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Leviathan Wakes by James S. A. Corey (Author)

Leviathan Wakes 

The Gender Game by Bella Forrest (Author)

The Gender Game

The Prophecy Con by Patrick Weekes (Author)

The Prophecy Con

 Galápagos by Kurt Vonnegut (Author)

Galápagos

GU: Justice Net by David Archer (Author), Abraham Falls (Author)

GU: Justice Net 

The Second Ship by Richard Phillips (Author)

The Second Ship

Angles of Attack by Marko Kloos (Author)

Angles of Attack

 Black Rain by Matthew B.J. Delaney (Author)

Black Rain

Terms of Enlistment by Marko Kloos (Author)

Terms of Enlistment 

Rendezvous with Rama by Arthur C. Clarke (Author)

Rendezvous with Rama

Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection) by Arthur C. Clarke (Author)

Childhood’s End (Arthur C. Clarke Collection)

 Snow & Ash: Endless Winter by Theresa Shaver (Author)

Snow & Ash: Endless Winter

Post-Human Omnibus Edition (1-4) by David Simpson (Author)

Post-Human Omnibus Edition (1-4) 

Immortal Ops: New & Lengthened 2016 Anniversary Edition by Mandy M. Roth (Author)

Immortal Ops: New & Lengthened 2016 Anniversary Edition

 Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise Book 1) by K.F. Breene (Author)

Fate of Perfection (Finding Paradise Book 1)

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The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet

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Islands in the Sky

 Roy Malcolm has always been fascinated by space travel. And when he wins a voyage to the Inner Space Station as a game show prize, he’s sure it’s the trip of a lifetime. Before long, Roy is taken in by the young crew-and shares their adventures and lives.

One of Arthur C. Clarke’s earliest novels, Islands in the Sky is particularly noteworthy for its description of geostationary communications satellites. While this technology was nonexistent during the writing of this book, it later became commonplace-and Clarke is credited with the first practical descriptions of such technology. This book is compelling not just as a fictional tale, but as an example of the prescient power of Clarke’s vision.

Islands in the Sky (1952) is a science fiction story about the travel adventures of a teenager. Roy Malcolm is a typical boy who really wants to go into space. He becomes a contestant in a Aviation Quiz Program on television and wins first place. When asked where on earth he wants to go, Roy answers “the Inner Station”. Despite quite a few objections, the sponsors finally agree to send him into space.

Roy must first pass the medical tests required of space workers. Then he rides on the Sirius into orbit. Finally the spaceship docks at the station and he is towed aboard.

After meeting Commander Doyle, Roy is introduced to the ten apprentices who are currently in training. Tim Benton, the senior apprentice, gives him a tour of the working station and a view of the Residential Station, a hotel for passengers in transit. Then Tim allows Roy to accompany him outside.

Wearing a spacesuit for the first time, Roy is initially terrified by the great fall beneath him. Then he is fascinated by Earth in the sunlight. Then he is overcome by the splendor of space as darkness momentarily surrounds him. He realizes that these few experiences have profoundly changed his life.

Roy spends much of his time with the apprentices, both during their training and in their free periods. He is the butt of Norman Powell’s practical jokes, the wrestling partner of Ronnie Jordan, and a witness to the “space pirates” encounter by Peter von Holberg and Karl Hasse. The latter adventure turned out to be the beginning of a space movie.

Roy went on to even more adventures. He helps medevac a sick man to the Space Hospital, meets an “alien monster”, and passes out from oxygen deprivation. He also gets to travel in a runaway rocket past the Moon.

This novel is a good example of a space adventure juvenile from the fifties. Unlike the space opera of that era, it is hard SF based on the science and technology of the time. While it is out of date in several respects, it still depicts an advanced milieu very much beyond our present achievements.

Highly recommended to Clarke fans and to anyone else who enjoys classic hard science fiction adventures.

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Earth Alone

 They came from deep space. They came to destroy us.

Fifty years ago, bloodthirsty aliens devastated the Earth. Most of humanity perished. We fell into darkness.

But now we rise from the ashes. Now we fight back.

Marco Emery was born into the war. After his mother is killed, he joins the Human Defense Force, Earth’s ragtag army. Emery must survive basic training, become a soldier, and finally face the aliens in battle.

Against the alien onslaught, Earth stands alone. But we will fight. We will rise. We will win.

If you loved Ender’s Game, Battlestar Galactica, and Old Man’s War, you’ll love Earthrise, a new military science fiction series. From a USA Today bestselling author.

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Earth Alone is full of soul. Set in a horrid dystopia in which Earth has been devastated by alien invaders, the book is about the humanity that shines even in a time of privation and war . . . Earth Alone is about war, but most of all about friendship and heartbreak.” — The Huffington Post

“The most exciting and sophisticated space opera I’ve read since The Forever War! The Earthrise series is shaping up to be a classic readers will remember for years.” —Nicholas Smith, bestselling author of Hell Divers

Earth Alone kept me turning the pages well past my bedtime! It’s exciting, heartbreaking and triumphant. Daniel Arenson gives you a glimpse into the lives of handful of young men and women being put through hell in order to protect the remainder of the human race. I can’t wait to read more in this series!” — Michelle Garza, author of Mayan Blue

Earth Alone is an epic tale of heroes and monsters, of humanity rising to face a fearsome scourge from the depths of space. An exciting read for fans of classic adventure science fiction.” — Jeff Bryan, author of Ellie Jordan, Ghost Trapper

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RIFT

 RIFT – The new dystopian trilogy book 1 from the author of the Exodus Trilogy.

