The Legend of Banzai Maguire by Susan Grant was a nonstop fun thrill ride.
Bree “Banzai”Maguire is an Air Force pilot whose plane, while flying over North Korea, gets shot down. From there, the action and adventure doesn’t stop. Banzai gets captured and wakes up 170 years in the future. This earth of the future has two major world powers, and neither democratic. These futuristic explanations can sometimes be difficult to understand and rationalize. But Grant gives us a reasonable account that’s pretty easy to grasp. Banzai soon realizes that a group of freedom fighters has chosen her as their symbol of hope.
The Legend of Banzai Maguire is considered an action-romance book. Though, it’s considerably heavier on the science fiction/action side.
This book is just the first of five in the 2176 miniseries. The first and fifth are written by Susan Grant. Unfortunately, this first book leaves you hanging enough to want to know what happens in their fight for freedom, so I’m off to pick up the next in the series!
The Artifact , by Kevin J Anderson (and others) just affirmed why he is one of my favorite authors. Every book of his that I have read has been action-packed and fast-paced. It feels like you’re watching a movie. The Artifact was no exception. A group of men, calling themselves the Daredevils Club meet every year to brag about their adventures. When one of the men discover several mysterious artifacts, seemingly not of this world, he enlists the aid of the Daredevils Club to help find the missing pieces.
The cast of characters was a group of people, so none of them were explored too deeply. But this was a short book, with only a back-story at the beginning, explaining how the Daredevils got together.
With plenty of twists and a surprise ending, The Artifact will keep you on the edge of your seat. I read through it in two days, because it was so hard to put down.
What a great title! I decided to grab Your Planet or Mine? by Susan Grant when I heard positive reviews on a forum that I frequent. It incorporates science fiction, romance and comedy. So I thought I had to give a try just for that! I wasn’t disappointed. This was such a fun read!
An alien comes to earth to warn the earth that an invasion is coming, and to capture the heart of a young woman that he met years ago. The “romance” scenes get steamy, but they don’t overshadow the story. I’ll definitely be checking out some of her other scifi/romance books: The Legend of Banzai Maguire and The Scarlet Empress from the 2176 series.
Wow. This is now one of my favorite books. It jumped back & forth between the “past” (in the days of Surak, the father of Vulcan enlightenment).. telling the story of how the Romulans broke away from the Vulcans.. very interesting, if not a little confusing.. and the “present,” where a race called the Waatari claim that the Romulans are murderers that kicked them out of planets that supposedly belonged to the Waatari (Romulus & Remus).. and plan on Romulan genocide because of it.
The Federation is torn, because of an uneasy truce with the Romulans and not knowing exactly what happened when the Romulans found their now-homeworlds… the Romulans’ history is sketchy and filled with myths, so that not even most Romulans know what happened in their early history.
This first book tells the tale of one Vulcan man’s journey.. meeting and befriending Surak and eventually being forced off-planet because of the civil wars. At the end of the book he ends up leading a “wagon-train” ship to the stars, full of Vulcan refugees, never to return home again.
The “present-day” story involves a few of the original Star Trek cast… Ambassador Spock, Captain Saavik (Spock’s wife now), Admiral Uhura, and Admiral Chekov. These lead a fleet of non-sanctioned Federation ships, a few Klingon, as well as some Vulcan ships into the Neutralized Zone to meet up with the Waatari (as well as the Romulans) to try to find out the truth, in hopefully the most peaceful way.
Spoiler Warning:… in the last page of the book, it looks like Chekov is killed in a transporter accident, while he’s wrestling with one of the Waatari! But as we all know… no one stays dead forever in Star Trek.
Bob Mayer is, currently, one of my favorite authors. He writes under a few pen names. But my favorite series of his is Area 51. I started reading this, as well as the Atlantis series, and realized that the writing style was very similar. Then, low-and-behold, while searching online for another book in a series, I found out that the author is one-and-the-same! You can definitely tell he has a background in the military, when reading his books. But they aren’t just full of violence and military technical terms. He has developed some great story lines and characters.
The Area 51 series takes off from the Area 51 theory of the Roswell crash and developes a complex story that unravels book by book. In the 7th book in the series, The Truth, he explains the origin of humanity and the aliens’ role in history. He even wrote two more books, so far, on a couple of characters and their roles throughout history, Nosferatu and Legend, that further compound on the same storyline. I definitely disagree and dislike his take on Biblical characters throughout his version of history. But I treat them as pure fiction, obviously. And they are extremely good reads.
If you’re not as into aliens and scifi, the Atlantis series are more military/action based books.
“Area 51” series pen name: Robert Doherty
“Atlantis” series pen name: Greg Donegan
And check out his website: http://www.bobmayer.org/fiction.html for even more novels and info.