In her third book in the Community Chronicles series, Jenn Lees continues the adventures and perils of a world that is spinning into chaos after a major stock market crash. Set in the year 2061, Saving Time is the story of brave Scotsman and his companions who risk their lives to save Scotland from nuclear destruction. In a world where the government has deserted its people and bandits are always a threat, the story’s hero must take matters into his own hands even if that means risking a trip back in time to get the information he needs. Through her story of loyalty and betrayal, Lees shows readers the meaning of self-sacrifice for the betterment of all.
Although the book starts off a bit slow, I found the story line increasingly compelling as the book progressed. The topics of love, time travel, and impending worldly destruction that run throughout the book are ones that are likely to appeal to the reader and keep their interest. In terms of grammar, flow, and ease of reading, the book was well written and enjoyable.
I felt like the time travel part of the book was not as compelling as it could have been. It didn’t seem integral to the plot. The reasoning for traveling to the past seemed vague, especially when the information that the characters acquired from this journey was ultimately unnecessary in dealing with the nuclear threat. I thought that the surprise assistance that showed up for the ultimate resolution of the threat seemed coincidental and made the original plan seem unnecessary.
The characters were interesting and well developed. When they make their way through 21st century England, I enjoyed the outsiders perspective, but would have enjoyed a deeper contrast. Rory and Siobhan’s relationship reflects that kind of contrast and I savored the experience of watching the slow development of their characters.
Overall I thought the book was enjoyable, particularly after reaching the second half where the story really picks up speed. This would be well suited for anyone looking for post apocalyptic fiction with a time travel twist.
Pages: 255 | ASIN: B07PWYVYJC
High Flying follows stunt pilot Skylar when she’s flung back in time and has a chance to investigate her origins. What was the inspiration for the setup to this thrilling novel?
I have always loved time travel stories and have been intrigued by the idea of changing our personal history if given the chance. Our parents have a great deal to do with who we are as individuals but sometimes we don’t understand them and knowing about their past lives become a true education and door to our future. In addition, my father worked for United Airlines for years and I remember sitting on his shoulders, watching planes take off from the tarmac at LAX. I’ve had the opportunity to virtually fly around the world and the idea of bringing my passions together seemed perfectly natural.
Skylar is a well developed and endearing character. What were some themes that were important for you to capture in her character?
I wanted to creating a troubled young woman who was damaged by the choices her parents made and negatively impacted by the people she’s lost in her life. By being forced to experience her parents’ lives first-hand, she has the opportunity to grow, let go her anger and self hatred, and ultimately discover the compassion she holds inside.
Skylar is orphaned when she was young and she tries to reconcile that throughout the book. What were some driving ideals that were important for you to explore?
I initially wanted to make readers aware of the thought process behind cutting—a troubling behavior that was introduced to me by a dear friend. It is more common that people would like to admit or believe and is becoming a common practice among young girls in our society. Bullying and isolation often leads to this method of dealing with anxiety, as well as physical or mental abuse. Skylar finds her release through martial arts and eventually flying. Her struggles with overcoming the neglect she’s known is what makes her a stronger person and a more endearing character in this story.
What is the next book that you are working on and when will it be available?
I’m currently working on a sci-fi thriller that involves reincarnation and stolen souls. So I guess I’m pushing myself to try genres outside of my comfort level, which has been great fun thus far. I typically write one book a year, so I would watch for this one in 2020!
Skylar Haines has struggled with personal demons most of her life, going to dark extremes to subdue anxieties rooted in her tragic past. On a perpetual hunt for the next adrenaline hit, she discovers a passion for flying and becomes a hard-edged stunt pilot, verging on obsession. In the sky, following her most daring airshow, she encounters a mysterious storm and almost collides with another aircraft, sending her into a perilous dive. Guided by a mysterious voice, she manages a safe landing but finds herself transported to another time.
Eight months before she was born. One week before her father was murdered.
Though baffled by her circumstances, Skylar soon arrives at a single certainty: Before her lies a remarkable chance to change her family’s destiny drastically for the better — or possibly even worse — depending on the choices she makes, before her window of opportunity closes.
