Tag Archives: Dystopian

Evil From Within

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Compound Fracture    Robert Hardwick feels like a caged animal waiting to go home from his friend’s compound in north Georgia. A greedy congressman has waged war against the compound with the intent of overtaking it and occupying it. During the current stalemate, Robert has an idea that might get the congressman to leave them alone. But, at what cost to Robert and his friends?

Horton’s third novel in The Locker Nine series, Compound Fracture see Grace and her friend, Tom have made it to Robert’s compound where they are awaiting his return. Robert declined to leave with Grace so that Sonyea had time to heal enough to travel. Now, with Author’s compound in lockdown, there seem to be limited options for them to leave.

This fast-paced book is full of surprises. There’s betrayal and new found resolve. The true meaning of friendship is tested. Family dynamics are examined. There’s a little bit of something for everyone.

5 out of 5 stars.

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No Rest For The Weary

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Hero

Marcus Battle may have disappeared, but he is neither gone or forgotten. Nearly a decade after leaving the town of Baird, Texas and going north of the wall friends from his past seek his help. Battle isn’t young anymore and had hoped his days of vigilante justice were behind him. But, the only people that he loves are in trouble, and he will step back into the world to do whatever it takes to keep them safe.

Abrahams seventh book in The Traveler series, Hero: A Post Apocalyptic/Dystopian Adventure brings back an even harder and more grizzled Marcus Battle. We see a mixture of familiar characters with some interesting new ones. The new ones foretell of a future story arc.

This has to be one of my favorite series. It’s a shame the author rushed through this book and made it so short. It wasn’t one of his best edited either. It seems really weird that ALL of the women waited until they were about to give birth to try and leave. Why not flee when you find out you are pregnant? Or, at least not so late term. And, ALL of the women brought their other child. Why couldn’t other relatives have taken them or possibly the daddy?

In Chapter 13 Lou has labor pains. “You’ve got to be kidding me,” she said. “Now?” And, again in Chapter 19. “Now?” she growled. “Are you kidding me?” Lou has more depth than that. The dialogue is almost the same.

From Chapter 24: He counted a half dozen women.
Nope. There were only 6 to begin with. One was shot after giving birth. Another was shot while behind the horse with Lou and Andrea. Andrea is behind the horse with Lou. So, the most he could see would be 3.

Otherwise, it is a good story, and I love Marcus Battle.

3 out of 5 stars.

Sins Consumed

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FFA Sin Eaters     Nelson Jackson is no more, only the Reaper remains. The group of Sin Eaters that he leads is wreaking havoc on those that seek to take down the Republic. It is their greatest hope to help the Republic regain control of our nation. The Federal States is bent on destroying those that try to exercise their constitutional rights.

Watson’s fifth novel in the Forgotten Forbidden America Series, Sin Eaters is the most intense yet. What was once just an annoying gnat to the Federal States is now a swarm of angry hornets. And, any other nation that tries to assist the Federal States has the Sin Eaters visited upon them.

As dark as the writing is for this book therein lies several moments of levity. It is well balanced and helps break the tension. Watson does an excellent job of bringing out all of the reader’s emotions. What remains to be seen is if there is hope of rescuing Nelson from his Reaper persona should the Federal States be taken down.

5 out of 5 stars.

Do Or Die Trying

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Westley Flagg continues to tell us his story of survival with his grandparents on their farm after a CME has caused what is believed to be a nationwide or possibly worldwide blackout. Things haven’t really changed all that much on the farm. It’s the world around them that is devolving rather quickly.

Craven’s second novel in the Still Surviving series, All Dark expands upon Wes’ relationship with Jess while following the unspeakable actions of the horde living at the Crater of Diamonds. When he finds out that Jess’ group will do nothing more than watch as atrocities are committed he knows that he must do something on his own. And, that may put his life at risk.

While the story is intriguing Craven has so many typos and contextual errors it is distracting. All his books seem to be this way. I truly don’t understand why he doesn’t use an editor or at least a beta reading group to help him out.

3 out of 5 stars.

Boots On The Ground

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Sarah Washburn made it to El Paso and Ft. Bliss with her husband who was infected and her father-in-law only to have to go on the run again. Leaving her husband behind, she and her FIL seek refuge with the Ute tribe in Colorado. During the escape from Beaumont Medical Center, a member of her group takes a package left by Dr. Sanjay. Now, her entire group, as well as the inhabitants near Chimney Rock, are in grave danger from those that seek to recover the package.

Baker’s novel, Showdown At Chimney Rock, Sarah’s Run, is the fifth book in the Five Roads To Texas series. It wasn’t until I started writing this review and went to Amazon to get the complete title that I realized this was Sarah’s story. I felt the book was evenly divided among the characters at first. But, now that I think about it I can see that Sarah had a more defined story.

This is a very sad book in that so many good characters die and not by the hands of the zombies. In fact, the zombie role is almost a comical relief. The last chapter totally made the book and had me cheering.

4 out of 5 stars.

Adapt Or Die

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Chaos Reigns SL2

Book, Shadow, and Blaster are desperately trying to get Kristi and her kids to the sanctuary of their hidden retreat. Kristi’s sister and her family are the antitheses of everything the Rangers stand for. While they want the Rangers’ help they place a significant burden on everyone trying to advance to safety as quickly as possible. All around them society is devolving. Atrocities await them at every turn.

Watson, Allen, and Allen have come together once again for the second novel in the Stolen Liberty series with Chaos Reigns. The editing was far superior over the first book. The story was every bit as exciting. Thankfully, it did not make me cry. The characters in this story are growing and adapting to their new reality.

We were teased with a smattering of Pirate’s story down in Florida. I thought that what little information we received about him and his family could have been better dispersed within the book. I kept expecting more of that story. By the way this book ended, I expect the next will go into more detail regarding Pirate.

4 out of 5 stars.

Revenge Is Not Always So Sweet

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Conor Maguire, aka the Mad Mick, has decided that the community needs to come together and help watch out for one another. While he is rallying the locals the boss of his daughter’s kidnappers is hunting him down. Seems he is none too happy about Conor killing his men. Will the folks around the mountain agree to ally with each other in time to stop this growing army?

Horton’s second novel in The Mad Mick Series, Masters of Mayhem is his best work thus far. It is so well written that it was able to bring out almost all my emotions. The pacing of the action is perfect. It’s a fast read and very hard to put down.

With the addition of some new characters that seem like that will be hanging around for a while I can see this series going for several more books. I am looking forward to the next installment.

5 out of 5 stars.