In the Space of an Atom by Bruce M. Perrin

Summary

Jeremy Reynolds has been listless for a while now. First, his girlfriend of 4 years dumped him, and he was in a funk. Then, he quit his job as an accountant. Yes, Jeremy was doing little and caring less. But recently, he has found something that energizes him, something that gives him direction, something that gets him out of the house every day. It’s called…running for his life.

Just as Jeremy was finishing the last in a string of low-paying, temporary market research gigs, the study assistant pulls a gun on him and tries to kill him. When Jeremy bungles his way to freedom, he realizes that the technology in this study is much more than it first appeared. It’s enough to kill for. But he also knows he is in way over his head. So, when the lab and the would-be assassin disappear, and the police close the case, Jeremy is desperate for help. He finds it in the beautiful, young Diane Stapleton, MD. Now, the two of them match wits with the killer, in chases that take them where no one has gone before…in the space of an atom.

Characters

Jeremy’s life is a bit of a mess. He is a bit of a mess really. Kind of just wandering aimlessly. Diane is exactly the opposite. She knows what she is doing and is happy to be where she is. She is confident and daring. Jeremy on the other hand is a bit of a klutz and quick to blush. I really liked their dynamic. Jones on the other hand is a bit over the top -as is the doctor guy Jeremy was doing the work for. The cop created a further dynamic. Despite that they are fun characters over all. This is all from Jeremy’s POV.

Plot

This was presented as a sci-fi but it really reads more like a suspense. Clueless hero falls in with a mystery scientific experiment that does the impossible and thus chaos ensues. I don’t want to go into too much detail on the specifics because the mystery is half the fun but Jeremy fumbles around through the whole thing in a way I’d imagine most people would.

There is some limited humor – mostly Jeremy falling – but it was well placed. There is, of course, a romance aspect. If you didn’t pick up on that you didn’t read the summary above. At times I felt the romantic parts of the book just pulled me away from the suspense and sci-fi pieces, but other parts I liked. For sure action-packed.

Overall

There was just enough science fiction to keep it interesting on that level. It is set in modern day as far as I could tell – in St. Louis. The setting itself was a little weak as it didn’t do a good job describing St. Louis as a whole, but where the author failed in the setting more than made up for in pace. This is a face paced read that once I started reading, read fairly quickly. Limited grammatical errors. The ending was a little far fetched in the timing of it but I’ve simply concluded that Jeremy is very lucky. In more ways than one.

Rating

4 stars

I waffled between 3 and 4 stars because of the sci-fi genre being the focus but just didn’t feel right only giving it 3. Fun read! Exciting, interesting, and steeped in romance. If you like science fiction, romance, and suspense books – this is the perfect book for you!

I received a copy in exchange for an honest review.

Edge of the Future by Andria Stone

Summary

“Edge of the Future” is a Sci-Fi action-packed, military scientific, suspense thriller, novel with a female villain, and the first part of a Trilogy. -One hundred-fifty years after the last war humanity has united to explore space with colonies on Luna and Mars. But the Europa Mission has just failed and 152 people died in space. No one knows why. -When military bioscientist, Captain Mark Warren’s hidden research installation is attacked, he meets armored assault Sergeant Axel Von Radach. They become entangled in a deadly fight to stop the theft of classified military secrets by a lethal female adversary. -Her plan to use enemy cyborgs posing as humans, plus unsuspecting high-ranking military personnel with neural implants altered to accept her commands, has every chance of succeeding. Unless…Captain Warren and Sergeant Von Radach get a chance to end her first.

Characters

Mark is a complex character. Some of his personality is a bit hypocritical but this likely due to the fact that he is at war with himself. Axel is much more straight forward. The soldier. He is cocky but has a reason to be. This book jumps characters, mostly Mark, Axel, and the ‘bad guy’ but it allows insight into the different characters and their motivation. I appreciated that despite the fact that Mark and Axel are more of the main characters there were two female counterparts that were also important.

Plot

This felt like an action thriller movie with a sci-fi twist then a sci-fi. There is a militaristic component as well. The plot will keep you on your toes for the length of it! The advances in science beyond what exists today but is possible from today is what makes this a sci-fi.

There were a few minor plot inconsistencies. Mostly in the finer details of the plot. A big one was Mark and money (contradicted itself a few times). There were a few more, they didn’t detract from the story too much.

Overall

The author does a good job of building the world seamlessly around the  main characters. All of the characters feel real and were really well done. The plot was interesting. The writing detailed, a little bit much at time, but that was appropriate considering the genre. There were very few errors.

Rating

4 stars

This is a solid 4 star book. Despite a few minor inconsistencies this is a highly enjoyable action-packed read. If you love action-packed thrillers and sci-fi then this is a must read!

