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A Review of Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno


by Rhett C. Bruno

What happens when mankind is nearly wiped out after a large meteor hits the Earth? Mr. Bruno shows us one possibility. In Titanborn, mankind refuses to give up, and won’t let something like that ever happen again. Before the meteor struck, some of the brightest scientists were able to escape in a gigantic ship and set up a base on Titan, one of the moons of Saturn. They escaped the hundreds of years of mass destruction and human suffering that happened on Earth. They learned to mine Saturn, and its rings and moons. They prospered.

This book takes place 300 years after the meteor struck. Mankind survived. People are going to the stars, so that no one single event can wipe humanity out. Companies compete for the resources that can be extracted from the planets and moons of this solar system. But this isn’t Utopia. There are criminals, terrorists, revolutionaries, and other undesirable people who disrupt life. Some of those need to be brought to justice, sometimes they may be killed, but, oh well, that can’t be helped. Malcolm Graves does the collecting.

Titanborn is an excellently written science based thriller. This world could happen. But this isn’t just an action-thriller. Mr. Bruno brings Malcolm Graves and his new partner, Zhaff, to life. They are well-developed. You connect with them. They discover that there is more going on than they were told. The companies need to be brought under control. But what can Malcolm do? What does he want to do?

I give Titanborn 5 Stars out of 5 and Two Big Thumbs Up! This is one of the most complete, authentic,  and well thought out future scenarios that I have ever read. If you like any type of science fiction novels, you will not be able to put this book down, and when you get to the end, you will want more. Does Mr. Bruno plan on writing more books set in this world? I think that he needs to.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

Titanborn by Rhett C. BrunoIn this gritty and innovative science fiction thriller in the vein of Philip K. Dick’s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, turmoil on one of Saturn’s moons rattles Earth’s most powerful citizens–and draws one planet-hopping rogue into a fight he never saw coming.

Malcolm Graves lives by two rules: finish the job, and get paid. After thirty years as a Collector, chasing bounties and extinguishing rebellions throughout the solar system, Malcolm does what he’s told, takes what he’s earned, and leaves the questions to someone else–especially when it comes to the affairs of offworlders.

But his latest mission doesn’t afford him that luxury. After a high-profile bombing on Earth, the men who sign Malcolm’s paychecks are clamoring for answers. Before he can object, the corporation teams him up with a strange new partner who’s more interested in statistics than instinct and ships them both off to Titan, the disputed moon where humans have been living for centuries. Their assignment is to hunt down a group of extremists: Titanborn dissidents who will go to any length to free their home from the tyranny of Earth.

Heading into hostile territory, Malcolm will have to use everything he’s learned to stay alive. But he soon realizes that the situation on the ground is much more complex than he anticipated . . . and much more personal.

Book Details

File Size: 1599 KB
Print Length: 209 pages
Publisher: Hydra (June 21, 2016)
Publication Date: June 21, 2016
Sold by: Random House LLC
Language: English
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About the Author

cropped-rhett-picture-sliderI’m a Sci-fi/Fantasy author currently living in White Plains, New York. I’ve been writing since I can remember, scribbling down what I thought were epic short stories when I was young to show to my friends and family. When I reached high school I decided to take that a step further and write my first novel. After the encouragement of my favorite English teacher I decided to self-publish the “Isinda Trilogy” so that the people closest to me could enjoy my early work.

While studying architecture at Syracuse University I continued to write as much as I could, but finding the time during the brutal curriculum proved difficult. It wasn’t until I was a senior that I decided to finally pursue my passion for Science Fiction. After rededicating myself to reading works of the Science Fiction author’s I always loved, (Frank Herbert, Timothy Zahn, Heinlein, etc.) I began writing “The Circuit: Executor Rising”, The first part of what I hope will be a successful Adult Science Fiction Series.

Since then I’ve been hired by an Architecture firm in Mount Kisco, NY. But that hasn’t stopped me from continuing to work on all of the countless stories bouncing around in my head. I’m also taking classes at the New School in NYC in order to earn a Certificate in Screenwriting, in the hopes of one day writing for TV or Video Games.


