The Chaplain’s War

A great book with characters having great insights without boredom. I would have thought the experiences of a chaplain’s assistance and his crisis of faith could in no way be all that interesting. I would have been wrong.

Well written, well edited, and a page turner. It had hints of Heinlein’s Starship Troopers, one of my all-time favorites.

NanoStrike

When’s the movie coming out?

Very impressive book! Well written, great characters and good editing. I enjoyed reading about "bad guys" that I could come to understand a bit more of their viewpoint. The details of another culture that we don’t learn a lot about were well presented and represented.

I enjoyed it, and am serious… this would make a great movie.

Breakers

I enjoyed Breakers, both the story/plot line and the characters. I was really invested in the characters and when things happened, I was worried about them. The book took a bit of a turn in the middle, going in a bit of a different direction, but I plowed on through and found it all worked out in the end.

I’m interested to see what the sequels do with the story.

WWIV – In The Beginning

I like a good post-apocalyptic story, but so many go down the zombie or otherwise totally unbelievable path. That’s OK sometimes, but sometimes I want more realism. WWIV certainly gave it to me. Characters I could relate to (maybe too well, sometimes), situations I could definitely see happening, and a scenario that was literally in the news (EMP pulse dangers) the day I started reading the book.

Well written and well edited, I really enjoyed the book. And the ending… oh, the ending.

Can’t wait for the next one.

Note that I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it

After the Virus

It’s really a love story…

No, not a romance, and with very few if any "love scenes", but at the core, I found it to be a great love story. Strong characterizations, and a supporting cast that you could believe in.

A bit of gore, and some more violence, but not excessive (at least to me). I’m not a gore/horror genre fan, but enjoyed this a bunch.

I enjoyed the way the author kept you on the edge of your seat, with some well done scene changes. The author is an independent filmmaker, I understand. Maybe that helps with scene and flow.

My only disappointment was when I read the author’s bio, I learned it was the author’s first book… that kept me from running out and buying her next one.

Note that I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it (although by the time I got around to reading it, I honestly had forgotten where it came from).

Orphan Flu

As others have commented, I found the first chapter or two a little hard to get into, but I shortly found it to be a "can’t put it down" book. I’ve always been fond of post apocalyptic stories, but many of them wind up with the same battles and same issues. This one was different.

There were a few places that were a little unbelievable to me, but nothing that made me want to quit reading.

I won’t spoil the end, but there was a sharp, moving twist at the end that is worth waiting for.

I hope to see a sequel!

Note: I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review

CyberStorm

I always enjoy a good post-apocalyptic book (guess that says something about me), and when I saw this one, was excited to find a new author. Had to finish another in-progress book before I could start, but once I did, I couldn’t stop.

I stayed up way too late reading, and then when the alarm went off, reached over for it again. Then found myself sneaking it in the gaps at work.

This is a well crafted book, with detailed characters and a totally believable sequence of events. Way too often I was thinking “that could be me”, or “I need to stockpile some stuff”. Occasionally the introspection and editorial commentary was a smidgen too long, but honestly there is a good message for people to think about, and if you think you’re getting bored, just turn the page and the action strikes again.

There were several plot twists that I didn’t see coming which really added to the suspense.

And if you’re worried about this being a self-published author (at least I’m pretty sure he is), don’t. This is an entirely professional book, well edited and proofed.

Note that I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.

Exodus

I enjoy apocalyptic and post-apocalyptic type stories, especially with a good SciFi bent. This looked like it was going to fit the bill, and didn’t disappoint. The author took a slightly different tactic than many, with a lot of emphasis on the failing governments of the world and how those failings play into the efforts to save some of the human race.

There is less "technical details" and more "people" details, with good characterizations and dialog. At times I wished there was a bit more background and detail, but I like a rather "deep" book at times that might be boring to many.

The pacing was good, with enough suspense to make me keep turning the pages (I stayed up past my bedtime to finish it).

Note that I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.