The RIFT Saga begins here.

In the ruins of what was once North America lays the Covenant, a nation forged by the iron will of the Moon people, who descended from their dusty refuge on the Moon after the Fall. The Moon people are wealthy, ruled by a strong government who protects its citizens from the dangers from outside their borders. Their greatest achievement is having learned the secret of immortality, and every citizen has the opportunity to live nearly forever if they choose to, a life of riches and abundance.

The English are the descendants of the original inhabitants of this place, and they live very different lives from that of the Moon people. They only live to serve the greater good, and citizenship is something few have the opportunity to earn. At the age of fifty all non-citizens are subjected to mandatory euthanasia. In order to maintain a sustainable society, they are told.

Every year a number of girls and boys at the age of eighteen are selected for Service to the State. The brightest and most talented are sent to become Students. The strong, the fighters and the athletes become Janissaries, a band of soldiers protecting the northern border from the enemies of the Covenant. The Wardens, a secretive organization known to operate far to the west, near the Rift, which makes up the border to the wastelands, sometimes choses one or two initiates, but nobody knows what becomes of them. And then there is the Corpus, where the whip rules and backs are bent.

Those who complete their Service, may become citizens. And although they will never be equal to the Moon people, they will have access to all the riches and opportunities granted by the Covenant leadership to its citizens.

As Sue is nearing Selection Day, she secretly hopes to be chosen, despite having to leave her mother and brother behind. She doesn’t crave glory or wealth though. A man or woman with citizen status can do a lot of good, and although few return to their home towns, Sue hopes to return to give her family a better life on the other side of Service.

But the Covenant is rotten to the core, and as she begins to learn its secrets, Sue must question everything she has always taken for granted. Soon she will find herself in dire peril, for she has seen the truth and there will be no turning back after that…

This science fiction dystopian trilogy is set more than two centuries after the events of Exodus, in a future dystopian society forged from the ashes of global disaster.

“Mr. Christensen has absolutely found his genre, and I hope he keeps the stories coming!”

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The Perseid Collapse Series: Crossing 

FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE MEGA-HIT POST-APOCALYPTIC THRILLER “HOME”

CROSSING is a post-apocalyptic disaster story of survival. James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives.  Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there.  Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them?
Set in the post-apocalyptic world of Steven Konkoly’s best-selling Perseid Collapse series, CROSSING follows the same timeline of cataclysmic events from one family’s perspective.
It’s a bullet-train of a thriller riding on the edge of the rails to the last page.
CROSSING is a novella and is part one of The Pilgrimage Series.

Just what I expected from a well known writer like Tom Abrahams. He does justice to Steve Konkoly’s series by bringing a heart rending story of a Maryland family caught in the flood waters of the tsunami while on vacation in Maine. Their struggle to survive as they try to get to a point where can head South toward home is shocking. Fighting the elements caused by the impact was hard enough but, now they have to face another deadly enemy. Man. Crossing is the first installment in Abrahams contribution. Now on to part two, Refuge.

Good action, and I liked the main character Rockwell who is a science teacher. He is far less commando than Alex Fletcher, but he’s just as committed to saving his family in the scenario Konkoly set up.

It moves quickly. I’m about 75% of the way through after buying it this afternoon. I’ll read Part 2 tomorrow. I like it, and I think it’s well done. I’ve been anxious to read more in this series. Glad this is here. Thank you for writing this, Mr. Abrahams.

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Heirs of Empire

The Scourwind family legacy brought the empire to the height of its power and prosperity and defended it against all enemies. Now one man’s machinations aim to shift the balance of power—with violent and devastating consequences.

When the trusted General Corian launches a coup against Emperor Scourwind, he hurls the planetary kingdom into chaos. To secure his claim as ruler, Corian will need the strength of the Scourwind name behind him, and he will stop at nothing to bring under his grasp the young Scourwind heirs, twins Lydia and Brennan. Barely into adulthood, the two are thrust into the crossfire. Battling new obstacles at every turn, they eventually find refuge with Mira Delsol, pirate and former member of the elite empire forces.

As the stakes rise, loyalists, mercenaries, and political opportunists rally around the heirs in a desperate bid to unseat the usurper. But if their risky gambit fails, will the empire crumble into oblivion?

When I first saw that Heirs of Empire by Evan C. Currie was coming out I was hesitant to pre order it for my kindle. I have enjoyed his other books but this one looked at first glance to me to be a sword and sorcery tale and I wasn’t sure. I then won a copy and began reading it.
From the start I was hooked. This is the beginning of an epic tale of a future human society that has been transported to another world in a past forgotten by most and with a technology that is no longer understood by it’s users for the most part. The story starts with the ambush of a traitorous general being transported to a prison that leads to a revolt that overthrows the emperor and ensuing chaos. The book revolves around the actions of a disillusioned Cadre soldier and the surviving twin children of the late emperor and their efforts to survive and restore the rightful ruler to the throne.
The action is constant and the story is well written. I especially enjoyed the setting of the empire which was an artificially constructed world. This book is well worth the read. I would really like to see a sequel soon and will not hesitate to pre order a copy as soon as it is available. Heirs of Empire by Evan C. Currie is a Goodread.