A Review of Concussion by Jeanne Marie Laskas


by Jeanne Marie Laskas


I didn’t know what to expect from this book. After all, how often does a book and a movie come out at the same time. Maybe a Star Wars movie and a novelization of the film, but that isn’t the usual timeframe. Now I understand. The movie is based on an article that Ms. Laskas wrote for GQ magazine. The article was titled “Game Brain”. It was published in 2009. Here is a link to the article on, Game Brain.

Ms. Laskas expanded that article, and made it into the story of the man, Dr. Bennet Omalu, who discovered that there was something seriously wrong with the brain of a star NFL football player, Mike Webster. This book, Concussion, is more than just a summary of evidence of the brain damage that occurs to professional football players. It is the story of one mans struggle to be heard, when one of the most powerful organizations in the United States, the NFL, wanted to bury what he had found.

Ms. Laskas puts Dr. Omalu’s discoveries into perspective. She tells the story of his life, starting in Nigeria, coming to America, and then what happened to him once the NFL wanted to discredit him. She fills the story with direct quotes from Dr. Omalu. But she tells the story behind the quotes. She lets you see the struggles, and feel the pain, and the excitement that his discoveries bring to his life. He feels that he has heard “Iron Mike” talk to him, and needs to tell the world what he said. We all need to listen to this story.

This is an important story that crosses the boundaries of American Professional Football. After reading this book, I wonder if athletes in other sports are suffering from the same sorts of brain damages. Do soccer players do damage when they use their heads to knock the ball into a net. What about rugby and hockey players? Then there are the obvious sports of boxing, wrestling, and MMA fighters. Are these people losing their brain functions? Do they have trouble remembering? Do they have personality changes? Is this what they signed up for? Is sport that important?

I give Concussion 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you know anyone who plays football, soccer, hockey or any other sport that may cause head trauma, you need to read this book. If you don’t, well read it anyway.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

Concussion by Jeanne Marie LaskasSoon to be a major motion picture starring Will Smith, Concussion is the riveting, unlikely story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the pathologist who made one of the most significant medical discoveries of the twenty-first century, a discovery that challenges the existence of America’s favorite sport and puts Omalu in the crosshairs of football’s most powerful corporation: the NFL.
Jeanne Marie Laskas first met the young forensic pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu in 2009, while reporting a story for GQ that would go on to inspire the movie Concussion. Omalu told her about a day in September 2002, when, in a dingy morgue in downtown Pittsburgh, he picked up a scalpel and made a discovery that would rattle America in ways he’d never intended. Omalu was new to America, chasing the dream, a deeply spiritual man escaping the wounds of civil war in Nigeria. The body on the slab in front of him belonged to a fifty-year-old named Mike Webster, aka “Iron Mike,” a Hall of Fame center for the Pittsburgh Steelers, one of the greatest ever to play the game. After retiring in 1990, Webster had suffered a dizzyingly steep decline. Toward the end of his life, he was living out of his van, tasering himself to relieve his chronic pain, and fixing his rotting teeth with Super Glue. How did this happen?,Omalu asked himself. How did a young man like Mike Webster end up like this? The search for answers would change Omalu’s life forever and put him in the crosshairs of one of the most powerful corporations in America: the National Football League. What Omalu discovered in Webster’s brain—proof that Iron Mike’s mental deterioration was no accident but a disease caused by blows to the head that could affect everyone playing the game—was the one truth the NFL wanted to ignore.

Taut, gripping, and gorgeously told, Concussion is the stirring story of one unlikely man’s decision to stand up to a multibillion-dollar colossus, and to tell the world the truth.

Book Details

Paperback: 288 pages
Publisher: Random House Trade Paperbacks; 1 edition
(November 24, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0812987578
ISBN-13: 978-0812987577
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.7 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 12.6 ounces

About the Author

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Photo: © Scot Goldsmith


Jeanne Marie Laskas is the author of seven books, including Concussion, Hidden America, and The Exact Same Moon. Her writing has appeared in GQ, Esquire, The New York Times Magazine, O: The Oprah Magazine, and many other publications. Laskas serves as director of The Writing Program at the University of Pittsburgh, where she teaches creative writing, and she lives on a horse farm in Pennsylvania with her husband and two children.

