Tuesday 28 January 2014

Tim Arnot

This is another 'novelette' form the author of Wanted, first in a post-apocalyptic trilogy. It's funny, wry and a great little read!

Socko's First Day

Amazon. com Socko's First Day

My review - 

Socko Garrett is old enough for The Choosing, where all 15 year olds are taken on as apprentices at an annual fair. Nobody chooses him so he ends up in the watch - the police. He's later discovered, headhunted we'd say these days, by the Kingsmen, the elite militia answerable only to the monarch. They choose him because, unlike most of the local watch, he has a brain.

This is one of Tim Arnot's short stories set in his post-apocalyptic world. Some of the characters are common to these short stories and the full length novel, ‘Wanted’ but the novelettes stand well as stories in their own right. There’s a wry humour in these tales which I greatly enjoy. They're very good indeed.

Sunday 12 January 2014

Darren Humphries

This is the latest Agent Ward adventure.  It's dark! 

The Man from UNDEAD Who Went out in the Cold

Amazon .com UNDEAD 5 - Out in the Cold

My review - 

Ward's latest adventure takes him to various countries in the company of a glamorous read-headed lady cat-burglar. She's no ordinary thief though and her latest 'theft' is no ordinary item. Ward finds who she's working for and is helped in his quest by a fire-elemental. The gang at the heart of this story are out to engineer a situation from which they can step in and save the world, giving them immense power. At least, that's the plan.

The usually laid-back Ward, now dismissed from the agency, has some hard battles and heavy losses to face in this story. It's got greater depths than some of the earlier works. One not to miss.

Tuesday 7 January 2014

J C Allen

If you love action thrillers with a bit of computer hacking thrown in, look no further!


Amazon.com M.O.D.

My review - 

This is a great, action-packed conspiracy and computer-hacking story which I enjoyed very much. Scott and his FBI partner Sheelia are on the trail of a group which is threatening the government, not by the traditional terrorist tactics but by telling people of their corruption and ineptitude. Thousands of services personnel and items of equipment, up to and including planes, have gone missing. People are joining the renegade group. Scott decides to infiltrate and becomes impressed by the group and its aims. His partner is still on the government's side.

I enjoyed the pace and the characters of this story. I have no idea how much of the computer-techy stuff is feasible but the story carried me along. It was a great read.