There is no way to write a blurb for this final book without spoiling all of the others. Suffice it to say, mysteries resolve, dragons war, pigeons abound, and Julius must risk himself in ways he never dreamed possible as Bob's grand plan finally comes to fruition.
The conclusion to Heartstrikers series did not disappoint me. Sure, the key elements of this series are no longer fresh, but, wanted to hear the ending. Will I live my life differently after listening to all five books? No, but the books added some fun to my days and nights.
It was supposed to be an easy job: find the Dark Star Revolution Starships, destroy them, and go home. But a booby-trapped vessel decimates the Meridian Alliance fleet, leaving Serengeti - a Valkyrie class warship with a sentient AI brain - on her own, wrecked and abandoned in an empty expanse of space. On the edge of total failure, Serengeti thinks only of her crew. She herds the survivors into a lifeboat, intending to sling them into space. But the escape pod sticks in her belly, locking the cryogenically frozen crew inside.
Begins with the most intense space battle I have ever heard, but what follows is a book similar to the Wall-E movie. While many reviews describe this as charming, I found the book dull and boring.
On the edge of the galaxy, a diplomatic mission to an alien planet takes a turn when the Legionnaires, an elite special fighting force, find themselves ambushed and stranded behind enemy lines. They struggle to survive under siege, waiting on a rescue that might never come. In the seedy starport of Ackabar, a young girl searches the crime-ridden gutters to avenge her father's murder; not far away, a double-dealing legionniare-turned-smuggler hunts an epic payday; and somewhere along the outer galaxy, a mysterious bounter hunter lies in wait.
A military sci-fi book that includes two stories which are heavy on action, but light on character development. I have listened to worse books.
Davon wants a quiet life, but the Queen orders her new clerk to delve into the affairs of the lovely Lady Hightower to uncover the truth about the mysterious plot. He discovers that powerful and prestigious conspirators don't like meddlesome clerks, and Davon must dodge bullets and increasing scrutiny, fearing the exposure of his past life. As the clues fall into place, Davon finds that the fate of Bittermarch and the Eternal Flame itself are in his flame-branded hands.
The opening scene sets a dark tone for the book, but, within 5 minutes, different characters are introduced and the real story begins. The book is a creative mix of mystical powers and Elizabethan romance. I was fascinated by the unique fantasy elements and almost hurled every time the plot switched to affairs of the heart. But, continued to listen due to a fast paced storyline that pits self-sacrifice vs. greed.
The futuristic slum in eastern New Orleans is a violent place where any vice can be satisfied - for a price. As long as the taxes are paid and tourists continue to flock to the city, businesses are allowed to operate as they see fit. But a string of violent murders threatens to upset the delicate balance between pleasure and safety.
It’s been a long time since I laughed out loud while listening to a book. But this is not a comedy, rather, the story of a policeman and his AI investigating murders in future New Orleans. People still party in “The Big Easy”, but now they are worried about a series of gruesome murders. The plot includes both the predictable and the unanticipated. The narrator lacks personality which reduced the book’s overall appeal.
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This much we do know: Sophie Toscan du Plantier was murdered days before Christmas in 1996, her broken body discovered at the edge of her property near the town of Schull in West Cork, Ireland. The rest remains a mystery. Gripping, yet ever elusive, join the real-life hunt for answers in the year’s first not-to-be-missed, true-crime series. West Cork is FREE through May 9, 2018.
A podcast on the murder investigation of a French socialite in Ireland during 1996. Includes interviews with people involved in the case; including the prime suspect. I was looking for something different, interesting and this is free from Audible until May 9, 2018.
Joel Byram is an everyday 22nd century guy. He spends his days training artificial-intelligence engines to act more human, jamming out to 1980s new wave - an extremely obscure genre - and trying to salvage his deteriorating marriage. Joel is pretty much an everyday guy with everyday problems - until he's accidentally duplicated while teleporting. Now Joel must outsmart the shadowy organization that controls teleportation, outrun the religious sect out to destroy it, and find a way to get back to the woman he loves.
Transporting people from one place to another has come a long way from Scotty beaming up Captain Kirk. Set 150 years in the future, people regularly step into transport booths to quickly get from here to there. And they think it’s safe.
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Earth, 2144. Jack is an anti-patent scientist turned drug pirate, traversing the world in a submarine as a pharmaceutical Robin Hood, fabricating cheap scrips for poor people who can't otherwise afford them. But her latest drug hack has left a trail of lethal overdoses as people become addicted to their work, doing repetitive tasks until they become unsafe or insane.
A human and an android fall in love during a drug trafficking investigation. While the couple is tender and caring with one another, they lack a conscience during their pursuit of justice. Crush suspects’ bones to get answers and then kill all witness to prevent messy questions. And I will not even mention the weird parts.
To save his family from his tyrannical mother, Julius had to step on a lot of tails. That doesn't win a nice dragon many friends, but just when he thinks he's starting to make progress, a new threat arrives. Turns out, things can get worse. Heartstriker hasn't begun to pay for its secrets, and the dragons of China are here to collect. When the Golden Emperor demands his surrender, Julius will have to choose between loyalty to the sister who's always watched over him and preserving the clan he gave everything to protect.
When I see the cover for one of Rachael Aaron’s Dragon books, I have shortness of breath, I shake, make high pitched noises and then faint. Note to self, I may have become an unapologetic Dragon groupie.
It's been 20 years and two election cycles since Information, a powerful search engine monopoly, pioneered the switch from warring nation-states to global microdemocracy. The corporate coalition party Heritage has won the last two elections. With another election on the horizon, the Supermajority is in tight contention, and everything's on the line.
While this book includes all the elements that I look for, I had trouble staying awake. There are interesting characters, action and a unique story, but still, this is a book about politics.