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The Dark Between the Stars 

Twenty years after the elemental conflict that nearly tore apart the cosmos in The Saga of Seven Suns, a new threat emerges from the darkness. The human race must set aside its own inner conflicts to rebuild their alliance with the Ildiran Empire for the survival of the galaxy.
In Kevin J. Anderson’s The Dark Between the Stars, galactic empires clash, elemental beings devastate whole planetary systems, and factions of humanity are pitted against each other. Heroes rise and enemies make their last stands in the climax of an epic tale seven years in the making.

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*Starred Review* Here’s the backstory: Anderson’s Saga of Seven Suns is a seven-part series (published in the early and mid-2000s) in which humanity, with the assistance of a much older alien race, the Ildirans, had moved into the stars, colonizing various worlds around the galaxy—and accidentally triggering a war that threatened to destroy both races. The series delivers space opera in the grand tradition, and Anderson’s new trilogy, set in the same universe, promises to be similarly epic in scope. As the first installment of this new saga begins, humans and Ildirans are working to repair their relationship (which was strained to its limits over the course of the previous series). A joint exploratory mission to the edge of the galaxy is meant to represent a first step in the long process, but when an alien presence is discovered, one so powerful that it could conceivably wipe out all life in the galaxy, the two races must come together a lot quicker than planned. Anderson hits it out of the galaxy again: space opera doesn’t get much more exciting, or much more richly populated with alien races, technologies, and cultures, than it does in this sprawling, engrossing epic. –David Pitt

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Champion of Mars

For Fans of The Martian and the Mars Trilogy.
In the near future Dr. Holland, a scientist running from a painful past, joins the Mars colonisation effort, cataloguing the remnants of Mars’ biosphere before it is swept away by the terraforming programme.
When an artefact is discovered deep in the caverns of the red planet, Holland’s employers interfere, leading to tragedy. The consequences ripple throughout time, affecting Holland’s present, and the destiny of the red planet.
For in the far future, Mars is dying a second time. The Final War of men and spirits is beginning. In a last bid for peace, the disgraced Champion Val Mora and his ‘spirit’ lover are set free from the Arena to find the long-missing Librarian of Mars, the only hope to save mankind.
Holland’s and the Champion’s lives intertwine, across the millennia, in a breathtaking story of vast ambition.

“Champion of Mars celebrates all that is best in SF. Simply put, Guy Haley is a very good writer, with an infectious love for sci-fi that shines off every page.”
The Guardian

“Haley weaves two tales into a tight, compelling narrative. Champion of Mars is a thriller, an unnatural mystery and a strange sort of love story. Highly entertaining and original, and well worth a look.”
Starburst Magazine

Oh how I love the works of Guy Haley. I fell for the Richards and Klein series head over heels. I was fully taken in by Crash!, a real gem of a SciFi novel. Now, I’ve read Champion Of Mars, and Guy doesn’t disappoint.

I do not want to reveal any spoilers. The story is across seventy thousand years (!) of Martian history, starting with a scientist from Earth just arriving at a Martian base, to a future society of humans whose technology is so advanced that it appears to be sorcery. Haley has such a fertile imagination, he is easily the match of any other current master of the genre, such as Peter F> Hamilton or Larry Niven. Yes, I said it, the LN word! I dare to compare him to the real greats, and I do not regret it. Guy Haley simply deserves any accolades we can heap upon his head.

Crash is an excellent novel, but COM is even better. It has highly imaginative speculative technology, EXCELLENT character development (Including a machine personality, which is not often done well!) and a real talent for pulling multiple plot tracks together in a way that makes total sense, but it waits until the end, which is the best way.

I cannot recommend this and all of Guy Haley’s writings enough. You will not regret the trip.

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The Terminal War: A Space Opera Novel 

A millennium into the future.

In a galaxy far from Earth.

We were not prepared for the Terminal War.

Billions of lives are at risk as enemy forces mass on the frontier of the Commonwealth. If the planet Terminus, the center of all the Commonwealth’s technology, falls, we will lose everything, and there will be no way back.

The Axis Combine’s fleet is overwhelming in number, and their firepower is superior.

Unless one man and his crew can save Terminus, the galaxy will never be the same again. They must find a way to give the Commonwealth an edge or we’ll face complete annihilation.

There is but one hope: Carson Mach and his motley crew of rogues on the starship Intrepid.

The #1 bestselling Carson Mach Adventures can be read in any order.

