Monthly Archives: September 2018

Family Means Everything

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Morgan Carter’s life in the new reality never seems to settle into a comfortable rhythm. Almost always something ominous is on the horizon. With the Russian and Cuban invasion advancing nearby death follows. Unless the military steps up their game Morgan’s group isn’t going to be much more effective than slingshots against a hurricane. Yet, there are still a few silver linings to be found.

American’s tenth novel in The Survivalist Series, Home Coming is a little more sedate than many of the previous books. Don’t get me wrong, there is still plenty of action. The feel is much more melancholy. The thrill of the fight seems to be subdued. I think it was supposed to be a feel-good story, but I didn’t get into that so much.

It is written somewhat different than the rest as part of it is told in the first person by Morgan. The switching back and forth within the same chapter takes a little to get used to. It was also a rather short book. I would have liked more.

**SPOILER ALERT** Some of the following commentary contains spoilers.

There were a couple of story arcs that went nowhere. The threat by those on the motorcycles was teased and then dropped. Lee Ann wanting to learn how to ride Jeff’s Harley never went anywhere. I’m hoping they are followed through in the next novel.

A ‘compare and contrast’ should to be discussed somewhere (a book club maybe?) about the mercy killings meted out in this book versus the killings of the unsustainables and undesirables in the companion series Charlie’s Requiem.

Ashley, aka Little Bit, discovers a baby squirrel and takes it on to raise as a pet. I find this very ironic since she probably shot its parents to add to the food needed by the group.

Overall, it was okay and probably a bridge to something greater.

3 out of 4 stars.

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They Want Him Dead

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Mark Sava is a former CIA station chief retired in Baku, Azerbaijan where he teaches college. His life was rather peaceful. That is until an assassin attempts to kill him while he is tutoring the son of a high-ranking member of society. With his known past, the government of Azeri kicks him out of the country permanently. Before he can leave he receives photos he believes came from his friend John Decker. The CIA wants him back in the USA. But, Sava feels he must find Decker first. Who wants Sava killed and why? What does Decker’s disappearance have to do with it?

Mayland’s second novel in the Mark Sava Spy series, The Leveling is full of intrigue and espionage. From the dark underworld of the Middle East Sava and his former girlfriend, Daria Buckingham search for answers and Decker. Add the Chinese to the mix and the region is set for war.

If you love spy novels The Leveling will not disappoint. It will keep you guessing until the very end. The fast-paced action is almost nerve-wracking. Trust is a commodity easily bought and then resold.

5 out of 5 stars.

Can We Stand?

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Ian and his group of security professionals that some call mercenaries are leaving El Paso. They have killed Dr. Sanjay and retrieved intel on safe houses throughout the United States. In the process, a man named Ram that was being used to inject variants of the virus into was rescued, and he and his partner, Jesse have now joined Ian’s group. The writing is on the wall for El Paso and Ft. Bliss. With millions of infected attacking the walls each day and food and other supplies running low for the over four million refugees something has got to give. It’s only a matter of time before tensions explode.

Hanson’s novel in the Five Roads To Texas series, For Which We Stand: Ian’s road follows Ian on his quest to find answers and those responsible. It is a much more zombie-ish tale than I would have liked. But, that is my opinion and in no way reflects on this review. The story is full of hard-hitting action and nail-biting suspense. The pace is quick.

This storyline is my favorite of the five. The mystery of who and why are explored along with the response from those able to rise and fight back. There are moments to cheer and moments for anger. I found this to be an emotional book. The fate of the United States is not so clear. Will Ian’s group be enough to make a difference?

As much as I’d love to give this book 5 stars I cannot. It has too many errors and is not as well edited as the other two books in the series. Therefore,

4 out of 5 stars.

Escape From El Paso

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Sidney (Wagner) Bannister senses a great need to leave the shelter of Fort Bliss. Tensions are high among the refugees. Food is being rationed but won’t last much longer without bringing in supplies from far away warehouses. The land around the El Paso base isn’t suitable for growing crops. This isn’t the place where she wants to have her baby.

Parker’s novel, After the Roads: Sidney’s Way is the second book in the Five Roads to Texas series. The first novel was a compilation of stories by five different authors. Parkers book follows one path and that is of Sidney. It is very well written and edited. The story is riveting.

As with any story in this genre you expect to have blood, guts, and gore. This book goes beyond that and adds gross, nasty, and disgusting. It is most definitely for the mature of audiences. Areas of the most vile are brought to life. You have been forewarned.

There wasn’t as much Sidney as I expected. Sure, she’s scattered about here and there. But, the story goes into more depth with the other characters. The biggest complaint that I have is the stereotypical depiction of Carmen, a Puerto Rican woman.

Overall, it is a good book, and I am happy to endorse it.

5 out of 5 stars.

Retched Water Everywhere

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A storm has grown over the Gulf of Mexico and stalled out around New Orleans. Flooding is inevitable the longer the rains pour down. Even once spared high ground isn’t immune to the raging waters. The currents are merciless. People will be trapped, and some will die either from drowning or tragedy bestowed upon them from the relentless torrent.

Abrahams third novel in The Alt Apocalypse series, Torrent is his best work to date. The emotional rollercoaster invoked in this tale punches you in the gut and then gives you hope. The narrative is so realistic that you see the story in your mind’s eye as well as with your emotions. It sucks you in and won’t let you go until the end.

Abrahams experienced the devastation of Hurricane Harvey in 2017 that struck Houston. I’m positive that he drew the scenes from what he witnessed firsthand. This is a real tear-jerker.

The same characters in the first two novels are thrown together again to test their abilities for survival. Some will, and some won’t. The déjà vu the characters are experiencing is explored in more detail. Though each book is a standalone work we are just now discovering the thread that binds them all together.

I can’t wait for the next installment!

Most definitely 5 out of 5 stars.

So, It Begins

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Alex Fletcher and his family are on their last vacation of the summer. It’s a family tradition that entails watching the Perseid meteor show. Little did they know that they were going to be in for much more.

Konkoly’s novella prequel to The Perseid Collapse Series, Red Dragon: A Post-Apocalyptic Survival Thriller is the perfect introduction to the series. This apocalyptic tale presents to you the actions happening prior to and the beginning of the “event”.

The emotions ranging from desperation to resignation are hard to ignore. It’s a short, fast read that piques your interest immediately. As always, Konkoly delivers!

5 out of 5 stars.

An Assassin Is Born

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Daniel Petrovich starts out as the authority adverse, Lieutenant Junior Grade in the Navy. He goes on to become the cold-blooded assassin, Marko Resja in the off the books Black Flagged program. He meets all the requirements and is easily molded into his new identity. And, he is most deadly.

Konkoly’s novella Black Flagged Series Prequel, Inception, is Daniel’s origin story. While he is not the easiest protagonist to like, he grows on you if you continue with the series. It always amazes me the amount of detail and precision the Konkoly goes to in his stories.

I was excited to get this novella at first. It starts off well and grabbed my attention. It is action-packed and very intense. What disappointed me was the lack of information regarding the actual training at General Sanderson’s camp. I wanted more and felt a bit shortchanged.

4 out of 5 stars.