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review 2019-12-15 15:54
Captain Coffin by Ben Stevens
Captain Coffin - Ben Stevens

Captain Coffin by Ben Stevens is a short story also available as part of the story collection A Twist in the Telling. I gave it four stars.

 

"Private Thomas Swan has been sentenced to death for desertion."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy in an Amazon promotion.

 

That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CSURCTW

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review 2019-12-15 15:05
Blood Memory, Book One by Perrin Briar
Blood Memory: Season One, Episode One (Episode One) - Perrin Briar

Blood Memory, Book One by Perrin Briar is a zombie book. I gave it four stars.

 

Haven's crew find a man floating half-dead at sea. After they examine him for bites Rachel says: “Hello Jordan Grant. Welcome to Haven, the safest place on Earth.” He was unconscious and they took care of him for three days before he came to. He had no recent memory. He has lost memories of the past six years and doesn't know what had happened.

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Blood-Memory-Ultimate-Zombie-Apocalypse-ebook/dp/B00MFXXSHW/

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review 2019-12-15 12:31
Relativity Reborn
Relativity Reborn - Amrit Srecko

by Amrit Sorli Srecko

 

Non-fiction

 

I knew this book might be over my head before I started, but I was interested in the subject so thought I'd give it a try and see how much I could follow. Having a general familiarity with Einstein's theories helped.

 

There's always a certain resistance to deviations from long established scientific theories, not just in the science community but also among laymen who have become used to an idea and then see an extrapolation that adds or changes something. The natural first reaction is to presume the author is being pretentious, but we're talking about someone with Physics knowledge far beyond my own and after that initial balking, the mind opens to the possibility that he might just see something through an educated researcher's eyes that has been missed by others.

 

Some of the statements the author makes come over as perfect sense, others a little harder to shift the mindset to believe. The writing gives the impression that English is not the author's first language, but it is easy enough to follow.

 

I've come out of this one with mixed feelings. I don't have the educational background to judge his theories and would love to see what someone like Brian Cox would have to say about it.

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review 2019-12-15 11:29
Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1), A Novel by Bobby L. Adair
Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1) - Bobby Adair
Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1), A Novel by Bobby L. Adair is a frightening futuristic book. I gave it four stars.
 
It starts with Lucy, the family dog fighting to the death and being mauled. Christian Black's father grieved loudly when he found her destroyed body in the backyard.
 
Christian described his fighting without rules. "That was important to me. It was how I used a cruder version of the corporal methods utilized by the school official to teach the bullies to leave me and my two little brothers alone." His goal is survival for him and his family in the midst of chaos.
 
The H5N1 virus was a prion virus that destroyed brain cells.
 
Sometimes the victims of it became violent. Sometimes they just faded away before they died. Christian's family lost his twin brothers, Mason and Caden, and both his parents have it.
 
"I didn't say anything more as we ate. In fact, the words I'd already used were just habit. Back at the beginning, I thought continuing to talk to him might be therapeutic in some way.
 
Through the months, I came to realize I was talking at him rather than to him. Eventually, I stopped doing even that."
 
I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.
 
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review 2019-12-15 11:04
Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1), A Novel by Bobby L. Adair
Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1) - Bobby Adair

Black Virus (Black Rust Book 1), A Novel by Bobby L. Adair is a frightening futuristic book. I gave it four stars.

 

It starts with Lucy, the family dog fighting to the death and being mauled. Christian Black's father grieved loudly when he found her destroyed body in the backyard.

 

Christian described his fighting without rules. "That was important to me. It was how I used a cruder version of the corporal methods utilized by the school official to teach the bullies to leave me and my two little brothers alone." His goal is survival for him and his family in the midst of chaos.

 

The H5N1 virus was a prion virus that destroyed brain cells.

 

Sometimes the victims of it became violent. Sometimes they just faded away before they died. Christian's family lost his twin brothers, Mason and Caden, and both his parents have it.

 

"I didn't say anything more as we ate. In fact, the words I'd already used were just habit. Back at the beginning, I thought continuing to talk to him might be therapeutic in some way.

 

Through the months, I came to realize I was talking at him rather than to him. Eventually, I stopped doing even that."

 

I received a complimentary Kindle copy from the author. That did not change my opinion for this review.

 

Link to purchase: https://www.amazon.com/Black-Virus-Rust-Book-ebook/dp/B01IUFLY7E

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