More brilliant adventures with Carson ‘Bleach’ Mach and his extraordinary, eclectic gang of rogues, each with varied talents and skills that enhance the teams ability to survive anything – well, almost anything. Morgan (the Commonwealth President) sends the team on a couple of missions, both of course invariably involve a lot of a danger and the probability of death – yeah, and you know that Morgan hasn’t told Mach the whole picture. Mach, Adira and archeologist, Berenger are sent off to help the Vestans with a teentsy bit of a problem -someone or something has taken one of the Guardians of Terminus and Mach and Co are sent to find him. Along the way the reader will find out a little more about the Vestans and how they get much of their technology and some secrets come out about the hitherto unknown proto-Vestans and you can guarantee its not going to bode well for Mach. Meanwhile, Babs and the rest of the gang take their ship, Intrepid off to check out the attacks on Vestan colonies by the Axis (enemies of the Commonwealth). A ton of action, plenty of fun-times with Mach and the gang, a threat of war, a mole in the Commonwealth to find, pro-Vestans and more Vestan mysteries – well, what can I say: Mach and Co are in for a roller-coaster ride. A recommended, highly entertaining read. Roll on the next installment!!!!!

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Star Trek: Seekers: Second Nature 

An all-new Star Trek Seekers series begins!

A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittariusand the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.

A doomed race: Drawn by mysterious energy readings to a lush green world, the crew of theSagittarius find the Tomol: a species whose members all commit ritual suicide just as they reach the cusp of adulthood.

An old foe: The crew of the Sagittarius wants to save the Tomol from their cycle of self-destruction, but first they’ll need to save themselves—from the most nefarious Klingon starship commander in history.

This is a complex story in which friend and foe is not initially obvious, in fact think the enemy is the people’s own social rules. It is an interesting story with several unexpected twists, but to really finish it you must also read Star Trek: Seekers: (2) Point of Divergence and wonder if the story necessarily is even ended there or if other related tales will follow. The potential of the Tomol introduced in this book is huge.

I liked this series. I thought because the regular characters were not in this book that I wouldn’t care for it BUT I LOVED IT. It gets moving right from the start. If you like Star Trek you will like these.

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The Perseid Collapse Series: Crossing 

 FROM THE BESTSELLING AUTHOR OF THE MEGA-HIT POST-APOCALYPTIC THRILLER “HOME”

CROSSING is a post-apocalyptic disaster story of survival. James Rockwell is vacationing in Maine with his family, when an earth-changing explosion sends them on a race for their lives.  Their first step is escaping an island in the midst of a tsunami, and it only gets more dangerous from there.  Can they find their way home as civilization crumbles around them?
Set in the post-apocalyptic world of Steven Konkoly’s best-selling Perseid Collapse series, CROSSING follows the same timeline of cataclysmic events from one family’s perspective.
It’s a bullet-train of a thriller riding on the edge of the rails to the last page.
CROSSING is a novella and is part one of The Pilgrimage Series.

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From Perseid Collapse Author Steven Konkoly:

Tom and I have been friends for most of my writing career. I enjoyed his first novel, Sedition, and have been privileged to receive advanced copies of his Allegiance novels. We’ve batted around the idea of a post-apocalyptic collaboration in the future, which is one of many reasons I eagerly reached out to him when I learned that The Perseid Collapse Series was coming to Kindle Worlds. I couldn’t have been more thrilled to find out that he wanted to write in the world–and that he envisioned a three novella series. After listening to his idea for the Pilgrimage Series, I knew readers were in for a treat. I was right.

The Pilgrimage Series starts in Maine, on the night before the “event.” A few islands away, Alex Fletcher and his family share a similarly pleasant summer evening watching the Perseid meteor show. Tom has done a meticulous job mirroring the disaster, but telling it from a completely different perspective. Crossing (Book One) holds cleverly wrapped tie-ins to the original series, while taking the reader on a unique journey across Maine. Book Two, Refuge, takes the danger to another level, in a setting that explores readiness and the “prepper” mindset. Fantastic. The final book in the series, Advent, brings his characters home, to a completely unfamiliar landscape nearly erased by The Perseid Collapse.

There’s something for everyone in each installment of the Pilgrimage Series. I can’t recommend it highly enough. And keep an eye out for a Steven Konkoly and Tom Abrahams collaboration. I can’t wait to see what we can cook up for you.

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The Shock of Night

The Darkwater Claims All Who Enter It.
All But One.

When one man is brutally murdered and the priest he works for mortally wounded, Willet Dura, reeve to the king of Bunard, is called to investigate. As he begins to question the dying priest, the man pulls Willet close and screams in a foreign tongue. Then he dies without another word.

Willet returns to his task, but the clues to the crime lead to contradictions and questions without answers, and his senses are skewed. People he touches appear to have a subtle shift, as though he can divine their deepest thoughts. In a world divided between haves and have-nots, gifted and common, Willet soon learns he’s been passed the rarest gift of all–a gift that’s not supposed to exist.

Now Willet must pursue the murderer still on the loose in Bunard even as he’s pulled into a dangerous conflict that threatens not only his city, but his entire world–a conflict  that will force him to come to terms with his inability to remember how he escaped the Darkwater Forest–and what happened to him inside it.

This book was positively excellent. At 455 pages, “Shock of Night” is a hefty read – but every second of it was captivating. I could not put it down.

The only complaint I have with this book is that it had to end. I hope the second book in the Darkwater Saga is not long in coming? I don’t think I can wait very long – I’m on the edge of my seat waiting to read what happens next!

