Free eBook Giveaway : Rectifier – The Electric Man by Brian D Howard

Free eBook Giveaway : Rectifier – The Electric Man by Brian D Howard

Free eBook Giveaway : Rectifier – The Electric Man

by Brian D Howard

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A secret lab is abducting the homeless for experiments, the few who survive gain super powers or become monsters.

Oliver Stewart was a software engineer before watching his fiancee waste away of cancer. His grief drove a string of bad decisions: Drug addiction, losing his job, losing his home. Now he just wants to be left alone, surviving day to day on the streets, just another of the invisible homeless.

He never expected to be kidnapped and experimented on, wake up in a mass grave, left for dead as a failed experiment. Except it wasn’t a failure. Now he can control electricity.

But when the two teenage girls he feels most responsible for are taken he can’t stand by anymore. Everybody has to draw a line somewhere…

Rectifier – The Electric Man is a gritty, street-level, urban superhero adventure fans of Marvel or DC comics shouldn’t miss.

 

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Rectifier – The Electric Man is my second superhero novel. My first, Simon Rising, introduces a telekinetic superhero with no shortage of problems. Rectifier is a standalone story in the same setting, where an alien ship crashed several years ago. Since then people have been developing super powers. Rectifier reveals an important part of how that’s happening, and hints at more to come.

 

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Book Review – Elthea’s Realm by John Murzycki

Book Review – Elthea’s Realm by John Murzycki

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“Elthea’s Realm” straddles the border between SF and fantasy

Philip Matherson, slaving away at his inglorious job of Fourth-Level Assistant for Reviews and Reports, receives a strange email requesting information on the Utopia Project, a college paper he completed years before with a group of four other students. When he ignores it, a threat follows. Nor is he the only target. Soon the Utopia Project leader, now a wealthy tech magnate, invites the whole gang for a reunion at his remote cottage in the Berkshires. While there, they are attacked by a terrifying group of adversaries and mysteriously transported to another world where they learn that human technology has spawned several races of sentient beings, some good, some evil. And the most evil of all, the Bots, want to use the Utopia team in their conquest of Earth.

Author John Murzycki characterizes this as a tech-based fantasy novel. That’s a fitting description. “Elthea’s Realm” straddles the border between SF and fantasy. Aspects of it will remind you of technology-run-amok SF while others call to mind epic quests of the fantasy genre. It’s a unique and intriguing story, even for a skeptic like me who looks askance on the very idea of gizmos achieving sentience.

Although engaging, it’s not a perfect novel. The writing is clean enough but could stand considerable tightening. There’s a bit too much explanatory dialogue, and sometimes the thoughts and feelings expressed by the characters are either too generic or too trite. I like these characters. I just don’t think we get to see them in as much detail as we should. The interplay between the main action and the flashback scenes to the days of the Utopia Project are handled well, but the project itself lacks detail. I think Murzycki may have written himself into a bit of a corner by taking on something so big. After all, how do you create Utopia? You don’t. (The word literally means “nowhere.”) So what’s the point of assigning this project to college juniors? Do the students realize their professors have intentionally tossed them off the deep end? And what, specifically, has Phil and the gang proposed?

Given that this is a first novel, I’ll go easy on it and allow the story 4 stars and 3.5 for the writing. Overall that’s good enough to call it a slightly weak 4.


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Free eBook Giveaway : Frankenstein A Life Beyond (Book 1 of 3) The Resurrection Trinity  by Pete Planisek

Free eBook Giveaway : Frankenstein A Life Beyond (Book 1 of 3) The Resurrection Trinity by Pete Planisek

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Ten years after the loss of his entire family to madness and death, Ernest Frankenstein finds himself compelled to return to the city of his birth, Geneva, in order to discover if his elder brother, Victor, might still be alive. Only Victor can provide the answers to questions, which have long plagued Ernest. The quest for answers will force Ernest to confront demons, both internal and external, from his past, which refuse to be at peace and which ultimately will endanger both he and his new family. Hunted across Europe their only hope may lie with a French spy, Ernest’s childhood friend, and a mysterious gypsy girl whose people believe that Ernest will lead humanity to its salvation or final destruction.

Frankenstein A Life Beyond by Pete Planisek is a direct sequel to Mary Shelley’s iconic story, Frankenstein, which examined Victor Frankenstein’s quest to both create and kill an unnamed creature that ultimately destroys all but one member of the Frankenstein family, Victor’s brother, Ernest.  Frankenstein A Life Beyond explores many of the issues left open by the original while establishing new characters and mysteries.

