“Indexing” is entertaining, but the storyline is similar to TV series such as “The X-Files” and “Warehouse 13”. Federal agents attempt to solve mysteries and keep the public oblivious to the dangers.
The book is clever and provides different explanations on the meaning of Fairy Tales. There are moments when solving Fairy Tale crimes was ingenious. Unfortunately, my favorite story “The Three Little Pigs” was not included and I have always suspected those pigs were up to more than just home construction.
Time travel always confuses me. I go back in time to change the future, and if successful, I do not need to go back in time. If I prevent something from happening, why would I go back in time to change it?
While the book has a Young Adult Romance feel, I did enjoy “All Our Yesterdays”. There is suspense, evil villains and creative solutions to problems. I particularly enjoyed the discussion of manipulative people who mislead others to achieve their self-serving plans. This led me to remember times when I have been used, and wished I could go back in time to shout “Don’t listen!” But, now I am back to my confusion with time travel.
I knew that “Reflex” was a follow-up to “Jumper”, and I have liked sequels before; Shrek 2, Halloween III and Captain America: The Winter Soldier. But I was surprised that this was better than the original. The book is filled with suspense and the villains are smart, evil and resourceful. And, since this is part of the “Jumper” series, the book is centered around teleportation.
"Reflex" is a better story than "Jumper", but not a new story. Let's call it a 4.4 star.
Like “Gilligan’s Island”, this book follows the adventures of a group of people stranded on a planet billions of miles from Earth. Unlike “Gilligan’s Island”, there are no laughs, and they are not the only ones stranded on the planet. A group of aliens have been snatching humans from Earth every 600 years and leaving them on this uncharted planet. A place where civilization is similar to the Roman Empire circa 400 AD.
The best part of this book is the battle between the Barbarians and the Romans. War is the author’s passion and he has written military strategy and war gaming articles and books.
“Janissaries” was published in 1979 and I believe would most likely appeal to fans of the previous generation of Sci Fi books.
This is an undiscovered gem that is packed with action and intrigue. The main character is a woman who is a combination of Scot Harvath (from the Brad Thor books) and Indiana Jones (from the movies). No one wants to get on this lady’s bad side. She fights her way across South America, New York City and the Himalayan Mountains.
While classified as a Mystery/Thriller/Suspense, I also enjoyed the book’s paranormal elements. Importantly, “Ascendant” is primarily intended for entertainment and listeners should leave their expectations for reality at home.
In honor of the 100 year anniversary of World War I, listened to “A World Undone”. Covers reasons for the war, the world leaders, the important military officers, and the major battles. Importantly, the author does more than report the facts, but calls out the brilliant and the stupid which allows the listener to understand the consequences of decisions by generals and politicians.
Both sides were guilty of wanting war and the spoils that go to the victor. The politicians lied to the public (some things never change) and said the purpose of the war is to defend ourselves and to defeat evil. But no one (Politicians, Generals nor the Public) understood that war had changed. Previously, armies rushed at each other with bayonets or charged on horses. But advancements in weapons now meant that thousands could be killed in a few minutes. There is nothing romantic about long range artillery, aircraft, machine guns, tanks and gas. No one expected that 10 million soldiers would die.
Like World War I, this is a long book. Fortunately, the narrator is talented and I did not tire of hearing his voice.
This is a novel about a man’s attempt to reclaim the life he lost years ago, and those who are determined to stop him. Set in the current, a majority of the book takes place in the realm where Heaven and Hell wage battles for control of earth. The author, Teresa Frohock, is a major talent and the narrator, Eileen Stevens, is equally gifted.
“Miserere” was released on Audible in November 2013 and I am shocked by the small number of listeners who have left reviews. Easily one of the most engaging books I have listened to at Audible and was so taken by the book that I let other parts of my life slide. I am so much in trouble, but this book is worth it.
Sometimes I want a book filled with guns and explosions. It’s even better if the plot is easy to follow and does not tax me with cerebral insights on the human condition. Sometimes I just feel shallow.
This book is not original, nor does it expand the boundaries of Military Science Fiction. But it is entertaining.
"Starshine" is a Military Sci-Fi Romance. Not the “jump on the sheets and bump the uglies” romance, rather the “I hope he kisses me because my hair looks good today” romance. The Military Sci-Fi part includes space battles, assassinations and political intrigue. The writing is excellent and the narrator has a great laugh.
An unlikely hero is kidnapped, trained to be a member of a space mission, fights aliens during a space battle, and joins the underground resistance on a large space station. Then the book abruptly ends, but the story continues in a sequel. It was like having a cool drink on a hot day, only to see it snatched from my hand and told to pay again for another sip. Alien Honor should be a 5 star, but the author has been charged with “attempted manipulation”.
Hank lives on an unimportant space station that is located at the far end of the Colmarian Empire, a confederation of planets that no one else wants. Hank is a level four mutant that is bulletproof (but it still stings) and earns his living by doing odd jobs for the Bosses who run the space station. Most of the time, Hank does not seem very smart, but has flashes of brilliance during a crisis. The book moves quickly from one ridiculous situation to the next and is full of over the top action sequences.
As a member of the science fiction humor genre, the book is for enjoyment and listeners should not expect life altering messages. My rating is based on the book’s entertainment value, but I was disappointed that the second half of the book is rushed and ends abruptly.
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