Dead Six by Correia & Kupari

I didn’t know what to expect here. This book was recommended to me and I actually thought it was scifi. I thought it would be all the way to the half way punt when I realized that “Dead Six” wasn’t some kind of matrix style VR thing. This is straight up warfare, like a Call of Duty game set in the world of today.

And I liked it.

Dead Six
by Larry Correia & Mike Kupari
Baen
September 2011

It’s been a really long time since I read a pulp military thriller. I gave up on popular fiction like Clancy or Cussler when I realized every book was the same. This has the thrills, a significantly more MA rating, and wasn’t by the numbers.

I enjoyed the two main characters and how they had their own personalities, capabilities and interests. I liked the secondary characters although when you get into it you realize there aren’t a ton of different characters, just the same ones over and over: techy, heavy gunner, their, hot lady who also can fight, rich criminal, etc.

And because there were so many characters the narrator starts to recycle voices. I’ve enjoyed this narrator before, but it seemed this time people were either nasally or gravelly.

I’m definitely going to read the next one.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

It Can’t Happen Here by Lewis

I’m a fan of cautionary stories like Fahrenheit 451, Animal Farm and 1984 so I thought I would enjoy this book, but I was wrong.

It Can’t Happen Here
by Sinclair Lewis
1935

Unlike the messages of those other books – control of information, totalitarianism, surveillance state, thought control, dangers of socialism/communism due to human nature – the message here that fascism could take root in America like it did in Germany and Spain doesn’t survive the antiquated time and setting of the story. Further, the main character seems to bounce around from Liberal to Communist to a sympathizer of socialism in his fight against fascism. And like most of these types of books from the early-mid 1900s the issues are more important than the story, which suffers by the end. Listening through this book was tedious.

The Audible narrator is pretty perfect for this book, though. Exactly the old timey sound I would want.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

Jennifer Blood, Vol. 1 by Ennis and Batista

With the release of Garth Ennis’ The Boys on Amazon, I’ve been checking out some of his previous work. Jennifer Blood is one such work.

Jennifer Blood, Volume 1
A Woman’s Work is Never Done
written by Garth Ennis
art by Adriano Batista
Dynamite
Feburary 2012

From the publisher: “Jennifer Blood is a suburban wife and mom by day – and a ruthless vigilante by night! Every day she makes breakfast, takes the kids to school, cleans the house, naps for an hour or two, makes dinner, puts the kids to bed, and kisses her husband goodnight. This suburban punisher is ready to be unleashed in a story that can only be told by the legendary Garth Ennis. Collecting issues #1-6 of the hit series, along with additional bonus material, sketches, cover gallery, and interview with Garth Ennis!”

The first five issues in this collection start with “Jennifer” narrating the story of her revenge against her uncles in her diary. The story is driven largely by the diary text and we know very little of what is going on until mid-issue five. All we know is that this woman lives a normal life during the day but has been planning for a long time to go on a killing spree of this mafia-like family over the course of a week. It is entertaining and violently satisfying. But then at the end of issue five, Ennis seems to want to speed things up so the diary says she will stop writing until the main bad guy (and last uncle) is killed. Issue 6 starts – starts! – with the infiltration of his base complete, all his men dead, and him dying while “Jennifer” spends almost the whole issue explaining to the uncle (and us) why she is on the killing spree. It completely jumps away from the cool planning aspects and straight to exposition. It feels rushed and unfinished.

There are multiple other volumes written by Al Ewing so the story goes somewhere, I guess. But the first volume falls flat. It builds to the very baddest of the bad guys and then just fast forwards to the end. I hope that The Boys doesn’t follow this template.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

Rebel by Kade

Emma Kate had really did it this time. She had woken up in a beautiful hotel room, dressed in a fabulous wedding gown with a handsome man in a tux asleep beside her. What in the heck was going on. She can’t remember anything that happened the night before. Just who is this guy?

Rebel
A Breathless Novel
Emma Kate & Keith
by Savannah Kade
Griffyn Ink
June 2019

Emma Kate had left college on her way to Breathless. Just one short stop in Vegas and she would be on her way. She remembers getting a cheap hotel room, parking her car and trailer and heading to a casino. She had talked to a rather charming young man who said as long as she was playing the slots the drinks would be free. That is the last thing she remembers.

Just who is this guy and what has she done? Time to find out. He looks just as confused as she is. She learned his name is Keith and it appears they had a fabulous wedding with all the bells and whistles, but neither can remember it actually happening. Well they would get a quick annulment and go their separate ways. But it would take four days and money they didn’t have.

Keith is a veterinarian and has a job waiting for him in Breathless. This surprises Emma Kate as she too is on her way to Breathless and as it was impossible to return any of the clothing or the rings, their only recourse was to travel together.

Arriving in Breathless they found a unique little cottage waiting for Keith. He had invited her to stay with him until she had a chance to see her sisters and explain. Just how was she going to tell her sisters that she was back in Breathless and married?

How will Bailey Anne and Harper Rose react when they learn that Emma Kate had once again gotten herself into trouble? Will she and Keith have a real marriage?