I received a copy in exchange of the honest review.

Godeena by Stjepan Varesevac Cobets

Summary

Major Henry Broncon miraculously survived a battle with Ansker soldiers on the planet Morad. He was found under a pile of corpses, his best friend and the whole brigade remained in the field of death. Broncon was fully acquitted, he got the medal for bravery and was promoted to the rank of colonel, but he cannot forgive himself because he feels responsible because they fell into the trap.
Shortly after the war ended, and terrestrial colonies that came out as winners in the war to receive a distribution system Naude comprised of planets and Godeena. On the surface there was a huge and completely preserved, but uninhabited city that scientists have named the Absolute. Soon he sent an expedition to investigate what happened to the people and animals because he never found signs of life. A few days later he was attacked from the surface and loses all trace of them. General Staff sent two teams of Special Forces to find out what happened to the expedition but they also disappear, leaving no trace behind.
Commander of General Staff, Gen. Hensell due to personal reasons of Colonel Henry Broncon requested to collect the unit, composed of the worst inmates from prison Had, and along with them discover what is happening on the planet Godeena. Henry accepted this task and collected 17 prisoners.

Characters

Henry was an interesting character. A little underdeveloped but interesting. The biggest problem with this book was the point of view (POV) shifts. Within one chapter there would be between 2-6 POV shifts. There was no logic or reason and it was jarring. I did like Diana though, she was the reason I kept reading.

Maria/Kir was the best character but she didn’t really fit in the book. She felt like a fantasy character in a sci-fi novel.  I would have liked to know more about her but I may have lost how Maria/Kir came to be but it may have been lost.

Plot

This plot was pretty straight forward. Go and get some prisoners, get them trained, take them to a crazy planet with a killer creature, and defeat it. The part about going to the prisoners and training them seemed to take forever. I actually almost quit twice. I struggled with the easy comradery that followed — it didn’t feel real. It happened too quickly and everyone just fell in.

Best part of the book was when they finally arrived at the planet. Although that stagnated near the middle. Author did a great job of building the planet — Godeena. I thought the author was going to have a twist at the end but I was thoroughly disappointed when he played it safe.

Overall

This book was too long and I just couldn’t get into it. To me it was wordy in all the wrong places. I did like some of the characters, particularly Diana, but there were some incoherent pieces. The POV shifts were distracting. The author did a good job on the planet’s setting, but took too long to get there.

Rating

2 stars

I didn’t like this book. I couldn’t recommend this to anyone and it needs a lot of work. It has some potential but needs a complete overhaul. Diana and Godeena itself were the shining moments in this novel.

I received a copy of this in exchange for an honest review.

Unfathomable Chance Giveaway – Birthday

April is my birthday month. I love this time of year, spring time, and birthday month. As such I want to share with others by having a giveaway. Since the book features Diana’s birthday it seemed appropriate!

Go HERE.

Best of luck to you all and for those who also have April birthdays, happy birthday!

Deadman’s Planet: Lady Dana of the Badlands (Episode #1) by Alexandra Mars

**Does not standalone**

Summary

Seth, the Recruiter, roams the harsh desert terrain on a mission to lure in young people and convince them to live their lives in the domes. But one young woman – Lady Dana – knows there’s far more to him than meets the eye.

After learning that Seth has threatened her mother, the venerable Duchess Keenan, Lady Dana is left with no other choice but to risk it all to uncover the truth. Can she find answers before many lives, including her mother’s, are placed in jeopardy?

Characters

Duchess Keenan, Lady Dana, and Chief are really the only characters the reader really gets to know. Lady Dana and her mother Duchess Keenan are interesting and very loving to one another. Dana is protective and fool-hearty but in charming way.

Plot

It is difficult to talk too much about plot on an ‘episode’ that is incomplete but basically there are two parts. Firstly, there are the threats against the Duchess and secondly there is the mystery around the domes. For such a short novel the author does a great job creating the setting.

Overall

This book needs to be formatted correctly! It was such a mess to read that it was distracting more than once and messed with the flow. There are also quite a few grammatical and spelling errors and repetitive word use, but they were not nearly as bad as the formatting. It is important to note that this is fixable.

The writing itself was straight forward and easy to follow most of the time. The action scene was a little confusing but interesting and the author did a good job on the intensity. My biggest issue with an ‘episode’ piece was I was utterly lost on the logic/progression more than once. I didn’t see the point of Dana doing one this over another. Despite the drawbacks it had a great sci-fi world and I enjoyed the short read. Not to mention a really awesome title!

