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Book Review: The Clockwork Dynasty by Daniel H. Wilson (0385541783)

61nOkyUV2HL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_June Stefanov, anthropologist, and Pyotr (Peter) Alexeyevich (aka avtomat/robot) are destined to meet and discover the secrets they have lived with for so many years. June will find the origin of an old brass key her grandfather left her and Peter will find out what it means to be avtomat.

This is a story about the past and the future, about secrets and truths, about loyalty and betrayal, and about happiness and despair. It is fast-paced and exhilarating to find out about Peter’s past and how the avtomats came to be. A wonderful science fiction read for my collection!

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Virtual Book Review Tour and Giveaway: Chosen by Denise Grover Swank

Welcome to my blog!  I’m excited to present Denise Grover Swank’s book Chosen.

Book Summary

Everything Emma Thompson owns fits in a suitcase she moves from one roach infested motel to another. She and Jake, her five year old son who can see the future, are running from the men intent on taking him. Emma will do anything to protect him even when it means accepting the help of a stranger named Will. Jake insists she needs Will, but Emma’s never needed help before. And even though she’s learned to trust her son, it doesn’t mean she trusts Will.

Mercenary Will Davenport lives in the moment. Hauling Emma to South Dakota should have been an easy job, but his employer neglected to tell him about Emma’s freaky son and the gunmen hot on her trail. Instinct tells him this job is trouble, but nothing can prepare him for Jake’s proclamation that Will is The Chosen One, who must protect Emma from the men hunting her power. A power she doesn’t know she has.

Will protects Emma and Jake on a cross-country chase from the men pursuing them, while struggling with memories from his past, his apprehension of Jake, and his growing attraction to Emma. Will’s overwhelming urge to protect Emma surprises him, especially since it has nothing to do with his paycheck and possibly everything to do with the tattoo Jake branded on his arm. Rich and powerful men are desperate to capture Emma, and Will must discover why before it’s too late.

RT Book Review: http://www.rtbookreviews.com/book-review/chosen-3
RT Rating 4 Stars

This first in a series opens with a punch and stays on course from start to finish. The plot is smoothly woven without extraneous details to lull you to sleep. A new voice in the urban fantasy genre, Grover Swank is definitely one to watch. Add this to your shelves.

   Excerpt from the Book

“We can trust him,” the boy repeated.

She turned to look out the windshield and hung both of her arms over the steering wheel. “Are you sure?” she asked, staring straight ahead.

“Yes.”

She rested her chin on her hands and closed her eyes. He decided she must be trying to figure out how to deal with this change of events. Personally, Will thought it was going too far on the permissive parenting scale letting a preschooler make a decision like that, but hey, it worked in his favor. He sure wasn’t going to protest.

“Okay,” she finally said, sitting up. “I need to leave town. They know we’re here so we’ve got to leave as soon as we can.”

“Who exactly are they?” Will asked. As far as he knew, he was the only one on this job. He’d be pissed if they hired someone else as backup.

“You don’t need to know that,” she said, turning at the corner. “How do you plan on helping us?”

“I can help you leave town.”

“Why would you do that?” Her eyes narrowed as she looked behind for signs of the SUV.

Will had seen the damage. The SUV wasn’t going anywhere. Where the hell had she learned a move like that?

He gave her his rugged, bad boy smirk and shrugged. “What can I say? I’m a sucker for a damsel in distress.”

“Do better than that,” she snorted.

He liked that she wasn’t easily snowed, even if it made his job more difficult.

“Let’s just say I’m hoping to get lucky, and maybe if I’m nice enough, I will.” He gave her a slow, lazy smile as he leaned against the door, crossing his arms.

She rolled her eyes. “Don’t count on it.”

“Don’t crush a man’s hopes. Just wait and see. I might grow on you.”

Raising her eyebrows, she twisted her lips into a wry smile. “That’s what I’m afraid of.”

Biography

Denise Grover Swank lives in Lee’s Summit, Missouri. She has six children, three dogs, and an overactive imagination. She can be found dancing in her kitchen with her children, reading or writing her next book. You will rarely find her cleaning.

 You can find out more about Denise and her other books at www.denisegroverswank.com or email her at denisegroverswank@gmail.com

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My Review

It seems like Emma and her son have been running for their lives forever. But who are they running from and why do these people want to kill them? Only Jake’s ability to sense when the unknown people are getting close has kept them alive. Enter the stranger, Will, who will save them from the unknown. Or does he?

This is an intense thriller from the very beginning about a prophecy of the promised ones (The Chosen One, The Queen, The Elevated One and The Supplanter) who will meet in another time to overcome an evil that can only be imagined.

A great read! On to the next in the series.

BOOK 2

BOOK 3

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Book review: The Eleventh Plague by Jeff Hirsch (9780545388092) Audiobook

It is good to see a young male protagonist in a young adult fiction novel.  I was beginning to wonder if they existed.

Stephen Quinn, 15,  and his father are living in a post apocalyptic world which was devastated by an unknown plague.  They travel around the country as salvagers who trade their wares to stay alive.  However, their luck has run out and they stumble upon some slavers which leads to a horrible injury to Stephen’s dad.  Lost and alone Stephen has to rely on strangers (something his grandfather said to never do) to help him get a handle on his life.  The strangers are part of a place called Settlers’ Landing  who have learned to sustain life as they know it.  Fortunately, Stephen has found a friend in an orphan named Jenny who refuses to accept things as they are.  But can Stephen trust all of them?

This is an interesting take on a dystopian world that is a fast-paced story with a good plot.  The characters are interesting and believable.  This young adult novel will spur you on to read the next one in the series to find out what happens to Stephen and Jenny.  The narrator, Dan Bittner, does a great job bringing the characters to life.

Read the first four  chapters and watch the book trailer at http://www.jeff-hirsch.com/?page_id=239

Thank you to SYNC YA Literature for giving me the opportunity to download and listen to this audiobook for free.

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Book review: Future Hope by David Gelber (9781934572344)

It’s 2156 on Earth and the United Nations is the top governing body of the world, religion is eliminated and banned, rapid population expansion is slowed by using limited government sanctioned pregnancies, medicine can cure virtually every disease leading to increased longevity and energy concerns have been eliminated. However, humans have used up the resources on the planet and in the galaxy.

So is interdimensional space exploration the next step? Dr. Deborah Tennyson, a brilliant mathematician, certainly thinks so and she is willing to send the best astropilot, David Sanders, to test it out. The first space flight proved successful as a dog named Little Bit was transported and returned relatively unscathed.

But will David Sanders succeed? He is an excellent astropilot, but he’s going into the unknown and what he finds changes his belief in God and mankind.

Senator Adrian Leavitt wants the Interdimensional Travel Program to fail and would try anything to stop it from happening. Will he shut down the mission before David Sanders can return?

This is an interesting blend of science fiction and Christian fiction. The interconnection is brilliant and Dr. Gelber takes you on a thrilling ride into the universe and beyond.

A warm thank you to Dr. Gelber and PR by the Book for giving me the opportunity to review this book.

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Book review: The Gray Apocalypse by James Murdoch (9780966443097)

e34a1cb142ebb1c592b4c655551417941414141An excellent sci-fi story filled with action and suspense! There are only three days left before the Earth is destroyed by a giant astroid which is being guided by aliens.

Michael Kendon is a former assassin and healer who is the sole survivor of a resistance movement and he is Earth’s only hope for survival. He has only three suspense-filled days left to locate a special weapon used to deflect the astroid and he has the help of Laura Meller, daughter of the deceased leader of the resistance.

An unforgettable tale of human persistance and survival!

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