Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Isolated in a Deadly Place


The Outpost by Jake Tapper

Outpost tells the life of the soldiers that manned one of the many US outposts in Afghanistan. This one is situated in an area the Afghani's themselves consider hardcore and worse than that it sits in the bottom of a valley. All aspects are looked at as the author puts a face and story to the many injured and killed troops that daily fill the news reports as statistics. It shows the battle to win hearts and minds of a population that can be friendly one minute and taking pot shots at you the next.

The author also explores the political and military reasons behind such outposts that place troops in such isolated and deadly places. The madness of some of the decisions of the upper echelon that translated to the death and serious injury to the troop with their feet on the ground was at time jaw dropping. Why I take my hat off to the author for bringing to the public the stories of these brave troops and their day to day life of fear and suspense.

For those who final chapter was written in the mountains this book is a fitting tribute to their memory. For all the great aspects of this book, there was something in this book that I could not connect to, and because of that I could not fully immerse myself in the story it told.

3.5 Stars



About the Author:

Jake Tapper began his job as Anchor and Chief Washington Correspondent for CNN in January 2013.
Prior to that, Tapper was named ABC News' senior White House correspondent on November 5, 2008 -- the day after the 2008 presidential election. For an unprecedented three years in a row, the White House Correspondents' Association has awarded him the prestigious Merriman Smith Award for presidential coverage under deadline pressure. He was a key part of the ABC News coverage of the inauguration of President Obama that was awarded an Emmy Award for Outstanding Live Coverage of a Current News Story.
Tapper contributed regularly to "Good Morning America," "Nightline", and "World News with Diane Sawyer." In addition to having anchored for World News and Good Morning America weekend editions and Nightline, Tapper is a frequent substitute host of "This Week" and served as interim host for much of 2010, scoring the first TV interview with CIA director Leon Panetta, as well as exclusives with Vice President Biden, White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel, retired Gen. Colin Powell, former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan, in addition to interviews with other newsmakers such as House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Maryland, House Minority Leader John Boehner, R-Ohio, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

As senior White House correspondent, Tapper has interviewed President Obama several times. Prior to his assignment at the White House, Tapper was ABC News' national/senior political correspondent based in the network's Washington, D.C. bureau. He contributed a report to a broadcast of "World News Tonight with Peter Jennings" that won the 2005 Edward R. Murrow award for best network newscast. As ABC News' lead reporter covering the 2008 presidential election, he received recognition for both breaking stories and even-handedness. Traveling from Iowa to New Hampshire to South Carolina and beyond, Tapper interviewed both Republican presidential nominee Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., and presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., as well as other White House hopefuls including former Sen. John Edwards, D-N.C., former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

Monday, 29 April 2013

The History Of Posh (no not the spicey one)

