Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Audio Book Review: The Half-Assed Wizard

The Half-Assed Wizard

By:  Gary Jonas

Publish Date:  June 4, 2017, Audiobook Release September 11, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 4 hrs 29 mins
Narrated By:  Joe Hempel

Genre:  Urban Fantasy

Series:  1st in The Half-Assed Wizard series

Impression:  Smart aleck wizard that learns he needs to apply himself.

Synopsis:
A couple of jerks wake me up at the crack of noon. Seems my klepto uncle stole an ancient deck of Tarot cards from a high-powered wizard, and too many losers want to ruin my day to get them back.

The cards are cool, so I check them out, but my magic-happy cousin, Sabrina, tells me I'm not supposed to touch them. Oops. Too late. Now the damn cards are tuned to me, and if someone else wants to use them, I have to die. Why couldn't she have led with that information?

Magic was never my scene, but my dad is one of the most powerful wizards in the world, so I've got unrealized potential if I ever bother to apply myself. I'd rather power nap, but with wizards, gunslingers, and cannibalistic shark dudes coming at me, that's not gonna happen.

They say I'm a half-assed wizard, but if I don't play my cards right, I'm gonna get my whole ass killed.

First Sentence:
If I'd known they wanted to kill me I would have stayed in bed.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.


Don't let the length full you. It's a shorter read/listen, but we quickly get into Brett's world of wizards that's he's worked to NOT be part of and the band life he enjoys as it all crashes together in trouble.

Joe is a narrator I've listened to before. He fits Gary's characters well with their dry sense of humor. Joe voices the characters with tones that fit their standing and personalities. There is a twist to the characters and they (or the narrator) acts their parts well. Nicely done.

Brett doesn't want to do magic. The pain of the blood price is something he's not into.

Brett is a younger man and feels to fit the part of a band member. He's a stereo type where he doesn't like wordy explanations, but at times he shows how smart he really is. He comes across as a slacker, but is still the star of the show in the book as he knows what to do and it's easy for him when he applies himself. He's surrounded by strong secondary characters thanks to his family's reputation.

Sabrina, his cousin, is a strong and smart character here. She has no problems using magic and yields it with perfection. Then we have Michael, a band mate of Brett's. He's special and had my attention from the moment we met him. The author did well in how he "spoke" of Michael through Brett before we met Michael, and it drew my attention to him when first walked on the page.

Brett then grows more responsible as the story goes. He is distracted with the people working to get to him and the tarot cards.

Want to talk magic? Do it in six words or less - that's Brett request, as he doesn't want to deal with it. He might be lazy, but we repeatedly see he's not dumb. Now, Brett being lazy is not all bad. It gives a little spice to the book and Brett's character. At times it feels as though he doesn't know what to do, but then all the sudden he does. More a smart aleck than anything. I enjoyed his flavor of spunk.

I enjoyed the way Gary plotted this story to come together in the end. Crafty. There was a twist to who's connected to who and what the ultimate goal is. I was surprised at one twist to the story. I enjoyed the power we find in Brett and curious to see what he may do with it in the future, along with his friends too.

I would enjoy listening to the rest of the series.



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Sunday, October 29, 2017

Sunday Post #184

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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It's cold here. Rainy and cold. It's been in the thirties and low forties at night. It's even snowing in the local mountain areas. I'm not ready for this weather. We've been so fortunate to have warmer weather for a while longer, and I'm spoiled.

I've been having pain in my elbow and I'm thinking the weather is making it worse. I've never had troubles with my elbow and don't remember hitting it hard enough to have this pain for a few weeks now. It hurts to bend and straighten. It hurts to lift anything (of any weight). I don't know what's wrong. And the colder it gets, it seems to hurt more. Ugh.

Weekends use to be my time to catch up with things. Now... Well, my weekends have taken on a life of their own. lol. Football is a weekend long thing for me now. Some away games take the whole day Saturday - getting there, watch game, getting home. Then Sunday I work on pictures all day between needed chores and family things to get up for the boys. (They so love them and I enjoy doing them for the guys.) So that doesn't leave much time to do much else.

This will be ending after two more weekends. It saddens me yet I feel a small blossom of relief too. I love taking pictures. The challenge of catching the action in the lens. But I love that the guys enjoy seeing the pictures too. Their families have started following my page so they can catch a glimpse of what happens in the game since they live so far away. (It's college ball.) Yet, it's become a full time thing when working to touch up the images. Which is a new challenge for me that I am determined to win.

