Sunday, October 23, 2016

Standing the Final Watch by William Alan Webb

Standing the Final Watch (The Last Brigade Book 1)

Paperback: 246 pages
Publisher: Dingbat Publishing ()
ISBN-13: 978-1940520650
Kindle: 792 KB
Publisher: Dingbat Publishing; 1 edition (August 17, 2016)
Available on Amazon

Rip Van Warriors

Oregon Muse mentioned this in today's Sunday Morning Book Thread and it seems like just the kind of action-packed SF thriller that a lot of us enjoy.

Here's the blurb:

America might be dead, but Nick Angriff will kick your ass to resurrect her.

Lt. General Nick Angriff has spent his adult life protecting family and country from a world of terrorism spinning out of control. On the battlefield, off the grid, in clandestine special task forces and outright black ops, Angriff never wavers from duty. But when a terror attack on Lake Tahoe kills his family, he’s left with only the corrosive acid of revenge… that is, until a hated superior officer reveals the deepest of all secret operations. Against the day of national collapse, a heavily-armed military unit rests in cryogenic storage, to be awakened when needed, and Angriff is named its commander.

Fifty years later he wakes to find the USA destroyed and predatory warlords roaming the ruins. Stalked by assassins bent on seizing his command for their own purposes, Angriff has to prepare for war while avoiding murder.

Because the only wall still shielding survivors from slavery and death are the men and women of The Last Brigade.

If you read it, let me know what you think.

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Friday, October 21, 2016

Flames of Nevyana by Edward Willett

Flames of Nevyana

Trade Paperback: 316 pages
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc ()
ISBN-13: 978-0994839961
Kindle: 1742 KB
Publisher: Rebelight Publishing Inc; 1 edition (August 1, 2016)
Complimentary review copy
Available on Amazon in print and Available on Kindle

YA Quest with a Twist

I got a print copy of the Flames of Nevyana from the publisher. When I got it I showed it to my teen and she wanted to read it next because she was impressed by how cool it looks. Aside from the great cover art, the paper is really smooth and white and she loved that it has a map.

The story takes place in Nevyana, which seems like a fantasy setting. There are three main groups of people who co-exist in an uneasy cold war - the Citydwellers, the Freefolk, and the furred and nocturnal Nightdwellers. The main characters are three teens from each - Citydweller boy Petra, Freefolk girl Amlinn, and Nightdweller boy Jin. They are all exemplary young citizens, but the theft of important magical items from their respective peoples throw them together in a quest. Very traditional fantasy set-up, right?

But there's a twist! We start getting hints that what seems magical may actually be technology, and the characters themselves are faced with a huge paradigm shift as everything they've grown up believing comes into question.

I liked the characters - I like that they were idealistic, and wanted to do the right thing, and not angsty (sorry, I'm just tired of angsty teen characters lately). So I found that refreshing. I loved the fantasy to sf twist.

Great world-building, a fantasy feel with an SF twist, admirable characters, and the themes of courage and truth above all make Flames of Nevyana a wonderful YA read. I know my teen will really enjoy it.

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Thursday, October 20, 2016

Review: The Product by Marina Fontaine

The Product

Print Length: 81 pages
Publisher: Superversive Press ()
Kindle: 1485 KB
Available on Amazon

Intense Dystopic Thriller

I mentioned this new release last week, and as promised, here's my review:

The Product is about a dark and intense dystopia. It's about Kevin, a young dealer of the "Product", which is a mysterious and highly illegal substance. It also seems to be the only source of happiness of a incredibly cowed and remarkably ignorant. They've forgotten a lot - basic concepts we take for granted. The scary thing is that the future that's painted is not that unimaginable. It's a future that is a simple extrapolation from our present.

I really like that The Product is very fast-paced - starts out with a chase and things escalate from there. I got quite worried about the main characters. The violence is really up there, which made it tough for me in some spots. But the need to find out more kept me reading. And although The Product does not shirk at portraying violence and evil, the story is really about hope and faith in the human spirit.

