Saturday, 26 November 2016

Decent Thriller

If you are looking for an easy to read but highly enjoyable action/thriller then this is a fine candidate. Category Five is the first in the Donovan Nash series and is a fine start to the series.

Mix together a bit of a killer hurricane, some damn fine flying, a bit of betrayal and someone hiding a big secret and you have a cracker of a read. The author does a fine job in putting all these pieces together and along the way develops some very interesting characters. Oh and did I mention nuclear weapons....
3 Stars

Monday, 14 November 2016

What the.....

My dear ole  Ma told me if you have nothing nice to say then don't say anything at all!!!!!!

0.5 Stars

Friday, 11 November 2016


Hunter by Robert Bidinotto is hailed as a "Kindle no.1 Best Seller" and sadly I am not sure why. This book is pedestrian at best and never really builds up any suspense.

While the narrative shows a lot of promise and twists expected from this genre it never delivers on this promise. The outcome of this book is never really in question and one can see it coming a mile away. I also found the characters very two dimensional and written to formula.

I did however enjoy the discussions around criminal rehabilitation vs. victim rights. I thought the author put a very good argument forward and his views was built into the story well. While this book was at times an enjoyable read it never really got out of third gear in my opinion.

3 Stars

Friday, 28 October 2016

Kick It Up a Gear

Extinction Aftermath delivers the seemingly impossible by kicking the 6th instalment of the Extinction Cycle into a another gear. Somehow Nicholas Sansbury Smith has managed to cram more action, thrills and gore into an already jam packed narrative.

This book is a fantastic addition to the Extinction Cylce serious. Just when you think the plight of the human race can't get any worse along comes it's biggest threat yet. There is some very interesting character developments that change up the story to the readers advantage. When you add this to some truly frightening new variants entertainment is bound to follow.

Nicholas Sansbury Smith is cementing his spot as one of the best break out authors of the year. He has delivered yet another sublime book. When you combine this with the other first class reads he has produced in a short time and you can see what all the fuss is about.
5 Very Big Stars

Tuesday, 18 October 2016


Watershed takes us into a Australian landscape were it no longer rains. It is a savage and wild post apocalyptic world in which Mad Max would feel at home. As an Australian I was over excited by the prospect of this book, so much so I may have done a small dance of joy when I found it.

Jane Abbot does a masterful job a entwining two narratives together to deliver a cohesive storyline. The World she has created has many layers which come together to create a dark new world in which the age old practice of supressing the masses is in full swing. Of course some people are trying to push back and one of the instruments used to stop this is our focus of the story.

Yet again a debut author has come out swinging and delivered a story worthy of one of the masters. Watershed delivers a great read that had me staying up way past my bedtime. I highly recommend this to one and all.    

4.5 Stars

Saturday, 8 October 2016

The Long Run


In the Long Run the author tells the tale of his life as a chronic alcoholic and how running helped him swap one addiction for another. It is fair to say I think running is the better choice of the two.

Mishka does not hold back in when describing his life on alcohol and the self-destructive path he was on. How he managed to live through this destructive stage of his life is beyond me. His transformation into a ultra-marathon runner some might suggest is equally destructive.

A great story of redemption that is very humble in its telling. This is another great example of what can be achieved in the short story format.
3.5 Stars

Saturday, 1 October 2016

Dark Matter

Yet another book that failed to deliver up to to the hype in this humble reviewers opinion. The read was average at best and at times.....sorry I lost interest there for a while.

The premise of the the story in an intriguing one that was never fully developed in my opinion. There was a lot more room to fully delve into the shady world of the Darknet and I found the path the story took as predictable. There was time when the book pulled me in and when it did the ride was full on. Unfortunately the bits in between where pedestrian at best.

Darknet was not the greatest reading experience in the world but neither was it the worst. Nothing wrong with being average and I will give another one of Matthew Mather's book a read before making my mind up about this author.

2.5 Stars