A Review of The Eaton by John K. Addis

The Eaton

by John K. Addis

Mr. Addis has gotten it right. He shows what self-publishing can be. He has written an exciting first novel, edited it well, designed the cover and done the leg-work to get it published. It is available for purchase now.

The Eaton is the best kind of horror. Chapter One starts off feeling like a normal, contemporary novel. Sam and Sarah and a few friends are getting together to see Sam’s new purchase. He bought an old train depot in Eaton Rapids and plans on turning it into a new hot spot. They discover a trap door, and decide to explore. They find an underground hotel that nobody had ever heard about.

From this point on, Mr. Addis weaves the threads of the present with the past. He changes the point of view to the weekend of the top-secret, preview, opening of The Eaton, the fancy hotel built under the train depot in the early 1900s. The past and present twist together as Sam, Sarah and the rest of their crew discover what has been hidden underground, as well as what they have hidden inside of their own minds. The secrets that they have buried deep, that they never want to have to face, become real, and they have to deal with them, or die.

Some of the images from their pasts are so vivid that I had to put The Eaton down for a few minutes, and let myself relax, take a few breaths, and then I could continue. This book is so well plotted, and the characters feel so real, that you will be as terrorized as they are. You will have to keep reading to see what happens next, even if you are afraid to find out.

I Give The Eaton 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you like to read Scott Sigler, early Stephen King, or Peter Clines, then this will be perfect.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the author.

Book Description

EatonCover-520The Eaton is the debut novel of John K. Addis. Spanning more than 100 years of mid-Michigan history, but told in the gruesome style of ‘80s horror classics, The Eaton tells the story of Sam Spicer, who purchases the dilapidated Michigan Central Railroad Depot in Eaton Rapids with the dream of opening a hot new martini bar. But when he and his friends discover an abandoned underground hotel directly beneath the property, they must discover what happened to the original guests—before their own time runs out.

Book Details

Paperback: 420 pages
Publisher: AE Press; 1st edition (September 25, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0692272739
ISBN-13: 978-0692272732
Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 1 x 8 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

John K. AddisJohn K. Addis is an award-winning designer and marketing professional in Lansing, Michigan. When not advertising the products and causes of his clients, Addis enjoys expressing himself creatively in as many ways as possible. In the past two decades, Addis has composed a variety of works for small music ensembles, drawn a daily comic strip for The State News (Studentangle), written & directed a microbudget feature-length film (The Bells of Beaumont Tower), and has seen his photography displayed at local galleries. He is presently the CEO & Creative Director of AE: Adventures in New Media, continues to perform keys and vocals in a Williamston-based cover band (The Black Barn Band) and has recently started writing his second novel, The Paper. Addis lives in Lansing’s historic Westside Neighborhood with his brilliant wife Leah, creative daughter Sophia, and adorable toddler Julian.

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A Review of The Murderer’s Daughter by Jonathan Kellerman

The Murderer’s Daughter

by Jonathan Kellerman

Wow! What an intense book. The Murderer’s Daughter is the best thriller that I have read this year. Usually I say that I couldn’t put a book down when it’s really good, well when I was reading The Murderer’s Daughter, I had to put it down. Just to give myself a break, to be able to take everything in, and to comprehend exactly what had just gone on. This book is really good!

If you’ve ever read any Jonathan Kellerman books, then you know that he is known for his psychological thrillers. This one is just slightly different. In The Murderer’s Daughter, Mr. Kellerman explores the mind of one person, Grace Blades. He puts you inside her head, both as she is growing up, and in the present, as she has to discover who wants her dead, and why. You learn about all the events and people who shaped her mind, and made her the person that she is today. You feel what she feels. You understand what she needs to do.

Normally I wait to post my review of a book until the publication date, but The Murderer’s Daughter is so good, that I want to give you a chance to preorder it, so that you can start reading it next Tuesday, August 18th. I have links to Amazon and B&N at the bottom of this review. Go ahead and click on them, I don’t have anything to gain if you do, I’m not a shill.