Abby Harris, a beautiful blonde girl and her dog Quin were about to spend an amazing day together hiking in the mountains when an alien, Nikolai Nekbet from the planet Raiden, abducts them. Abby now finds herself on aboard a ship traveling towards another planet. The reason behind the abduction is quite surprising: the lizard-looking man – who is actually a Crown Prince on his planet – was looking for a mate. But can he convince the girl to love him? And can Abby forgive him for making her leave behind her family and friends?
Denna Holm’s Claimed by Nikolai is an amazing science fiction romance novel about love among different species, with political intrigue sprinkled throughout. The story is set on the Quadira ship in space and on the planet Raiden. The reader gets an insight into the lives of Raiden warriors, and how they are claim a mate from other species by injecting them with their shaprata and how they are ruling their planet.
Most of the characters are well developed and intriguing. The main character, Abby has a dynamic personality and changes a lot as the story unfolds (and as the shaprata starts to work in her body). She is lovely, brave, always follows her heart and learns how to trust her partner and cope with the new situation she got into against her will. I especially enjoyed how the contrast between Abby’s thoughts and the words she uttered is shown. Nikolai, the weird-looking alien with black eyes, red vertical pupils and sharp teeth is ready to do everything (except one thing) for her love, he is struggling hard to win Abby’s heart. He is a real passionate lover. Despite events being given from multiple character perspectives, I missed the exposition of Lena’s point of view. I wanted to know how she felt and what she was thinking about what happened to her. The sex scenes are well-written, sometimes even going into shocking details. I wasn’t prepared for the erotic scenes, I would have preferred less eroticism, but this would be mild for any fan of erotic fiction.
Claimed by Nikolai is altogether an enjoyable read with unique ideas, I recommend it for everyone who loves fantasies and love stories in general. Holm has brilliant writing technique, the book is filled with dialogue that constantly held my attention right from the start.
Pages: 349 | ASIN: B07R24YW7P
High Flying, written by Kaylin McFarren tells the story of Skylar Haines, a talented young pilot. This is a complex story, filled with both suspense, drama and themes of love, the complexities of family, self-harm and sacrifice.
The main character, Skylar has been orphaned – her father died before she was born and her mother died when she was seven years old. She lives with her stern and seemingly uncaring Grandfather. This has left a huge and detrimental impact on her life. The reader is plunged into the pain Skylar is suffering on the very first page, as Skylar retreats into her bathroom with a box cutter. She proceeds to self-harm, sitting desperately alone on her bathroom floor.
Skylar has found some solace in her new passion – flying, in particular stunt planes. Her enthusiasm and passion for flying are evident; as is her feelings for Jake Brennan, describing him as “an artist” in the cockpit. This new-found happiness proves to be short lived, as she flies into a storm when performing with Jake at an air show. After colliding with another plane she is transported back in time, where she is able to witness the poor choices her parents made that have led to her current life.
High Flying switches between modern day Nevada (2013 and 2018) and back in time to before Skylar was born. The story is however, predominantly set back in time – eight months before she was born, twenty-one years ago. I enjoyed the description of the town, in both the past and present, it was vivid and convincing.
The plot is generally easy to follow and logical. The plot is otherwise grounded and believable, other than the time travel bit. But the ending makes up for this by being quite believable and realistic.
Most of the characters are well developed. Their body language and vocabulary help discriminate between characters. We meet many characters when Skylar travels back in time, the ones that link to her present life are easy to follow but the addition of many other characters can be difficult to follow. But I truly enjoyed the relationships between the main characters and found the tension between the two both engrossing and believable. But some of the minor characters and their relationships are not quite as well developed.
Overall the story is engaging and entertaining. I highly recommend it.
Pages: 277 | ASIN: B07QYH3CD4
Let conspiracy enthusiast and sci-fi fans rejoice for there is a new series of books launched that engages the reader in an action filled thriller; rich in violence, plot twists, the supernatural and human connections.
