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review 2017-06-09 04:32
A fun kick-off to a SF adventure series
Project Mothership: space marines, robots, and Captain Crunch (The Prince of Qorlec Book 1) - Ash Gray

Rose is on her honeymoon when she's abducted by aliens -- who have abducted her for the express purpose of having her carry one of the many eggs of a Queen struggling to keep her subjects safe and fighting to prevent an invasion force from completely conquering her planet. And, yeah, if everything goes bad, it'll be good to have some descendants of the Queen running around.

 

A few years later, a woman comes knocking on the door of Rose and her daughter, Quinn, with the news that the enemy is close -- and has been working with the FBI -- to take her daughter from her -- Rose and Zita fight for their escape through human robotic and alien forces, just trying to get off the planet so that Quinn can claim her rightful place helping her people.

 

There's a sense of fun, despite the dangers, and a great pace with plenty of tense moments throughout this. It was an enjoyable read with some good writing, and I'm pretty curious where it goes from here. It's not perfect, I have a couple of complaints that I'm afraid will overshadow things -- I want to stress: I liked this book, I want to read more -- don't think this post is anything but a recommendation.

 

But to start with, other than the weaponry, I'm not so sure I see the difference between Gray's 2160 and 2016 -- it's a shame that Gray didn't work harder on that part of the world he built. I'm not saying it needs to be an unrecognizable reality (although it'd be nice), but we should have moved further than just better guns.

 

One of my biggest beefs in fiction -- TV or books -- are central characters telling their closest family and friends lies to protect them. Yes, I'm looking at you particularly CW DC shows. That's Rose's impulse move, which is understandable, but why not trust those closest to her with the truth? Particularly her husband, clearly head over heels with her. Why make up a ludicrous story to explain what happened to her rather than risk the truth?

 

My last beef was the sex scene -- there's some romantic tension early on that I'm fine with, I thought it worked in the moment. But running for your life, with various enemies on your heels is not the time to take a quick break for a little whoopie. It didn't need to be as graphic as it was (thankfully brief), but really ill-timed.

 

Setting that aside, this was a fun, quick read (I couldn't believe I was done when I got to the end) that really made me want to go grab the sequel. Ash didn't create a masterpiece here, but he told an engaging, entertaining story. Which is good enough for me.

 

<i><b>Disclaimer:</b> I received this book from the author in exchange for this post, I appreciate it.</i>

Source: irresponsiblereader.com/2017/06/08/project-mothership-by-ash-gray
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review 2017-04-07 15:54
The Marine's Queen (Recon Marines, #1) by Susan Kelley Review
The Marine's Queen - Susan Kelley

Queen Callie Adell’s enemies want her for the secret elixir only her bloodline can produce. She flees an abduction attempt and lands in the arms of the most feared military man in the universe. Recon Marine Captain Joe, a genetically enhanced soldier, knows little of civilian life or of women. But his body knows what it wants from Callie even if his mind suffers mostly confusion in her presence.

Joe’s sense of honor and duty demands he protect the queen even if she can never overlook his unnatural origins and love him as a man. But neither of them can ever be safe if Callie doesn’t protect Joe from those who want to destroy him as much as her enemies wish to capture her. Only if she can civilize her marine will the world accept him as more than a living weapon. But can Callie convince Joe that he’s a man first, her man, and a marine second?

 

 

Review

 

I like the survival aspect of this romance. The hero is wonderful. The heroine... not so much. She waffles so very much. She goes back to her prejudice point of view constantly treating the hero as less than human.

 

The plot is interesting enough but it is drawn out and not balenced with the romance as much as it should be.

 

So, not a great read for me.

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review 2016-10-28 21:06
Black Knights Inc. Book: One
Hell on Wheels - Julie Ann Walker

The back of your neck is trying to tell you something...are you going to listen?

Well, of course you are. Your a woman walking down the street and was taught by a very overprotective brother that when that sixth sense kicks in, you listen to it. Especially when just a few months ago you got the news that your brother just passed away and you know for certain he didn't die from working on his bike.

So what do you?

You go to the one place that doesn't make sense....her brothers outfit the he joined after the Marines. The place where her brothers best friend Nate Weller lives....a Chicago Motorcycle shop called the Black Knights Inc....Inc being something other than a Motorcycle shop! When she finally gets the nerve to go up there to ask help she sees that this has got to be the last place on Earth that she should be in....but with that mugging only last night and that sense that someone has followed her Nate Weller is going to be her knight in shining leather to help her out!

Nate Weller has done some things in his life that he's not proud of....decisions that he made that he wishes he could take back but knows that life isn't that nice. Especially when life hands him Ali Morgan, his recent deceased best friends "little" sister. Ali is beyond being little and for a Kindergarten Teacher she packs more strength in her little petite body than he could in his 6 abs or more!! He knows that he must keep his unsaintly hands off of her, but when he hears that someone is after Ali....more to the point wanting Ali "deleted"....he's going to have to suck it up and help her through this and his own demons as well. Once he puts that men who want to harm Ali behind bars (or under 6 feet of clover) he'll leave Ali alone and be content with his own life.

He just wishes that Ali would cooperate.

Source: www.goodreads.com/series/73865-black-knights-inc
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review 2016-07-03 11:45
Rogue Clone book 1
The Clone Republic - Steven L. Kent

There were a few issues right at the beginning, a good chunk due to info dumping and the characters being ridiculously dumb and naive, but after 2 years (in book time) the characters grew up a lot, and changed in ways I could certainly appreciate.
So yeah there were some issues but really, who cares!?! I had such a blast reading it and learning about its history and current issues trying to control the galaxy, the dynamics between the Clones and the Humans and the strife cause by its soldiers being completely expendable, that I can easily overlook the flaws it did have. And now I'm highly looking forward to Rogue Clone and the trouble Harris is bound to get into with Freeman by his side! haha

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review 2016-05-23 18:50
Book #830 - 334,138 Pages Read
Victories of the Space Marines - Chris Wraight,C.L. Werner,Christian Dunn,Gav Thorpe

Another collection of outstanding Space Marines short stories by various excellent Warhammer 40K authors. Not really much more to say about it than that. Sorry so short.

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