by E.E. Knight
One of the more interesting ways to tell the story of a dragon is…you guessed it, from the Dragon’s point of view. This one begins in the nest as Auron fends off his two brothers in a hatchling fight to the death. Weird as Auron should have been the easier victim. I’ll let you figure out why. The story continues as their home is raided by bipedal assassins and Auron embarks on his adventure to become…the Champion of Dragons.
Many characters interact in this fulfilling tale including elves, dwarves, humans, dolphins, other Drakes and wolves. This was very cool and I am giving it a grade of five out of five for story and narration because I got the audible version. Enjoy!
No Worse Enemy (Book 2 in the Empires Corps series)
by Christopher G. Nuttall
This installment finds Col. Edward Stalker and his command, Stalker’s Stalkers, still isolated on the fringe world of Avalon helping to build a new society after the abrupt withdrawal of the Empire. The old council is gone, the new one incorporating some of the rebel faction is in place and bandits are steadily being stomped out by the newly minted Knights of Avalon. Just one more obstacle to over come. Avalon is a sitting duck from orbit because as of yet they have no warships.
Enter the pirates. “Yo, ho, yo, ho…” No rum really, but a lot of sex slaving, acquired and poorly maintained ships and a goal to form a new empire of pirates on the Rim backed by an as of now unknown power faction. Could be aliens, other corporations, “non-sanctioned” colonies, who knows? What’s important is the Empire’s marines have a task to complete that involves adaptation to overcome the odds stacked against them in this action packed sequel.
I enjoyed this book immensely. I give the story and narration five thumbs up!!
The Druid Series
by Marata Eros
I’m moving on after a 50% read of this work and I’ll tell you why. When I acquired it for my TBR I thought , even though I suspected a lot of racy matter, that the parts dealing with Druids would be interesting and hopefully treated well. What I found was total crap.
First of all Marata, Druids are not a sub-species of human, not a race, and definitely not vampire bait ripe for three-ways. If you choose to write what you did you could have come up with something original to name the Breeders other than Druids. The fact that you have 45 titles out just shows you’re a successful scam artist.
Secondly, whether this is a work of fiction or your attempt to lob feces at members of ADF or other Druidic organizations doesn’t much matter as the issue that you have branded the spiritual beliefs of people.
This is a tremendous insult to people you did not even have the decency to research. I’m only going to post this here and I hope that my followers will take it to heart and share as they are led.
Another bit is how the hell you managed to get 301 reviews on Amazon. Maybe you should go read some of them if you have any integrity left. I gave you more of a chance than I should have but I have to stick to my principles.
Empire of Bones
by Terry Mixon
Jared Mertz, not to be confused with any progeny of Ethel Mertz, is a Commander in the Imperial Navy of the reborn Terran Empire centered on a planet named Avalon. He has had an uphill battle to prove himself and safeguard his projection of integrity during his career because when he joined a blood test showed that he was a royal.
The reborn Terran Empire has spread out pretty well since reentering space but they still lack a lot of technology that was lost with the fall of the first Empire. Good excuse to send out scouting expeditions looking to recover useful things and maybe go a little BSG, Battlestar Galactica for those of you not…hip, in hunting down Earth.
Commander Mertz is looking forward to the responsibility of safeguarding a freighter loaded with scientists through unexplored space right up until the last minute of departure when he gets saddled with last minute crew including his royal sister as an Ambassador.
A critique I would give on the plot is that I feel the expeditions are going out really under-gunned. Granted this navy has not actually fought a war but they have existed with the damage from the last one of the Old Empire. Surely they can’t think the Galaxy is now benign?
Enough with the almost spoilers dude! I really enjoyed this series kick off and plan to continue reading them as they come out. Four out of five rail gun shots in the face of the Pale Ones!
Episode 20 is ready for consumption.
And on iTunes under podcasts.
By Scott Prussing
Leesa Nyland is leaving sunny San Diego, and her mother who hides from the sun, to attend college in Connecticut. Connecticut, where her mother was bitten and had a trauma when pregnant with Leesa, where her Aunt and Uncle still live and where her brother Bradley mysteriously disappeared during his Sophomore Year leaving an email telling everyone to give up on finding him.
This is definitely a Buffy the Vampire type story in book form. The violence and sex are written in such a manner that any child who reads Harry Potter will not be traumatized by this book. A new type of paranormal character called a ‘Volkaane’ is introduced in here. At least they were new to me. Fun short read but not quite the edginess you would expect from a vampire story these days making it safer for kids.
4 stars if you intended it as a safe read for kids, 3 stars if you intended it as something for an adult audience.
Now for an additional bit. I went to post this on Amazon and this thing has 317 reviews. As of 08DEC14, 317 reviews. Absolute Bull Shit! Obviously you do not need anybody’s help to get the word out when you can afford to pay for it. Big 5 product is difficult enough to get 100 legitimate reviews. I am both astounded and pissed off. This was not that good a book. It wasn’t heinous either.