Warship (Black Fleet #1)

 Warship - Joshua Dalzelle, Monique HappyThis review is written with a GPL 3.0 license and the rights contained therein shall supersede all TOS by any and all websites in regards to copying and sharing without proper authorization and permissions. Crossposted at Bookstooge.booklikes.blogspot. wordpress.leafmarks.com & Bookstooge’s Reviews on the Road Facebook Group by Bookstooge’s Exalted Permission.

 

Title: Warship

Series: Black Fleet

Author: Joshua Dalzelle

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 320

Format: Kindle

 

 

 

Synopsis:

Captain Jackson Wolfe is an Earther, a drunk and the only half-decent “warrior” aboard the last of 4 Warships remaining to humanity.

On the last mission of the ship, engineered to destroy Wolfe’s career, they come across obliterated planets. Against orders, surviving mutiny and with a secret helper from the Spooks, Wolfe is determined to find out who did this to humanity and to make sure we are ready to fight back.

 

My Thoughts:

This started out kind of rough, with the author giving all sorts of immaterial descriptions and stuff that didn’t really add to the plot. It was typical indie writing and I was getting all set to blast it.

 

Then it seemed like the author switched gears or something because things just smoothed out. I don’t know if it was because we got into the action scenes or this was of particular interest to the author, but it suddenly was something that I wanted to read.

 

In some ways, this reminded me of most of the other kind of Indy military SFF I’ve read before. But I like that kind of stuff, so that didn’t bother me. But if you’re looking for something new, bold and brash, this isn’t it.

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Farlander (Heart of the World #1)

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Title: Farlander

Series: Heart of the World

Author: Col Buchanan

Rating:  of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: Fantasy

Pages: 402

Format: Kindle

 

Synopsis:

Ash, a Farlander and an assassin, is forced to take on an apprentice. Soon after the apprentice’s training is finished, an assignment comes up that will take them into the heart of the Empire to kill the prince.

The Empire knows they are coming.

 

My Thoughts:

Much more than just an assassin story. A full blown, Empire growing, religious strains, etc, etc. It also does not have a happy ending.

 

And yet it drew me in, kept my attention and interest and even when things happened that I wasn’t expecting, or liked, it was ok. I’ll definitely be checking out the second book in this new series soon.

Murder on the Orient Elite (Grimnoir Chronicles #3.5)

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Title: Murder on the Orient Elite

Series: Grimnoir Chronicles

Author: Larry Correia

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Minutes: 74

Format: Audio

 

 

Synopsis:

A short story after the end of the truly awesome Grimnoir Chronicles trilogy.

Jake Sullivan must save a luxury air yacht from unknown forces. Sadly for him, that includes the Imperium, the newly strengthened Russians, a German psycho and even possibly his own employer.

 

 

My Thoughts:

I loved the Grimnoir books dearly. I think they are the best that Correia has written and so I was happy to jump into this, especially after Buyer of Gadgets glowing Review.

Thankfully, Jake Sullivan was still the same heavy with the same humor as in the trilogy.  He’s strong and capable and wicked smart. I really enjoy intelligent characters and ones that have a dry, wry sense of humor are even better. Everything that intrigued me about the original trilogy is here in this short story as well.

The narrator does a good job of switching voices so it was very easy to tell who was talking and conversations weren’t awkward because of trying to figure out which character was speaking.

I got this for free back when it was released, but it took me a long time to get around to it. There is another Grimnoir Chronicles that takes place much later in time and I’ll eventually track that down as well. I just can’t quite stomach paying $4 for 60 minutes of audio.

A Quest of Heroes (The Sorcerer’s Ring #1)

Review:

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Title: A Quest of Heroes

Series: The Sorcerer’s Ring

Author: Morgan Rice

Rating:   of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 234

 

Synopsis:

I am going to let part of the book’s official synopsis stand in here.

A Quest of Heroes revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, hated by his brothers, Thorgrin senses he is different from the others.

 

 

My Thoughts:

Sadly, this book was utterly and completely Amateur Hour.

The plot lifts heavily from David’s childhood (King David from the Bible) including sheep, sling, killing a big creature on his own, older brothers who join the army and getting the King’s attention in a very dramatic way. There is also the best friends for life with the King’s son and the romantic interest by the King’s daughter. Folks, trust me, this was David in an alternate world.

