Tag Archives: Norma Hinkens

SciFi at its best! Short and sweet.

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I’m not a big fan of short stories as I always want more. LOL This is a compilation of wonderfully written young adult science fiction short stories! Each an exciting fast read. One in particular showcases Norma Hinkens at her best. I thoroughly enjoyed reading each of these and recommend them highly.

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Saving Home

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After saving the planet Mhakerta The Four return to Aristozonex to find themselves under arrest. It seems the Syndicate Fleet Commander was killed in an ill-fated mission to Cwelt. Separated due to the nature of their ‘crimes’ they must somehow escape before execution and reunite to absolve themselves.

Trattora and Velkan are rescued by Velkan’s former owner, Sarth, with the help of Buir and Ghil. Sarth demands control of the dargonite on Cwelt she feels she is owed from their previous meeting. A run-in with body poachers who are searching for Trattora places Sarth in an unholy alliance with them to share the dargonite. The body poachers also take possession of Trattora and Velkan for safe keeping.

Ayma and Phin have friends inside the Fleet help them escape and take over the stealth fighter once again. They set off on a search to locate and liberate Trattora and Velkan. Finding them is one thing, successfully freeing them and escaping is quite another.

Meanwhile, on Cwelt, Parthelon has somehow become chieftain. He has struck a deal with the Maulers for mining rights of the dargonite. The Maulers then ambushed the Syndicate Fleet. Can The Four come together and return to Cwelt and overthrow Parthelon and the Maulers?

Hinkens’ third novel in The Expulsion Project series, Girl of Blood, is a non-stop, action-packed thrill ride. It’s a good mixture of adventure and romance in a sci-fi universe. There are plenty of twists to keep you interested all the way to the very end.

Nothing Trattora sets out to do is ever straightforward or easy. With guidance from her friends, she grows up significantly and learns to temper her impulses. She grows into the leader her father always expected her to become. Watching her mature over the course of these books has left me satisfied.

And, as Trattora has matured, so has Hinkens’ writing abilities. I applaud her work and look forward to wherever the next adventure takes her. I highly recommend this and every book Hinkens has written thus far.

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.

Can a Self-Actualized AI be Stopped?

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Trattora has managed to find the other three members of The Expulsion Project and they are off on an adventure to their home planet, Mhakerta. Mhakerta was taken over by a self-actualizing artificial intelligence known as Preeminence and its citizens are now prisoners. Marauders, pirates, human traffickers, and more do their best to keep The Four, as they have become to be known, from getting to Mhakerta and finding their birth parents. Then there is the challenge of battling Preeminence.

Hinkens second novel in The Expulsion Project, Girl of Stone, is even more exciting than the first book. There is non-stop action and layers of twists that keep you reading straight through until the end. The heroine, Trattora, is constantly struggling to do the right thing and not get them all killed without the council of her best friend, Buir.

This is a young adult, dystopian, space opera. The ending smacked me upside the head. It was indeed a shocker. Can’t wait until the next book!

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.

This book will be available in May 2017.

What would you do to find out who you really are?

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Trattora has never know where she came from. The only tie to her past is a bracelet engraved with her name. When she meets Velkan and discovers he also has an identical bracelet Trattora knows she must find answers. The quest for knowledge is filled with treachery and death. Trattora must leave her adopted parents and their planet, Cwelt, behind while they are in the midst of an invasion. Yet, she feels that finding the answers she seeks will also help her liberate Cwelt.

Hinkens first book in The Expulsion Project series, Girl of Fire, is a sci-fi dystopian. There is plenty of action in this adventure. It is well paced and the main character is fully developed. It has several heart-stopping twists and a surprise ending that leaves you wanting for more.

I strongly recommend this action-packed novel which will debut January 10, 2017. 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.

One Person Can Make A Difference

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The estimated date for publication is June 30, 2016, though a firm date has not yet been established.

Derry Connolly never gives up. She is fighting for not only her freedom but that of every other person under the Sovereign Leader’s control. Now that she knows he is alive and running things from a spaceship orbiting the earth, she is more determined than ever to end his reign.

Hinkens final installment in The Undergrounders Series, Judgement, continues to entertain with fast paced action and multiple twists. Derry’s character has matured so much in such a short period of time. She has good supporting characters that help to guide her and provide her counsel. Her bravery not only helps her succeed but inspires others to willingly follow her in the quest for freedom against seemingly unsurmountable odds.

This novel is well written and edited. It is a nice conclusion to the series. Hinkens has delivered and I hope that she will bring us more in the future.

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.

 

 

Can Ememies Join Forces?

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Our story picks up immediately where Hinkens‘ first book in The Underground Series, Immurement, ended. Sixteen year old Derry Connelly is determined to return to the Craniopolis and end the evil human experimentation and cloning being forced upon captured Undergrounders. Her goal also includes finding out if her brother, Owen, is truly dead. But, she cannot go it alone. Will she persuade the Rogues to join forces with what is left of the Council? And, what will she find when she travels to Shoshane City which was destroyed in the meltdown?

Hinkens’ second novel in The Underground Series, Embattlement, starts off a little slow. Once you get past the first few chapters it takes off and never stops. There is a host of new characters mixed in with the old; and, they bring a lot to the table. Derry’s character struggles with her new role as leader and balancing that with her feelings for Sven.

The ending to this book really surprised me. And, that has not happened in a long time. It was one of those “Oh, sh*t!” in a bad way cliffhanger endings. I loved it! There is no way I will miss reading the next book.

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.

A Heroine with True Grit

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Sixteen year old Derry Connelly grows up quickly when placed in the position of making life and death decisions that affect her family and friends. She’s been living in a prepper Undergrounder bunker with her brother, Owen, and their father for the past six years after the earth’s core suffered a meltdown causing a ring of volcanoes to erupt. They along the with other Undergrounders of their bunker and the surrounding bunkers have a distrust of the one world government and its sovereign leader. With rogue subversives murdering other survivors and strange hovercrafts snatching up those unfortunate enough to be caught outside their bunker, Derry and her group are barely surviving. When Owen disappears she is put in the unlikely position of leading a search and rescue team.

Hinkens‘ first book in The Underground Series, Immurement, is a dystopian based science fiction thriller. It is very well edited and the young adult storyline is a fast read full of action. The post-apocalyptic world is vividly described and its characters well developed. Twists and turns are well placed and somewhat surprising. There is an interesting mixture of characters, young and old, clone and deviations, and survivors and scientists.

I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Having a strong female lead who wasn’t bogged down in teenage angst was refreshing. Derry isn’t perfect and her mistakes weigh heavily upon her shoulders. She has more grit and smarts about her than Katniss Everdeen ever thought about having. I’m looking forward to reading the next installment of her story.

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.