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SciFi Book Review: Steal the Stars

Steal the Stars by Nat Cassidy

Synopsis:
Dakota “Dak” Prentiss guards the biggest secret in the world.

They call it “Moss.” It’s your standard grey alien from innumerable abduction stories. It still sits at the controls of the spaceship it crash-landed eleven years ago. A secret military base was built around the crash site to study both Moss and the dangerous technology it brought to Earth.

The day Matt Salem joins her security team, Dak’s whole world changes.

It’s love at first sight―which is a problem, since they both signed ironclad contracts vowing not to fraternize with other military personnel. If they run, they’ll be hunted for what they know. Dak and Matt have only way to be together: do the impossible. Steal Moss and sell the secret of its existence.

And they can’t afford a single mistake.

Review:
Dak is the head of security for the a private organization, studying an alien within it’s crashed ship. When a new man joins, they fall in insta-love on the first day. And suddenly, the “no fraternization” rule is a problem. So, in order to be together these total strangers decide to run from all they know. Sure, it’s not realistic, but this is science fiction – so I can suspend disbelief.

Steal the Stars is based on a podcast by Mac Rogers. This is a fast-paced, thrilling read that doesn’t slow down. The characters are fun and the story is very exciting and dramatic. With the suspense building to a surprising finale – this is an unforgettable novel that most science fiction fans will enjoy.

Book Giveaway: Gunpowder Moon

Courtesy of Harper Voyager, I have a review copy of Gunpowder Moon by David Pedreira for one (1) lucky winner!

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Fantasy Book Review: The Axe of Sundering

Adventurers Wanted, Book 5: The Axe of Sundering by M. L. Forman

Synopsis:
Whalen Vankin is the worlds greatest wizard, and he has only ever personally trained two other wizards. One is Alexander Taylor, a young man who has earned a reputation as a brave adventurer, a warrior, and man of honor. The other is Jabez, Vankin’s nephew and a man whose choices have led him down a different, darker path.

Dark magic has covered Westland, and evil is stirring. Whalen and Alex must journey together into the heart of danger, confronting a sea serpent, battling their way through a goblin army, and facing down more than one dragon. Alex must find the legendary Axe of Sundering the one weapon that offers a chance to defeat Jabez and protect the land from the dark wizards plans. But finding it will be an adventure of its own as the only pathway to the Axe leads through the underground tunnels and secret passages of Castle Conmar.

But Jabez has one final weapon at his disposal: the powerful Orion Stone, which could spell the end to Whalen and Alex both.

Review:
Alex agrees to hunt Whalen’s wayward nephew in order to stop him from conquering the known lands. And Alex must find the Axe of Sundering, the only weapon that can help Alex take him down.

The Axe of Sundering is the final installment in the Adventures Wanted series. Alex has grown throughout the series, in confidence and abilities. And I’ll definitely miss the characters and the fun, fantasy world. This last story was an well-paced journey that led to a final battle with a surprising twist. With plenty of suspense, danger, and magic – this novel (like the others) was hard to put down. This YA series has been a favorite of mine – an exciting, epic fantasy adventure.

SciFi Book Review: The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard

The Autobiography of Jean Luc Picard by David A. Goodman

Synopsis:
The Autobiography of Jean-Luc Picard tells the story of one of the most celebrated names in Starfleet history. His extraordinary life and career makes for dramatic reading: court martials, unrequited love, his capture and torture at the hand of the Cardassians, his assimilation with the Borg and countless other encounters as captain of the celebrated Starship Enterprise.

Review:
Captain Jean-Luc Picard is one of the most fascinating characters in Star Trek. He has had a traumatic history, as well as a fascinating early life that, until now, we’ve only seen glimpses.

The novel begins with Picard’s early life on the vineyard, and choice to join Starfleet and make his own way – to the disappointment to his father. His early years at Starfleet and first appointments in the fleet are my favorite stories. The narrative flows well, and jumps ahead to the important times in his life – including his first time meeting Guinan and other individuals who he ends up asking to join his crew. There are brief glimpses through his years as Captain of the Enterprise, that are wonderful highlights and memories – as well as some darker ones, such as his capture by the Borg and Cardassians. Then, the book wraps up with his later years.