I give The Murderer’s Daughter 5 Stars out of 5 and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you want to explore the mind of a fascinating character, and maybe discover what it must be like to be subjected to terrible events that shape a young mind, then read this book.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

The Murderer's DaughterFrom the #1 New York Times bestselling creator of the acclaimed Alex Delaware series comes a tour de force standalone novel that illustrates perfectly why “Jonathan Kellerman has justly earned his reputation as a master of the psychological thriller” (People).

A brilliant, deeply dedicated psychologist, Grace Blades has a gift for treating troubled souls and tormented psyches—perhaps because she bears her own invisible scars: Only five years old when she witnessed her parents’ deaths in a bloody murder-suicide, Grace took refuge in her fierce intellect and found comfort in the loving couple who adopted her. But even as an adult with an accomplished professional life, Grace still has a dark, secret side. When her two worlds shockingly converge, Grace’s harrowing past returns with a vengeance.

Both Grace and her newest patient are stunned when they recognize each other from a recent encounter. Haunted by his bleak past, mild-mannered Andrew Toner is desperate for Grace’s renowned therapeutic expertise and more than willing to ignore their connection. And while Grace is tempted to explore his case, which seems to eerily echo her grim early years, she refuses—a decision she regrets when a homicide detective appears on her doorstep.

An evil she thought she’d outrun has reared its head again, but Grace fears that a police inquiry will expose her double life. Launching her own personal investigation leads her to a murderously manipulative foe, one whose warped craving for power forces Grace back into the chaos and madness she’d long ago fled.

Book Details

Hardcover: 384 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books (August 18, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0345545311
ISBN-13: 978-0345545312
Product Dimensions: 6.4 x 1.3 x 9.6 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds

About the Author

Photo: © Karen Miller
Photo: © Karen Miller

Jonathan Kellerman is one of the world’s most popular authors. He has brought his expertise as a clinical psychologist to three dozen New York Times– bestselling crime novels, including the Alex Delaware series, The Butcher’s Theater, Billy Straight, The Conspiracy Club, Twisted, and True Detectives. With his wife, the novelist Faye Kellerman, he also co-authored the bestsellers Double Homicide and Capital Crimes. He is the author of numerous essays, short stories, scientific articles, two children’s books, and three volumes of psychology, as well as the lavishly illustrated With Strings Attached: The Art and Beauty of Vintage Guitars. He has won the Goldwyn, Edgar, and Anthony Awards, and has been nominated for a Shamus Award. Jonathan and Faye Kellerman live in California, New Mexico, and New York City. Their four children include the novelists Jesse Kellerman and Aliza Kellerman.

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A Review of The Fold: A Novel by Peter Clines

The Fold: A Novel (Audible Edition)

by Peter Clines with Ray Porter (Narrator)

Peter Clines has done it again. He starts you out reading a book, that you have a pretty good idea of where it’s headed. Then slowly you feel like something is wrong. It’s not quite what you thought. There are little things that bother you. You aren’t quite sure, but you begin to doubt things, and then all hell breaks loose.

I loved reading and listening to Mr. Clines’ book, 14. So when Audible sent me an email that he had a new book out, I went to their site and got it. The narration works very well. Ray Porter has a voice that works for Peter Clines’ writing. He puts the story out into your brain, but never gets in the way.

Mr. Clines knows how to twist a story. He gives you clues about what is going on, but you miss them, for a while. Then you start to wonder. You think, “Did I miss something? I think I remember something, but I’m not sure.” Then he continues into the realm of something else, he starts to bring in elements of horror, of creatures from another possibility. But it all feels so real, so logical, so possible.

I loved The Fold. I had to go outside and do some extra chores, just so I could continue to listen to it. This is an example of a great audiobook. The story and narrator work perfectly. Together they become real. You can’t stop listening.

I give The Fold 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! If you like a science-based story, set in the present, with just a touch of weirdness, and horror, read The Fold, or better still get the audiobook.

Book Description

Step into the fold. It’s perfectly safe.

Version 2The folks in Mike Erikson’s small New England town would say he’s just your average, everyday guy. And that’s exactly how Mike likes it. Sure, the life he’s chosen isn’t much of a challenge to someone with his unique gifts, but he’s content with his quiet and peaceful existence. That is until an old friend presents him with an irresistible mystery, one that Mike is uniquely qualified to solve.