'Port out, starboard home' might be rather a strange inclusion on a website about phrases, for, as we shall see, it isn't much of a phrase at all. The much-repeated tale is that 'Posh' derives from the 'port out, starboard home' legend supposedly printed on tickets of passengers on P&O (Peninsula and Orient) passenger vessels that travelled between UK and India in the days of the Raj. Another version has it that PO and SH were scrawled on the steamer trunks used on the voyages, by seamen when allocating cabins.
Britain and India are both in the northern hemisphere so the port (left-hand side) berths were mostly in the shade when travelling out (easterly) and the starboard ones when coming back. So the best and most expensive berths were POSH, hence the term. A very plausible and attractive explanation and it would be nice to be able to confirm it. The belief was widespread enough in 1968 for it to have been included in the lyrics of the song 'Posh' in the film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang:
O the posh posh traveling life, the traveling life for me
First cabin and captain's table regal company
Pardon the dust of the upper crust - fetch us a cup of tea
Port out, starboard home, posh with a capital P-O-S-H, posh
There is no evidence to confirm this story though and it appears to have been dreamed up retrospectively to match an existing meaning. Whoever thought it up must have been quite pleased with it, and it appeals to enough people to get repeated endlessly. It also panders to the popular craving for the employment of acronyms as the explanation of common phrases - golf ('gentlemen only, ladies forbidden'), cop ('constable on patrol') etc. These are nonsense but they keep cropping up. It's worth remembering that acronyms are a 20th century phenomenon and researchers are hard pressed to find any examples before the 1920s. The word acronym itself wasn't coined until the 1940s. Any such explanation of older words, like 'golf', or indeed 'posh', is sure to be false.
P&O say they have never issued such tickets and, although many tickets from that era still exist, no 'POSH' ones have been found. These have the status of an etymological Holy Grail and occasionally someone claims to have seen one. Needless to say that hasn't yet been backed up with any evidence. Mind you, even if this mode of travel were the source of the phrase, there's no particular reason that tickets would have been stamped with POSH, so the absence of such tickets doesn't prove anything. The same goes for the alleged chalking of POSH on steamer trunks. The evidence for this is even less likely ever to come to light. The finding of luggage from that period with the appropriate chalkmarks is hardly evidence, as the marks could have been added ten minutes previous to the find. We would need photographic evidence that could be dated to the period of the Raj - needless to say, no such photos have come to light. The lack of any citation of 'port out, starboard home' in any of the numerous letters and literary works that remain from the British Raj is a more convincing argument against that origin.
Murray PoshThe true origin of 'posh' is uncertain. The term was used from the 1890s onward to mean a dandy. George and Weedon Grossmith's The Diary of a Nobody, which began publication in serial form in the English satirical magazine Punch in 1888, has a character called Murray Posh, who is described as 'a swell'. The book is a satire of the times and most of the character's names are intended to match aspects of their personality, so it is quite probable that the Grossmiths used the name Posh with the meaning we currently know. The said Murray certainly looks posh enough.
The first recording of 'posh' in print that seems unequivocally to fit the current meaning of the word is a cartoon which contains this dialogue between an RAF officer and his mother, also in Punch, September 1918:
Oh, yes, Mater, we had a posh time of it down there."
"Whatever do you mean by 'posh', Gerald?"
"Don't you know? It's slang for 'swish'"
In his 1903 Tales of St. Austin's, P. G. Wodehouse used the word 'push' to mean much the same as we now use 'posh':
"That waistcoat... being quite the most push thing of the sort in Cambridge."
Posh is also the Romany word for money and this was current throughout the 19th century. This originally meant halfpenny, which, inflation allowed for, is a long way from poshness.
The English gentlemen poet Edward Fitzgerald is another possible source of the word. He had what newspapers of the day (around 1908) described as 'most unaccountable admiration and friendship' for his boatman Joseph Fletcher, who was known as 'Posh'. In Fitzgerald's words, Posh was "A great man. A man of the finest Saxon type, blue eyes, nose less than Roman, more than Greek, and strictly auburn hair that any woman might sigh to possess". Later writers have accounted for that admiration and, in these more permissive days, it wouldn't be necessary to read between the lines of Fitzgerald's quote.
Whatever the origin is, it isn't likely to match the appeal of the P&O story and, although it is evidently wrong, that's the one that people prefer to repeat.
 
Sourced at The Phrase Finder

One Of My More Disappointing Reads

At Lennigrads Gates by William Lubbeck


As far as WWII German Soldier memoirs go this one was disappointing. It was more of a historic overview of the operation the author was involved in, without ever going into any great detail. For me a good memoir puts me right there in the author's shoes, seeing and feeling what he is going through, in this regard this book was a failure. While it was at times an entertaining read I found myself often wishing the book was over so I could move onto my next read. As an avid consumer of WWII books I fail to see why this book has got such great reviews.

2 Stars




Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Please Sir Can I Have Some More


Monster Hunter Legion by Larry Correia

The fourth book in the Monster Hunter series has all the fun, action and gore of the previous books. But this offering is like a best of, delivering all your favourite monster from MHI past in one hell of a smorgasbord. All your favourite characters are present as well with plenty of explosion and kick ass and take names later guns. This book even has a forbidden love story arc…I kid you not! Do not read this book if you are looking for something deep and profound, but if you want a great action read with a large serving of humour than this book and series is for you. Larry Correia has definitely found his niche in these books and yes I do want more.

4 Stars


Monday, 22 April 2013

A Great Read To Delight Readers Young & Old

This post has got me very excited for a couple of reasons. The First is that is my first joint book review with junior. It has been great sharing our thoughts about this book. The second is that is the first author interview that I have done and with luck not the last. I am also excited to introduce this first time author to you. I hope that you enjoy this post as much as I did writing it.