Not a long story, but like I said, an intense one. And open-ended enough that I wonder if there will be more stories in this setting.

By the way, check out my review of the author's first book, Chasing Freedom.

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Wednesday, October 19, 2016

On Sale! Life Unworthy by Christopher Taylor

Life Unworthy

Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform ()
ISBN-13: 978-1517196165
Kindle: 787 KB
Publisher: Kestrel Arts (September 21, 2015)
Available on Amazon

Only $1.99 for a Limited Time

This is one of my favorite books to have reviewed on the blog, so I'm really thrilled that it is on sale for less than two bucks! I think it will be on sale for around a week, so grab your copy soon.

It's about a Werewolf in Nazi-occupied Poland in World War II. Read my review to see why I like it so much. And it's perfect Halloween read.

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Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Review: Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set

Light in the Darkness: A Noblebright Fantasy Boxed Set


Publisher: Publisher Name ()
ISBN-13: 999-1234567890
Kindle: 5225 KB
Publication Date: October 18, 2016
ASIN: B01K3534QI
Available on Amazon

Released Today!

If you took advantage of the pre-order steal of 99c, this should now be in your Kindle library today. I was offered a review copy, and since I had already pre-ordered, I said, why not, let me get started!

I love that on the Kindle (and Fire) this is so organized! The table of contents has each book by author, and each book expands to it's own table of contents. And when you are reading one of the books, the status bar on the bottom acts just like it would in a regular book - if you are halfway through the book, it shows half, even though the book is at the end of the collection. Very nice.

As soon as I got my review copy I opened it to Sherwood Smith's book. Sherwood is one of my favorite fantasy writers, and I'd never read this one yet. Lhind the Thief is a YA mystery adventure that is the beginning of it's own series. It was originally published in 2013, and if you purchase it separately it would cost $4.99. But in this collection it just costs around 16 cents (I did the math).

Lhind the Thief is about a thief that can do "shimmers" (illusions) and because of this gets shanghaid into an adventure. On the way we start to realize that the real mystery lies in Lhind's own identity. It's a very engaging story and now I want to read the sequel. Like all of Sherwood's books, I love how fresh and yet layered the fantasy setting is. She's really good at creating her world but not overwhelming the reader with details.

My biggest problem with this collection is that with so many books to choose from , which do I read next? I think I may try Sabrina Chase's The Last Mage Guardian next, just because I've heard good things about her books.

Here's the blurb for the Light in the Darkness, including a summary of the contents.

Monday, October 17, 2016

CLFA October Booknado Part 2: New Releases on Sale!

CLFA Booknado of New Releases Part 2!

Here is part 2 of the CLFA Booknado which is an avalanche of new releases by conservative and libertarian freedom-writers! (If you haven't seen it, here is Part 1.)


Dragonblood: A Collection of Short Stories by Sarah A. Hoyt
Flames of Nevyana by Edward Willett

Science Fiction

Discovery by Karina Fabian
SF - First Contact
Advance to Contact (Warp Marine Corps Book 3) by C.J. Carella
Birthright: The Complete Trilogy by Rick Partlow
Mil-SF Omnibus

Post-Apocalyptic Thrillers

A Place Outside the Wild by Daniel Humphreys
After the Zombies (Horde)
Days of Future Past – Part 1: Past Tense by John Van Stry

Funny P.I. Mysteries

Mexican Hat Trick by T.S. O’Neil
Blackfox Crime (Horde) 
Cindy’s Story by Duane L. Martin
P.I. 101

Historical Romance & Short Stories

Miss Maryanne's Disgrace by Georgie Lee
Regency Romance
Echoes of Liberty Anthology - The Clarion Call Vol. 2
SFF Stories of Liberty

Satire & Social Commentary

Sad Puppies Bite Back by Declan Finn
Based on a True Story, Twisted
Van Ripplewink: You Can’t Go Home Again by Paul Clayton
Rip Van Winkle Retold

Have fun reading, and remember to post a review on Amazon!