Saturday, 30 April 2016

Pamellia Is Back


WOW!! The Final Winter is an excellent study of the power of the milk of human kindness and a few other things. The story is a well written creative tale with believable characters you will love, hate and in some cases learn to love again. (If by chance you are a Biblical scholar, you will find a few liberties taken.) I did find a few words missing here and there, perhaps even the wrong name used on occasion. But the overall action, character development, story and creativity is what makes this book one that was difficult for me to set aside and do my every day duties.

One interesting effect this book had on me. It is obviously about a cold, snowy, windy and deadly winter. I read the book during a bit of a heat wave...90 degree F temps, 70 degree F dew point, thunder storms throughout the day...get the idea? It's been HOT here. Yet while reading this book, I kept feeling cold and thinking it was snowing outside. Weird, eh? That's what good writing can do.

5 Stars

Sunday, 24 April 2016

Just Keeps Getting Better




With more twists and turns then any hard-core roller coaster fan could handle Nicholas Sansbury Smith again demonstrates why he is one of the most exciting new kids on the block. This latest edition to the Extinction Cycle starts off at a blistering pace and keeps it up to the very end.

This book has it all action, thrills, horror, suspense, heartbreak, hope, desperation, friendship and love. These are all mixed together to deliver a perfect story that has depth of both character and narrative. Be warned though if you love your nails then DO NOT read this book as the suspense to be found in these pages will find you chewing them away without even noticing.

I have been fortunate to have followed the journey this young author has taken over the last few years. From his first offering to this latest one he goes from strength to strength…Ok I will stop banging on about him now and leave it up to you to see if you agree.


5 Stars

Monday, 18 April 2016

Teenage Drug Dealer



Indra Sena tells the tale of her life as a teenage drug dealer at the height of the cocaine boom in the early eighties. It is also the tale of her totally stuffed up child hood and what lead her at 16 to be selling the white stuff.
She was in so many ways a very lucky teenager many in her place ended up living on the street or selling their bodies to survive. This book is very easy to read and you are drawn into the authors increasing hedonistic lifestyle. With big money to be made the end was always inevitable and it is was painful to read.

Overall this is a very raw and powerful book. I had to keep reminding myself that this was not a work of fiction. As always with books such as this it makes me appreciate my own lot in life a lot more
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3 Stars

Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Pandemic


Pandemic tells the story of how pathogens evolve, spreads and crosses over the specie boundaries to lay waist to us humans. Sonia Shah looks at both the history and what the future holds for us in regards to Pandemics the event that strikes fears into all.
The author uses the history of Cholera to thread all the chapter together as she covers how pandemics happen to the conditions that makes pathogens a mass killer. Each chapter builds the readers knowledge and scares you just a little bit more. As humans strived to improve their life and explore the world around them they also opened the gates for pathogens to follow and lay waste.
If I could go back to being a young lad I would strive to become a Virologist. This topic fascinates me as much as it scares me. Sonia Shah has delivered a well-balanced and informative book. By exploring the history of Cholera she ties it in seamlessly to the modern day pathogens such as Ebola, SARS and Avian and Swine flu.  I highly recommend this book to one and all......now where's that hand sanitizer?
 4.5 Stars

Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Top Notch Techno Thriller


This is a book that has definitely divided the readers with rating ranging from 1 star to the full 5. For me Daemon by Daniel Suarez was a home run and a very entertaining and innovative read.

From the get go it is very obvious that this is not going to be your typical run of the mill Hi-Tech Thriller. The plot is superb and kept me ducking and weaving as I tired to see through the web weaved by the author and guess what was coming next. 

The driving force behind the plot maybe as old as the hills, a new society order trying to overthrow the incumbent one, but it is how this tale is told that is truly fresh and hard hitting. As debut novels go this is up with the best and I highly recommend this book to one and all.

4.5 Stars

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Meet Me In Atlantis




How many of you have heard the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis? I think I can safely say all of us. But how may can tell you the origins of this legend and the historical events linked to it? Not as many hands go up this time. Mark Adams dives into the story of Atlantis and tries to break it down to the bare facts. 

Along the way he also discusses the people and culture that has grown around the legend. From the serious scholars to the slightly unbalanced people. He looks at the origins of the legend and examines it's validity as well as the glaring problems such as the many different translations of Plato's work. This is done whilst all the while taking us on his journey around the Mediterranean and Europe to try and discover the truth.

Whilst this book was interesting I did find myself skimming along parts of it. I do though have a greater appreciation and understanding of the pull of the Lost City of Atlantis. I have learned a great deal from this book and this is why I love to read.

3 Stars

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Scalzi Rules


I am pretty sure I have said this before but I am happy to say it again. I am a massive fan of John Scalzi!!!! The question I am asking myself is why oh why did it take me so long to pick up and read Old Man's War.

Scalzi has hit the mark again with an engaging and original plot the rockets through the pages. His mastery of balancing humor with action is once again spot on. This book tells the tale of Senior Citizens nearing the end of their lives signing up to the Colonial Defense Force. This involves them leaving their homes never to see earth or loved ones again. Why would they do this I hear you cry? For a chance to reborn young again and live out new lives....if they can survive their time in the forces that is.

If that has not got you excited I don't know what will. The master of Sci-Fi has once again has shown why he is one of the best. This is a book that will make you laugh all whilst having you sitting on the edge of your seat. This is one series I intend to dive head first into and you should do the same.

5 BIG Stars