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Book Review First Admiral

Book 1 First AdmiralTitle: First Admiral

Author: William J. Benning

Genre: Space Opera

It’s not easy being an ordinary teenager leading a hazardous and exciting double life.

The Garmaurians, the most advanced species in the universe, wiped themselves out with a bio-weapon in a senseless civil war. And, in a desperate attempt to protect the secret of the potentially dangerous Trion technology – the ability to manipulate the fundamental particle of the universe – their leader sends one last covert mission to Earth. The mission goes horribly wrong, leaving Billy Caudwell; an overweight, acne-scarred 14 year old, with the Mind Profile of a military genius, a huge battle fleet and a mission to unite the intelligent species of the universe in a Universal Alliance.

With people to rescue, space fleets to battle and villains to defeat, Billy has to overcome his own inhibitions, insecurities and a vicious bully before he can start saving the universe.

Welcome, dear readers, to the exciting universe of First Admiral.

First Admiral was a pleasant book, but not extraordinary. It’s a solid three, but not much more.

The story is okay. It’s about a young boy who accidently gets picked to inherit the memories of a space commandar of an advanced, but dying, species. He must then lead their fleet, and hope to secure peace and stability in the universe.

The problem though, was the writing. The books is wordy from start to end. The writing dwindled into endless descriptions, it was repetitive at times, and as a whole, could use some work.

Good story though, enjoyable main character, and has potential.


Book Review The Goddess and the Great Beast

TG&TGBeyesslim2Title: The Goddess and the Great Beast

Author: Adrian Gross

Genre: Supernatural Thriller

1942: a bored British soldier in Baghdad; a beautiful Babylonian Goddess; a sacred marriage unconsummated.

Five years later, in a dreary post-war London, the Goddess must be satisfied.

Can anyone save her demobbed consort from eternal torment?

Or eternal bliss?

Can he save himself?

Does he even want to be saved?

And what’s it got to do with the ‘wickedest man in the world’?

The Goddess and the Great Beast is an intelligent, fast-paced thriller with a surprisingly diverse cast. Our hero, Vivian, feels nothing but boredom as he’s stationed in Baghdad during the second world war. When a smuggler invites him to a Babylonian ritual, he’s intriguing. At the ritual, he feels something stirring deep inside of him, and can’t figure whether it’s due to the drugs lavisly handed out beforehand, or to something darker and sinister.

When Ishtar, a terrifying Babylonian goddess, casts a spell on him, there’s nowhere in the Middle East he’s safe anymore. The goddess preys on him, and he begins suffering terrible nightmares.

Years later, back in the UK, he’s tried everything to forget the horrors he went through at the hands of the Babylonian goddess. But when she makes another appearance, this time in a local bar, his old fears resurface and a deadly game begins…

Vivian had a lot of personality, and a lot of flaws, which made him all the more relatable. The addition of ancient Babylonian culture was a definite bonus. A fast pace, and suspenseful from start to end.

Book Review Jack Canon’s American Destiny

6065346[1]Title: Jack Canon’s American Destiny

Author: Greg Sandora

Genre: Political Thriller

Purchase: Amazon

It’s the steamy summer of 2016 in Washington, D.C. just days before the Democratic National Convention. A long and painful recession has left ordinary Americans suffering, spawning the hottest Presidential Contest in history. Jack Canon, a man born into privilege, a witness to great social injustice is going to be President of the United States–no matter what! Desperate and corrupt, the leader of the free world orders a hit to slow him down. The plan backfires–the wrong people are dead–a manhunt points to the unthinkable–The President of the United States.
Rewind one year, Jack’s focus on redistribution of wealth and energy has made him powerful enemies. Once his friends, Rogue Billionaires, Oil Sheiks, the Mob, all want him gone. The current President wants him alive–thinking he can win against an unabridged liberal. A Universal Raw Nerve of wealth vs. poverty is exposed becoming a thrill ride as deep machinations of espionage, geo-politics and deception, even murder play out. Kind and charismatic, Jack’s just naughty enough to have you falling for him like one of his loving circle of loyal friends. Of course he’s flawed, a dedicated family man, faithful to one woman, but in love with two. Is it his fault his best friend is impossibly jaw dropping beautiful? Think the crime and passion of the Godfather meets the romance and innocence of Camelot. A story that could spark a movement, a book that can seed a revolution. A heart thumping climax so shocking you’ll pull the covers and draw the shades! One things for sure, through all the drama and suspense, you’ll be pulling for Jack!

