Room 59: Black Widow, by “Cliff Ryder”
When her brother is killed in the line of duty, a MI6 agent agrees to go undercover and assist the international secret organization known as Room 59. Ajza’s mission is to infiltrate a terrorist organization that uses widows as vengeful suicide bombers. Meanwhile, she will learn the harsh truth behind her brother’s death.
Ajza is a strong and fierce woman, a skillful spy and looking for justice. And though she is forced into a corner by Room 59, Ajza would do anything to find her brother’s killers.
This is an exciting installment, with all of the espionage, suspense, and heart-pounding action that make the Room 59 series so great. In this contribution by Mel Odom, the characters are just as important as the story. It’s a well-balanced novel with plenty of action scenes, drama, intrigue, and surprises. Military suspense and spy fans shouldn’t miss this installment to a fantastic series.
Terminator Salvation: The Official Movie Novelization, by Alan Dean Foster
Judgment Day has come and gone. And John Connor a leader for the Resistance is searching for Kyle Reese, a teenager who will one day become his father. But the machines are advancing faster than they were supposed to. And Connor must stay one step ahead if he is to fulfill his destiny.
Marcus Wright, a death-row inmate, donated his body to science before his sentence of lethal injection. And after his death, he awakens in a post-apocalyptic world. He is met and befriended by a young Kyle Reese, before they are attacked by the machines.
The heart of the story revolves around Marcus Wright and his hope for a second chance at life. John Connor must make some difficult decisions regarding an attack on SkyNet. When Reese is captured, Connor risks his life to save his future father’s.
In this adaptation from the latest Terminator movie, Foster gives more depth and a slightly different ending than that of the slightly surprising one in the film. Just as exciting as the movie, Terminator fans will enjoy this non-stop, action-packed novelization.
Mr. Monk in Outer Space, by Lee Goldberg
When Monk is asked to investigate a murder outside of a science fiction convention, he discovers a fan base as extreme as his compulsions. The creator of a cult science fiction show has been murdered, and there is no shortage of suspects, even from the fans. When Monk begins tying this murder to seemingly other random murders, his assistant Natalie is the only one who believes him.
The fictional show Beyond Earth, is akin to both Battlestar Galactica and Star Trek. The hardcore fans of Beyond Earth are outraged when the show gets a reboot, a la Battlestar Galactica. And Monk gets a dose of extreme fanaticism when he investigates the murder of the show’s creator. Humor ensues.
Monk is a wonderful character and a genius detective. And as always, the novel is told from his assistant Natalie’s point of view. In a fabulously fun tie-in to the Monk TV series, Goldberg has created a complex story to which science fiction fans can relate. This is probably my favorite Monk novel that I have read so far.
Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace, by William Leisner
Following the events in the Destiny Trilogy, the Federation is trying to pick up the pieces after the recent Borg invasion. Numerous people are dead, missing, or homeless. And while Dr. Beverly Crusher is asked to help with a relief effort, Captain Picard and the rest of the Enterprise crew must deal with a political nightmare.
Continue reading Star Trek: The Next Generation: Losing the Peace
The Hourglass Door, by Lisa Mangum, is the first in a trilogy for young adults.
Abby’s senior year is going well with college plans, good friends, and a perfect boyfriend. But something seems to be missing. And when a mysterious Italian foreign-exchange student shows up during play practice, Abby begins to feel things she’s never felt before. But there is something strange about Dante. Time seems to behave strangely when Abby is with him. And Abby must discover a centuries old mystery in order to save her friends and stop a dangerous traitor.
Abby is a smart and well-adjusted girl with a bright future. She has a mature relationship with her boyfriend, though Abby realizes that something is missing. Jason is the perfect guy – sweet, thoughtful, and patient. But there’s a lack of chemistry and spontaneity that Abby begins to miss. Then Dante shows up. With his steamy looks and Italian accent, Abby is immediately attracted to him. But in getting to know him, even when strange occurrences happen, Abby finds it easy to trust him and begins to fall for this boy with an extraordinary secret.
The Hourglass Door is fun, exciting, and wonderfully surprising. Fans of the Twilight series should appreciate this trilogy. Combining time travel and romance, this novel geared towards young adults is captivating and refreshingly age-appropriate. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this to any teen who’s into light romance and science fiction. I read this over the course of just a few hours and wasn’t able to put it down till I finished.
The Hourglass Door releases from Shadow Mountain on May 13, 2009.
Enemies & Allies, by Kevin J. Anderson, is a story about Superman and Batman’s first meeting. Set in the late 1950s, tensions between the US and the Soviet Union have brought about the Cold War. And Lex Luthor is hoping to cash in on America’s fear.
When the book begins, Clark Kent has just started at the Daily Planet. And Superman is already a beloved hero. On the other hand, Batman is labeled a vigilante and is hunted by Gotham police. And Bruce Wayne discovers deep-rooted treachery in his company.
Superman and Batman stick very close to their already established iconic characters, as do Lois and Lex. The story is engaging and fast-paced. And at 336 pages, it’s a quick read with the feel of a graphic novel.
The narrative switches back and forth between Superman and Batman’s worlds. Superman finds himself in often humorous predicaments and is always trying to better himself. Whereas, Batman’s story is always more dark and tortured. The two have completely different reasons for their heroics, but both fight on the same side. This is an exciting portrayal of how their alliance begins.
Enemies & Allies will release May 5th from William Morrow.
Here are the books/tv I received in March for review and/or giveaways:
Comedy Central’s KRÖD MÄNDOON AND THE FLAMING SWORD OF FIRE
Del Rey/Dabel Brothers:
Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein: Prodigal Son by Dean Koontz
The Laurentine Spy by Emily Gee
Xenopath by Eric Brown
Curse the Dawn by Karen Chance
Fablehaven: Secrets of the Dragon Sanctuary by Brandon Mull
The Hourglass Door by Lisa Mangum
Dragons Luck by Robert Asprin
WWW: Wake by Robert J. Sawyer
Corambis by Sarah Monette
Star Trek: TNG: Losing the Peace by William Leisner
Star Trek: New Frontier: Treason by Peter David
Dancing on the Head of a Pin by Thomas E. Sniegoski
Nebula Awards Showcase 2009 by Ellen Datlow
The Third Sign by Gregory A. Wilson
Gray Apocalypse by James Murdoch
Other Earths by Nick Gevers
Ballistic Babes by John Zakour
Strange Angels by Lili St. Crow
Frankenstein: Prodigal Son, by Dean Koontz, is a graphic novel based on his bestselling novel.
This comic adaptation is based upon the first Frankenstein novel by Dean Koontz. Deucalion returns to America when he discovers that his creator is living in New Orleans. Dr. Victor Frankenstein has been creating monsters for his own personal amusement. But one of his creations has become a serial killer.
Grisly and suspenseful, the story starts out well enough. But unfortunately, unless you have read the novel, be prepared to be confused not only by time periods but by characters as well. While the artwork is powerful and intense, I found it next to impossible to ascertain who characters were. And several of them looked much too similar to be recognizable. So, a majority of the tension and plot was lost in translation.
I really wanted to enjoy it more. At least it did succeed in making me want to go pick up Dean Koontz’s Frankenstein novel. I have a feeling I’ll get more out of the mystery and horror from the actual novel.