The Giant Bowl of Chocolate by Marion Lucy Illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom

Lazy Book Reviewer Jr.

The giant bowl of chocolate is a great funny book, aimed at kids around 2 to 6 years old. It is a great book to read when you're feeling down or just want to read. Its got all the right qualities that a children's book needs which means it’s short and easy to read. Packed with humour, adventure and a bit silly stuff I loved it. When I read it immediately the thought this book is perfect popped into my mind 

5 Stars



Lazy Book Reviewer
Marion Lucy has hit the mark with her debut book delivering a charming tale that  dances off the page at you. Combine this with the slightly quirky artwork and the tale of one girls quest to find a big bowl of chocolate and this book delivers the goods. This is one childrens book I wont mind telling again and again to my children. 

4 Stars



Author Interview:


LBRJr: How did you come up with the idea of a big bowl of chocolate?


Marion: I used to make up stories for my kids every meal time to keep them still. The stories were always random things that came into my head and one morning a big bowl of chocolate just happened to be one of those things. I think my girls were eating porridge at the time and I was imagining what their ultimate breakfast might be. The rest of the story followed on from there.


LBRJr: What would you do with a big bowl of chocolate?



Marion: I love this question. First of all I'd ask lots of friends and family over for chocolate fondue and chocolate banana cheesecake. Then I'd put an ad in the paper asking people to come around with their mugs, ladles and containers to eat up the rest of the chocolate. I'd ask them all to donate a gold coin for the chocolate and I'd donate this money to charity. Then I'd turn the empty bowl upside down, cut windows and a doorway into it and make it into a cubby house. What would you do ?



LBRJr: Um....I would eat it!!!!!!


LBR: Have you always wanted to write a children’s book?



Marion:  I think I've always wanted to write in all kinds of genres and for all different ages. I probably fell (back) in love with picture books when I had kids and started reading to them. I freelance in other genres but I do particularly like the idea of writing children's books.


LBR: Did you find it difficult to get the book published?



Marion: No, luckily. But it took me a long time to get the courage to send it out. I made the story up about six years ago. Then three years later I sent it into a competition that gives feedback to the writers. I didn't win but it scored quite well. So I re-wrote it (taking in some of the advice) and eventually sent it to a publisher.


LBR: Was the artist someone you knew? If not how did you end up finding him?



Marion: I didn't know Nathaniel Eckstrom at all. JoJo (my publisher) provided me with a list of possible illustrators and after checking out their websites I asked if they could see if Nathaniel was interested. Luckily for me (I'm a very lucky person) he took it on. I really like his style- he is creative, quirky and a little retro.


LBR:Did you give Nathaniel complete artistic control and did you have an idea of how you wanted the book to look?


Marion: Nathaniel called me to get an idea of what I did and didn't like. I was pretty vague. I basically said that I trusted him - just go for it. The funny thing is I am quite picky about images in picture books but I'm not an artist, I don't really know how to describe my preferences. I didn't have a clear image of how I wanted it to look but when I saw Nathaniel's rough drafts they seemed just right.



 LBR: What do your children think about you having this book published?


Marion: They've both been excited about it. My nine year old has been very good at selling my books at school - she'd make a great marketing manager! She did have her own images in her head though, it being an oral story for so long, and it was hard for her to adjust to different images. They do both like the pictures though.



 LBR: Do you have any set goals you would like this book to achieve?


Marion: I would be hugely relieved (and excited) if the first print sold out.



LBR: Do you have any advice for other authors wanting to get books published?


Marion:  I've had a few people ask me about getting picture books published recently and they've been surprised that I didn't have to have the story illustrated prior to sending it in. It's my impression that many publishers are happy to receive the text alone. They often have their own list of illustrators that they can call on. Other than that (and this is probably all obvious): try and get some feedback from a writing group or similar. Edit your manuscript many, many times and make sure the manuscript is as professional as possible. Try and find the most appropriate publisher you can for your work and adhere to their submission guidelines. And once you have sent something in-  get on with your next project, don't put all your energy into waiting for a reply. If it is accepted - bonus! But if not, re-work it if necessary, send it somewhere else and get on with your current project which is hopefully keeping you inspired.



 LBR: Will we see more children’s books from you?