 

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Free eBook Giveaway : The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary by Lashonda Beauregard

Free eBook Giveaway : The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary by Lashonda Beauregard

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West Barrington, a musician from 1926 Harlem, seems to have everything going for him. A job at the most popular nightclub in Harlem, a music career that is taking off, and a girlfriend, Lanna Gold, who’s the lead singer of the group Crystal Dream. But when West awakens after falling asleep on the eve of 1927, he realizes that he has been thrown into a world far beyond 1927 after he discovers that he has awakened in 2016 Harlem.

Filled with suspense, you with find The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary hard to stop reading as you follow West into the future as he discovers why he has been given a second chance to go back and change the past.

This compelling story about a man’s journey into the future will keep you on the edge of your seat. The Harlem Renaissance Time Traveler’s Diary is a story that will stay with you far beyond the last page.

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Book Review -The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Book Review -The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Book Review -The Sky Drifter

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Hoping for a Sequel!

The Sky Drifter is a large space ship making its way through the vast galaxy. On board the Sky Drifter, the residences are named by number and have established their own town, school, and community. The Sky Drifter is home to many different species that coexist, including Seven, the only human on the ship. Seven and the rest of the younger passengers attend The Academy, the ship’s school that teaches everything from cooking to math to strategy.

Seven spends his days attending classes, hanging out with Iris and Pi, and playing Sphere (“one on one dodge ball on steroids” if you may). He is content with his life until he notices another human like himself.  He looks for the girl while his two best friends think he’s crazy. What follows is a series of events that makes Seven realize that not everything is as it seems.

I haven’t read a really good sci-fi in a while, so this one was really satisfying. It has space exploration, variety of characters, and good ole classic high school issues.

The book gives a flash of the future at the beginning and I found it very confusing as I started to read it. The opening scene is action packed and it led to my mind trying to imagine all possibilities of how this book will build up, which was a very strong way to open the novel, in my opinion.
The majority of the novel focuses on the reader following Seven as he deals with the norms of high school. It’s almost uneventful, but I actually enjoyed it. And then we have the nice surprise of an action packed ending that I didn’t see coming!

I’m definitely hoping for a sequel!

The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer receives 3.5 stars.


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Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories by Christopher Walker

Free eBook Giveaway : The Amnesiac and Other Stories

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‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories’ is a collection of thirteen stories, covering genres from literary fiction to fantasy by way of science-fiction and a touch of horror. For example, in the titular story a young man wakes from an accident and is haunted by nightmares he cannot escape; in ‘Freud in Cardiff’ the famous psychoanalyst moves to Wales, wreaking havoc on the locals; and in ‘The Chameleon’s Blush’ a superhero discovers that there are greater foes to fight than arch-nemeses.

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Hello all! ‘The Amnesiac and Other Stories’ is my third book of fiction, and my second collection of short stories. I’m hoping there’s something here for everyone, though as they say it’s impossible to please all of the people all of the time. I’m still something of a novice writer, which is why I’m giving this book away – right now, honest feedback from people who love books is far more important to me than sales. If you have time, please read this collection and let me know on Amazon if you think it’s any good. Hate it? Then give me a one-star review – but most crucially, offer your thoughts so that I can continue to improve. Thank you one and all!

 

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Free eBook Giveaway : The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

Free eBook Giveaway : The Sky Drifter by Paris Singer

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Something is very wrong aboard the Sky Drifter…

Seven is a brilliant student, gifted in strategy and the sport of Sphere. Wandering the vastness of space, his home is the Sky Drifter: an academy for the best students in the known universe. With his friends, Iris and Pi, Seven takes on rivals and visits planets for exploration and competition.

Everything is the way Seven likes it, until he sees a mysterious girl in a red coat who will reveal a dark secret that will bring everything he thought he knew crashing down around him.

Will Seven be able to escape the Sky Drifter?

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Dear, reader;  Thank you for your interest in The Sky Drifter, which I hope you’ll enjoy. Feel free to visit the Paris Singer website for more information on the various species within the novel. You can also join the mailing list, where you will be sent a copy of The Sky Drifter 2 pre-publication when it’s finished and ready, as well as the occasional competition, concept art, etc.

 

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Free Book Giveaway : Xenoman  by Adam Martin

Free Book Giveaway : Xenoman by Adam Martin

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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

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by William R Dudley

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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

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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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