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Book Spotlight: The Prey Of Gods By Nicky Drayden
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The Prey of Gods
Paperback | Kindle
By Nicky Drayden
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 13, 2017

Bringing a passion unlike many in the field of science fiction, Nicky Drayden makes her debut with an explosive start in The Prey of Gods. There is a sense of world building more common to high fantasy than sci-fi in her expert weaving of this tale. And I have to say that I only barely read any of it. As a matter of fact, I read a mere three chapters and decided that I have to own this book.

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Book Review: Flames Of Rebellion by Jay Allan
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Flames Of Rebellion
Flames Of Rebellion Book 1
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Jay Allan
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: March 21, 2017

In Flames Of Rebellion, author Jay Allan creates a futuristic galactic tale where Earth’s Federal America has become an authoritarian society that rules over several extraterrestrial colony worlds, including Alpha 2, commonly referred to as “Haven” by its inhabitants. Haven is on the brink of revolution, with protests against Federal America become more and more frequent, with one in the works to occur at a federal mining prison camp that can only lead to disastrous outcomes for both the prisoners and the soldiers deployed to quell the riot. It becomes clear right away that the respective powerful forces behind both the Federal American government and the Rebellion have a bigger end game in mind and have no problem using people as pawns to achieve it.

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Book Review: A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers
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A Closed and Common Orbit
Wayfarers Book 2
Paperback | Kindle | Audiobook
By Becky Chambers
Sequel to The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: March 14, 2017 (Paperback Edition)

In A Closed and Common Orbit, author Becky Chambers leaves behind the Wayfarer starship and most of the characters introduced in the first book, The Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet. Instead, this second book focuses on Lovelace, the Wayfarer’s communications interface who’s consciousness has been rebooted into a human-looking body, or “body kit,” that the sentient AI calls Sidra. Lovelace is finding life to be difficult to get used to as Sidra, especially since aside from recalling her initial programming as a ship’s computer, she has no memories from her time with the Wayfarer.

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Book Review: The Wrong Dead Guy By Richard Kadrey
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The Wrong Dead Guy by Richard Kadrey

The Wrong Dead Guy
Another Coop Heist Book 2
Sequel to The Everything Box
By Richard Kadrey
Hardcover | Kindle | Audiobook
Publisher: Harper Voyager
Release date: February 28, 2017

You probably know author Richard Kadrey best from his Sandman Slim gritty urban fantasy series, but for his latest book, The Wrong Dead Guy, he continues the adventures of Charlie “Coop” Cooper, a master thief who saved the world in the first installment, The Everything Box. In this follow-up, Coop has reluctantly gone legit after being drafted into working for the Department of Peculiar Science, a Los Angeles-based top secret government agency dealing with oddities and strange supernatural items. This time around, the DOPS has a quick job for Coop: break into a local museum and steal an ancient Egyptian mummy named Harkhuf. Simple, right? Because we all know what happens when you mess with mummies. What could go wrong?

The mummy could awaken, that’s what could — and does — go wrong. And, as awakened mummies are wont to do, Harkhuf wants to find his old love so that they can take over the world together.

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Book Review: The Cold Between By Elizabeth Bonesteel
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The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Elizabeth Bonesteel
Harper-Voyager
Release Date: March 8th, 2016

Commander Elena Shaw is the perfect engineer – she can actually hear the ships singing. She is not so perfect when it comes to choosing her men. Her breakup with Danny Lancaster was ugly, more so because they could not avoid each other on the ship. Her ex-best friend, Captain Greg Foster, completely cut her off, humiliating her in the process, and she doesn’t know why. And now, when she decides to have a one night stand… Danny shows up dead, and her lover is the only suspect. That Trey is a suspicious foreigner, former PSI, only increases everyone’s surety. But Elena knows she is his alibi and cannot allow him to rot for a crime he did not commit. What ensues is a fast-paced, complex, romance/mystery where danger leaps from every corner, and conspiracies surrounding a years ago mystery threaten to resurface.

This is the debut novel of Elizabeth Bonesteel, The Cold Between: A Central Corps Novel.

