Bloodshot Reborn Colorado
Published by Valiant.
Created by Lemire, Suayan, Allen and Baron.
Scientists used nanites to make Ray an unstoppable killing machine for the controllers at Project Rising Spirit. The Geomancer helped him to shed the nanites and come back down to mortal. He reached his breaking point and exiled himself to become a handyman at a Colorado flea bag motel.
Now the nanites are on the lose infecting random people who start going on copy cat shooting sprees. Every new one Ray hears about drives him deeper into shame and depression until he finally accepts…he is still Bloodshot and he must clean this up.
Excellent pacing and artwork. I’m always amazed at the quality of Valiant publishing. Four out five for originality, artwork and quality.
The Ferrokin Origin: Part One
Writing and Artwork by Jennifer Swartwood.
The Kaid clinic does advanced research on serums designed to rescue a victim who has suffered metal poisoning. Family of Dominic Kaid have been dying off in accidents, one suicide in unfortunate rapidity leaving him to be the last. As most special powered heroes receive their powers so does he in an extraordinary explosion of various molten metals and timely injections of their experimental vaccines.
An additional mystery pops up in the disappearance of Seul Island from the bay. The island has been gone for a couple of years but fresh bodies keep washing up from it. Dominic emerges from his coma and goes hero like. Enough with the spoilers, this is very good original work.
The story blends researched science with science fiction to give birth to a lore. Artwork is superb and doesn’t leave the reader scratching their head going ‘what is that?’. This is five out of five material folks and that’s what I’m giving it. Five by Five. Enjoy!
By the way, I got my copy signed by the creator at 2015 Denver ComicCon.
Authors Sharon Lee and Steve Miller
Narrator: Eileen Stevens
Apparently this is Theo Waitley book 1 but it is Liaden Universe book 11. Fascinating. It is the first work in this series I have consumed. Hmmmm.
Upon the fanatically safe world of Del Gado where a very prestigious university stamps out its graduates a young woman named Theo Waitley is coming of age. The daughter of Camille and Genzar, she has made it to fourteen years of age amassing a volume of warnings in her file regarding clumsiness and reckless decisions. On Del Gado some view that as evidence enough to drug the…offender into a safer state of being.
Her mother and Father, or Honor Grad, are high level academics in the University of Del Gado. They have the clout and sense to push back against such notions but for how long. A published peer of theirs has been outed as a fraud and they’ve uncovered a conspiracy that would bring down the University, the only major source of economic succor on Del Gado.
They must act to save their daughter and the well being of the planet.
I really enjoyed this work. Though there was little science involved there was bio-science, space opera and social engineering displayed in abundance. While not a novel I would usually seek out I do recommend this one for the younger crowd, perhaps twelve and up as any touchy subjects are dealt with rather tastefully here.
Four out of five entertainment points are thus awarded.
The Last Days of Krypton
By Kevin J. Anderson
Jor-El is a scientist in a society of ostriches. Over the decades he has submitted invention after invention to the Commission of Technological Acceptance only to have his ideas branded as dangerous and his creations seized by the State. The Council of Kandor, which governs all of Krypton, is made up of social sycophants who delay and prevent any meaningful improvement in society. As the machine of status quo frustrates the scientist Jor-El it grows hatred in the unscrupulous Commissioner Zod. When Zod sees his opportunity he takes it and Krypton never knows what has hit it until it is almost too late, they think.
I absolutely enjoyed this background tale of Superman’s home planet and the integrity of the El family line. That the society is painted in the strokes of isolationism is astounding but builds a sounder foundation as to why Kal-El later arrives alone on Earth. Excellent transitions on point-of-views as the author buries into the inner working of Zod, Lara, Jor-El, Zor-El and Aethyr-Ka. The copy I have was purchased at Denver Comic Con in 2014 and was autographed. I found one misspelled word in the entire book.
Here it goes. I award five out of five enjoyment points for the storyline and the quality of the product. Well Done.
Stark’s Crusade: Stark’s War, Book 3
by Jack Campbell
narrated by Eric Michael Summerer and Jack Campbell
This is the third and final installment in the Stark’s War trilogy…I think. Those of you who have seen my previous reviews of Stark’s War and Stark’s Command may get that the surviving mutinous NCOs of 1st Division hold the Lunar Colony. They have continued to repel raids attacks from other countries and US led shenanigans to protect the colony and to keep from being a television spectator sport.
