She Hunts in the Woods – A Review

She Hunts in the Woods: A Horror StoryShe Hunts in the Woods: A Horror Story by Rich Hawkins
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Short but most definitely not sweet. She Hunts in the Woods is a creepy and disgustingly descriptive little tale from the awesome Rich Hawkins. No matter the length, his works are always a highly recommended read.

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The Mountains of Tomorrow – A Review

Mercury Rapids: The Mountains of TomorrowMercury Rapids: The Mountains of Tomorrow by Steven Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Alas, the Mercury Rapids trilogy has come to an end but what an exciting, action packed ending it was. I’ve said it before but it’s worth saying again, Steven Johnson is brilliant in the art of storytelling. He has a flair for characterisation and dialogue and a knack for keeping the reader engaged. This series has been an absolute joy to read and I certainly hope this is not the last we hear from such a talented author.

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The Thoth Imperative – A Review

Mercury Rapids: The Thoth ImperativeMercury Rapids: The Thoth Imperative by Steven Johnson

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

The Thoth Imperative, the second book in the Mercury Rapids trilogy, is an excellent follow-up. It’s an action packed, exciting ride full of double-dealing aliens, conniving characters, twists and turns, and the humour I’ve come to love from the protagonist, Bill Lewis. A great read that I highly recommend.

There are a few typos here and there, but this doesn’t detract from the story at all. I’ve come across this with e-books before and with the quality of Steven Johnson’s writing, it’s something I’m happy to overlook.

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Mercury Rapids – A Review

Mercury RapidsMercury Rapids by Steven Johnson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Mercury Rapids takes me back to the old days when sci-fi was my preferred genre. I would devour book after book from masters such as Wells, Bradbury, Asimov and E.E. ‘Doc’ Smith. I just couldn’t get enough!
And now, for me, Steven Johnson is up there with the best of them. I don’t know how I’ve missed such an incredible talent. He is brilliant in the art of storytelling.
Mercury Rapids is a compelling, humorous and well written book with a perfect balance of science fiction and science fact. It has an interesting, thought-provoking plot that will undoubtedly keep you entertained until the end. The characters are extremely likeable. I particularly favoured the protagonist, Bill Lewis. He’s witty, intelligent, at times fickle, but lovable all the same.
It’s been a long time since I enjoyed a science fiction tale as much as this one. It’s a fun, lighthearted read that I can’t recommend enough.

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Artemis – A Review

ArtemisArtemis by Andy Weir
My rating: 2 of 5 stars

Jazz Bashara is a criminal

Jazz Bashara is a pain in the butt.

And Artemis is 305 pages of disappointment. I was close to giving up several times but I hate to leave a book unfinished. Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t all bad, just mostly. The plot had such potential but the pace was far too slow. To be honest, I think I was about a third of the way through before I even started to pay attention. The most annoying aspect for me though was having a female protagonist behave like an adolescent boy. Weir could have done so much more with such an obviously intelligent character. It’s a shame really as I had such high hopes for this novel. Oh well.

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Deadly Partnership – A Review

Deadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit WorldDeadly Partnership: Murder, Blackmail and Voices from the Spirit World by Richard Gardner

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Many thanks to Richard for providing me with a free PDF copy of his book in exchange for an honest review.

Deadly Partnership is not a book I would ordinarily buy as I’m a sceptic where spiritualism is concerned. Having said that, it is only a minor part of this book and fits in well with the storyline.
Scepticism aside, I thoroughly enjoyed it.
The first chapter had me hooked and I found myself unable to put it down. The story flows well and is a very easy read that took me roughly eight hours to finish.
The characters were likeable. I found myself particularly endeared to Paul despite the revelations throughout the book. Gary, Paul’s son, didn’t sit too well with me though, given his easy acceptance and complicity in the unfolding events. Then again considering his father’s propensities I guess the apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree.
Overall it has an interesting plot with enough twists to keep the reader engaged right through to the end. It’s not often that a book will grip me enough that I will read it in one sitting, but this one certainly did. If you enjoy a good thriller this one is most definitely for you. I can’t recommend it enough.

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Leonard – A Review

Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable ManLeonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man by William Shatner
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Even though I have been a lifelong fan of Star Trek, I was surprised to learn a few things while reading this book. Over the years I had been aware of the rumours regarding feuds between its stars but I chose not to take stock in them. This book is an honest and frank account of a relationship that was to span five decades. I admire William Shatner for his openness and it was clear that although there were painful periods for both of them, William’s love for Leonard came through quite clearly.
At times this book was humorous and at times very emotional. It moved me deeply and I learned so much about the kind of man Leonard actually was. I have seen a different side to him now and I admire him even more for it.
I highly recommend this book and I do not feel that it’s necessary to be a fan of Star Trek. There is so much more to this amazing story and the deep (if somewhat patchy) friendship between two remarkable men.

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The Last Outpost by Rich Hawkins

Rich Hawkins takes us on yet another gut-wrenching journey of survival with this outstanding sequel to The Last Plague. It’s a devastating, disturbing and deliciously disgusting telling of a world gone to hell. A highly recommended read which will undoubtedly leave you with a see-saw of emotions and a yearning for more.

The Last Plague by Rich Hawkins

The Last PlagueThe Last Plague by Rich Hawkins

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m new to the work of Rich Hawkins, having only recently discovered him through Wayne Simmons’s Facebook page. I just happened to click on a link for Infected Books and was instantly intrigued by the synopsis of The Plague Winter. So, a few clicks later, I came across The Last Plague and I immediately had to buy it. I’m so glad I did.
Thoroughly enjoyed every word. The grotesque world of fear, survival and hope that Rich Hawkins portrays had me hooked, pretty much from the first paragraph.
I loved the dynamic between the main characters and the inner battles they struggled with whilst trying to escape the horror of what their home had become. I found myself drawn to them; each of them likeable in their own way and I was rooting for them to the very end.
A brilliant read that I highly recommend and Rich Hawkins is a welcome addition to my favourite authors.

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