Monthly Archives: January 2017

On The Outside

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Q has escaped the Vrai/6th Domicile at an incredible loss. Both her grandmother and B were killed. Now, she is with the other escapees running for their lives in the sauvage and trying to find the Transients. While she tries to unite the Transients with the Domicilians she must come to terms with who she has become and at what cost.

Ruggles’ third novel in The Domicile Series, The Sauvage Domicile, continues Q’s quest to free everyone from the Elders’ rule. This book does some serious world building outside the confines of the domiciles. It also introduces the people of the sauvage, the transients who live in fear of the Elders outside in the wild.

As much as I’ve liked this series from the start I must say that this book disappointed me. For the first 25 chapters out of 33 total everyone is walking in the woods. This part of the story is rather boring and I kept losing interest. The pace was slow and most of the story was Q wrestling with the actions she has taken to get where she is now. The last chapters were great! They were full of action and moved the story forward.

3 out of 5 stars.

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A New Reality

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Beth259201 has escaped FERTS but lost those she sought to find on the outside. Now, alone in the wilderness she must battle the elements and the demons of her mind. Will she find those that she seeks? And, if so, will they welcome her into their camp?

Hudson’s second novel in the FERTS series, The Rogue Thread, follows 201 as she finds herself ill-equipped to deal life outside of FERTS. Meanwhile, the new Pinnacle Officer is implementing his plans for FERTS. And, those plans will directly conflict with 201’s freedom.

A little over half of this book follows 201’s adventures out in the wilderness. The pace is exceptionally slow and I had to push myself to finish the book. I’m glad I did as the second half was so much better. That being said I did find Officer Reno’s transformation hard to believe.

3 out of 5 stars.

The Will to Survive

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Clayton Shepard has successfully landed the Soyuz back on Earth. But, where on Earth? Without contact to either NASA or the Russians he doesn’t know which continent he is on. His primary goal is to get home to his family. Meanwhile, his family is dealing with the beginnings of the worst humanity has to offer in this post-apocalyptic world. Oh, and, another CME is on the way that is as bad or worse than the previous one. That knowledge has set into action the Descent Protocol, a secret quasi-government, near extinction, recovery plan. What does this mean for Clayton and his family and the rest of humanity?

Abrahams’ second novel in The SpaceMan Chronicles, Descent: A Post Apocalyptic Thriller, is even better than the first book. Again, the story is being told from several points of view to give a complete picture of what is happening. We learn more about Clayton as he begins to doubt the choices he made that brought him to this place in his life. His wife, Jackie, and her neighbors discover that survival is in their own hands. This fast paced novel kept my heart racing as one obstacle after another kept delaying Clayton’s progress and challenged his family’s safety.

This is a must read. You may find, as I did, that you have to read it straight through without stopping.

5 out of 5 stars.

I received this book for free from the author for review consideration. This in no way affected my opinion of the book, or the content of my review.

Stranded In Space

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Astronaut Clayton Shepard is 72 days into his first space mission when a coronal mass ejection disrupts everything on the International Space Station and on Earth. His wife, Jackie, is home in Clear Lake, Texas near Houston when the lights go out and everything stops working. Rick Walsh, a family friend, has the Shepard’s son, Chris, with him and his son, Kenny, on a camping trip in Dinosaur Valley State Park, Texas when a red aurora appears overhead. How has their world changed now that it has been plunged into darkness from the EMP caused by the solar storm? Will Clayton make it back to Earth and to his family? Will Jackie and her neighbors come together during this time of crisis? Will Rick get the boys safely back home?

Abrahams first novel in The SpaceMan Chronicles, SpaceMan: A Post-Apocalyptic Thriller, takes a unique approach to the post-apocalyptic story by focusing on an astronaut stranded in space. The story is told from the prospective of Clayton, Jackie, and Rick. These characters are compelling and relatable. The sense of urgency keeps the pace in the fast lane. With several heart stopping moments you won’t be disappointed.

I will admit to skimming over some of the technical details of the ISS to get to the human side of the story. The details were necessary to understand the difficulties Clayton is having trying to get back home. The reality of the situation has not set in yet for Jackie and she is not thinking long-term. I can see her situation turning ugly in the very near future. I’m not sure what Rick’s role will be in big picture. But, I’m looking forward to the next book in the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

Conform or Really Die

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Q437B awakes to find herself very much alive after she and B116A were placed in the Muertre for execution. She is informed that the Elders have spared her life so that she can be their warrior against the Revolution. If she does not conform those that she loves the most will suffer. Will Q convince the rebellion to embrace the Elders’ ways? Can she live with the cost to her family and loved ones if she does not succeed?

Ruggles’ second novel in The Domicile Series, The Vrai Domicile, reveals a subterranean domicile where some of those sent to the Muertre are brainwashed into reforming and submitting to the will of the Elders. Q’s character grows so much in this book from the somewhat reluctant heroine to a most defiant rebel. Things are not always as they seem throughout providing for some twists and confusion on Q’s part. This sequel is every bit as exciting as the first book.

The first week that Q spends in the Vrai Domicile is never fully explained. Why was she kept unconscious? The mention of the sexual parts of the anatomy seemed awkward and unnecessary. Even with these detractions I would recommend this book and look forward to the third.

4 out of 5 stars.

Dealing With The Past

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Vivienne Mathis has just lost her husband, Todd, to a hit and run driver. Starting her life over she follows her daughter’s advice to clean out her closet and set it up similar to a French wardrobe. Will Vivienne be able to move on with her life? Or, will the shadow of fear that drove her husband’s over protectiveness take over her too?

Shaw’s first departure out of the genre of post-apocalyptic novels, The French Wardrobe, is a story of self-discovery for the widowed Vivienne. So much of her life was put on hold due to the paranoia of her husband. Her character is one of the most developed I have ever read. As she blooms into the artist she was meant to be we see snippets of the past that shed light on Todd’s behavior. Todd’s tormentor does not go away after his death. This steady paced book has a surprising ending that really shows how strong Vivienne really is.

While I much prefer Shaw’s other novels this one was well written. I will recommend it and give it 5 out of 5 stars.

Are you prepared to survive the long-term?

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Maeve Tildon is a widow trying to make the best life she can for her son. Mark Bishop is ex-military and shuns most human contact. Bishop promised Maeve’s husband that he would always look out for her and her son. When a mini ice age suddenly places all of the world in dire straits Bishop will do whatever he can to keep that promise.

Shaw’s novel, Surrender The Sun: A Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Thriller (Volume 1), is a refreshing look at survival and the breakdown of society. The main characters as well as several of the supporting ones are well developed. The story itself is suspenseful and a cause for nail biting. What amazed me the most was how quickly man turned on one another. Maybe it was because of the sudden isolation caused by the weather. The darker side of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho took over in a matter of days.

This is a story about learning how to survive under harsh circumstances. It emphasizes the need for a long-term plan and provisions. With no end in sight for this weather phenomena the second book in this series will surely test the goodwill of those that have survived.

5 out of 5 stars.