 Marion: I hope so! I have four more picture book texts ready to go and a fifth in the pipeline. One has been accepted by The School Magazine (produced by the NSW Education dept) as a short story. I'm hoping once that appears in print I can see if anyone is interested in it as a picture book. I also have ideas for older children. I really like the age of ten. It was the year I truly fell in love with books - and with writing - so I'd like to give that age a go. I have non-fiction ideas too.


 LBR: In hindsight would you have gone about creating the book and/or getting it published differently?


Marion: I would probably fiddle around with the words a bit; I can see how some might grate on my nerves once I've read it out loud a dozen times. But overall - no. JoJo are lovely to work with and Nathaniel was great.








Tuesday, 16 April 2013

More Children Book Reviews On The Way

As a father of two, soon to be three children. I have decided to diversify my book reviews and will soon be posting reviews on some great Children's Books. As always I will look at reviewing independent authors and small publishing company's books. I hope you will join me in looking at some of the fantastic book available for the younger readers.

I will be kicking things of with a joint book review with the Lazy Book Reviewer Junior as well as an interview with the author of the book. Keep an eye out for this new and exciting thread. Also look out for more reviews from Junior as I unleash him uncensored onto the site.


Up Coming Children's Book Review:





The Giant Bowl Of Chocolate By Marion Lucy and Illustrated by Nathaniel Eckstrom


Monday, 15 April 2013

The Great Reads Keep On Rolling


Mad Days of Me: Escaping Barcelona by Henry Martin

What a first chapter! It grabs you by the shirt front and gives you a solid wake up slap in the face. This book tells an interesting story of a young man stranded in Barcelona and how easily he falls into the cracks of society. It is a refreshing read and unlike any other book I have read. Through the story the author explores the  undesirable and often taboo subject of the homeless. It shines the spotlight on how one area can seem ideal, but if we stop to look closer we can see misery skulking around the corners watching the world pass it by. All up one fantastic read that will see me returning for more.

4.5 Stars


About The Author

When he's not buried elbow-deep in some greasy motorcycle project, Henry Martin enjoys reading quality literature and writing prose and poetry of varying coherency. He finds inspiration in conquering the open road while trying to outrun some of the characters he created in the past. He lives with his family in the Northeast, surrounded by coyotes, foxes, and bears.

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

A Big Thank You




When I started this blog off in early December I did it on a whim but I am glad I started it. Today The Lazy Book Reviewer has passed the 3,000 page hits mark. So I would like to take the time to thank all of you that have taken the time to look at my Blog and let me share my love of books with you all. It is truly humbling to think that this blog has been read in over 30 different countries.

I look forward to continuing to share my love of all things bookish with you all and once again a big thank you to all. Also remember to hop on board and support an Indie Author today.



A Sumptuous Read


Timothy by Mark Tufo

Review

The king of zombie fiction strikes again this time delivering up a sumptuous tale with a twist. Timothy is turned into the undead whilst dressed as a clown, if this was not bad enough he hates being a clown. Whilst his body might be that of a zombie his consciousness is alive and well. He forms a pact with zombie infection that has taken up residence in his body. This pact is summed up very easily, let me control my body and I will get you food. As a clown Timothy makes Stephen Kings clown look like a girl guide selling cookies.

What this book delivers is some side splitting internal and external dialogue as Timothy eats and craps his way through a smorgasbord of delectable dishes. A great short read that nearly had me committed as I laughed like a mad man on my commute to work. So if you are not easily offended or squeamish then pick this book and be highly entertained.
4 Stars

About the Author

Mark Tufo was born in Boston Massachusetts. He attended UMASS Amherst where he obtained a BA and later joined the US Marine Corp. He was stationed in Parris Island SC, Twenty Nine Palms CA and Kaneohe Bay Hawaii. After his tour he went into the Human Resources field with a worldwide financial institution and has gone back to college at CTU to complete his masters.

He has written the Indian Hill trilogy with the first Indian Hill - Encounters being published for the Amazon Kindle in July 2009. He has since written the Zombie Fallout series and is working on a new zombie book.
He lives in Maine with his wife, three kids and two English bulldogs.