So, due warning: This books is addicting.

I was fascinated by the world that Patrick Carr created. It is detailed and incredibly believable. The integration of politics versus religion, religion versus religion, poor versus rich, gifted versus not, and good versus evil makes for a gripping read. I have not read too many books that encompass such a vast range of conflicts and contradictions – the complexity of this world is wonderful.

Despite being a bit complex, the world of The Darkwater Saga is made easy to understand by Carr’s gifted story telling. I appreciated how he used the story to explain his world instead of just telling the reader. I also enjoyed the fact that this book is heavily centred around the action but is fully complemented by interesting relationships with the main characters.

The use of gifts in this book is unique. The society has gifted and non-gifted individuals. The gifts include such things as the ability to sing or play an instrument extraordinarily well or to use a sword the uncanny ability. The gifts are not magical, but more an enhancement of abilities people would normally have. I loved how this series takes the ordinary and makes it extraordinary.

All in all, a wonderful fantasy saga. I can’t wait for the next one!

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Terms of Enlistment 

The year is 2108, and the North American Commonwealth is bursting at the seams. For welfare rats like Andrew Grayson, there are only two ways out of the crime-ridden and filthy welfare tenements, where you’re restricted to two thousand calories of badly flavored soy every day:

You can hope to win the lottery and draw a ticket on a colony ship settling off-world, or you can join the service.

With the colony lottery a pipe dream, Andrew chooses to enlist in the armed forces for a shot at real food, a retirement bonus, and maybe a ticket off Earth. But as he starts a career of supposed privilege, he soon learns that the good food and decent health care come at a steep price…and that the settled galaxy holds far greater dangers than military bureaucrats or the gangs that rule the slums.

The debut novel from Marko Kloos, Terms of Enlistment is a new addition to the great military sci-fi tradition of Robert Heinlein, Joe Haldeman, and John Scalzi.

This book is extremely readable and engaging. I finished it quickly and felt disappointed that it ended and I am hoping for this to grow into a series. The book is a classic “Hero’s Journey” storyline, and I enjoyed it as much as I enjoyed “Starship Troopers” and noted a lot of the differences. Instead of Heinlein’s “Citizen/Civilian” political dynamic that led to an almost “utopia” found in the classic “Starship Troopers” we find the results of generational welfare taken to the logical conclusion as the base setting for “Terms of Enlistment.” The grit, dirt, and ugliness of the socialist dole life remind me of Huxley’s “Brave New World” in dealing with the underclass. But the book is not about economics or politics, those settings are only there to explain the rational of characters which the setting does admirably.

The mercenary attitude of the protagonist is refreshing, not gritty or jaded but honestly working hard to scramble up out of poverty. The action sequences are well written and manage to convey crappy orders that grunts execute because that is just how the system works.

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In The Darkness, That’s Where I’ll Know You: The Complete Black Room Story

FINALLY, THE COMPLETE BLACK ROOM SAGA, ALL IN ONE VOLUME! 

FROM THE AUTHOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER THE STONE MAN, SHORTLISTED FOR AUDIBLE UK’S BOOK OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
“Science fiction, drama, humour, horror, and yes–even romance–are expertly blended … IN THE DARKNESS, THAT’S WHERE I’LL KNOW YOU is shaped with an exquisite precision that culminates in a climax that leaves the reader exhausted from the dizzying thrill of emotions… If you missed this book in its original serialized format, now you’ve been given another chance to read one of the best books that I’ve had the pleasure of reading in recent memory.” – Ain’t It Cool News.com
There are hangovers, there are bad hangovers, and then there’s waking up inside someone else’s head.
The morning after a boozy night before comes with the rudest of awakenings for young bartender Charlie Wilkes. Instead of finding himself in his bedroom, he awakes in a prison consisting of moving, undulating black walls and a huge glowing screen that seems to float in thin air. But the prison isn’t a prison, and the screen isn’t a screen; incredibly, he is somehow inside the mind of a young woman – Minnie – and the screen is actually a projection of what she sees.
How did he end up in the Black Room? What has happened to his life? How is it that he recognises Minnie, feels a bond of some sort with her …even though they’ve never met? Can he exist inside the mind of a troubled, terrified, but beautiful woman with secrets of her own? Most important of all, can he ever get out? 
Uncertain whether he’s even real or if he is just a figment of his host’s imagination, Charlie and Minnie must work together – and learn the secret of their strange connection – if he is to find a way out of The Black Room, a place where even the light of the screen goes out every time Minnie closes her eyes…
IN THE DARKNESS, THAT’S WHERE I’LL KNOW YOU tells the complete story of THE BLACK ROOM PARTS ONE TO FOUR all in one book, and contains all of the adventures of Charlie and Minnie. All the answers are revealed in a story guaranteed to keep the reader on the edge of their seat.