This is the third book in Kade’s Breathless Series. I really enjoyed the books and strongly recommend that you read all three.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

The Hunted by Scudiere

Joule could hear the dogs in the distance. They were getting closer and she was in trouble. She had stayed out too long and now she would suffer the consequences. She was running flat out and still they were getting closer and closer. Her trembling legs could hardly hold her up and her heart felt like it was going to jump right out of her chest. Up ahead she could see her house, but she would never make it. There was an empty house just a few feet away and she ran in, shut the door and raced up the steps. The breaking of glass in the windows alerted her to the fact that the dogs were now in the house. She needed a weapon, but what. Looking around she spied just the same that would keep her safe.

The Hunted
Black Carbon – Book #1
by A. J. Scudiere
Griffyn Ink
June 2019

It all started a couple years ago in the small town of Rowena Heights. First it was just the small animals – cats, dogs and other small pets, then graduating to people. A lot of the houses were vacant as the people either left for a safer place or were caught by the dogs. They were called the dogs, but they were nothing like any dog that anyone had ever seen. They only came out at night and left in the morning. Where they spent the day no one knew as they had never actually seen one in the day time. People went around their normal business during the daylight hours, but when the sun went down they stayed indoors with the curtains closed, being sure not to make any noise and going to bed early.

Things were going along as usual for the Mazurs until one evening when the dogs got into the house. The family was hiding in the laundry room, being very quiet and all the lights were off. Suddenly an earthquake warning sounded and set the dogs off. They found their way into the laundry room and located Kayla. She said I got this and raced out of the room, the dogs following her. The next morning they found her on the floor. At least they had a body to bury, that was more than some families had.

Nate, the children’s father, was determined to get revenge for the death of his wife. He persuaded Jules and Gage to go with him to fight the dogs. One time was enough for them and they thought they had persuaded him not to go out again. One morning when they started looking for him, he was gone. They now knew he had been going out each night and he would never return. They had to figure out some way
to kill the dogs before the whole town was gone. They remembered Dr. Brett, a veterinarian, that came to the school on several occasions. He would help them find a way to eliminate the dogs.

Will Jules, Gage and Dr. Brett find a way to save the remaining residence of Rowena Heights or will they too lose their lives?

This book has a little bit of magic, mystery and a whole lot of imagination. It is best read in the daylight because there is a lot of scary parts.

I really enjoyed the book and highly recommended to adult readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Solaris by Lem

I had no idea what to expect here. the description seems to imply a love story and Very Serious Deep Thoughts. Man was I disappointed.

Solaris: The Definitive Edition
By Stanislaw Lem
Audible
1961

I’m going to tell you what I wish someone had told me [SPOILERS]: this is boring as heck. Not the charming slow moving classic SciFi with quaint science and thoughts on the future. No, this is an incredibly long winded story where long sections are nothing but back story on the planet. At first I thought it was interesting and wll thought out. After a time I just want to move on.

As for love, the way the main character treats the female lead is incredibly chauvinistic and demeaning. Very little actual love. In fact, he “falls in love” with the alien created version of his dead wife for almost no reason even though he loves her for not being his wife. Huh? If he doesn’t love her because she looks and acts like his wife what exactly is it he loves? Her lack of memory? Her charm? The fact that she a fake version of his dead wife? Makes no sense. But he does fall in love with his suicidal alien construct. Maybe. I don’t care. This story isn’t about love, it is about a man who longs for something he can’t have. That’s not romantic. It’s pathetic.

The alien (Ocean) is interesting. You’ll get no resolution here and that’s actually fine. But I’d prefer more time spent on the Ocean than on the constructs. A better solution is the main character recognizing that the Ocean is sentient and attempting to contact it, rather than longing for his dead wife/ dead construct to come back.

I powered through this but I don’t recommend it. There are simply too many better options.


Scott Asher is the Editor-in-Chief of BookGateway.com and a believer, a husband, a dad, a geek, an artist, a gamer, a teacher, a learner and tired.

Midnight on the River Grey by Wilson

Rebecca Hunter and her Aunt Joan have lost their home in London and are summoned by her new guardian Mr.Lewis Browning to his reclusive country estate Greybourne Hall. After her brother Jacob’s mysterious death, she is determined to prove Browning is responsible for his murder and see how hanged. He is known by the locals as the Midnight Devil.

Midnight on the River Grey
by Abigail Wilson
Thomas Nelson
July 2019

Arriving at the Hall, Rebecca finds Lewis is not what she imagined and his motivation is unclear. As she and Aunt Jo settle into their new life, she begins her plans to uncover the truth regarding Jacob’s death. Rebecca begins to have nightmares or spells as her mother called them. Her mother was quite mad and Rebecca is sure she will be just like her.

Working on solving the mystery surrounding Jacob’s death, she has little clues to go on. She is beginning to believe Lewis is innocence of murder and Jacob’s death was just a horrible accident. Then Lewis’s friend and solicitor, Mr, Drake, is found dead close to the bridge where Jacob died. Who is behind his murder and why?

Rebecca has found new clues and is sure Jacob is alive. She must find him and learn the truth. Only then can she reveal her true feelings for Lewis.

