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!
PREQUEL NOVELLA: THE FIRST DRAGONEER
BOOK ONE: THE ROYAL DRAGONEERS
BOOK TWO: COLD HEARTED SON OF A WITCH
BOOK THREE: THE CONFLICTION
This review applies to the entire trilogy of the Dragoneers, not just the first book. The series is a really good YA trilogy, with real characters who have real foibles, dreams, fears, desires, unkind thoughts and everything else that comprises the range of human emotion. There are no “Mary Sues” in this saga. The female characters are smart, strong and emotional; the male characters are confused, brave, and scared. They are all elated at the bond they share with their dragons and absolutely terrified of the alien menace that reveals itself gradually through all three books. There is no “magic bullet” or “super-mage” that comes along to make an end to the devastating problems faced by all characters (not just the Royal Dragoneers). The solutions come along gradually with trial and error; various other entities decide to help or not as the story unfolds. I would definitely recommend this series (and the short stories that accompany it) for anyone whose teens/young adults are looking for something other than vampires, magical solutions, or werewolves but still want to read good fantasy.
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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