Tuesday, 9 April 2013

A Timely Read


Escape From Camp 14 by Blaine Harden



Review

This book was a fascinating look into the North Korean labour camp system told from the eyes of an ex-resident of one of the worse. The main character of this book, Sing is born into the world of the North Korean penal camps. He knew of no other world and was raised in a brutal world were snitching on anyone, even your family, was encouraged and rewarded. A dystopian vision of hell lifted right of the pages of a fiction book. This book and the knowledge of that these camps still exist to this day leaves you asking the question, how can it be allowed to happen. The days of concentration camps and gulags are still flourishing in North Korea.

The author by following the subject through his early life and his awakening to the reality that there was a world passing on by outside of the camps wire, takes into the ideology and the reality of life in North Korea.

The only person ever known to escape camp 14 his insight to this hell is invaluable. But his ability to adapt to life in a free world is a painful struggle. That to this day Sing has not come to terms with. The paranoia and mistrust learnt from birth is hard for him to overcome.


4 Stars

Sunday, 7 April 2013

The Death of the Soviet Union


Moscow (Last Day Of The Soviet Union) by Conor O'Cleary

Review:

An interesting read and behind the scene look at the end the Soviet Union and the people involved in it. Even though this book claims to be about the last day of the Soviet Union it also delivers the events leading up to it. It does this by cutting the last day into sections and introducing and expanding the events surrounding to this momentous day, it takes us from 1985 through to 1991.

All in all this book is a great read that I recommend to one and all it is a highly engaging and entertaining book that delivers political intrigue at its best. It changed my opinion on many of the movers and shakers and left me with a fresh and enlightened view of the end of the 75 year experiment that was the USSR.
 
3.5 Stars
 
 

An Inspiring Read



The Heart and the Fist by Eric Grietens
Review


It's not very often that I call a book inspiring but this one deserves the accolade. This book delivers a story I was not expecting. It is a story of one man’s journey through volunteer work in war ravaged countries to serving his nation as a Navy seal. All through this book its message is clear, to truly serve one has to give something to those he serves. Here is a man that could have had taken the easy road as a Rhodes Scholar and lived the easy life. Instead he chooses to challenge himself and in turn learns what it truly means to lead.

The book is in three parts the first follows the author as he finds his place in the world and takes his first steps down the road of being a humanitarian. We follow him as he matures and takes along hard look at the world he lives in.

The second part of the book looks at his Navy Seal training and what he learnt during his time in service. If you are looking for a gun-ho action read this is not for you. Why this book does not dance around the cruel reality of war it concentrates more on the other side, the human side.

The third part looks at what he does after finishing serving. He did not want those who died defending their country to be forgotten statistics. Nor did he want those who returned injured to be left behind to struggle to find their place in a new world from them. He creates a non-profit organisation that asks the questions of returned injured serviceman, what service can you now do for your country. His organisation supports these people in their endeavours to give back to society and by doing so honour their fallen brothers and sister. It all so inspires these people to overcome their injuries and to get as much out of life that they can. I have much respect for this author for here is a man that has already left a positive imprint on all around him.

4.5 Stars

Thursday, 4 April 2013

Indie Strikes Again

I am constantly amazed at the quality of work being self published today. Here is a shining example of what indie authors have to offer.


Spoon-Fed Addiction by Slivano Williams


I purchased this book on a whim and must admit I was not sold by the first chapter. But as soon as the narrative turned to that of the main character I nearly got whiplash as the story launched itself from the pages. This book may be only 114 pages but the author uses every page to maximum effect.

The story follows the last night of Adirans life and it is far from pretty and inspiring. A waster and low level drug user and abuser we follow him as his night spirals into a deluge of violence that makes no sense and has no purpose. You get such a great feeling of how out of control the events are that leads to his death. A book that resounds with me as I work in a place where I have to deal face to face with people whose way of life is violence.
I felt no sorrow for Adiran as his life ebbed away but this book left me with was thinking about where our society is at and where it is heading.

5 BIG STARS


About the Author

Silvano Williams was born in Puerto Rico in 1975 and moved to Houston, Texas during his teen years where he went to High School and College. Currently, he resides in Katy, Texas with his wife and two children.

A Fresh Dystopian Novel

The Biomass Revolution by Nicholas Smith

The author has bought to life on the pages of this novel a compelling and frightening vision of a dystopian world. A society that has risen out of the ashes of nuclear winter whose leaders rule through fear and misinformation and oppress the freedom of its citizens. The state is monopolising the near endless fuel source known as Biomass, that if shared could bring relief from the agonizing deaths and suffering of the banished masses.