Will Rebecca be able to unravel the mystery that surrounds Greybourne Hall and find happiness ever after?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book. It covers a little mystery, intrigue, first love, and betrayal.

Highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Engagement Plot by Phillips

Hanna Knight is on her way home in Embarrass, Minnesota in a raging blizzard when she comes upon an SUV stuck in a ditch. Helping the driver out of the car she takes him to her father’s house. To her horror, when he removes his outerwear, stands William Preston, CEO and handsome bachelor who had won the hearts of American women. The same man who seven months ago had stomped on her heart and left it to freeze to death by humiliating her in front of millions of people. What was he doing here?

The Engagement Plot
by Krista Phillips
Shiloh Run Press
November 2017

Hanna Knight is a Kindergarten teacher living in Duluth, Minnesota. Just for the fun of it she applied to be on the Reality Show called The Price Of Love. He was the CEO bachelor “looking” for love, and she, the small-town teacher with mortals tighter than some of the other contestant”s skinny jeans. To her surprise, he picked her. Each contestant was given a con. Each week, after crazy over the top dates, the contestants presented the wealthy man with their heart, which he could accept or not. After weeks of dates, William Preston had accepted her coin. When he proposed on screen, she gladly said yes and accepted the ring with eyes full of tesrs. She loved him with all her heart and pictured happy ever after. But it was not to be. In his last interview with ALIVE, he completely destroyed her. He inferred they had been intimate during a weekend. Hanna’s reputation is completely destroyed. In disgrace, she runs to her father in Embarrass.

Now here he is. In her hometown. What does he want? He is trying to make amends and talks her into continuing the engagement. Pop She returns to Nashville where they again give an interview on ALIVE to try to salvage her reputation.

Thing are going about as well as can be expected until she receives a visit from the CFO of William’s company. He tells Hanna that William has been asked to resign due to fraud. Feeling betrayed, she again runs home to Embarrass to hide and sulk. William’s father ask her to help him prove that William is innocent. He knows who is actually guilty of defrauding the company.

Will she help prove William innocent or will she seek revenge for him ruining her reputation?

I enjoyed the book and highly recommend it.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

State of Lies by Mitchell

Georgie Brennan’s husband is dead.

State Of Lies
by Siri Mitchell
Thomas Nelson
August 2019

He went out one evening to pick up a part to fix the faucet in the kitchen and never returned. He was killed by a hit-and-run driver in a place he should not have been. She could not bring herself to go to the morgue to identify the body so she sent her father instead. There were several items missing from his personal belongings especially a knife that he always carried.

Georgia begins to hear strange noises in the crawl space beneath her house. Investigating the noise she finds his knife lodged between the rafters. She also finds a cryptic notebook in her husband’s writing in the backyard. Things starts to happen that she can’t explain like someone tried to run her off the road, she is being followed, and someone had been searching her house. She soon begins to question everything that she thought she knew. Then someone set fire to the house and she and her son barely escaped with their life. Someone wants her dead, but who and why.

Her four star general father is up for confirmation as Secretary of Defense and her son is struggling to come to terms with his father’s death. As she begins to interpret the cryptic notebook her husband had left she became involved in political intrigue that she was ill equipped to handle. Her husband was investigating what happened when her father, as a captain, was fighting in Desert Storm. It had something to do with the men that had served under him during this time. When she started talking to the men all die under mysterious circumstances.

Georgie received an email from her dead husband’s phone. What is going on? Her husband is dead, or is he? As she continues to investigate she begins to suspect that her hero father is a traitor. Lies and more lies. Does her mother know what her husband did? Has her whole life been based on lies?

Will Georgie go to the authorities and tell what she knows about her father? Will he be confirmed as Secretary of Defense or be exposed for who he actually is?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommended.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

Ruined by Kade

Lennon Mayfield is back in Breathless, Georgia working on her thesis for a degree in Anthropology/Archeology. She has obtained permission from the city council to dig on land owned by the city. It is back-breaking tedious work but she loves it. She is hoping to find roots of North American human history in Breathless as there is evidence that ancient culture migrated through there. Things are going along smoothly until she encounters Gabriel Zemp who insisted she is digging on his land.

Ruined
Breathless: 2
Griffyn Ink
By Savannah Kade
May 2019

Lennon has a history with the Zemp family as she dated Brodie Zemp when they were in high school. Lennon has a secret involving Brodie and his father Robert. Brodie was killed in an automobile accident and Gabe blames Lennon for his death. He has hated her for such a long time it will do anything to prevent her from accomplishing her goals.

Lennon continues her daily dig findings several artifacts to substantiate her belief. Gabe starts coming around to watch her work and soon they become sort of friends.

Will Lennon be able to dig up Breathless and not reveal her secret? Will she and Gabe become more than friends?

I thoroughly enjoyed the book and highly recommend it to all readers.


Mary Asher, the Golden Reviewer, is a founding book blogger for BookGateway.com and has generously provided this review. She describes herself as “an 88 year young great-grandmother and an avid reader.”

This book was provided by the publisher for review.

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