Experiment X – Sacrifice is told from the first person narrative of Karen; a regular woman with a regular job with secret abilities she didn’t know about. What starts out as a story about a waitress with a terrible boyfriend and superficial friends spirals into an intricate voyage of family secrets, genetic manipulation and a high death toll.
The heroine’s catalyst arrives early on in the form of Jack, which is a man she has had violent dreams about. Jack makes Karen aware of her part in a hidden and awful government experiment. The breakneck pace of this novel does not let up and the plot is very interesting as are the characters; but I felt that they were underdeveloped and sometimes the plot overwhelmed the narrative. Experiment X still draws the reader into its deeply rooted story lines and paints a vivid picture.
The author is also successful at striking a good balance of action and world building, such as when some of the survivors of the experiment try pizza for the first time. I wanted more depth to Karen’s transformation because I liked her and her relationship with her fellow mutants enriches the story. I also wanted to feel more of the mental and emotional cost of such atrocities because what little is presented is very well executed.
Experiment X sets up some seriously interesting story lines for the heroes to be expanded on in the continuation of the story; such as how the mutation develops differently in each person and family loyalty. There are many layers to this narrative, exploring those while keeping the action oriented style of the book elevates this series. Be ready for betrayal, plot twists, a high body count and a fair amount of emotional turmoil.
Pages: 303 | ASIN: B014880TIW
Imprint Legacy by Dorian Keys is a science fiction short story. Detective Robert Miers and his partner Steven Enry are part of New City’s Interstate Operations Unit, working with the FBI to solve unusual cases. While investigating a missing persons case, a tip leads Robert and Steven to a house in Ohio. But nothing there is as they expected. Ten days later, Robert is missing chunks of his memories and his actions are under investigation by the New City Police Department because Steven disappeared that night. Will Robert be able to find his missing partner? And even if he does, will anything ever be the same for him again once he learns that reality is far different from what he’s always believed?
This book has an intriguing premise with a unique world parallel to reality, and I enjoyed reading this story. The ten day time jump between Chapter One and Chapter Two left me a bit confused, but I knew exactly how Robert was feeling because he had no idea what was going on either. The entire story was told from his point of view, so I only knew what he knew, which allowed me to feel his emotions as he tried to figure out what had happened to him during the gap in his memories.
I liked the addition of ‘aliens’ who were actually humans. There were many elements of this world that were unique from other science fiction stories I’ve read. A lot happens in the story given the short length, and I would have liked the book to be a bit longer because I wanted to know more. Some things could have been explained or described in more detail, like the technology used by the Caretakers and the imprinting of Caretakers. And I felt that the story ended a bit abruptly. I wanted to see Robert reunite with his family, and I was left to wonder if he would accept his fate as a Caretaker or continue to try to fight against it.
But all this is to say that this was a fantastic story that I wanted more of. This really could have been a longer novel because Dorian Keys has done a fantastic job of setting compelling characters along a provocative plot against an intriguing background.
Pages: 76 | ASIN: B07NSNMSGF
Global Dawn is a thrilling science fiction story of a battle between two powerful groups over control of an ancient technology. What was the inspiration behind the idea for this novel?
I am a conspiracy theory enthusiast. History tells us that our governments often lie to us. Some of those stories uncovered are quite extreme. And yet, I still believe there is so much more we don’t know as the deepest secrets are protected well. I tried to use real life events to imagine a secretive alternative to purpose or cause (such as the Indonesia Tsunami).
The backstory and world building in this novel is superb. Was this planned or did it develop organically while writing?
The backstory and counterparts were all planned. The story designed to use the Trieste and deepest recorded dive in history to frame the origin of the escalation in secret war between O.T.O and the New World Order as they battle over an ancient technology with unlimited power. However, the some of the main characters developed themselves as did some of the twists within the story. Characters such as Colonel Larry and The Gentleman (my personal favourite) simply created themselves to play a key role in the plot.
Your characters were interesting and well developed. What were some themes that were important for you to capture in your characters?