Far out in the California desert, a team of DARPA scientists has invented a device they affectionately call the Albuquerque Door. Using a cryptic computer equation and magnetic fields to “fold” dimensions, it shrinks distances so a traveler can travel hundreds of feet with a single step. The invention promises to make mankind’s dreams of teleportation a reality. And, the scientists insist, traveling through the door is completely safe. Yet evidence is mounting that this miraculous machine isn’t quite what it seems – and that its creators are harboring a dangerous secret.

As his investigations draw him deeper into the puzzle, Mike begins to fear there’s only one answer that makes sense. And if he’s right, it may be only a matter of time before the project destroys…everything. A cunningly inventive mystery featuring a hero worthy of Sherlock Holmes and a terrifying final twist you’ll never see coming, The Fold is that rarest of things: a genuine pause-resister science-fiction thriller. Step inside its audio and learn why author Peter Clines has already won legions of loyal fans.

Book Details

Audible Audio Edition
Listening Length:
10 hours and 52 minutes
Program Type: Audiobook
Version: Unabridged
Publisher: Audible Studios Release Date: June 2, 2015
Language: English

About the Author

Peter Clines grew up in the Stephen King fallout zone of Maine and–inspired by comic books, Star Wars, and Saturday morning cartoons–started writing at the age of eight with his first epic novel, LIZARD MEN FROM THE CENTER OF THE EARTH.

He made his first writing sale at age seventeen to a local newspaper, and at the age of nineteen he completed his quadruple-PhD studies in English literature, archaeology, quantum physics, and interpretive dance. In 2008, while surfing Hawaii’s Keauwaula Beach, he thought up a viable way to maintain cold fusion that would also solve world hunger, but forgot all about it when he ran into actress Yvonne Strahvorski back on the beach and she offered to buy him a drink. He was the inspiration for both the epic poem “Beowulf” and the motion picture-Raiders of the Lost Ark-, and is single-handedly responsible for repelling the Martian Invasion of 1938 that occurred in Grovers Mills, New Jersey. Eleven sonnets he wrote to impress a girl in high school were all later found and attributed to Shakespeare. He is the author of numerous short stories, EX-HEROES, EX-PATRIOTS, –14–, THE EERIE ADVENTURES OF THE LYCANTHROPE ROBINSON CRUSOE, and an as-yet-undiscovered Dead Sea Scroll.

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A Review of Night Life: A Novel by David C. Taylor

Night Life: A Novel

by David C. Taylor

I’ve read quite a few mystery books set in the 1950s, but none of them grabbed me as quickly as Night Life did. From the opening pages, Mr. Taylor had me. His descriptive language put me right into the era. I was in New York City in 1954. I was looking around and seeing real life. A life that I never really lived, but a life that I felt part of. Mr. Taylor gives you everything that you ever wished for in a piece of noir fiction. He has well developed characters with lives that you care about set in an authentic landscape. He has hard-hitting, straight forward action, that is mixed together with some of the most ruthless protagonists that you will ever meet. The story has many layers. It’s like an onion, and Michael Cassidy has to peel away the layers to get to the truth. He has to battle the F.B.I. and C.I.A. along with Russian agents and even Senator Joe McCarthy’s public hearings investigating the Communist threat in America. It is a path with twists and turns galore.

This is one of the best books I’ve read in a long time. I give Night Life 5 Stars out of 5 and Two Big Thumbs Up! You must track this book down. If you read authentic hard-hitting mysteries, you are going to love this.

I received a hardcover copy of this book from the publisher.

Book Description

David Taylor - Night LifeNight Life first of a transporting historical crime fiction series from David C. Taylor.

New York City in 1954. The Cold War is heating up. Senator Joe McCarthy is running a witch hunt for Communists in America. The newly formed CIA is fighting a turf battle with the FBI to see who will be the primary US intelligence agency. And the bodies of murdered young men are turning up in the city.

Michael Cassidy has an unusual background for a New York cop. His father, a refugee from Eastern Europe, is a successful Broadway producer. His godfather is Frank Costello, a Mafia boss. Cassidy also has an unusual way of going about the business of being a cop-maybe that’s why he threw a fellow officer out a third story window of the Cortland Hotel.