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  • “I couldn’t help myself and read this is one sitting” – simon211175, Amazon Vine Voice
  • “Fantastically written characters who make you care about them right from the off.” – Andy Pettifer
  • “It was one of those books where you tell yourself you will read just one more page, then look at the clock and realise that it’s 2 hours later. I would thoroughly recommend it” – Elaine Hosegood
  • “I have owned a Kindle for about 2 years and downloaded some excellent books for very little cost but Luke Smitherd’s works beat the lot” – Silversmith, Amazon UK Review
  • “As soon as I started reading I was completely sucked in, which very rarely happens for me. I couldn’t wait to get home and read it each night. I laughed. I cried. I did actual real life gasps of horror.” – Katie, Amazon Review
  • “I spend a lot of time trawling through the kindle book store looking for cheap books, relying on reviews to make my purchases. I have come across some less than average books using this method, but also some real gems. This book definitely falls into the latter category. It had me gripped from page one.” – Steve Sut, Amazon UK Review
  • “This story could, probably should, be made into a movie at some point. I honestly have to believe that Smitherd should contact a producer/director and make a fabulous movie deal. Totally enjoyed the read.” – Bonnie Gleckler Clark, Goodreads

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Tough Girl

 Danger lurks everywhere in eleven year old Reggie’s world—from the bully next door to the unwanted attentions of a creep at school. Raised by her mentally ill mother, Reggie is left to fend for herself in a rough neighborhood. She escapes in daydreams, battling aliens with her alter ego, Tough Girl.

When Reggie’s mother disappears, her fantasy life spirals out of control and starts to invade reality. She is hunted by a creature of her own design, and even Tough Girl is not strong enough to stop him.

Will Reggie survive long enough for her mother to return, or will her dream world take over?

This book contains adult language and adult themes.

Be careful. This book fights dirty. When you least expect it, it’s liable to break your heart.

Eleven-year-old Reggie’s life is beyond tough; that’s why she counts on her imaginary alter-ego Tough Girl to help her survive. The brutal bullying she endures at school pales in comparison to the harsh reality of her home life, where she shares a filthy, sparsely-furnished apartment with her mentally ill mother. Then Mom disappears, and Reggie’s struggle to survive gets even harder. And much much scarier.

Fantasy and reality swirl together in a dizzying blend, making it difficult at times to discern which is which, but no matter how vivid Reggie’s fantasy world is, it can’t fill her growling stomach. Is she… tough enough? Can she survive?

You’ll have to read the book to find out the answer to that question, but I guarantee you of one thing: this book will make you ache for this child.

Although the protagonist here is 11 years old, this is NOT an MG (Middle Grade) book; Young Adult, perhaps.

Reggie lives with her tuned-out-of-life mother, Mona, in a small, filthy studio unit in The Apartments. We first meet Reggie as she is attempting to get even with Tara, the girl who bullies her at school, but someone spots her, and once again, she gets her tail handed to her, ending with a big dose of bug spray in her mouth.

Being from The Apartments was already one strike against her. Having a mother who is mentally ill, who sits most days staring into space and listening to a clock radio tuned to static, who once made a public appearance wearing nothing but shoes and a short jacket (probably raped), when Reggie was in 4th grade has marked her as a permanent target. Crazy mother, the whispers follow her, and now, Bug Girl.

Now in middle school and sixth grade, her only friends are Leon, at school, and Tough Girl, her alter-ego/fantasy creation. TG, with her blue, spiked hair, is in the Intergalactic Army and has missions on water worlds, and fire worlds, an assassin and soldier extraordinaire, killing monsters and bad guys alike, sometimes getting hurt, but always surviving in the end, and showing up to encourage Reggie on, just when she feels like giving up.

Then Mona disappears one day, and Reggie does what she can to survive, living off mustard-and-bread “sandwiches,” stealing food from local markets, dumpster diving at McDonald’s. Eventually, she makes more friends; DeShawn, also from the apartments, and the new upstairs neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Ruiz. Mrs. Ruiz weighs about 600 pounds and is trying to gain more weight for a beauty pageant.

The story weaves between what is really going on in Reggie’s life, and Tough Girl’s adventures on Planet Girth. Only the line between reality and fantasy is thin, and things aren’t always what they seem. And when Leon attacks one of Reggie’s tormentors with a hammer, she is racked with guilt.

Beautifully written, I could not put it down, and was aching with sympathy for Reggie, while at the same time, filled with admiration for her and Tough Girl.

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Push Back: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller

PUSH BACK the long-awaited second book of THE DISRUPTION SERIES is now available.

In celebration of the launch, PUSH BACK will be available for seven days only at the reduced price of $2.99 before reverting to full price of $4.99.

And for those folks who missed the start of the series, Book 1, UNDER A TELL-TALE SKY will also be available during this same seven day period for a drastically reduced price of only $0.99.

Grab them now before the price goes up. You’ll be glad you did.

PUSH BACK– Book Description

Earth reels in the aftermath of a savage solar storm, a global disaster of unprecedented proportion which leaves most of the world without electrical power or the means to restore it. Across the world, the responses of unprepared national governments’ are too little, too late. In the U.S., order collapses and opportunistic forces rise to fill the power vacuum, as what remains of a self-serving federal bureaucracy prioritizes the survival of politicians and bureaucrats over that of the general population.

