Tag Archives: Metaphysical

A Worthy Compliment to 1984


The Phoenix Cycle cover

Steve and Leslie have reached their Phoenix Cycle. They have been handpicked to join the Guard, for Steve, or the Inner Circle, for Leslie.  They have the option to decline and live the remainder of their lives in the New San Francisco district called Edingburg, all of this overseen by the General. This is their opportunity to rise or forever condemned to the slums.

The IRA has been tried to fight and overthrow the General for twenty plus years. Steve has that fight in his blood. But, what about Leslie? Is she as committed to the cause as him? Steve wants all the citizens of New San Francisco to know the truth and join them in their fight.

Collopy’s novel, The Phoenix Cycle: The Best Shall Rise is full of philosophy and tends to be a bit over my head. But, that is my limitation, not yours. The perspective changes from time-to-time. It’s a true dystopian similar in nature to Orwell’s 1984.

It is also a very long book. So, if you are not into philosophical debates, then I would not recommend it. Otherwise, it appears to be a very well received book, especially in the United Kingdom.

4 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.

No Rest



Aeric Traxx’s story is continued to be told by future generations. This part of his story is set when he becomes the mayor of San Angelo. And, the Vultures are still bringing terror down on anyone who tries to go against them.

Parker’s second novel in The Path of Ashes series, Fireside, shows how Aeric becomes the leader of his people and sets about to fortify the city from raiders. Since he is the only person to have ever survived the Vultures, he must be ever vigilant to them mounting an attack on his city.

It is during this part of the story that paranormal activity is introduced. While that is not my cup of tea, I did not let it distract from my overall enjoyment of the tale.

4 out of 5 stars.

Lies Exposed


Alpha Field

Beth 259201 has enjoyed her new-found freedom. But, she wants FERTS destroyed and all Beth’s free. After a near death battle at the camp secrets 201 has tried to convey were brought to light. Now, with the help of the survivors she launches a quest back to FERTS.

Hudson’s third novel in the FERTS series, Alpha Field, brings 201’s life in full circle. The visions she has experienced help her fulfill her destiny. This action-packed thriller will have you on the edge of your seat as you turn page after page to follow the action.

The paranormal aspect of this series is not my cup of tea. It did not take away from the story or Hudson’s ability to craft a well written tale. I recommend the entire series.

5 out of 5 stars.

The Very Definition of Love


The Monsters Death cover

Ren Lewis has evolved so much from the first book. He has found love and will do anything to keep it – forever. It’s life as usual at The Lucidites Institute even though they are still recovering from an apocalyptic event. Ren feels that he has done more than his share to keep the world safe and that it is time to pass the torch. Can he really walk away from his work, his family, and his friends?

Noffke’s fourth and final book in the Ren series, Ren: The Monster’s Death, draws to conclusion the story of Ren Lewis. It has been a wonderful ride. Even though he is a character in many of her other books, Ren’s stories will be dearly missed.

This book is shows more than anything else what true love is and what one man will do to keep it alive. I’ve never liked Ren’s lady love, Dahlia, but I’ve never wished her any harm either. What I didn’t realize was the depth to which Ren loved her.

A well-written and edited book by Noffke. A great addition to the Ren collection.

5 out of 5 stars.

The North is in the Dark


33 Decgrees Cover

The South has the North imprisoned behind a wall in a perpetual ice age. It is rumored that the sun shines in the South on the other side of the wall, but it is all a lie. Death in the North is a daily occurrence with the fight to get on the train in order to work for food and fuel for heat. Javin, an 18 year old who was orphaned at an early age, has survived the servitude under the South’s rule and seeks to kill one of the guards.

Annunziato’s award winning, first novel, 33 Degrees, is a post-apocalyptic, dystopian story of the USA set in the future. The characters were well developed and the world he presented was easily visualized. I was so drawn in by this dark tale that if there were any editing issues I didn’t notice them. The story itself is refreshingly original.

I am so looking forward to both the prequel and the sequel that are promised to be in the works. 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.