Free Book : The Janus Enigma  by William R. Dudley

Free Book : The Janus Enigma by William R. Dudley

Free Book : The Janus Enigma

by William R. Dudley

 

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Science Fiction

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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.

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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) 

by Lokesh Sharma and Anubhav Sharma

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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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Book Review by Joni Dee

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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Action and Adventure, Science fiction

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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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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.

I received this book for free. A favourable review was not required and all views expressed are my own


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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.


 

 
Free Book “The Redcroft Journals Vol I : The Missing Journal” by K Y Eden

Free Book “The Redcroft Journals Vol I : The Missing Journal” by K Y Eden

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Free eBook / Free Paperback Giveaway : The Redcroft Journals – Vol I: The Missing Journal

by K Y Eden

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Fantasy, Science Fiction, YA

 

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The Redcroft Journals series is a coming of age, time-slip adventure that will lead you on a journey of discovery, require you to question the familiar and encourage you to embrace new possibilities. It’s an exploration into friendships that show faith will triumph, trust is powerful, and that we all have a hidden ability to share.

Zak Stone lives with his parents and older brother Adam in the seemingly ordinary village of Redcroft. When elderly resident Bernie Watts dies, it sparks life-changing supernatural events for Zak, his family, and their beautiful and mysterious neighbour, Natalie.

Fearful secrets unfold when Zak and Natalie find themselves thrown together to unravel Bernie’s extraordinary life and legacy. His Journals guide them on their quest and warn them to protect the future from the sinister dark creatures that are watching them.

Keeping it all a secret becomes increasingly difficult, yet reveals some interesting insights into their family ties and the history of Redcroft.

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Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

Defender (The Voices #1) by G.X. Todd

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Defender (The Voices #1)

by G.X. Todd

A few words about the plot of this book:
the novel takes place in a post-apocalyptic world, in which self-aware voices have manifested inside most of the population’s heads, causing the vast majority of humans to go insane and to commit suicide. This world is one of anarchy and chaos: no government, no electricity, no facilities and no gas, just relics of old cities in ruins and the occasional vehicle or food scavenged. Literally the end of human civilization as we know it.
In this world, a stranger called Pilgrim agrees to give a young girl a ride, Lacey, set out to try and find her sister and her daughter, in Vicksburg.
They will be passing through the remnant of the world as we know it, in which the game is ‘survival of the fittest’. They face a gang led by vicious man, in the shadow of an urban myth of a flitting man who’s rounding up the remaining people “who hear”. Oh, and the mysterious biker Pilgrim hears one of these voices, who he refers to as “Voice” himself.I enjoyed “Defender”. For starts it’s not another “zombie book” but portrays a truly different take on the apocalypse. Second, behind the gory scenes, the characters are believable and their interrelations are sincere and interesting. I especially liked the relationship between Pilgrim and witty ‘Voice’
The book painted a universe that would raise many more questions, which were not answered throughout the story line, heck – half way through you realize that these questions will never be answered in the limits of this novel’s length, and for me that somewhat diminished the experience. The story is good, but the loose ends are being tied up in a hurry, and the plot line is left with an elaborated groundwork for a second book and possible a saga. That’s not necessarily a bad thing – but I craved more from the current novel. Practice what you preach and worry about the future later 😉

A rightful 4 stars though, with a nice and accurate writing, not too heavy on the gory descriptions, and an overall good scene-setting. Very good job for a debut novel.

 
A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan, #2)  by Julie McElwain 

A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan, #2)  by Julie McElwain 

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A Twist in Time (Kendra Donovan, #2) 

by Julie McElwain

Let me first start by saying that it’s been long over-due for me to read an Historical Fiction Novel. The last time, was about three years ago, finishing an excellent fictional series of novels about Churchill, written by the uncanny Michael Dobbs.
I was a bit worried about Julie McElwain’s “A Twist in Time” which I was approved to review by Netgalley – time travel? Georgian England? can these mix?
Well they certainly do!
Kendra (a very untypical name to 19th Century England, to emphasize her alien-ness) Donovon is stuck in the past. She is a capable FBI agent, and a very much free woman of the 21st Century. So, when her benefactor and protector (the Duke of Aldridge) needs her help proving his nephew Alec is innocent from murder allegations of the promiscuous Lady Dover – she immediately accepts the challenge.
It is fortunate that the Duke is a is an all-powerful figure in the classes society of PRE-Victorian England, but it is also an inconvenience to Kendra, who finds herself bound by Victorian gowns, the need for a chaperon outdoors, and the underestimation of people. She is resentful to a society that thinks less of women, especially those who do not find a good husband, and do more than to raise children and stay at home… the novel takes place in filthy 19th Century London, but is Kendra up for the challenge?
I found the book a fresh breath of air. There aren’t too many temporal mambo-jambo, and the differences between our society to Georgian England’s sticks out through Kendra inaptness to the strict rules enforced on the women of the era.
in a Poirot fashion, she will slowly cross off suspects from her blackboard, while employing modern day form of investigation, on an almost lawless society. She is aided by bow street runner Sam Kelly, who’s authority is weak at best, and is torn between her attraction to Alec, to the need of getting back home.
I found the novel is not over-sophisticated, it is a fun murder-she-wrote, that tics all the boxes for me. I will most definitely read the first book at some point (which says it all), Thumbs up!

(not to be confused with “Cinderella A Twist in Time” the 3rd sequel to Cinderella who left me and my little girl traumatised…!)

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