Since this was published by Titan and not Pocket Books, it’s obvious in some places that they chose not to abide by the canon already set by the novels, but by the television episodes and films only. But it wasn’t too far off other than the future years. The story flows very well. I thoroughly enjoyed the entirety. Even the familiar scenes didn’t get bogged down, but were fun to reminisce and were poignant. I highly recommend this engaging read for TNG fans.

Book Giveaway: The Nine

Courtesy of Pyr, I have a copy of The Nine by Tracy Townsend for one (1) lucky winner!

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Star Trek: Discovery Season 1 Mid Season Finale Thoughts and Fan Theories

So, the mid-season finale of Star Trek: Discovery (lovingly referred to as DISCO now, thanks to some awesome crew shirts) has aired. And fans have to wait almost 2 months for the next episode. Time to ponder, rehash, and theorize on possible plot twists. If you haven’t seen episode 9 yet, don’t read any further. And I highly recommend watching CBS All Access’ After Trek as well.

I have absolutely loved this season so far. The characters have depth and are completely unpredictable. They seem more human and fallible. The actors are incredible. The sets and special effects are summer blockbuster-worthy. It seems bigger and better than just a TV show. And the writing has been exceptional, as each episode seems to get better. Each episode begs to be discussed and dissected.

This isn’t Roddenberry’s bright utopia… yet. The crew of the Discovery NCC-1031 (hint to Section 31?) is led by Captain Lorca, a mysterious man with a past that begs to be told. And the ship holds an unique, new technology for travel.

There are so many shocking plot twists and mysteries, that fan theories are inevitable. And a whole lot of fun. One that sticks out the most to me is Lorca’s obsession with Michael and her safety. My guess is that he knew her parents or had something to do with what happened to them on that station decimated by Klingons.

I love reading other fan’s theories as well. I suspected Ash Tyler was more than just a Klingon prisoner with PTSD as soon as he was introduced. But the best and most talked about theory right now is best explained here and here. Tyler is most likely Voq in disguise. Voq’s absence from the show lines up when Tyler showed up. He’s most likely a sleeper spy with plans to steal the Discovery technology. And I can’t wait to see what happens with Lorca’s tribble when Tyler enter’s his ready room.

The last episode also left us with a major cliffhanger, as the Discovery arrives in an unknown destination after Lorca messes with the jump coordinates just as the spore drive initiates. Did you catch this detail? I didn’t, as so much was already going on. I plan on a re-watch of the season soon, to catch more details. After all, the series has been full of easter eggs, especially in the Captain’s “museum.”

Did the ship arrive in a different quadrant? A different time? A different (Mirror?) universe? January can’t come soon enough.

I love reading fan theories. Star Trek certainly has the most intelligent fan base. The comments in some of the articles I’ve read are better than the articles in reference to science, canon, and minute details.

Graphic Novel Review: Assassin’s Creed: Reflections

Assassin’s Creed: Reflections

Synopsis:
To mark 10 glorious years of Assassin’s Creed, Titan Comics are bringing together the franchise’s best-loved characters for a celebratory series like no other! Get ready for four brand new adventures starring fan-favorite assassins like Edward Kenway and Altaïr, along with the series’ celebrated Renaissance roof-crawler, Ezio Auditore da Firenze!

Review:
Juhani Oslo Berg has recently become the Black Cross, and is looking into various former Assassins in the Abstergo files. He decides to learn from the Assassins in order to adapt practices for the Templars.

This standalone graphic novel collects stories from The Caribbean in 1722, France in 1519, the Mongolian Empire, and early native America. Each is a unique, exciting story with beautiful artwork and engaging characters. This anniversary collection is written by Ian Edginton, and is sure to entertain any Assassin’s Creed fan, even those new to the series.