Oh, I mentioned my Scrivener project last weekend. I was struggling as I could NOT get into it. Soooo not good. Well, it took five days of emailing Scrivener help - due to me working a daylight job and doing as they say in evening - to trouble shoot and come to an answer. It's solved and I'm able to get into my WIP! Woot woot! Believe you, me. I'm going to keep those emails in case it happens again. Maybe I'll even do a post over at Challenged Writers so I have an easy reference and if anyone else has ever had the same problem. Hmmm. What do you think?

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I ... was a slacker this week. I don't know what I did all week, but once again, each night was full.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Winter of Ice and Iron by Rachel Neumeier
AND Content Editing work

Current Audiobook:
Deadlands: Boneyard by Seanan McGuire

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Alone by Scott Sigler (You can listen for free too! Go to Scott's website.)


Finished Last Week: 
Nothing yet.


Audiobooks from Audible:
None yet.



Finished Podcast Book Listen:
None.


DNFed:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!) - Author's stopped posting it.
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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Spellbound in a Flash:

Spellbound in a Flash now has a Facebook Page!
Football season has started, so you can catch my photos of the games at the Facebook Page.

Challenged Writers:
August and September Update


Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Ash and Air by Alex Lidell

"Alex has created an enticing story with Nile and her world. The way the story is told, there is much that can happen on the ship with the crew present. Nile's views of how things are handled in the world are firm, and there is much happening in the world to fight against. This is a huge story in it's own. It's also a stepping stone for Nile to get to where she wants to be, but has to do her time. Great blend of ultimate goal with immediate obstacles."


Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter

"One thing about the writing here, there is no down time. We get all the important moments - offered job, why take, and while investigating. There is no need to waste time on the plane getting here, so we get to focus on what's happening. I love that every moment written here is a scene we need. The story is written as a thriller. We get the creepy, sneaking feeling before the few deaths we read happen."




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Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews to finish and schedule for you.



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Free Ebooks:
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Paranormalcy by Kiersten White
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Goodreads Synopsis:

Evie’s always thought of herself as a normal teenager, even though she works for the International Paranormal Containment Agency, her ex-boyfriend is a faerie, she’s falling for a shape-shifter, and she’s the only person who can see through paranormals’ glamours.

But Evie’s about to realize that she may very well be at the center of a dark faerie prophecy promising destruction to all paranormal creatures.

So much for normal.
 



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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Audio Book Review: Primordial

Primordial

By:  David Wood & Alan Baxter

Publish Date:  February 3, 2017, Audiobook Release September 8, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 15 mins
Narrated By:  Jeffrey Kafer

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  Stand alone

Impression:  A blend of Jaws and thriller mystery with history and legend links.

Synopsis:
Sometimes, the legends are true. When eccentric billionaire, Ellis Holloway, hires renegade marine biologist, Sam Aston, to investigate the legend of a monster in a remote Finnish lake, Aston envisions an easy paycheck and a chance to clear his gambling debts. But he gets much more. There is something terrible living beneath the dark waters of Lake Kaarme and it is hungry. As the death toll mounts, Aston faces superstitious locals, a power-hungry police chief, and a benefactor's descent into madness as he races to find the legendary beast of the lake.

First Sentence:
"Come on. Show yourself, my darling." Steven Sweeney crouched in front of the monitor and gazed at the tiny screen displaying the feed from his underwater camera.

Purchase At:
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Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Sam Aston knows his stuff when it comes to marine biology, however it doesn't pay the best and he has severe debts he's racked up with unpleasant people. Sam has no choice but to take the high paying job offer from Ellis Holloway when the thugs come to collect his over due debt. Thinking it's all a farce with a cryptozoologist, exaggerate show host, and legends of mythical creatures, Sam just wants to get done and take his money as fast as he can so his biological credit isn't ruined. Sam's eyes are opened with the evidence they find of a hidden creature of the sea.

When I see the name David Wood on a book for review, I jump to get it. I've really enjoyed his blend of history and fantasy with action and adventure. Then the wondrous beast added in. Yes, thank you! There's just enough to believe in the tales, yet holds my attention with details and fighting or running. I know I'm in for an exciting adventure that will get my brain thinking. This book doesn't let me down.