A small band of revolutionaries struggle to bring the government down and to free the citizens. This book has all the ingredients for a great read and does not disappoint. A sumptuous novel of epic proportions that left me wanting seconds. Nicholas Smith has delivered a fresh vision in a well-worn genre.

4.5 Stars


About the Author by the Author

I'm a debatable fellow from the midwest, born and raised. Humanist, vegetarian, triathlete, public servant - these would be words those who know me would use to describe me. 29 years young I have learned and seen a lot, but none of my experiences can rival what I am capable of creating with on paper; from dystopic futures to alien worlds. My creative interests are wide ranging.
Writing is mostly a hobby for me right now. My day job is with the State of Iowa as a Diaster Project Specialist. When I'm not writing or helping communities recover from disasters I'm more than likely training and racing in triathlons and adventure races across the United States. I hope to complete my first half and full Ironman in Texas and Idaho in 2013.

I completed my undergraduate education at the University of Iowa, earning degress in Political Science and American Indian Studies. Two years later I recieved a Masters Degree in Public Policy/Administration from Drake University.

Monday, 1 April 2013

Bobl Delivers The Goods Again


Point Apocalypse by Alex Bobl

 
Alex Bobl delivers yet another top notch Sci-Fi Thriller. This story travels along at a cracking pace and demands you pay attention. Another world accidently discovered when a worm hole is opened up after a military accident is used as the ultimate banishment destination. A world that is one of survival and day to day living. Our hero is a ex-soldier banished for the murder of another soldier this once bio-enhanced tool of death is being used unknowingly as a tool of other means. Without giving to much away we learn of his true reason for banishment as he discovers it himself. A Sci-Fi thriller that leaves you satisiifed and entertained
 
4.5 Stars
 
 
About the Author
 
Alex (Aleksei) Bobl is a science fiction writer, author of 13 novels. An ex-paratrooper, he used his military knowledge and experience to write his debut novels for S.T.A.L.K.E.R., a bestselling science fiction action adventure series set in a post-apocalyptic Chernobyl.

Alex started writing in 2007 when he joined Russia's biggest writing community Samizdat. He submitted his first stories to several online writing contests at the same time as he discovered the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. game. He then came up with his first original story featuring military stalkers.

At Samizdat, Alex met Andrei Levitski. Together, they co-authored The Zone Warriors, Alex's first novel for the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. series. However, due to marketing considerations, his byline didn't appear on the book. In the process of novel research, the two co-authors visited the Chernobyl nuclear power station and traveled across the entire Exclusion Zone, witnessing many deserted towns and villages, including the ill-fated towns of Chernobyl and Prypiat. In 2009, Alex published his second novel, A Quantum Bullet, featuring the adventures of two military stalkers, Labus and Camper.

The same year Alex and Andrei came up with a new eight-novel project. Entitled TechnoTma ("tma" meaning "darkness" in Russian), it depicts a post-apocalyptic world after The Peril. The first novel to come out was Password Eternity, followed by The Wastelands Clans, Barbarians of the Crimea, Jager and The Sand Blues. After that, Andrei Levitski started working on a sequel to The Wastelands Clans, while Alex Bobl wrote the final books of the series, The Fall of the Skies and The Last Battle, where all the protagonists unite in order to confront the enemy and get to the roots of The Peril.

After that, the two co-authors continued working together, writing a novella for a TechnoTma anthology The Wastelands Legends, out in April 2012. And a month later, the German release of TechnoTma followed. The eight books of TechnoTma had a total print run of over 250,000 copies and have been translated into German and Spanish. Talks are now under way about translating TechnoTma into English.

Alex's next project, a standalone novel Memoria. A Corporation of Lies, came out in February 2012 to controversial reviews. A SF action thriller dramatically different from his earlier works, it tells the story of a lone fighter who challenges the power-grabbing plans of an international corporation capable of erasing people's memories. After that he wrote novel Point Apocalypse - a sci-fi action adventure set in the near future.

Alex now works on his new novel, working title Virus Z, due to come out in English in the end of 2013. He lives in Moscow with his wife and two boys