I loved this book. Seriously, Jack Canon’s American Destiny is probably one of the best books of the year. It comes in the package of a political thriller, but it’s actually so much more. It’s romance, friendship, idealism, suspense, mystery, all thrown in one.

From the moment we meet Jack, he comes across as a relatable, driven, determined character. His immediate crew all offer something valuable on the table, and their determination and drive is something the current government can take a hint from.

Whether or not they’ll make it into the oval office, I won’t reveal, but it’s certainly one bumpy ride. They’ll have to face a murder conspiracy, their own doubts and fears, the opposition, and sometimes even themselves if they want to make it.

Book Review: Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

13496Title: Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire #1)

Author: George R.R. Martin

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

The first volume of A Song of Ice and Fire, the greatest fantasy epic of the modern age. GAME OF THRONES is now a major TV series from HBO, starring Sean Bean.

Summers span decades. Winter can last a lifetime. And the struggle for the Iron Throne has begun.

As Warden of the north, Lord Eddard Stark counts it a curse when King Robert bestows on him the office of the Hand. His honour weighs him down at court where a true man does what he will, not what he must … and a dead enemy is a thing of beauty.

The old gods have no power in the south, Stark’s family is split and there is treachery at court. Worse, the vengeance-mad heir of the deposed Dragon King has grown to maturity in exile in the Free Cities. He claims the Iron Throne.

I was given this book many years ago, and instantly Martin became one of my favorite authors. I tend to like more complex books and the longer the book the better. Storytelling, just blew me a way and I read all of his books availabe non stop. I have not read his last book mostly due to the fact that it took so long for him to put out his last book and the last book was only half of the story. I will wait for him to finish the series, and then read the last one. I highly recommend for anyone that it is okay with a very long book.

Book Review: The Dark Divine (The Dark Divine #1)

6380822Title: The Dark Divine

Author: Bree Despain

Genre: Fantasy, Young Adult, Paranormal, Romance

Grace Divine, daughter of the local pastor, always knew something terrible happened the night Daniel Kalbi disappeared–the night she found her brother Jude collapsed on the porch, covered in his own blood–but she has no idea what a truly monstrous secret that night held.

The memories her family has tried to bury resurface when Daniel returns, three years later, and enrolls in Grace and Jude’s high school. Despite promising Jude she’ll stay away, Grace cannot deny her attraction to Daniel’s shocking artistic abilities, his way of getting her to look at the world from new angles, and the strange, hungry glint in his eyes.

The closer Grace gets to Daniel, the more she jeopardizes her life, as her actions stir resentment in Jude and drive him to embrace the ancient evil Daniel unleashed that horrific night. Grace must discover the truth behind the boy’s dark secret…and the cure that can save the ones she loves. But she may have to lay down the ultimate sacrifice to do it–her soul.

Awkward teenage girl, handsome but troubled teenage boy, lengthy descriptions of aforementioned boy’s features, arguments leading to growing attraction between boy and girl, high school drama, family drama, revelation that boy is not human, even more drama, true love. Readers familiar with “Twilight” will quickly recognize this formula repeated in “The Dark Divine.” The author does put a fresh spin on the familiar concept of werewolves, though, as well as offer readers a more developed heroine than “Twilight”‘s Bella and a slight twist ending. The writing, moreover, is simplistic but still superior to that of “Twilight.” “The Dark Divine,” in other words, is neither a literary wonder nor a complete waste of time. If you enjoy teen paranormal romances, this one is certainly worth a try. If that particular formula doesn’t tickle your fancy or “Twilight” provided more than enough magical teen angst for you, however, I’d advise you look elsewhere for your pleasure reading.