Tag Archives: Thriller

Time to Cut Your Losses

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Escaping Home

Morgan Carter feels that he has done what was needed to survive in an economic collapse such as the one the country Is now in. As more of his neighbors either flee to the FEMA camps or die due to starvation or suicide, he finds him and his allies are under constant attack by raiders and sniper fire. None of them want to leave, but what is the price that they will pay if they stay? And, with the rumors that the FEMA camps are more like prison camps, what are their bug out options?

American’s third novel in The Survivalist Series, Escaping Home, showcases the struggles that Morgan faces with trying to balance staying at their home and keeping his family safe. Can he convince his family to relocate if the time comes they can no longer sustain their home? This book also picks back up the story of Jess and what has happened with her and her family since Morgan got her safely to her parents.

Another well written, well edited story in the series. The characters are very diverse and quite complex. The tale is every bit as gritty as those before. I really love this series.

5 out of 5 stars.

Who Am I?

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The International Space Station discovers a suitcase-like object adhered to the outside. After recovering it they sending it back to Earth for further analysis. Once opened the suitcase infects those nearby with a highly infectious amnesia virus. Ryder Nape, a news reporter with contacts inside NASA, figures out what is going on and tries to save his friends.

Nelder’s novel, ARIA: Left Luggage, is a true medical science fiction tale. The concept of an Alien Retrograde Infectious Amnesia possibly destroying mankind is unique. The story is told in such a way that you are rapidly turning the pages to know more. As more and more folks are infected and forget where they work the world plunges quickly into an apocalyptic state.

What do the aliens want? What is the purpose of the virus? How long before mankind is unable to recover from the shutdown of all services? To find the answers to those and many other questions, you will need to read the other books in the series.

4 out of 5 stars due to the lack of depth in the characters. Otherwise, it is a well edited, captivating tale.

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.

You Can’t Save Everyone

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Mark Bishop and Maeve Tildon are struggling to survive in the mini ice age that is worsening day by day. Bishop realizes that in order to stay alive that they must relocate to more favorable conditions. Their supplies are limited and dwindling fast. It won’t be long before the worst of mankind rears its ugly head. Finding and securing a new redoubt is only half of the equation. Getting everyone there alive is going to be the hardest part even if everyone agrees to go along.

Shaw’s second novel in the Surrender the Sun series, Sanctuary: A Post Apocalyptic Dystopian Thriller, continues the tale of the folks in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho as they cope with the realization that help is not coming. Even with pooled resources they know that their days are numbered. The story explores the harsh contrast between the haves and the have nots. It is well paced and minor characters from the first book are more developed.

The brutalities of this new environment touch both young and old with heart wrenching consequences. My emotions were stripped raw on more than one occasion. But, as the story is yet to be complete I am looking forward to 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.

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.

Will They Survive Their Own Mistakes?

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James Rockwell and his family are on an island off the coast of Portland, Maine when an explosion sends a tsunami their way. Realizing that no one will come to their aid they seek higher ground until they can find a way home. After leaving the island they discover that civilization has dissolved into chaos that threatens their lives at every turn.

Abrahams first novella in the Pilgrimage Series, Crossing: A Perseid Collapse Novella, is a Kindle Worlds spinoff from Steven Konkoly’s “The Perseid Collapse Series”. It is very well done and follows Konkoly’s timeline. The characters are as real as they get. The family make heart-stopping mistakes that keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the story. The emotions tug at you as you read about their struggles with the new reality that surrounds them.

The story is fast paced and gritty. It is a good beginning to the Rockwell’s journey. I look forward to reading the remainder of the series.

5 out of 5 stars.

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.

Misunderstanding the Written Word

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“So?” Such a simplistic, concise question. It invites the other party to explain their previous comments or to continue with their dialogue. Upon hearing this word one normally takes the tone of the speaker into consideration along with body language should they be face-to-face. But, in written form, such as, texting, emailing, on Facebook or other social network settings, the emotion of the writer cannot and should not be inferred. The only exception would be if there were emoticons or other sentences which expressly state a specific intent.

Take it at face value. Do not try to add your emotions to the written word. Thinking that the question “So?” is somehow snarky or argumentative only goes to show how insecure the thinker is. Approach the question as if in an everyday conversation without malice and answer it as such.

I have seen way too many posting wars due to one or both parties placing emotion on questions or statements that simply was not there or the intent of the posting party. Stop doing that. Why assume that every time you are asked a question that you are being challenged in some way? Some folks are not as wordy or well-spoken as you and have difficulty expressing themselves with the written word. Let it go. Respond in a simple and what you think is a polite manner and leave it be.

And, for goodness sakes do not tell the other person that you thought your original message was clear. Obviously, it was not for the person asking the question. Why pick a fight when one was not being initiated? None of us are mind readers. Your thought process may have been going in an entirely different direction than the other person.

So much discord could be avoided if we tried to be nice to one another.