Cassidy is assigned to the case of Alexander Ingram, a Broadway chorus dancer found tortured and dead in his apartment in Hell’s Kitchen. Complications grow as other young men are murdered one after the other. And why are the FBI, the CIA, and the Mafia interested in the death of a Broadway gypsy?

Meanwhile, a mysterious, beautiful woman moves into Cassidy’s building in Greenwich Village. Is Dylan McCue a lover or an enemy? Cassidy is plagued by nightmares-dreams that sometimes become reality. And he has been dreaming that someone is coming to kill him.

Book Details

Hardcover: 336 pages
Publisher: Forge Books (March 17, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0765374838
ISBN-13: 978-0765374837
Product Dimensions: 6.5 x 1.1 x 9.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds

About the Author

david-c-taylorDavid C. Taylor, author of Night Life, was born and raised in New York City. He spent twenty years in Los Angeles writing for television and the movies. He has published short stories and magazine articles, and has had an Off-Broadway musical produced in New York. He now divides his time between Boston and the coast of Maine.

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A Review of Seveneves: A Novel by Neal Stephenson

Seveneves: A Novel

by Neal Stephenson

I was so excited while I was reading SeveNeves, I kept bugging my wife. I’d tell her how great the story was and how I had to keep reading it just a little bit longer. But then I hit Part 3.

I’m going to review this book as if it is two books. If you read Seveneves (Part 1 & 2), and then stop at that point, it is one of the best Science-Fiction disaster books you will ever read. It takes place in the near future. The events are realistic and believable. The story is done at the end of Part 2. The book could end right there and you wouldn’t feel like you were missing anything. You care about the characters, because they are complete, real people. You are happy with the story. It is complex, detailed, and satisfying. All the elements are there. It is a very fast read, because you won’t be able to put it down. You may as well decide that you won’t do anything else until you finish it. Just stop at the end of Part 2, and come back a week or two later and read the sequel, Seveneves (Part 3). So lets treat this book as if it was two separate books. We will all agree that Seveneves (Part 1 & 2) is a great book. But what about the other book?

Now if you are ready for Seveneves (Part 3), prepare yourself, Part 3 takes place 5000 years later. You really don’t care about the characters, because they are caricatures. The seven eves have borne seven human races that have gone on over those 5000 years to become nearly seven different human sub-species. They never had any interbreeding during the time when they were all confined together. Not very realistic. Maybe Part 3 is not a realistic Science Fiction story. Maybe it is supposed to be taken as an allegory, a comment on the human condition. That could be what Mr. Stephenson had in mind. That wasn’t what I was looking for. I wanted more of the fabulous, detailed, tightly written, engaging story we got in Seveneves, Part 1 & 2.

I give Seveneves (Part 1 & 2) 5 Stars out of 5, and Two Big Thumbs Up! It is a great book! If you like a near future, hard science story, with fully formed characters, and a complex, detailed, exciting plot, then you will love this book. Read it in spite of Part 3. I may have to go back and read Part 3 in a few months. Maybe I will appreciate it more then. I hope that you are able to understand what I was missing when you read Seveneves.

I received a Digital Review Copy of this book from the publisher.

Book Description

Seveneves2From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Anathem, Reamde, and Cryptonomicon comes an exciting and thought-provoking science fiction epic—a grand story of annihilation and survival spanning five thousand years.

What would happen if the world were ending?

A catastrophic event renders the earth a ticking time bomb. In a feverish race against the inevitable, nations around the globe band together to devise an ambitious plan to ensure the survival of humanity far beyond our atmosphere, in outer space.

But the complexities and unpredictability of human nature coupled with unforeseen challenges and dangers threaten the intrepid pioneers, until only a handful of survivors remain . . .

Five thousand years later, their progeny—seven distinct races now three billion strong—embark on yet another audacious journey into the unknown . . . to an alien world utterly transformed by cataclysm and time: Earth.

A writer of dazzling genius and imaginative vision, Neal Stephenson combines science, philosophy, technology, psychology, and literature in a magnificent work of speculative fiction that offers a portrait of a future that is both extraordinary and eerily recognizable. As he did in Anathem, Cryptonomicon, the Baroque Cycle, and Reamde, Stephenson explores some of our biggest ideas and perplexing challenges in a breathtaking saga that is daring, engrossing, and altogether brilliant.

