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review 2017-02-14 18:36
Eva's Last Dance
Eva's Last Dance - Tracy Cooper-Posey

Loved the fact that Vampire & human can come together & then the dancing to keep them going.  Shame the book wasn't longer as I really enjoyed this book.

Eva was a tiny vampire that wanted to be looked after, & her lover was the one doing that. great story line that ended up with a great ending.

Nothing bad in this story.

Loved the fact that they danced a lot of the time.

Like being in an old film.


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review SPOILER ALERT! 2016-09-11 13:47
Outriders (Outriders #1)
Outriders - Jay Posey

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Title: Outriders

Series: Outriders

Author: Jay Posey

Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Genre: SFF

Pages: 448

Format: Kindle digital edition





Synopsis:  Spoilers


Lincoln Suh [I had so much fun in my head saying Sir! Suh, Sir!] is a man who IS the definition of Special Forces. But when he joins the Outriders, things get kicked up a notch. First off, they kill him. Just to make sure they can electronically store his brain.

The Outriders take on missions that the Government not only denies, but actively opposes, but needs done.


Someone is trying to fan the flames of war between Earth and Mars and it is up to the Outriders to find out who and prevent it.



My Thoughts:


I didn't enjoy this as much as Posey's Duskwalker trilogy, but it was still very good. My only gripe was the eye-rolling obviousness of the solution to the villain that nobody in the story still gets. If you have death proofed soldiers who can come back to replicated bodies [much like the Cylons in the new Battlestar Galactica] don't you think that others might have that same solution? Other than that particular bit of denseness, I have NO complaints.


I liked that Lincoln was not a raw recruit with "potential" and we get to see his rise. Instead, he's already a fully mature [and the older I get, the more I appreciate that kind of character in the books I read] soldier who is willing and able to take on whatever is needed. I still want heroes in my stories.


It didn't "feel" very science fiction'y to me, even while taking place on Mars, Space Stations and space ships. Which means that I'm either getting very jaded or that Posey did an excellent job of not making the surroundings the main point of the story.

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text 2016-08-23 22:39
"Three -Legends of the Duskwalker #1" by Jay Posey - grim, moody, post-apocalyptic, warrior quest.
Three - Jay Posey

"Three" (is it just me, or that a confusing name for the first book in a trilogy?) is a grim, tense, violent book from the first page to the last.


"Three" is a mood rather than character driven book, heavy on atmosphere and light on introspection.This isn't one of those novels where the reader feels smart for spotting the world-building clues that the author seeds the text with and creating a deeply textured society. This is novel where the world doesn't feel the need to explain itself; you have to figure it out as best you can while every character you meet is trying to kill you. This is a world so unforgiving that a child asking "Momma, are we going to die today?" is stoic realism rather than high melodrama.


Part Western, part Samurai-turned-Ronin movie, part survival horror video game, "Three" tells the story of a lone warrior, in a bleak, post-apocalyptic world, who breaks his own survival code and takes a woman and her son under his protection and embarks on a quest to find the boy's father.


The warrior, who is called Three, for reasons that are never clearly explained, is so laconic that he makes The Man With No Name seem intoxicated with the exuberance of his own verbosity.


An intense, dangerous, loner who is constantly vigilant and frequently deadly, Three is a bounty hunter who relentlessly pursues his prey through the Weir-infested wastelands of ruined cities, surviving by the sword, the gun and total personal discipline. Unlike the "soft" civilized folk who live behind city walls and don't go out at night, Three is all hard shell and honed edges and walks where he pleases.


The woman and the boy Three chooses to protect are far from helpless. Helpless doesn't survive past dusk in this world. They are capable of great violence and would be formidable if they were not being hunted by people even scarier than they are.


Although this book is primarily an action adventure vehicle, the kind of thing that would make a summer blockbuster movie or a best-selling combat video game, it is lifted by its willingness to take on some big themes: the true nature of heroism (it's not bravery if you're not scared); the possibility of redemption by doing something for others that will make them carry you in their memory;  the importance of a living by a code; the rigour of vigilance born out of the inevitability of betrayal and the leavening effect of compassion.


If there is a message in all of this, it is that love makes you weak by giving you something to lose but the absence of love makes your strength hollow and futile.


Although this book was an engrossing read and I'll definitely be back for the rest of the series, I hope the next novels have more dialogue and less authorial voice. I picked up "Three" after reading Jay Posey's most recent book, "Outriders". In retrospect, I can see that that wasn't the ideal progression. Although "Three" is a remarkable debut novel, the thought that kept going through my mind was: "Wow, Jay Posey has learned a lot about writing dialogue in the three years between these two books."

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review 2016-07-13 17:30
Zoe's Blockade - Tracy Cooper-Posey

Okay I have one complaint, I WANT IT TO BE LONGER. I loved this story on the continuing Destiny's Trinity series. We have a new Trinity that consist of Zoe, Cole and Declan, and they have to be bonded quickly; we learn that this particular Trinity is quite different from the others. A surprisingly new paranormal is part of this group and before the end we have another surprise. Things are getting worse and the current groups are really working hard on locating the other Trinity's, while trying to keep up with the evil that is attacking the unaware human race. The three involved are really, and I mean really, taken by surprise and then top that off with the fact that it has to come to fruition quickly, as they come under attack. The Trinity's come together to fight them off and if they lose it could mean the end, for all the groups are needed to fight the evil. I really love the way you again meet characters from the previous Trinity stories; it's exciting to see them still involved and what they do to help. I try not to give spoilers but know I have to give you enough to grab and reel you in. If you love the paranormal you will love "Zoe's Blockade" and as for me, I can't wait to read the next story.

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review 2016-06-16 17:47
"Outriders" by Jay Posey - original, engaging, military SF
Outriders - Jay Posey

The Outriders of the title are a "death proof", very low profile, very hi-tech, special forces group on a future earth. They are sent to investigate events that may be co-incidence or may be covert attacks that could lead to the first war between Earth and Mars.


"Outriders" has the twisty plot of a good spy novel, lots of shiny futuristic military toys for search and destroy games, a team of cool soldiers who are both likeable and lethal and a story-telling pace that grabs hold of you from page one (where the main character, Lincoln Suh, dies) and doesn't let up until the end.


All of that would have been enough for me to read this book with a grin on my face and then set it aside but Jay Posey added a few things that made "Outriders" more than just a good military SF novel.


I found his calm, factual way of telling this tense and violent tale compelling. This high attention, low arousal approach to dealing with a crisis is exactly what I imagine to be necessary to do the kind of work the Outriders do. Lincoln Suh, the new officer trying earn the right to lead and experienced, established team, embodies this killer calm and  garnsihes it with an engaging mix of humour and self-deprication.


I also liked the way Posey brought out the similarities between the Outriders and the military/spy team that they are up against. Both teams are driven to achieve goals that they believe in through violence and destruction. Neither wants to cause harm to by-standers. Neither mistreats the people that they capture. Yet either team will shoot the other on sight with no hesitation.


James Lindgren does a great job of the narration, matching the controlled-calm of the text while still being able to keep the tension of the plot.


I've never read Jay Posey before but I'll be hitting his back-catalog soon, while I wait for the next "Outriders" to come out.


Go HERE to read an interview with  Jay Posey on how he cam e up with the ideas for "Outriders".

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