As chaos and starvation spread, isolated pockets of survivors unite to survive. In Texas, Captain Jordan Hughes and a ragtag group of seamen and ex-Coastguardsmen gather their families close and resist the depredations of a hoard of escaped convicts. Meanwhile, in North Carolina, a similarly determined group of survivors attempts to use salvaged resources, not only to save themselves, but also to feed the hungry.

But not everyone is happy about the efforts of the valiant and resourceful few. Secure in his Camp David compound, a corrupt president consolidates power and builds a mercenary force to deal with any possible challenges to his absolute authority and to seize all dwindling resources for ‘government use and fair distribution.’

Survivors of the natural disaster are thus dealt another blow as they’re betrayed by the very government established to protect them. Do they knuckle under to a dictator, or do they PUSH BACK?

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Survival: After It Happened 

 Everyone got sick.
By the time the country realised it was everywhere, nearly everyone died. Being one of the few left alive wasn’t the freedom he would have expected.
Banding together those he found along the way, he has to fight to keep them safe.
To keep them alive.
To survive.

Not sure why I’ve suddenly started reading books of this type but this is one of the better ones. Character develop occurs over time, which I prefer. Action is steady and the cliffhanger is great! I was upset to discover I had not purchased book 2 and had to wait to keep reading.

DCF has written a SyFy novel of an apocalypse virus that leaves a survivor per 10k people. One man collects the survivors to give them a chance to a new life. As they add people they also encounter men and women who kill everything in sight. This is an excellent read for the genre.

Having read quite a few books in this genre I was pleasantly surprised at how much this book grabbed my attention. Firstly and most importantly it’s SET IN THE UK and not America. Much as I appreciate that America, with it’s violent gun culture and survivalist mentality is probably where most writers would set this kind of story, an apocalyptic event such as is described would affect every nation on earth, and not just one where military weapons were readily available.

The lack of availability of guns, especially military style hardware, and the training to use them is inherently important to this story and the development of the characters within it. The military trained and disciplined man goes from being a bit of a novelty in civilised society to a person of importance as a rallying point for survivors in a society where it’s survival of the fittest. This is all beautifully played out in this, the first of 4 books in the series.

To build a “civilised new society” from the ruins of something of this nature would be hard enough. Forging that society from traumatised individuals you come across AND dealing with aggressive groups who see this as an opportunity to rape and pillage would test your resolve to the limit.

Too often the main players in these books are the only ones given any depth of character, leaving everyone else as the scenery for their stage. I was impressed that ALL the players in the story were built upon, some obviously more than others. I found them to be very believable with strengths and weaknesses, some don’t survive, some need nurturing, some are strong. The apocalyptic event changes the rules, children suddenly have no childhood, the strong dominate where they can, the worst of human nature is not policed. The infrastructure of building a society, shelter, food, protection, transport is also explored. This story is a rich tapestry of events and interactions that forge a society determined to hold on to their humanity.

I mentioned that this is the first of 4 books (hopefully there will be a 5th). I have to say I’ve read the first 3 and am waiting on the 4th to be delivered to my Kindle. I loved the way each book builds on the last as the society grows, as I said, I couldn’t put it down.

I would recommend this book to one and all, it does have its understandably violent moments and does question when is a child is old enough to be considered an adult. Civilisation is a cloak we all hide under, when that is pulled away, what’s left is chaos. Very few of use have the abilities to live outside of civilisation, most of us would simply perish very quickly and not pleasantly.

A great series of Books, the best in this genre that I have read, congratulations Devon, love to see this as a TV series, please keep it up!

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Out of the Black 

Deep in blackest space, the Drasin have watched humanity’s journey to the stars—and determined that a species as barbaric as ours has no place in the cosmos.

The wreckage of the starship Odyssey, once Earth’s greatest guardian, lies strewn across New York City. Abandoned by all but its captain, Odyssey’s sacrifice covered the withdrawal of countless troops as the Drasin assault ravaged the planet. When Captain Eric Weston finally emerges from the rubble, impossibly alive thanks to the mysterious “Gaia,” he knows with the Drasin it’s kill or be killed.

But not all of the heavens have proven hostile. The Priminae have felt the full brunt of Drasin aggression on their own home world, and they won’t leave humanity to face annihilation alone. Together with what’s left of the crews of the Odyssey and other starships, they race to join Weston and his group of Earth-bound survivors for a desperate last stand.

The final battle of the Drasin War brings bestselling author Evan Currie’s Odyssey One series to its shattering conclusion.

I enjoy ‘space opera’…. Space battles with believable tech and where the good guy doesn’t always win, but usually breaks even. The ‘Out of the Black’ Odyssey books had good concepts— I especially enjoyed ‘Central’ and the Earth counterpart (trying to avoid spoilers!).

Currie does a good job of explaining how these ‘new kids on the block’ can still take a vessel that reads as ‘no real threat’ and kick some ass with it—showing the race with 10–15,000 years of space travel that there ARE things they can learn!

When I finished book 4—- at 4:30 in the morning!!—I mistakenly thought it was book 3….and wanted MORE!!!

I still do. I got book 1 cheap—but paid full Kindle price for the others. To me, it was worth it.

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Slaughterhouse-Five

FOR USE IN SCHOOLS AND LIBRARIES ONLY. Billy Pilgrim returns home from the Second World War only to be kidnapped by aliens from the planet Tralfamadore, who teach him that time is an eternal present.