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Book Review: Jericho By Alex Gordon
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Jericho
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Alex Gordon
Harper Voyager
Release Date: April 5th, 2016

Lauren is in charge of a now dying town – economically dying that is. Having rid Gideon of evil, after finding out she was a witch Child of Endor, she is now in charge of a place where people are leaving in droves in order to feed their families. Her town may be evil free, but something is lurking just on the outskirts of reality, threatening to pull her in. She knew she might be called upon to protect other towns as well, and that time is now. That is where Jericho by Alex Gordon begins, the follow-up to Gideon.

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Book Review: In The Shadow Of The Gods: A Bound Gods Novel by Rachel Dunne
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In The Shadow Of The Gods
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Written by Rachel Dunne
Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 21st, 2016

Well hello there, dear reader. Welcome to my newest book review! This time around, I’m giving you the highs and lows of the dark fantasy novel In The Shadow Of The Gods. It’s the first in The Bound Gods series from Rachel Dunne. Additionally, it’s her debut novel from what I understand. I guess if you’re going to break out onto the book scene you should definitely do it with a badass book. Because trust me, she certainly did.

While it’s not flawless, it was an absolute joy to consume. I use the word consume because I couldn’t put the blasted thing down! Every time I made an effort to do something else, another plot hook popped up and reeled me back in. Sorry for the fishing metaphor there, but it summed up my feelings succinctly. In my years managing bookstores, I have read quite a few novels from budding authors, some good and some not so good. Few however, have had the same depth of characters as this one. I didn’t like every person in the book, but I was absolutely drawn in and ensnared with their personalities. But I’ll cover some of them in due time. Suffice to say that I found the book intriguing and well written.

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Book Review: The Vagrant By Peter Newman
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The Vagrant
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Written by Peter Newman
Harper Voyager
Release Date: May 10th, 2016

You know, I finished this book last week and I am still working through the story, undecided as to whether I liked it or not. No, that’s not true. I did like the book, just not sure if I loved it. My feelings towards it are as enigmatic as its main character. The Vagrant isn’t just the title of the book, it’s the primary name for our protagonist! The quest our hero is on seems, at least initially, pretty straightforward. As we all know, few things are as simple as they first appear Right? This is a perfect example.

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Book Review: A Crucible Of Souls by Mitchell Hogan
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A Crucible Of Souls
Book One of the Sorcery Ascendant Sequence
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By Mitchell Hogan
Harper Voyager
Release date: September 22, 2015

The first book in Mitchell Hogan’s Sorcery Ascendant Sequence, A Crucible Of Souls, is already a winner, having snagged the 2013 Aurealis Award for Best Fantasy Novel back when it was a self-published novel. Now, the Australian author has signed on with Harper Voyager for a revised reprint of the series, and after having read this first installment, I can see why the publisher would want to take a chance on it. It’s a well-written coming-of-age tale told in a high fantasy setting complete with magic, spells, secrets, and mysteries.

A Crucible Of Souls centers on Caldan, an orphan who was raised and educated by monks who took him in at a young age after his parents died. Since the other students at the remote monastery come from rich, prestigious families, Caldan has always known his place — keep his head down, learn as much as he can, and appreciate the life he was given because there are others like him who are not as fortunate. While he grew up without the love and support of a family, he does have one friend he’s close to, Jemma, a fellow student with the potential to become more than friends with him one day. In the meantime, the young man is preparing for his future, with the hopes of leaving his island habitat to move to the city to work once he’s completed his studies, as he’s shown great skill for the magical talent of crafting. But after an altercation with another student, the monks expedite Caldan’s original plans, sending him off to the city with nothing but a few family heirlooms and a new piece of information about his parents and the possible dangers he now faces.

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Book Review: Beyond Redemption
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Beyond Redemption
Paperback | Kindle Edition
Written by Michael R. Fletcher
Harper Voyager
Release Date: June 16, 2015
Cover Price: $15.99

What if the power of belief shaped the world? What if your mirrored reflection could become strong enough to plot against you?

The answers to these questions exist in a sad angry world. Beyond Redemption by Michael R. Fletcher is an apocalyptic fantasy world novel, because there’s no way this could ever be our Earth. Three murderous thieving companions travel together from job to job – maybe job isn’t the word. Maybe stealing, killing, and kidnapping are more appropriate words. These three should have no redeeming qualities, yet somehow Fletcher makes you like them. I think he is using the power of belief to do so. Their next job is to steal a god.

Excuse me?

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