There were some strong emotional themes that were key to the story. With the Asset, I wanted to illustrate that sometimes, the strongest of us are the most broken and that there is a level of resilience that only comes from suffering. With The Gentleman, I was aiming to create a conflict within the reader where they could actually relate to the necessity of evil in the world and that what we see as evil, can sometimes just be good people coming from with a different perspective with different motivations. I also wanted to capture the struggles in raising a family in the chaotic modern world. But behind it all, there are those around that are loyal to a fault such as Colonel Larry Fisher.
What is the next novel that you are working on and when will it be available?
I am working on a few different projects at the moment. ‘Fragile Mind’ is a book of poetry related to Mental Health – and will be available at the end of June. ‘Serial Killer Support Group – The Predator Chronicles’ will be a series of books that follows a deviously mysterious character that brings some of the world’s most deadly serial killers together in a support group to help each other become more efficient killers. But he himself has devilish motives. The first book will be released in July. Finally, I have already created an outline to the sequel to Global Dawn and will commence writing in July and expect that to be released in summer 2020.
Global Dawn is an award winning, high paced, conspiracy thriller that tells the story of a secret war between the New World Order and Ordo Templi Orientis (O.T.O), who battle over control of an ancient technology that has been behind all mankind technological advancements since 1960. The New World Order has sinister plans for application of this technology that would finally provide them with absolute control of the world. But not before unleashing a global tele-tsunami and washing away modern civilisation as we know it.
Global Dawn also includes an emotional journey of O.T.O’s most formidable warrior ever, who battles internal demons of a traumatic past in an attempt to establish an emotional connection with his son. Misunderstood, he continuously struggles to make that connection but devotedly defends his son from the dangers of the world.
The New World Order has the upper hand. And it’s now only a matter of time before the fate of the world is be decided…
Nash Korpes has seen easier days. He’s overworked, in a constant state of recovery from one incident or another, and those he wants desperately to be able to trust just might be the real enemies. As a Master Tech, Nash poses a certain amount of danger. The true question is: Is he a danger to those he seeks to destroy or a danger to himself. Something is hanging over Nash like a black cloud, and the “friends” he has made can’t seem to pinpoint his problem. Like a loose cannon, Nash goes about his job always leery of his companions.
Rogers’s second in a series, The Korpes Agenda shows the vulnerable side of the main character, Nash Korpes. From the first two chapters, readers are given a clear picture of a man who is broken emotionally and in a constant state of high-alert–always second guessing those around him. A man who is outwardly gruff and speaks his mind, Nash is quite emotionally crippled, sheltering himself by keeping his true feelings hidden deep within. Rogers’s main character is pleasantly complicated and one who is indeed worth following from book to book.
The setting of Rogers’s series is unique, and there is something about the ways in which the author chooses to describe the setting that appeals to me. Set nearly 500 years in the future, one would think the terminology would be difficult to discern and the overall setting unrelatable. Rogers, however, does not disappoint and somehow remedies this and succeeds in providing readers with a surprisingly relatable backdrop for her characters.
Unlike many books of this genre, The Korpes Agenda focuses as much on the characters’ weaknesses and personal struggles as it does the technical aspects of their world. I appreciated this aspect very much as I am a reader who becomes invested in characters no matter the setting.
Nash Korpes is a true study in character development. Without giving too much away, I will say that the self-talk that happens with Nash is highly engaging. I was caught up in his moments of self-doubt from the first chapter of the book. He is a man who is being taken over by his own thoughts, but the way in which Rogers has chosen to show this is truly something to behold. I found myself revisiting sections of text in awe over the method the author chose to use to show Nash’s inner battle.
This being the second in a series, the author does an amazing job summarizing each character and pulling in quick but thorough elements from the first book in order to bring readers up to speed.
Science fiction fans will appreciate the technical aspects of Rogers’s work, and readers who seek a main character who provides the opportunity for psychological study will immediately be drawn to Nash Korpes.
Pages: 468 | ASIN: B07PH4FFWB