Book Details

Hardcover: 880 pages
Publisher: William Morrow (May 19, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062190377
ISBN-13: 978-0062190376
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds

About the Author

stephenson_neal_peter-von-felbert1Neal Town Stephenson (born October 31, 1959) is an American writer, known for his speculative fiction works, which have been variously categorized science fiction, historical fiction, maximalism, cyberpunk, and postcyberpunk. Stephenson explores areas such as mathematics, cryptography, philosophy, currency, and the history of science. He also writes non-fiction articles about technology in publications such as Wired Magazine, and has worked part-time as an advisor for Blue Origin, a company (funded by Jeff Bezos) developing a manned sub-orbital launch system.

Born in Fort Meade, Maryland (home of the NSA and the National Cryptologic Museum) Stephenson came from a family comprising engineers and hard scientists he dubs “propeller heads”. His father is a professor of electrical engineering whose father was a physics professor; his mother worked in a biochemistry laboratory, while her father was a biochemistry professor. Stephenson’s family moved to Champaign-Urbana, Illinois in 1960 and then to Ames, Iowa in 1966 where he graduated from Ames High School in 1977. Stephenson furthered his studies at Boston University. He first specialized in physics, then switched to geography after he found that it would allow him to spend more time on the university mainframe. He graduated in 1981 with a B.A. in Geography and a minor in physics. Since 1984, Stephenson has lived mostly in the Pacific Northwest and currently resides in Seattle with his family.

Neal Stephenson is the author of the three-volume historical epic “The Baroque Cycle” (Quicksilver, The Confusion, and The System of the World) and the novels Cryptonomicon, The Diamond Age, Snow Crash, and Zodiac. He lives in Seattle, Washington.


A Review of Under Dark Skies by A.J. Scudiere

The NightShade Forensic Files Book 1:
Under Dark Skies

by A.J. Scudiere

This book was a very pleasant surprise. I didn’t know what to expect when I read the blurb about Under Dark Skies. After seeing the cover, I thought that there might be some sort of werewolf or dark fantasy sort of thing going on, but figured that I would give it a shot anyway. (I really don’t like most werewolf books.) Well, this wasn’t what I expected at all.

A.J. Scudiere is a very talented writer. She grabbed me right away. She had me interested from the Pre-Introduction, The Science of Myth. Her scientific analyses of witches, vampires, zombies, and werewolves got me interested and drew me right in. Then the Introduction proved that Ms. Scudiere knew what she was doing. She had an idea and the skill to bring that idea to fruition.

Even though this book has fantasy elements, it feels more like the X-Men rather than Twilight. These characters feel more like mutants instead of paranormal creatures. And just like the X-Men, these are people with some added enhancements who struggle to deal with the guilt from their past, and how to accept, and use their talents in the present. Ms. Scudiere has taken an outstanding premise and turned it into an exciting first book in a new series. This is one series that I am looking forward to following. If there is a way to become a fan of NightShade, put me on the list.

Even though Under Dark Skies will never be mistaken for “Great Literature”, I loved it! I had a great time reading it. A.J Scudiere know what she is doing. Therefore I’m giving Under Dark Skies 5 Stars out of 5. and Two Big Thumbs Up! I hope that you like it as much as I did.

I was sent a Digital Review Copy by the publisher.

Book Description

Under Dark SkiesIn NightShade, nothing is as it seems . . .

As a former medical examiner, Donovan Heath is a natural investigator, but he’s not really comfortable working with live people. So he’s shocked to be offered a spot in the FBI’s secretive division, NightShade. Even more interesting: his new partner, Eleri, is generating some pivotal intel, seemingly out of nowhere, and refuses to reveal her sources.

After the disaster of her last case, Eleri Eames sees NightShade as her salvation in the Bureau, but something is seriously off about the whole division. And she’s growing more and more convinced that her new partner may not be completely . . . human.

In case their first assignment—finding a charismatic cult leader and his true believers—isn’t difficult enough, Donovan and Eleri are also charged with finding another Agent’s missing daughter. The stakes may be too high. It seems they can’t save the innocent without sacrificing something of themselves.