Jeffrey is a voice I could listen to all day. He has a matter of fact, dry humor feel to his voice when he narrates the stories. In this story, he gets to add slight accents to the characters. They are not strong, but just a hint. If you listen closely you'll hear them. One is Australian, another is Boston style. I like that they are hints in the voice as the narration is still clear to understand. As always Jeffrey delivers another clean and enjoyable audio book.

One thing about the writing here, there is no down time. We get all the important moments - offered job, why take, and while investigating. There is no need to waste time on the plane getting here, so we get to focus on what's happening. I love that every moment written here is a scene we need. The story is written as a thriller. We get the creepy, sneaking feeling before the few deaths we read happen.

Sam feels and voices much of what many people believe, that these things aren't real and there's science to explain all. But when we get talking with the television show host, Joanne Slater, we see that some people don't know if it's real or not. It's neat to think about, but the likelyhood... slim.

This may sound like a normal monster hunting story, but it's all in how it's told. The writing keeps this story with a thriller feel. There's a mystery as people keep disappearing and the beast that's to be present. But there is more to this little village and lake. I was intrigued by the potential of what the beast could be. There is a blend of history and local legends present at this lake and we get to see it all, along with current technology used to flesh it all out. We see and hear examples of the danger throughout the story.

I was hooked on this story. I wanted to know the truth behind it all. The mystery cloaked person and what the beast was. Then, I was snagged on the adrenaline feeling as the story was told. I had to keep listening to see who made it, who didn't, and what would happen next and how!



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Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Audio Book Review: Air and Ash

Air and Ash

By:  Alex Lidell

Publish Date:  May 2, 2017, Audiobook Release September 8, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 6 hrs 57 mins
Narrated By:  Kaitlin Bellamy

Genre:  Young Adult, Fantasy

Series:  1st in Tide series

Impression:  High seas adventures to learn about life and herself.

Synopsis:
Master and Commander meets Tamora Pierce in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess’s quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.

After a lifetime of training, seventeen-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission—and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battleworthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile’s blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.

First Sentence:
I fall to my knees as His Ashing Majesty's Ship Faithful's mainmast breaks in two and crashes to the deck.

Purchase At:
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Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

The story starts fast with battle at sea with Nile Greysik part of the crew. There is mention of a decade war and that the ship carries a code book of the enemy which could help end the war. However, things fall apart and Nile's ship, Faithful, and crew takes the brunt of it.

Kaitlin is a new voice for me to listen to. She starts off strong with there being a battle at sea. She picks up on the quick thoughts and actions voicing it all so we are in that chaotic moment. She also voices different characters with adjusting her voice and tone so each sound to match the characters age and personality. Yes! She had my attention from the get go. Solid start! Kaitlin felt to be Nile in this book, which is a great feeling for the listener. The story comes to life and the narrator is part of it.

This book is Young Adult, but it reads stronger than that. I love how Nile speaks of many aspects and dynamics in honest and forward way, as she's dealt and talked about it openly her life so far. The relationship of men and woman on a ship and what happens to people that are Gifted. She doesn't shy from many topics, making them matter of fact feeling.

The Gifted. This is a special magic that comes out in some people in the world. It's based on elements and controlling them. But, there is great consequences that comes from having this ability. Heavy drawback on the body for being Gifted. I like the price for the ability, though no one has a choice to be gifted or not.

It felt that Nile's drive is true, and there are added reasons for that drive that affect her as well. Of course she runs for one reason, but her true desire was stated before that and is what becomes her main goal. I really like how these topics are written to overlap and the world and events drive her to do what she may not have done, or doing sooner than would have.

Alex has created an enticing story with Nile and her world. The way the story is told, there is much that can happen on the ship with the crew present. Nile's views of how things are handled in the world are firm, and there is much happening in the world to fight against. This is a huge story in it's own. It's also a stepping stone for Nile to get to where she wants to be, but has to do her time. Great blend of ultimate goal with immediate obstacles.

This is a storyline and characters I'd love to follow the story along when the books come out in audiobook in the future.



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About the Author: Alex Lidell
Alex Lidell is the author of Amazon best sellers AIR AND ASH and WAR AND WIND (Danger Bearing Press, 2017) and an Amazon Breakout Novel Awards finalist author of THE CADET OF TILDOR (Penguin, 2013). She is an avid horseback rider, a (bad) hockey player, and an ice-cream addict. Born in Russia, Alex learned English in elementary school, where a thoughtful librarian placed a copy of Tamora Pierce’s ALANNA in Alex’s hands. In addition to becoming the first English book Alex read for fun, ALANNA started Alex’s life long love for YA fantasy books.
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About the Narrator: Kaitlin Bellamy
​Kaitlin Bellamy is a freelance performer and acting coach residing in Central Florida, with a theatrical history spanning more than twenty-five years.

