own peril: when this is made into a Netflix series, don’t come crying to me – instead have the bragging rights to say you were there first!

 
Free Book Giveaway : Absence of Blade by Caitlin Demaris McKenna

Free Book Giveaway : Absence of Blade by Caitlin Demaris McKenna

Free Book Giveaway : Absence of Blade (The Expansion Series Vol 1)

by Caitlin Demaris McKenna

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Genre:

Action and Adventure, Science fiction

Blurb:

This isn’t about victory. This is about survival.

Mose Attarish isn’t used to making mistakes. As an intelligence agent on the contested world Olios 3, he gathers the intel to direct the Osk’s operatives into every chink in the Terran forces’ armor. Through sabotage, espionage, and assassinations, the Osk have held their own in the war for Olios 3 – barely. Every failed mission brings the war’s end nearer, and when faulty intel nearly kills one of his operatives, Mose takes it hard.

Gau Shesharrim doesn’t blame Mose for what happened. Bad intel is one of the risks of the job, and it’s a job Gau wouldn’t trade for any other. But his latest brush with death has made even this seasoned assassin consider the merits of early retirement. Too bad the top brass don’t care what Gau wants.

Shomoro Lacharoksa follows a mission apart from the rest of the colony. In a lonely base, she researches the technologies that give the Terrans their invisible edge, hoping to bolster the Osk’s foundering campaign.

It might not be enough. The Terrans are doing research of their own, and no one—not even the Terrans themselves—is prepared for what they will unleash.

 

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“Absence of Blade” marks the start of a new space opera series set against a background of interstellar strife. Recommended for readers who enjoy complex Sci-Fi and stories with grit.

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Free eBook : Angelos Odyssey by J.B.M. Patrick

Free eBook : Angelos Odyssey by J.B.M. Patrick

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Angelos Odyssey: Volume One by J.B.M. Patrick

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Genre:

fantasy / Sci-Fi

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The year is 3200, and the world’s greatest assassin has yet to leave his mark on a society ravaged by malevolent gods, demons, and countless beasts…

This is the story of Tavon, an orphan who rose above his origins as another gang member running the streets of the massive Citadel. He watched the ones closest to him depart this life due to violent gunfights, drug abuse, and constant territorial disputes. But he triumphed over darkness, embracing it and using it as a weapon to join the most famous assassination association in the universe.

His companions include: Brock, a veteran who pursues a flailing career as a paramedic while battling PTSD; Silo, an android who disguised his true nature and is now the playboy CEO of a flourishing social media company; Raiko, a young boy surviving in the Citadel Prison while receiving genetic enhancements; and Aaliyah, the Citadel’s most brilliant and effective Bureau Detective.

This is the story of awakening, of transcendence.

 

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Book Review – The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal by KY Eden

Book Review – The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal by KY Eden

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Book Review – The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal

by KY Eden

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Reviewed by Julia Wilson

Thrilling

The Redcroft Journals: The Missing Journal by K.Y. Eden is the first book in a thrilling new YA fantasy series. I am much older but I really enjoyed it, getting caught up in the action from the start.

Inheriting a house from an elderly neighbour means a pair of teenagers get far more than they bargained for. Bound together, the pair must right the wrongs of the past, searching for clues and artefacts along the way.

The novel shows that life is a spiritual battle that we do not understand. The realms are easy to tap into if you know what you are doing. There are good spirits and bad demons. The clue is knowing who to trust.

I am not usually drawn to fantasy novels but this is a real cracker. I read it, totally engrossed in the action and cannot wait for the second book. The ending is perfectly poised to continue the tale.

The characters are well drawn, realistic and likable. The reader wants them to succeed in their task and ‘feels’ bound to them in their quest.

The Missing Journal has an unusual plotline that gripped me from the start. I cannot wait to read the subsequent books.

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Reviewed by Rodney Strong

Nice set-up for future books and an enjoyable read!

When old man Bernie Watts dies he leaves more than just his physical possessions to village children Zak and Natalie. He also leaves a mystery that involves time travel, other realms, missing journals, and monsters.

Over the course of the book more questions are raised than answered for the two main characters, which nicely sets it up for future books. Zak and Natalie are well defined, as is the village and its other inhabitants. Zak’s family, including the annoying older brother Adam, will be very familiar to a lot of readers, in particular the bickering that’s common between siblings.

I enjoyed the story, and the world the author has created. However it felt like the book could have benefited from a good edit as there are some formatting issues, and patches where sentence structure could have been tightened.

All in all though, an enjoyable read.