By Janet Morris and Chris Morris
Great Sci-Fi tale! Real characters you can relate to, like, hate, feel sorry for. If you know any army Rangers, you will recognize “Det” Cox. He doesn’t think much of bureaucrats or, come to think of it, most officers with little experience. He commands a group of Rangers on loan from the government to the largest inter-spacial mining entity on earth… naturally based in the US. They are being sent to an unnamed planet still in the process of being terraformed, but already being mined for rare minerals, under the guise of stopping a rebellion.
As they say, no battle plan survives first contact with the enemy and this is no exception!
A wild story and a great read!
The Archived (The Archived, #1)
by Victoria Schwab
I’m ashamed to say I read this book and forgot to write a review when it was fresh in my mind. But, as I think back, all the elements of the story are still clear as a bell, even though I have probably read 50 books since this one.
The story contains a wonderful plot that combines the love of a child for her grandfather, the sorrow of losing that grandfather and then her younger brother, dealing with her mother’s inability to accept her brother’s loss and trying to handle her duties as a Keeper that were passed to her when her grandfather died.
Her grandfather was a Keeper, one of those charged with keeping the souls in the Archives, shelved similarly to books in a library, where they belong, retrieving new souls unable to get to the Archives the “normal” way and tracking down and returning souls who manage to get out of the Archives for any number of reasons, most of them not good. She is too young to be a Keeper but that doesn’t seem to have stopped the power from descending to her from her grandfather when he passed away. Even though he had been training her for several years, there is still a lot she does not know and she needs to learn fast!
After moving with her parents to an old residential hotel where her mother intends to open a coffee shop (can you say “geographical cure”?), she is even busier trying to keep up with her duties as her ability to “read” events of deaths that occurred in a certain place blossoms. She meets a boy about her own age also living in this antique building, who is very different from most of the friends she just left behind, who seems to be showing up at the most interesting times.
The author’s description of the Keeper’s duties trying to corral souls who do not understand what has happened to them or who refuse to accept the fact that they have died are truly amazing and somewhat terrifying. This is a book I would recommend to teenage readers or adults with a liking for dark and mysterious doings. I look forward to the next books in this series.
Making a realistic and reasonable action story out of an incredulous plot takes a very deft hand. David Leadbetter has done this in spades with “The Bone of Odin.” The action is everything you want with none of the usual tangents into boring descriptions of weaponry – people shoot with guns, cut with knives and rappel with (okay, fairly fancy) ropes. He brings together a cast of characters who each have distinct and separate but well-defined personalities and none of them are larger than life or superhuman. Quite the contrary. They come with foibles, fears, worries, families and all the rest of the baggage that adheres to humanity.
If you want a fun, exciting, well-written book to hold you enthralled for several hours and make you forget everything else going on in your life – just for a little while – this is the book.
I can’t wait to start on the next Matt Drake adventure.
Hats off to David Leadbetter!
FAT PROFITS, by Bruce Bradley
For a first novel, this book is extremely well-written with very well-defined characters. Even though, as the author points out in his final comments, this is complete fiction, it still describes the mind-set of corporate upper echelon individuals in a very incisive way. He describes the behavior and attitudes of the higher-ups in the company where his protagonist is employed with absolutely accuracy in the “up or out” corporate environment.
There is well-written, realistic action and a great build-up to the final denouement. The characters have the attributes and foibles of actual people – no “Mary Sues” in sight.
Even though this is a work of fiction, there is a great deal of actual information contained in the book about how our national food supply is treated by the corporations that provide it and the cutthroat atmosphere of competition between huge, multi-national entities.
I recommend FAT PROFITS as a good and intense thriller that will actually inform the reader while keeping them entertained with edge-of-your-seat action right up until the very end!
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Disclaimer: I received a review copy of this book free of charge in return for writing a review.