–This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Slaughter House Five deserves its reputation of being a piece of great American literature. The book follows a young man, Billy Pilgrim through his life. Billy believes aliens, tralfamadorians to be exact, have abducted him. We assume that it’s through these aliens that he learns to time travel, a skill he frequently uses. In the book Pilgrim bounces around time to all the various portions of his life, many times returning to World War II where he was captured, taken prisoner, and held in slaughterhouse five in Dresden, Germany. He seems to be defined by this moment in his life as he frequently returns there. If you know anything about Vonnegut, you know that he too was held in Dresden, Germany when the city was firebombed. This is the major setup for this antiwar novel as Dresden was home to over 100,000 persons while at the same time Dresden didn’t have any industry lending itself to the war effort. Obviously you wander, “Then why was this city bombed? What advantage came from killing well over 100,000 thousand civilians?”

One of the major themes of the book is fate. The prayer of serenity appears twice in the book stating that we need to change the things we can and be wise enough to know which things we cannot change. Also the Tralfamadorians speak of fate. They say they know how the universe is going to end, but they do nothing to stop it. Vonnegut seems to say that yes, war is one of those things we cannot avoid, but we need to change the things we can about it, like the atrocious bombing of Dresden. Overall, the book’s message is clear, and Vonnegut delivers his message in a very accessible way. The story of Billy Pilgrim is enjoyable to read, and contains more than dry philosophy that some antiwar novels are filled with.

This novel is essential in many ways. It is undoubtedly one of the best-written, most well respected novels of the 20th century (No. 6 on the list that was a compilation of all the other lists) and is, therefore, essential to your understanding of 20th century fiction. If you have never read Vonnegut, this book should be the first one you read: it is the most famous and one of the best and really captures the essence of Vonnegut. Finally, despite its literary merit, this is a FUN book to read. You will laugh, you will think, but, most of all, you will enjoy reading it and you will finish it FAST.

This should be your introduction to Vonnegut. I’ve found that true Vonnegut fans don’t often choose Slaughterhouse-Five as their favorite, but, instead choose one of Vonnegut’s other wonders (Breakfast of Champions, Cat’s Cradle, Sirens of Titan, etc.). I think that most would agree that this is a good jumping off point, just as, in music, people often start with Greatest hits albums and then work from there.

Only Vonnegut could make such a strange premise believable and emotional. The book shifts time and place from paragraph to paragraph without warning. It is about aliens and WWII. It all works so perfectly, however and is so profound to those who read carefully. Billy Pilgrim is one of the great characters in all of literature.

Don’t be scared off by aliens and the weird premise. It works better than 99% of so-called “normal” books. Absolutely ESSENTIAL.

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Carson Mach Adventures 1-3 Box Set

This limited edition box set contains the first three Carson Mach Adventures at a special discount price.

The Atlantis Ship

A legendary enemy attacks…
Galactic peace is threatened…
Unless one man can find and stop the Atlantis ship
Carson Mach, a former war hero turned freelancer, seeks the biggest payday of his life when he’s tasked to hunt down a ghost ship that has echoed through the centuries. The legendaryAtlantis ship has become a reality, appearing at the Commonwealth frontier, and obliterating an orbital station.

Facing a lack of resources, a ragtag crew, and aliens who want him dead, Mach must use all his leadership skills and experience if he’s to beat the overwhelming odds.His mission will take him across the galaxy and to uncharted dark areas of space.

Failure to stop the Atlantis ship will not only mean the death of Mach and his crew, but the end of the Commonwealth and all of humanity. Somehow, Mach must find a way to solve an ancient mystery if he’s to succeed where everyone else before him has failed.

The Lost Voyager

A mining ship goes missing…
Its precious cargo could change the galaxy…
Unless one man and his crew can find the lost Voyager.
Carson Mach, a freelance rogue captain, and his crew are faced with a seemingly routine mission to find and rescue the Voyager, a missing mining ship in a remote system. Only he and his employers know what the lost ship carries in its cargo hold and the devastating consequences if it falls into the wrong hands.

On arrival to the Noven system, the destination of the Voyager, Mach and his crew have three planets to explore, with no clues as to where the ship and its artefact might be. Their first stop reveals a terrifying new enemy has joined the search, raising the stakes considerably.

If the new threat finds the cargo, it will place the entire galaxy in a perilous position from which it won’t recover. Mach and his crew must overcome impossible odds and defeat the new enemy if they’re to reach the Voyager and save the lives of trillions.

The Terminal War

A millennium into the future.
In a galaxy far from Earth.
We were not prepared for the Terminal War.
Billions of lives are at risk as enemy forces mass on the frontier of the Commonwealth. If the planet Terminus, the center of all the Commonwealth’s technology, falls, we will lose everything, and there will be no way back.

The Axis Combine’s fleet is overwhelming in number, and their firepower is superior.

Unless one man and his crew can save Terminus, the galaxy will never be the same again. They must find a way to give the Commonwealth an edge or we’ll face complete annihilation.

There is but one hope: Carson Mach and his motley crew of rogues on the starship Intrepid.

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