Since relocating to Orlando in 2012, she has worked at multiple theme parks and various theatrical venues, in a career style she calls “Buffet Performing:” or, the idea of keeping several jobs active at any given time, so she may pick and choose where to work, and life never gets boring. Her specialties include Shakespeare, Voice Acting, and Puppetry. But above all, she is passionate about the performing arts, and all they stand for.
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Sunday, October 22, 2017

Sunday Post #183

The Sunday Post is a weekly meme hosted by Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer ~ It's a chance to share news ~ A post to recap the past week on your blog, showcase books and things we have received and share new about what is coming up on our blog for the week ahead.

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The weather has been nice. It's cool, but nice for sleeping. And the sun shines during the day bringing temperatures up in the afternoon. Yes, I've had to leave home in the morning with a jacket on, but it's lovely weather. The leaves are starting to change as well.

One of the things I'm trying to do on the blog is respond to comments again. I use to do this all the time. I love the interaction with my blogging friends, and miss it. So I've been working to do this again with new posts. And I've set 2 or 3 evenings in the week for me to visit blogs for a half hour to an hour.

It's all time management, right? I'm trying to get on a schedule. But when things demand to be done sooner, I shift my time to those items. I've documented the week and still can't believe where the time goes. lol. But, it shows me what I'm doing. *sigh* I've been writing as well, but had problems with Scrivener. I now ca not get into my document. It's frustrating! And Scary!

I'll work on multitasking my time to get more than one thing done at a time.

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The Fit Booker:

Goal:  Workout in any form of exercise (or on Wii Fit) 2x's a week. (to feel better and hope to drop a few pants sizes)

How did I do last week... I made it to the treadmill twice! Thirty minutes each.


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What's Happening in Books:

Current Read:
Will start a new book soon.
AND Content Editing work

Current Audiobook:
Will start a new one Monday.

Current Podcast Book Listen:
Stonebriar Casefiles: Bad Alchemy by Laura Nicole Spencer (You can listen for free too!)


Finished Last Week: 
Hoping to get done reading this week.


Audiobooks from Audible:
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak


Finished Podcast Book Listen:
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson


DNFed:

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Last Two Weeks on the Blog:


Cover Reveals: (click titles to go to post & learn more)




Guest Posts:


Posts:

Spellbound in a Flash:

Spellbound in a Flash now has a Facebook Page!
Football season has started, so you can catch my photos of the games at the Facebook Page.

Challenged Writers:
August and September Update


Around the Internet...



Reviews:
Steamborn by Eric Asher

"The people in this book are kind to each other, with a few slurs or feelings for the lowborn shown. But all are suffering when the village is attacked by the huge insects and they have to work together. This is something our world needs to see more of. The kind hearts of adults and children willing to eagerly help each other, not expecting payment in return."


Reconnaissance in Force by Terry Mixon

"My heart beats for the characters and their dangers. I love this creation."




Podcast Review:




Mama Bitchstress Reviews:



GIVEAWAYS:


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This Week to Come on the Blog:


I have two reviews schedule.



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Received Last Week:
(Note: Links to Amazon are buy links where I could earn commission, in case you are interested.)


For Review Consideration:
Void Trip by Ryan O'Sullivan & Plaid Klaus
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Amazon Synopsis:
From writer RYAN O'SULLIVAN (Turncoat, The Evil Within, Warhammer 40,000) and illustrator PLAID KLAUS (Turncoat), comes the story of Ana and Gabe, the last two humans left alive in the galaxy. They're low on fuel, they're low on food, and they're low on psychedelic space froot, but they're still determined to make it to the promised land: hippy-paradise, super-planet Euphoria. This is the story of their journey, the friends and enemies they made along the way, and how the universe responded to those who dared to live freely within it.


Audio Books Requested for Review:
The Beautiful Ones by Silvia Moreno-Grace
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Goodreads Synopsis:
In a world of etiquette and polite masks, no one is who they seem to be.

Antonina Beaulieu is in the glittering city of Loisail for her first Grand Season, where she will attend balls and mingle among high society. Under the tutelage of the beautiful but cold Valérie Beaulieu, she hopes to find a suitable husband. However, the haphazard manifestations of Nina’s telekinetic powers make her the subject of malicious gossip.

