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Review - Trenekis of Hiera

Posted in Book Reviews on May 15, 2013

Trenekis of Hiera

Trenekis faces his impending coming-of-age in the small village of Hiera with a lot of trepidation. Survival of the isolated village on the semi-arid planet requires that each young man take a wife and begin procreating within a year of turning twenty, but Trenekis can't imagine doing that. His best friend and former lover Keenam came of age the year before and seems to have adapted to married life, but Trenekis doesn't want to live that lie, even though declaring his true nature means banishment. Adding to the young man's troubles is the disclosure that the only mother and father he has ever known are not really his birth parents. And then there's the rapid decline of the man who leads the village and has been closer than an uncle to Trenekis. More...

Review - Starfall

Posted in Book Reviews on Mar 31, 2013

Starfall

Ash is an alien from another world, but he manages to pass as a rather quirky yet handsome human. He has come to a rural area of Vermont in search of his sister, who crash-landed there with valuable information that can help his planet achieve justice. Ash isn't the only one with his quirks in town. There's also Angi, a run-away rich girl who escaped her stifling home in Florida only to fall in with the leader of a gang.

Conn and Faye are private investigators sent by Angi's family to get the girl to come home. When the closeted Conn meets Ash there's an instant connection that both men try to resist, but can't. Conn is already considering coming out, and his increasing fascination with Ash confirms that idea, even though there's a lot of things pulling the two apart. More...

Review - Wishes

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 27, 2012

Wishes

Auri is a young man determined to go places. He has risen through the ranks in the service of the Empire without the aid of any family connections, and now he is a first lieutenant on a diplomatic starship. Auri has gotten where he is by being stern and demanding. He gets things done. But there's nobody on his current assignment that he can call a friend. Even his own captain thinks he is a little too uptight. More...

Review - Aliens, Smith and Jones

Posted in Book Reviews on Nov 12, 2012

Aliens, Smith and Jones

Connor Smith works for Primrose, a super-secret organization tasked with controlling the alien presence and their artifacts in the UK. As the personal assistant to one of the team leaders, he's right in the thick of things, from hunting down six-armed monkeys run amok to cataloging artifacts for the archives. It's a job that can sometimes be 24/7, which doesn't leave much time for a private life. So, when Connor's best friend and coworker Isa introduces him to Jason, a man who doesn't give up easily, it seems like a match made in heaven.

Noah Jones is an alien, a Rei, stranded on earth more than 300 years ago. Forced to take human form so he could fit in, a slight misunderstanding about human lifespans means he has outlived all the people he ever cared about. The Rei live for, even need, to bond with another and it has been 200 years since Noah has found any human that he has any connection with. More...

Review - Incursion

Posted in Book Reviews on Jul 13, 2012

Incursion

Kyle is an ex-soldier of the future, when humanity has spread to many different worlds and developed into many distinct cultures, not to mention a few genetic variations based on environmental necessity or economics. He's an 'ex' soldier because he's been wounded by a weapon based on the technology of an alien species which has become a threat to humanity. Kyle no longer has the use of his legs, and must get around with the help of a prosthetic exoskeleton. It isn't an ideal solution, but it was all the military would provide. His dream is to somehow get enough money to afford cybernetic limbs, which would allow him to move more naturally, and even almost pass for normal.

Not that there seems to be much prospect of any work coming his way when the story opens. But then comes a summons from the military commander of the sector where he lives. The commander has an offer for Kyle, a job. One of the very aliens who supplied the weapons technology as a double agent has gone missing with what is characterized as valuable information. If Kyle can track him down and bring him back, then he will be rewarded handsomely. More...

Review - The Rabelais Alliance

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 19, 2012

The Rabelais Alliance

Volume 1 of Hellgate

Curtis Marin is a hit man, although he would object strongly to that term. He would probably prefer something more along the lines of 'avenging angel'. In the almost lawless fringes of the human colonies among the stars, where money and power lets you get away with murder (in other words, not much changes in 700 years), Marin works for a secret organization that, for a price, allows bereaved families to get justice. Marin does a lot of research, including hacking into computer systems, to ensure that the selected victim is guilty of their crime before he carries out a commission. He's judge, jury and executioner.

We first meet Marin while he's on assignment, taking out a particularly nasty gun-runner who murdered a dozen people just because they discovered what he was doing, or might have seen something they shouldn't have. By the time Marin pulls the trigger, the reader is convinced the man is getting exactly what's coming to him. More...

Review - Stealing Some Time, Volume 2

Posted in Book Reviews on Jun 02, 2012

Stealing Some Time, Volume 2

Volume 2 of Stealing Some Time

I read the first volume of Stealing Some Time in print several years ago, well before the ebook era. I liked it enough to want the read the second volume, but by the time I got around to wanting to order it, the book had gone out of print. Fortunately, the book was re-issued in both print and ebook, so I've now finally be able to download Volume 2 for a read. The only problem is that I've forgotten most of the details for the first book, although I do remember the broad outline of the story. So, for both our benefit, here's a summary of Volume 1, from the author's web site:

It is 2477 CE. Much of the world has long since become desert due to the unchecked use of fossil fuels in centuries past. But the world of the 25th century is an advanced one, where technology rules, where ruthless leaders have the upper hand, and where water is the limiting factor for all of civilization. Eighteen-year old Kallen Deshara is entering his obligatory 5-year stint in the North American Alliance’s Air Defense Force. While in boot camp, Kallen comes to terms with the fact that he’s gay. He even finds his first gay relationship with a fellow graduate recruit, but is dumped shortly thereafter. While nursing his wounds, he finds his second relationship in a fellow student while in the ADF’s Schools Division. After being dumped again, Kallen is shipped off to his first duty station in the mountains at the edge of North America’s Great Central Desert. There, Kallen becomes a force to be reckoned with as his natural talent in photronics, the 25th century form of software, comes to the fore. Another relationship follows. This time with an officer. But it falls short again. When called to Central Security, he’s sure he’s walking into a court-martial due to finally being found out. Instead, he finds that he’s been called for a secret mission to 1820. Time travel! He and his team have been called to rectify a problem caused by the very device that opened the portal to the past. Not expecting more than to do his duty, Kallen isn’t prepared for what awaits him.

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Review - The Finder

Posted in Book Reviews on Feb 20, 2012

The Finder

It's been a while since I read any science fiction. There doesn't seem to be much out there that really appeals to me. It's also been a long time since I read anything by Brandon Fox, but I have fond memories of his old sex and magic trilogy, which were fun reads in More...

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