Will their secrets save them . . .
or destroy them?

Book Details

Release: April 2, 2015
Publisher: Griffyn Ink
ISBN: 978-1-937996-36-9
Price: $14.95 Paperback
Price: $7.99 e-book
Pages: 366

About the Author

AJ_Scudiere_headshotAt heart a biologist and an avid student, A.J. Scudiere writes about the possibilities that keep us up late at night. She is the author of numerous award-winning suspense novels, including Resonance, God’s Eye, Phoenix, The Shadow Constant, and The Sin Trilogy: Vengeance, Retribution, and Justice. A.J.  lives outside Nashville in an ironically idyllic setting full of wildlife and open spaces. Currently, she’s at work on The NightShade Forensic Files series.


A Review of Blue Labyrinth by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

Blue Labyrinth

by Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child

This is the Pendergast book that you have been waiting for! If you are a long time Pendergast fan, and were a bit annoyed with some of the recent storylines, you can come back, because this is the best books in the series. As you expect, you will have to suspend disbelief as you read Blue Labyrinth, but no magic-like events, no fantasy, and everything in the book actually could happen. This is a refreshing change. Pendergast still is Pendergast, but he is much more believable. The main characters in this book are FBI Special Agent Aloysius Xingu L PendergastLt. Vincent D’Agosta, Constance Greene, and Dr. Margo Green, so this is a “Normal” cast, and one that you will feel comfortable with.

This is the fourteenth book in the series, and with any long running series, the question comes up, “Can I jump into this series with this book?” The short answer is yes. There are a lot of references to events that happened in the “Helen Trilogy” (Fever DreamCold Vengeance, and Two Graves), but even though you might wish that you understood what they were talking about, there will be nothing that will prevent you from comprehending the story. You may not understand Pendergast, but who does. I think that Preston & Child may not understand him. They interview Pendergast here for their newsletter “Pendergast Files”.

Most Pendergast fans will love this book. If you’ve never read any books in the series, you can start with Blue Labyrinth. If you had just started the series with White Fire, you might wonder why this book is so different. Well it isn’t, White Fire was the offshoot. Overall, anyone can pick this book up and start reading a great series.

I give Blue Labyrinth 5 Stars out of 5, and 2 Big Thumbs Up! This is the perfect Pendergast book.

I received a review copy of this book from the publisher, Grand Central Publishing.

Book Description

Blue Labyrinth HRA long-buried family secret resurfaces when one of Aloysius Pendergast’s most implacable enemies shows up on his doorstep as a murdered corpse. The mystery has all the hallmarks of the perfect murder, save for an enigmatic clue: a piece of turquoise lodged in the stomach of the deceased. The gem leads Pendergast to an abandoned mine on the shore of California’s desolate Salton Sea, which in turn propels him on a journey of discovery deep into his family’s sinister past. But Pendergast learns there is more at work than a ghastly episode of family history: he is soon stalked by a subtle killer bent on vengeance over an ancient transgression. In short order, Pendergast is caught in a wickedly clever plot, which will leave him stricken in mind and body…and may well end with his death.

Book Details

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Price: $27.00 US/$30.00 CAN
Pages: 416
Physical Dimensions: 6″ x 9″
ISBN-13: 9781455525898
On Sale Date: 11/11/2014

About the Authors

The thrillers of Douglas Preston and Lincoln Child “stand head and shoulders above their rivals” (Publishers Weekly). Preston and Child’s Relic and The Cabinet of Curiosities were chosen by readers in a National Public Radio poll as being among the one hundred greatest thrillers ever written, and Relic was made into a number-one box office hit movie. They are coauthors of the famed Pendergast series and their recent novels include White FireTwo Graves, and Gideon’s Corpse. Preston’s acclaimed nonfiction book, The Monster of Florence, is being made into a movie starring George Clooney. Lincoln Child is a former book editor who has published five novels of his own, including the huge bestseller Deep Storm.
Readers can sign up for The Pendergast File, a monthly newsletter from the authors, at their website, The authors welcome visitors to their Facebook page, where they post regularly.

Book Description and Details are from the publisher’s page. Blue Labyrinth