Yet dazzling telekinetic performer and outsider Hector Auvray sees Nina’s powers as a gift, and he teaches her how to hone and control them. As they spend more and more time together, Nina falls in love and believes she’s found the great romance that she’s always dreamed of, but Hector’s courtship of Nina is deceptive.

The Beautiful Ones is a sweeping fantasy of manners set in a world inspired by the Belle Époque


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Audio:



Free Ebooks:
(On my Kindle and Nook App) Links to books under title. They may or may not be free at this time.
Armageddon Bound by Tim Marquitz
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Half-devil and miles from anything resembling heroic, perpetual underdog Frank Triggaltheron Trigg is the last man standing against Armageddon. As the favorite nephew of the Devil, Frank has led a troubled life, but he'd always had his uncle's influence to fall back on. Now, with God and Lucifer coming to terms and leaving existence to fend for itself, his once exalted status of Anti-Christ-to-be does little to endear him to the hordes of angels and demons running amok in the Godless world. With help from the members of DRAC, an organization of wizards, psychics, telepaths, and low-end supernatural beings, Frank must thwart the pro-Armageddon forces and rescue an angel in whose life rests the fate of humanity. Better luck next time, humanity.

An American Weredeer in Michigan by C.T. Phipps & Michael Suttkus
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Life is not easy for the world's first weredeer detective. A simple hike turns into a media circus when Jane Doe, her best friend Emma, and a pair of monster hunters find a mass grave. Determined to find the parties responsible, Jane soon discovers a sinister cult leader has decided to make Bright Falls, Michigan the home of his corrupt religion. 

As if this wasn't complicating her life enough, Jane also has to decide whether or not she wants to begin a relationship with FBI Special Agent Alex Timmons or local crime lord Lucien Lyons. Both men are determined to get to the bottom of the crime she's investigating but may be distracted by their own agendas--as well as their love for Jane.

Fool's Gold by Zen DiPietro
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Omar Freeborn doesn't expect too much out of life. A warm bed and not getting knifed is usually enough for him.

He's thrown a curve when his sister not only steals his bed, but involves him in her business deal gone wrong.

All he can do is dig in and pull off some trading mastery. Maybe, if he's lucky, he won't get knifed in the process.

"Fool's Gold" is a short story in the Mercenary Warfare series, a Dragonfire Station series.

The Cost of Business by Zen DiPietro
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Not all good guys finish last.

Cabot Layne has unintentionally become the owner of someone else's problem. In order to get free of it, he'll need to use every bit of his trader cunning. If he does it just right, he might stay out of prison. With a little luck, he'll even manage to turn a profit.

Dragonfire Station is all about highly developed characters who feel like real people you know. In a nutshell, it's about kick-ass, flawed people who are doing their best to overcome the challenges thrown their way.

Fans of Firefly and Guardians of the Galaxy will love this sci-fi series, full of rogues, mercenaries, and adventure. Sometimes you have to make the rules up as you go along.

Pirate's Vengeance by L.J. Andrews
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Goodreads Synopsis:
Pillage...Plunder...Survive

"A wild and fun ride with pirates! Danger, fun, magic, and a touch of romance"

The tattooed pirate jumped onto the side of the ship and held tight to the rigging. "Gents," he smiled. "Ye know what to do." With a maniacal laugh he leapt across the gap between ships until joining his captain on deck. Two enormous men with blackened teeth faced the captured crew.
"Ye needs be vetted to join the crew of Smythe. Any deemed unworthy, or cowardly will fly to the Below. Boys, line 'em up." It was time to join the world of sky pirates, or die.


Launi Kingdom is built on floating islands, full of wonderful adventures for eighteen year-old Nova. But when her father is kidnapped by sky pirates, her carefree days are over.
Armed with her father's leather bag, an old pirate seal, and a mysterious jeweled dagger found in the wall of her home, Nova sets out disguised as a boy to find the legendary Captain Phoenix. Only a man such as him could bargain for her father's safe return.
But before she can reach Captain Phoenix her ship is attacked by pirates, and Nova is forced to join the crew or die. Now she must survive the riotous crew for her father's sake. Soon she finds there is something more to the jeweled dagger⸺ and herself. Something dangerous.
Nova must unravel her family's secrets before the dark power overtakes her, or her father will be lost forever and she'll become what she fears most. A pirate.