They have been infiltrated, had turn coats leave doors open and had their remaining Earthbound family members used as hostages yet they’ve held the line. Now it appears the pentagon will try autonomous robotic warriors to bring about an end to this struggle. Anyone who has followed the Terminator series or Phillip K. Dick’s The Other Variety (turned into the movie Screamers) which featured a host of killing machines termed Autonomous Swords can sense where this story is taking us so I do not want to spoil it for you.
This is an excellent Military Science Fiction trilogy and was well delivered by both the author and the narrator. Considering my taste on audio books I almost took a pass on this one because of the short length of the installments. My opinion, yes it is personal, is that all three volumes should have been marketed as one thirty plus hour unit. I will still give this a five out of five. Great job guys!
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Koban: Rise of the Kobani, Book 3
by Stephen W. Bennett
narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
Excellent continuation of the series, this installment introduces us to another planet in the Koban system that the Kobani (Humans) dub Haven. They discover two of the slave races left behind by the Krall called the Prada and the Torkey. Advances to the Kobani genome and technology proceed at the steady and explainable pace, and the story is well told.
Escalation of raids on Krall supply worlds and augmenting SpecOps in Human space struggles are rampant in this book. Also, the preliminary dealing with Rimmers and Hub Humans and dancing around the proscriptions of genetic tech begin to get traction here. Where in series a normal sag in the story line occurs, this one surprises by not doing that. I’m giving it four out of five stars.
Koban: The Mark of Koban, Book 2
by Stephen W. Bennett
narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
The first book, Koban, left off with the Krall leaving the captured and tested Humans to die on Koban. After, Par Kur, I probably screwed up that spelling, blew out all the structural protection keeping the native predators away from the his sentient prey why would he bother to think of them after that?
The Mark of Koban shows that humans adapt to survive because we have seldom had natural defenses such as claws and size. Genetic modifications that threaten them with execution if they ever re-enter human space are the order of the day. Blending in exotics hardly seems worthy of mention while throwing out all arbitrary safeguards. The Koban humans take possession of a second dome near the sea they call Hub city which is where all the “shitheads”, my label for the abstainers from the genetic mods are living.
Without spoiling too much, the Primes get a hold of a Krall ship by massacring the crew in hand to hand and close range gun fighting. They secure knowledge of their still being alive after twenty years because “Dead Krall tell no Tales”, Muahahahahaha.
This is a great addition to the series written and narrated with some humor and appropriate shock and awe. Other than the author being hung up on space faring humans using English standard measurements I thoroughly enjoy this series. Yes, feisty aging Maggie is still around thumping Dillon on his cod piece. Four out of five enjoyment points are awarded from me.
Koban, Book 1
by Stephen W. Bennett
narrated by Patrick Freeman
I had my doubts when I first saw this title on reduction sale and I was hesitant to try it as audio books are so much more expensive. I’m glad that I took the risk
The Flight of Fancy, of the ‘I forget the name’ star liner company, was ferrying a roster of Biological Scientists to a newly established world to set up a research station beyond the rim. They didn’t even make it to the orbital habitat. Being swarmed by unknown ships that robbed them of their jump capability they submit to the boarding by…aliens. The Krull, being a warrior species that constantly competes for status within their society-clans which equates to the privilege of breeding, are stocking their training planet Koban with potential adversaries to test prey species. They want to see who is worthy to attack and who just needs extermination on their path to Galactic rule.
The crew of the Flight of Fancy and previous captives need to find a way to work together to defeat the Krull in their testing days. They need to prove that humans are worthy of battle, not just extermination.
I really enjoyed the book so much that when it was over I went and bought the next three installments. A detractor from the work itself was the use of English units rather than metric but the overall science portion was not hand wavy. Well done. My expectations are high now…just saying. The narration of this work was well done; I especially liked the mimicry of the Koban wildlife sounds and the ranges between characters. That being said I think the conversational related chuckles could have been used more conservatively but it did not detract from the overall performance. Four out of five satisfaction units go to this.