Friday, March 30, 2012

Engaging plot paves way for more

StarlightStarlight by Peter Alan Orchard
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Peter Alan Orchard has all of the elements to launch an incredible full-length historical fiction in his short story, Starlight. Therein is the challenge for the reader because after a few pages Orchard has connected you to his main character, Ulf to a degree that you want to see him stand up and remake his life after Viking raiders leave him crippled and without a wife.

Thursday, March 29, 2012

Dynamic characters drive crafty suspense

Who Stole Me? by Jon P. Bloch
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Who Stole Me will either leave you speechless or blurting expletives by the end because just when you think you've got it all figured out, author Jon Bloch throws you another curve-ball.

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Plenty of charm in Alana Siegel's debut

The CharmThe Charm by Alana Siegel
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The Charm is Alana Siegel’s debut novel and kicks off what could be an excellent YA, Fantasy series - Olivia Hart and the Gifted Program. Her first-person narrative introduces us to a complementary host of characters and an interesting set of myth-borne fantasy components that she can greatly expand in her subsequent books.

Saturday, March 24, 2012

A cunning and crafty fantasy debut

The Last Mask - Tradition
The Last Mask - Tradition by Stephen Winterflood

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Stephen Winterflood’s, The Last Mask is a dark adventure with traditional fantasy elements presented in a very unique style. Fantasy readers looking for a break from the norm will love the structure and artistic approach to the writing. Traditionalists will likely feel less thrilled because the plot builds in an unusual way that might seem a bit complicated as it guides you, through his characters, to a convergent path.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Facing Down Fourth and Forever

Fourth and ForeverFourth and Forever by Bert Carson
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I’m convinced Bert Carson wrote Fourth and Forever for every veteran who’s served in combat; a place where each and every day you have to be in the moment. Living that way day in and day out comes with a terrible price that most often manifests as PTSD; a term we still don’t completely understand and, in many circles, do not accept.

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Aliens versus bureaucrats - humanity in the balance

Sue's VisionSue's Vision by Andrew D. Carlson
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sue’s Vision is Andrew Carlson’s second novel in a debut series that continues the story of a group of alien clones sent to Earth with an important message for its inhabitants. With Homeland Security handler Ted, and a small team of scientists in New York, we learn that this special group has brought more than just a message for mankind.