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Review - Inversion Point by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 08, 2016

Inversion Point

Volume 4 of Chaos Station

Zander, Felix and the crew of the Chaos are back for another adventure in the fourth installment of the “Chaos Station” series. At the very end of the previous book, humanity had just found out about the immanent arrival of a new species at the galactic hub, and “Inversion Point” follows the crew as they meet and try to communicate with the new race, with Zander as Emissary of the Guardians. More...

Review - Skip Trace by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Aug 23, 2016

Skip Trace

Volume 3 of Chaos Station

The third installment of the Chaos Station series kicks off with the resurrected Zed's return to his family home, along with the rest of the crew of the Chaos. Not everyone is happy to see Zed back among the living, especially the military, who hoped his death, along with the others they experimented on to create super soldiers, would bury their embarrassing secret program. His lover Felix isn't too happy to see Zed back in the bossom of his rich and powerful family, reminding him that he doesn't belong. More...

Review - Lonely Shore by Jenn Burke and Kelly Jensen

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 13, 2016

Lonely Shore

Volume 2 of Chaos Station

This second volume of the Chaos Station series picks up just a few weeks after the end of “Chaos Station”. Zed is trying to settle in as a member of the crew, but everyone, especially his lover Flick, knows that he is living on borrowed time. The poison that Earth's defense forces injected into Zed to create a super-soldier is eating away at his brain, and it's only a matter of time before he loses the ability to tell friend from foe, and then dies. More...

Review - Astounding! by Kim Fielding

Posted in Book Reviews on May 03, 2016

Astounding!

Carter Evans is the founder and editor of the science fiction magazine Astounding! but the publication, like most print media these days, is on its last legs. Carter can't afford to keep it going for much longer. Adding to his headaches are the submissions of one J. Harper, a very persistent, and very bad, author who keeps sending in new versions of his work despite numerous rejections. Carter's drunken attempt to rebuff the writer backfires and he ends up meeting J. for John Harper in person. John turns out to be a charming if somewhat awkward man with a few eccentricities, chief of which is the belief that he is an alien stranded on Earth. More...

Review - More Than Human by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Apr 12, 2016

More Than Human

By the end of the 23rd century, humanity has established its first colony outside the solar system, on a planet called Eidolon. The achievement required not only advancements in spacecraft engineering, but also cybernetics, since augmentation was required to make humans capable of deep space flight and living on an alien world larger than Earth. As you can imagine, it takes no time at all for cybernetic implants to become mainstream, with everyone from athletes to high class escorts getting augmented to improve their game. And, just as inevitably, there's a backlash. A political movement calling itself the Pure Light comes to power promising restore humanity to its ‘proper’ state. Augmentation is outlawed, and those deemed more than 50% machine are made the property of the government. Chips are implanted in their brains to make them virtual slaves and they're either used for experimentation, hard labor in the mines of the gas giants, or soldiers used to enforce the Pure Light's power. More...

Review - The Eidolon's Conquest by Yamila Abraham

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 09, 2016

The Eidolon's Conquest

In this vision of a possible not-to-distant future, the Eidolon are a genetically engineered race of super-humans, bred by their super-computer master with a thirst for conquest and domination. The Eidolon and their robot army have been locked in a war with the humans for many years. The war is draining resources on both sides, with the Eidolon running low on raw materials, and the humans losing hundreds of soldiers in every battle. More...

Review - Event Horizon by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Dec 29, 2015

Event Horizon

Volume 6 of Hellgate

The Hellgate saga comes to a rousing if bittersweet conclusion in this sixth and final installment. If you've made it this far in the series, you'll almost certainly find this book hard to put down. More...

Review - Flashpoint by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 24, 2015

Flashpoint

Volume 5 of Hellgate

With open warfare between the Earth-centered home-worlds and the colonies inevitable after the events of Probe, the team focuses on making the time and place of the next battle one of their choosing. There isn't any time to waste on a protracted war with Earth, not with the Zunshu automatons destroying more and more human colonies on the edge of Hellgate. The rebels have delved the depths of data recovered from the ill-fated Orpheus and are completing construction of Lai'a, a ship built on the wreck of the Intrepid specifically to navigate the strange currents of time and gravity that make exist on the other side of Hellgate. More...

Review - Santuario by G.B. Gordon

Posted in Book Reviews on Oct 23, 2015

Santurario

In the distant future, on a far-away planet, there are two human colonies with distinctly different cultures. The Skanians were the original colonists, apparently descended from Scandinavian stock. The later arrivals crash-landed more than 200 years before this story begins. For reasons nobody seems quite sure of, the newcomers were isolated on an island they call Santuario in the sweltering tropics, where they've had little contact with the Skanians. More...

Review - Probe by Mel Keegan

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 24, 2015

Probe

Volume 4 of Hellgate

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. More...

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