By Jim Graham
Birdie Down as the title refers to the crash landing of a protagonist who supplies the majority of the point of view. His name is Goosen but his friends call him Birdie. He is an ex-cop as are all of his companions who are starting to rebel against the corporate chartered rule of the Lynthrax Corporation by shutting down power sources on their key worlds away from Earth. That’s the big picture.
The smaller setting of Birdie Down takes place on a world called Constitution. There are some vile creatures on this particular world mankind has decided to settle and man brings some of his own. The main line in this short installment is survival.
I enjoyed this story though at times I felt myself confused as to who was in the center of the story. Goosen’s companion in the crash also has more than one name. It gets complicated. Anyway, I’m giving this three nods out of five.
Demon Inhibitions(Caitlin Diggs)
By Gary Starta
If you like the television series Supernatural and old school such as the X-Files you will enjoy this book for its plot, similarities and blending of preternatural characters. An FBI agent has had her own brush with the paranormal and it has left her able to have visions. She becomes a private detective because her peers at the bureau would never understand or tolerate her aberrant talent.
Ex-agent Diggs, private detective, falls into a dimension crossing adventure involving incubi, genetically engineered humans, were-beings, romance and loss. It is a very well done story in this genre. As some one who does not usually seek out this type of story even I am giving it three out of five units of satisfaction.