Free Audio Books/Stories:


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Reviews to Come:

Soulless by Skyla Dawn Cameron
The Sentinel by Chris Lester
The Muse by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Making the Cut by Chris Lester
Metamor City: Whispers in the Wood by Chris Lester
Lex Talionis by Starla Huchton
Spark by Starla Huchton
Heir to Kale by K.L. Bone
Tales from the Archives Vol 4 #5 - Old Sinner's Bones
The Death of Dulgath by Michael J. Sullivan
Primordial by David Wood & Alan Baxter
Air and Ash by Alex Lidell
The Half-Assed Wizard by Gary Jonas
Curiouser and Curiouser by Melanie Karsak
Danger's Halo by Amanda Carlson

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Audio Book Review: Reconnaissance in Force

Reconnaissance in Force

By:  Terry Mixon

Publish Date:  December 2, 2016, Audiobook Release August 8, 2017

Format:  Audiobook - 10 hrs 23 mins
Narrated By:  Veronica Giguere

Genre:  Science Fiction

Series:  6th in The Empire of Bones series; 1st Book ~ Empire of Bones, 2nd Book ~ Veil of Shadows, 3rd Book ~ Command Decisions, 4th Book ~ Ghosts of Empire, 5th Book ~ Paying the Price

Impression:  Wow. Space opera at it's best.

Synopsis:
When going to war, it pays to know your enemy. Particularly when they can crush you like a bug.

Princess Kelsey Bandar has one slim chance to steal the tech her people need to survive. Only a bold strike deep into enemy space keeps the New Terran Empire alive.

Success gives them a chance. Failure dooms them to death and worse.

Kelsey and her friends once again risk everything for their people. If you love military science fiction and grand adventure on a galactic scale, grab “Reconnaissance in Force” and the rest of The Empire of Bones Saga.

First Sentence:
Admiral Jared Mertz wrapped up his presentation to the senior Fleet officers aboard Orbital One with more than a hint of relief.

Purchase At:
Amazon

Audible

My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Do I need to tell of my love of the voice acting work?  Veronica is amazing at different voices, personalities, accents, and infliction. At this point of the series, book six, she is all the characters. There have been several over the books and she has made each individual and unique to hear. In doing so, I feel like I'm watching an amazing tv series and not even listening to a book. Thank you for such a great experience!

The Empire is working to get many things in action and done to protect them from what's coming - More ships like what Jared found, AI's like Marcus made, flip point jammers made, and implants produced and implanted. All of which could take several months to several years to finish. They are working against the clock to be prepared for when Rebel Empire arrives for war.

The beginning places us where everyone is and what the Empire has to do in order to prepare for the Rebel Empire eventually coming to attack. There is a lot to be done. But they have it all in order. In this breakdown we see what Jared's next mission will be - a reconnaissance mission. They need data of the area and the supplies on the supply ship from the Rebels to make more Raiders.

The first few hours of this book could be seen by some as slow, but for me it's exactly what I want. This is book six and I'm HIGHLY invested in these characters and what happens to them. This part is on more a personal level rather than the fighting and space quests of unknown danger. Terry writes these characters in such depth that I feel their anxiety as they are re-positioned in the lives they know. None of this is a bad thing. It's all elevating their statuses that they deserve. And yet there's a lot of events that happen in their lives as well. Families and friends. lol.

I love the family connections that have grown with these characters. Not only the sibling feel that's grown between Jared and Kelsey, but also the matching of others and friendship bonds that have formed rather strongly. The characters and their stories and troubles smoothly flow through the story.

Then we go out on our next mission. The threats escalated more than we could have expected. Wow. What is found here are things that are highly needed and could be used by the Empire. Where our friends end up... Let me just say, it is something to have seen how they've all grown in their abilities. With what they've learned and lived through, they may still doubt themselves but they are ready for the tricks they need to work up in order to live.

These stories are so like Star Trek. We get personal life and the big action and adventure and danger. Then we come out at the other end with a huge sigh. My heart beats for the characters and their dangers. I love this creation.

Goodness. Where's the next book!?! lol. We come in with the major expedition done. Now real life sets in before we are shipped out again. On this mission we end with more than expected. We conclude what we are looking for, but we are left hoping for the safety of all. I know the next book is going to bring us much adventure and danger that leads to fighting. I can't wait!

I don't want to give anything away with this book, as it's the sixth and it's growing harder to not tip the hat. So you need to read this series! That way we can talk about it in more depth. Believe me, it's worth it.



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