If that wasn’t enough, we have shades of King Arthur. There is a lone magician who advises the King and is Merlin pretty much in all but name. The King’s Daughter is name Gwen and there is a magic sword that only the Chosen One (I did not make up that capitalization this time) may lift and lead the Kingdom into glorious and eternal peace and prosperity.

I LIKE fantasy tropes. But I don’t like poor writing and lazy idea creating.

The writing itself was clunky at best and downright childish at worst. I felt like I was reading a highschool play written by an earnest but incompetent english student.  The presentation of ideas and the movement of the plot from beginning to end was not even YA, more middle grade, as things happen simply because the author writes them that way, not because it is in any way feasible.

Finally, the version I read had over 300 pages and the official page count for the versions here is 234. So I’m guessing Rice did an edit job? If so, I’m not interested in reading a proofed version.

This was a waste of my time and I’m rather disappointed.

 

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Leviathan (Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier #5)

Review:

Leviathan - Jack Campbell

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Title: Leviathan

Series: Lost Fleet: Beyond the Frontier

Author: Jack Campbell

Rating: of 5 Battle Axes

Genre: SFF

Pages: 324

 

 

Synopsis:

Geary tracks down the rogue A.I. fleet with help of the alien Dancers. He must destroy them at all cost or civilization, both of the Alliance and the Syndics, will fall.

But with secret black agencies working against him and the Government, can Geary do his job and still abide by the laws he believes are necessary?

 

My Thoughts:

Now this is a good military SF book. I like a main character who has character. I like space battles, just not too much [this book was balanced perfectly in that regards]. I like happy endings.

 

In short, this book is why I buy certain books in hardcover. I like it, I’ll re-read it in a decade or so and I want to have it on hand should I decide to do a year long re-read of all my favorite books.

 

I truly enjoyed the “If I do that, then they’ll do that, then I’ll do..” kind of logic chains that went on between Geary and the computers in the A.I. fleet which were coded based on him. How cool is that, fighting a version of yourself?

 

Since Campbell wrote 6 books in the original Lost Fleet series, I am hoping he keeps up the symmetry and ends this sequel series in the next book.

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Odd Interlude (Odd Thomas #5)

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Title: Odd Interlude

Series: Odd Thomas

Author: Dean Koontz

Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Urban Fantasy

Pages: 289

 

 

Synopsis:

Odd Thomas, on his way to stop something or other, stops into a small town. And for goodness sake, discovers phracking E.T.

And E.T. would rather EAT you than make your stupid bike fly.

 

My Thoughts:

This was loads and loads more enjoyable than the previous book.  Hijackings, crashes, explosions, gun battles. This was Odd Thomas at his quirkiest and his best.

Odd was in fine voice and his asides and whatnot were exactly what I was expecting and hoping for. The parts of the story written by the little girl [well, 12’ish I believe] were pretty good too. It made me laugh when she assumes Odd is “old”, like maybe 30, or EVEN 35. Got to love time.

My only quibble was with how the dna thing worked. I know recently that “dna” is the big thing and “You Too Can Gain Superpowers, by Just Injecting This ‘Stuff’ Into You” is what is presented. I can usually ignore it, but this time it had me rolling my eyes.

So folks, DON’T WORRY! If some bugger sticks you with a syringe full of alien goop, you will simply DIE! You WILL NOT turn into an ALIEN. I hope that sets your minds at ease. I know I’ll sleep better with that very important reminder. Because come on, admit it, doesn’t everyone secretly worry about being turned into a hideous, cannibalistic alien/human hybrid?

 

Battle of Loum (Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin #7) (Manga)

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Title: Battle of Loum

Series: Mobile Suit Gundam The Origin

Author & Artist: Yoshikazu Yasuhiko

Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Genre: Manga

Pages: 420

 

 

Synopsis:

The War between Zeon and the Federation erupts!  What has been 2 page flashbacks in previous books takes on horrifying proportions as we see the destruction of a whole colony and its catastrophic plunge onto Earth.

We see the War almost sputter to a stop and then inflamed into an inferno by  people on both sides.

 

My Thoughts:

Oh man! This volume blew my mind.

It was horrifying. It showed “War” exactly how many people view it.

The story was terrifically good however. So much awesomeness packed into 1 volume. And once again, the art was the best part, but this time it was matched by the story. That is why this got 5 Stars.