Rating

3 stars

This is a quite, mostly easy read that need a good editor and formatter. Great world building in this sci-fi that needs some fixes on logic and word use, but was fun despite those drawbacks.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

Titan Lost (Galactic Lineage) by Colin Kortekaas

**Doesn’t standalone**

Summary

The year is 2127. Mack (a contracted problem solver) has just awoken from a three year trek across our solar system, on an imperative mission to…well, solve a problem. A satellite orbiting Jupiter’s moon Io has intercepted an alarming message transmitted from a methane mining colony based upon Titan, the largest of Saturn’s 62 moons. For reasons unknown, communication has since been severed with the intergalactic-fuel-producing colony. The slow-burning methane fuel produced on Titan is vital for the mining of distant asteroids to acquire their precious resources, which a war ravaged, Ocean consumed, Earth, has become desperately depleted of. Upon arrival of the desolate moon, Mack soon learns that something has been uncovered, under the moon’s abysmal liquid-methane lake that will change humanity forever, and finally answer the age old question; are we alone in the universe?

Titan Lost is abounding with fast paced action, gore addled violence, and outlandish (Yet still scientifically believable) alien creatures that will no doubt prime your imagination. Despite clearly being written as a work of fiction, Titan Lost also manages to maintain a believable grasp on the science involved, without being overly technical, while shining a light on humanities moral struggles with the demons that we all face…even in the eternal darkness of space.

Characters

The book has a lot of characters and no clear POV – warning that the book zig-zags points of view. This is a mostly male cast with only one pretty woman who I appreciate the author at least made to be smart. Most of the main characters are men’s men. Very macho – sometimes over the top about it, but at least consistent.

Plot

Fun sci-fi plot. There are aliens, a crazy virus, and a cool mining facility on Titan, a moon of Saturn. Book is set up so that Mack is just arriving after something bad may or may not have happened and then the next chapter shows the mining facility and what is happening. Mack is there to ‘fix’ the problem for the owner of the mining facility on Titan.

Overall

The author does a good job describing Titan as the setting and making it feel real. I would easily say the ability to build the world around the characters was the author’s strength. The writing is a bit immature, and not really great for a novel. Actually I thought it would make a great graphic novel instead, reminded of old comic books with all its sound (whacks, dings, and other action sounds). The action scenes were great, but a little gory and a few were over the top (eyeballs pop out of heads).

Despite its over the top, macho men, and old comic book type style it was an interesting story. It isn’t a stand alone and the ending was a little rushed but made sense. I was actually hoping there would be more of a surprise ending but I did like it.

Rating

2.5 Stars (rounded up to 3)

Its okay. Despite its drawbacks it was a memorable and interesting read. It is very much for a male audience and would, in my opinion, have made a much better graphic novel.

Received a copy in exchange of an honest review.

The Zondon by Robby Charters

Summary

Ernie Magawan has been bothered by bazaar recurring dreams of outer space and a green crystal. He’s tempted to agree with his twin that he might be off in the head – until, during an archaeology dig, he finds the very crystal and realises he’s on an mission that started before he was born. The stability of the universe depends on their success. He has to find and wake up six others like himself…

Characters

There are a lot of characters in this book. Worse each of them have two names AND twins. It is not very easy to keep track of them. Ernie and May Lin are the ‘central’ characters but all of the seven Zondon’s are important. Although I felt like Rosa kind of got the shaft as far as ‘spotlight time’is concerns. The bad guy was interesting and had an interesting dynamic with the group. Hands down favorite character was the 12 year old boy Ibrahim.

Plot

This book had a plot too big for its britches. Just like there were lots of characters each of them had a background. The concept of everything on Earth coming from something else (from Gods to creation) was an interesting story. However, there were too many gaps for it to be enjoyable. The first part and the last part of the book were interesting – everything else was too drawn out and somewhat unnecessary in areas. It was a very slow plot in some areas and super rushed in others.

That being said the author did an amazing job making each place seem real. I don’t know if that was from personal experience or from research but I was impressed at the level of detail for each place and the languages/culture. Absolutely fascinating.

Overall

This felt like a history book at times – full of information dumps. Not to mention there was a narrator who sometimes talked directly to the audience but yet also delved into the characters to the point that it no longer felt like a narration. It was jarring at times. Not to mention the plethora of grammar, punctuation and spelling errors. Furthermore, the author pushed the idea of coincidence too hard to the point that it became contrived. Like what happens between Ernie and May Lin (I think I scoffed out loud at this one). In short this book needs work and refinement, but it could really shine! It is important to note that I did enjoy parts of this book.

Rating

2 stars

Overall I didn’t really enjoy this book. This book needs a lot of work. It has lots of potential and a fascinating idea but it isn’t ready. Still super impressed by the setting.

I received a copy in exchange of an honest review.