Synopsis: What’s the point in solving murders if we’re all going to die soon, anyway?
Detective Hank Palace has faced this question ever since asteroid 2011GV1 hovered into view. There’s no chance left. No hope. Just six precious months until impact.
The Last Policeman presents a fascinating portrait of a pre-apocalyptic United States. The economy spirals downward while crops rot in the fields. Churches and synagogues are packed. People all over the world are walking off the job—but not Hank Palace. He’s investigating a death by hanging in a city that sees a dozen suicides every week—except this one feels suspicious, and Palace is the only cop who cares.
Review: Detective Palace is a regular guy with a better outlook than most. Since the announcement of an impending asteroid impact, suicides are on the rise. And though this latest hanging looks like another suicide, Palace is the only one who believes it was murder. Chaos is looming, but Palace is dedicated to his job – when not many are.
The Last Policeman is a gritty but believable look at a possible future if an apocalyptic event were about to happen – paired with a murder mystery. A well-paced read with an engaging story, this is more than a shallow mystery and will make readers reflect. There is a climactic ending with a big reveal, but also an intriguing cliffhanger that will carry over to the next in this fascinating trilogy.
Synopsis: The Seven Stages War left much of the planet a charred wasteland. The future belongs to the next generation’s chosen few who must rebuild it. But to enter this elite group, candidates must first pass The Testing—their one chance at a college education and a rewarding career.
Cia Vale is honored to be chosen as a Testing candidate; eager to prove her worthiness as a University student and future leader of the United Commonwealth. But on the eve of her departure, her father’s advice hints at a darker side to her upcoming studies–trust no one.
But surely she can trust Tomas, her handsome childhood friend who offers an alliance? Tomas, who seems to care more about her with the passing of every grueling (and deadly) day of the Testing. To survive, Cia must choose: love without truth or life without trust.
Review: No one has been chosen for The Testing in Cia’s small town in years. So when Cia is chosen, she is shocked but excited – until a conversation with her father who was also chosen years ago. Cia is immediately on guard and smart about what she takes with her. And though she’s careful about who to trust, she’s a caring person and often thinks of others before herself. The characters are engaging and feel real.
As I read this surprising novel, I could easily liken it to Divergent and The Hunger Games. This incredible dystopia was an exciting, post-apocalyptic thriller that I couldn’t put down. It’s intense, captivating, shocking, and emotional. As soon as I started, I had to keep reading straight through to the end, staying up late to finish. Loaded with suspense, danger, intrigue, and drama – The Testing is the first in a new trilogy that is sure to be hit. I began talking about it before I even finished. Quite simply, it’s one the best novels I’ve read this year.
Synopsis: Located far beyond the boundaries of explored space, the Goeg Domain is a political union of dozens of planets and races. When the U.S.S. Enterprise arrives in its territory to investigate an interstellar phenomenon, Commander Laspas of the Domain Defense Corps is at first guarded, then fascinated to discover the existence of an alliance of worlds much like his own, and finds a kindred spirit in Captain James T. Kirk. And when the Enterprise is attacked by the Domains enemies, crippling the starships warp capability and leaving its crew facing the prospect of a slow, months-long journey home, the Goeg leader volunteers the help of his own ship, offering to combine the resources of both vessels to bring the Enterprise to a nearby Domain facility to make the necessary repairs.
But what at first seems to be an act of peace and friendship soon turns out to be a devils bargain, as Kirk and the Enterprise crew learn that there are perhaps more differences than similarities between the Federation and the Domain. When the Goegs adversaries strike again, the Enterprise is drawn deeper and inexorably into the conflict, and Kirk begins to realize that they may have allied themselves with the wrong side….
Review: This is another solid installment in the Original series. Leisner is one of a select group of authors who are consistent with the characters, original story lines, and stay true to the spirit of the various series.
In The Shocks of Adversity, the crew of the Enterprise meets the Goeg under fire. But they soon begin to make friends with the alien crew. They seem to have a lot in common at first glance. But as the crews intermingle, their differences soon surface, creating problems when they meet up with the Goeg’s adversary. With mystery, suspense, intrigue and drama – Star Trek fans will enjoy this one. Both fast-paced and engaging, I was sorry to see it end. I really liked the introduction of the Goeg Domain and hope we can see more of them in the future.