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Dancing on the Head of a Pin
Thomas E. Sniegoski
The Athena Project
Brad Thor
Under Wraps (Underworld Detection Agency #1)
Hannah Jayne
Crash (Visions)
Lisa McMann
Ghostman
Roger Hobbs
Gun Machine
Warren Ellis
London Falling
Paul Cornell
Rivers of London (Peter Grant, #1)
Ben Aaronovitch
Déjà Vu: A Technothriller (The Saskia Brandt Series, #1)
Ian Hocking
Superhero
Victor Methos

Poor Man's Fight

Poor Man's Fight - Elliott Kay Kay has got a really good story here. The story is fairly-fast paced but covers the ground well. I didn't feel rushed from point to point. It was more a "here's something good, and then we're going to skip a bunch of boring nothingness, and here's the next good part". I pounded through the story over the course of a couple sittings and ended up wanting more.The combat action sequences were well done. I could picture most of them in my head without a problem. Not an easy thing to write well. The dialogue was completely believable and meshed well with the images going on in my mind's eye. Most importantly, the overall book sucked me in. I was completely immersed in the story and never came up against something that bumped me out of the "world".

Dead, but Not for Long

Dead, but Not for Long - Matthew Kinney,  Lesa Kinney Anders This is quite the fun zombie story. There's a goodly amount of character development and the story kept me going throughout. Single sitting read (for me). The perfect way to spend a saturday afternoon. I'm looking forward to the next book.

The 13th Enumeration

The 13th Enumeration - William Struse This book had all the action you could want and a well developed story. Characters had just the right amount of spice. Overall, it reminded me of a really good mix of some of the bigger author names (cough, Cussler; cough, Ludlum; cough, Brown) and it was a well-executed story.One bone of contention -- the cover image does absolutely *nothing* to convey the mix of tech, action, thriller, adventure going one. It doesn't sell the story the way it needs to.

A.I. Apocalypse

A.I. Apocalypse - William Hertling Hertling has got a rather good story to tell with A.I. Apocalypse and I recommend you grab this book to read on a nice quiet afternoon. The character development was top-notch, and aside from a few points I thought some of the characters were going off the rails (and by this, I mean I got invested in the characters and thought they were making bad choices, just like a real person), it was a really good read. The tech was written in a manner that allowed me to stay engaged without having to slog through a lot of explanations (I'm more technically inclined than some) but there was enough that a less technically proficient reader would have no problem understanding what was going on. Nicely balanced, and not as easy to write as you'd think.All in all, a well done effort. I'm looking forward to more books from Hertling.

Star Force: Inception

Star Force: Inception - Aer-ki Jyr An interesting beginning to the story/series. Hops around a bit more than I would like timeline-wise, but that's understandable given the serialized format.

Star Force: Integration

Star Force: Integration - Aer-ki Jyr This is a decent tale of paintball games & null-g training. Focused exclusively on the experiences of the Two's and didn't really give any additional backstory for the overall plot.

77 Days in September

77 Days in September - Ray Gorham 77 Days in September was a great rainy saturday read. Not overly long nor short. Pretty much from the beginning, I was fully invested in the story with Kyle and Jennifer. The technical portions of the storyline were well-told with just the right amount of tech to mix with actually telling a story and keep everything in line.

Mrs. Beast: A Novel

Mrs. Beast: A Novel - Pamela Ditchoff Pamela Ditchoff has written an entertaining romp through some of the Grimm's stories that is just plain enjoyable. I read this book with nothing more than entertainment in mind, and that's exactly what she delivered. While Runyon's lispy speech patterns were a little difficult to follow at first, once I got past the first couple episodes they just added to the world. Elora & Croesus gave great interludes - the pop-culturish references & snark were amusing.

ALPHASHOCK (Episode 1)

ALPHASHOCK (Episode 1) - Sam Best This story by Sam Best hit the spot for me. Just the right amount of words to introduce a new world and leave me interested and wanting more. Best's done an excellent job of spinning a high-tech, futuristic world with militaristic/LEO overtones. I'm definitely looking forward to more stories placed in this world.

Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #4)

Double Share (Golden Age of the Solar Clipper #4) - Nathan Lowell Lowell has written another home run in his continuing Solar Clipper series. I've been waiting for this book to come out for quite some time with much anticipation and was definitely not disappointed. As with the first three books, Lowell has a style that keeps you captured and caring about all the characters from first to last page and the situations he puts Mr. Wang and the other characters in have a ring of realism to them. I can't wait to read the last two installments in the series. Thanks, Mr. Lowell, for giving me this ongoing story to read!

Frankensteel

Frankensteel - Robin  Craig Robin Craig's novella hit a sweet note for me. Just the right amount of text for a single sitting read and the story opened up some thinking for me to do. Like some of the other reviewers, I found the first couple chapters a slow go, but once through that the story picked up considerably. I found the story enjoyable, and I'm hoping for more in this world, if Craig can find the words.

Jaden Baker

Jaden Baker - Courtney Kirchoff Kirchoff's story is a must read, plain and simple. She's got great characters and a lively plot. I powered through the book in one sitting, and while some of the scenes were a little tough content-wise, Kirchoff handled the telling of them with aplomb and grace. I'm looking forward to seeing more from Kirchoff.

Plaza

Plaza - Shane M. Brown The beginning felt a little like someone took scissors to parts of the story but it evened out well by the first third. Well-written, a few homonym problems (damn for dam comes to mind), but nothing that took me out of the story.And what a story... The archaeology angle was great and sounded completely believable to me. I ripped through this book pretty much in one sitting and am glad I did. I hope that the author feels there's enough words left in the world he's created here to pick up a sequel or even to jaunt out in a new direction to explore some of what he touched on but didn't go into detail.