Carnal Sacraments: A Historical Novel of the Future Set in the Last Quarter of the 21st Century by Perry Brass
In the not too distant future, the world is even more corporatized and consumerist than it is now. “The System” as it’s called, is all about creating the next “new” thing that people will believe they need to make them happy, at least for a while. Jeffrey Cooper is a key cog in the machine. His ability to discern what will make a product appeal to the market it’s targeted at makes him valuable to the nameless, faceless people who run the system. His reward for his talents is a phalanx of treatments that keep him looking like a thirty-something despite his real age of eighty, and a group of doctors and therapists to help him manage his mental and physical health. The price he pays for this fountain of youth is the abandonment of his past, and even much of himself. And, if he should every falter, become less useful to the system, it will all stop and he will quickly die. Read more ›
The Love of Wicked Men (Serial, Parts 3 & 4) by Brandon Shire
The Love of Wicked Men
Note: This book is being published in serial form, with new ‘episodes’ coming out every two months or so. This review is of the third and fourth episodes.
The cat-and-mouse game between shady lawyer Sid and industrial spy for hire Jack gets complicated in these two installments of the series. Jack’s cover is blown, which means there are more players than either man is aware of. With no reason to play it cool, Jack becomes more confrontational with Sid. Read more ›
Hitting Black Ice by Heloise West
Hitting Black Ice
Please note: An electronic review copy of this book was kindly supplied by the author.
Hunter is still recovering from what could well be described as the worst break-up, ever. He avoids anything that might lead to a serious relationship to keep him from getting hurt again. His work as a physicians assistant in the emergency room helps to keep him busy as well as making him feel useful. Unfortunately, the presence of receptionist Shawn doesn’t help. Hunter has been trying to ignore his attraction to the dark and quiet man for months. Read more ›
Rubble and the Wreckage (A Gabriel Church Tale Book 1) by Rodd Clark
Rubble and the Wreckage
Kindly note: An electronic review copy of this book was supplied by the author.
Aspiring author Christian is on to something. He has been researching a string of unsolved and seemingly unconnected murders across the country, and he believes they’re the work of one man. Not even the FBI has figured out what Chris has seen in the randomness of the crimes. He becomes almost obsessive in his quest to research the killings, and maybe even track down the murderer so he can write his story. Read more ›
Probe (Hellgate #4) by Mel Keegan
Probe (Hellgate #4)
The festering colonial rebellion finally explodes into open warfare in the fourth book of the Hellgate saga. The flashpoint of Ulrand, where the inept interference of military engineers from Earth caused an alien artifact to explode, devastating almost half the planet. Festering resentment is pushed into high gear, and when the inevitable vote to succeed comes, Earth sends a fleet of ships to prevent the predictable succession of other worlds from the confederacy. An unlikely group of mercenaries comes to the planet’s defense, as well as a ghost from Neil Travers’ past. It’s all orchestrated by Harrison Shapiro in his efforts to prevent a bloodbath. Read more ›