Summoned by Rainy Kaye

April 11, 2014 at 1:28 pm (Reviews, unsolicited reviews) (, , , )

 Summoned by Rainy Kaye is a modern-day genie tale told from the genie’s point of view. Dimitri may not live in a little lamp or have any magical powers, but he is helpless to not appear at his masters side when the man might want him and is required to fulfill whatever wish the man might have. And the happy little limit of just 3 wishes? That simply doesn’t exist.

You might ask yourself what billionaire Karl Walker can actually request of his ‘useless’ servant that can do nothing more magical than show up when called for. Well what do you expect the completly controlled, unacknowledged  worker for a shady, powerful rich guy to do without magic? That’s right, Dimitri is more or less compelled to commit any theft, murder or other criminal act Karl may fancy as a way to amass and protect his fortune.

Now, as Dimitri looks like and generally wants to be seen as a normal guy, he tries to lead a pretty non-outstanding, mostly unnoticeable type of life. Like most young people’s, such a life includes a relationship. A large part of this book centers on his encounters with a young woman named Syd. A couple of scenes with her might become quite sexually graphic, but I wouldn’t call the book erotica because the plot is not only centered towards sex. Its removal would change the style of writing, yet leave the plot unscathed.

This story about a man enslaved to commit actions he doesn’t agree with may sound dark and depressing, but I really enjoyed it. Even when Dimitri is forced on a cross-country road-trip with Walker’s psychotic daughter, I found it to be written so enticingly that I didn’t want to put it down.

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Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan by Stephen Tremp

November 22, 2013 at 12:01 pm (unsolicited reviews) (, , , , )

 Breakthrough: The Adventures of Chase Manhattan by Stephen Tremp is a fun, modern day science fiction story. As all described seems to be practically possibly, it left me with the eerie feeling that such events could happen right now, even though many people would quickly dismiss the story as nothing more than fantasy.

Although they run together, the story seems to come in two parts; at first it is described how a small group of sinister scientists at MIT are using stolen technology to manipulate events in their favor and cause crimes, even murders at the highest levels of government. Next, we watch as Professor Chase Manhattan, from southern California, is pulled into the mess by Dr. Nicholas Fischer, who is asking Chase to prove it is not he who is responsible for the misuse of his work.

I enjoyed this book. It has the right mix of what seems real and what seems like fantasy to make me step back and look at the world in a different light. I am somewhat interested in taking a look at this Book’s sequel.

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Golden Mane by SJB Gilmour

February 4, 2013 at 12:43 pm (Reviews, unsolicited reviews) (, , , )

 Golden Mane by SJB Gilmour (book 1 of The Adventures of Sarah Coppernick) is a fun book about a young girl learning she is a werewolf and that the world around her contains more magic than she ever would have dared to believe. This realization doesn’t only bring fun, however. She also learns that her parents whom she had been told were dead are really being held captive by the evilest of sorcerers who has plans to come after her as well.

You see, what it boils down to, is that Sarah is the rare type of werewolf called a Golden Main. This unusual type of werewolf can more easily control the magical forces than most so her potential enemies simply want to eliminate her as a threat before she’s the chance to become adept at her magical control. This is why her aunt and uncle (brown coat werewolves) have attempted to keep magical knowledge from her for as long as possible. They don’t want her probable hunters to simply pick her off when outsiders chance to notice she’s not quite human.

Although, keeping one’s very nature away from her own eyes can have it’s consequences. When standing up to a school-yard bully, Sarah finds she has begun to maul the stuck up girl before even realizing she could become a wolf. Her guardians realize the time has come where all the secrets now must come out.

Sarah is introduced to the magical world with a full load of new situations and new friends. Most importantly, she begins on the quest to save her parents. It may be a long hard road, but with the allies she now finds she has, even the dire situation appearing around her isn’t enough to make her lose her hope.

As a final note here, I just have to say I love the story of Sarah’s ‘uncle’ Benjamin. How he was born fully human, yet through bravery earned the highest werewolf gift, that of the ‘Silver Shroud’ and became a werewolf himself; one with unsurpassed fighting abilities.

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The Unwanted: The G6 Chronicles by Daniel L. Carter

October 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm (unsolicited reviews) (, , , , )

 The Unwanted: The G6 Chronicles by Daniel L. Carter is the surprisingly good mixture  of crazy, off-the-wall mad science experiments and believable, un-exaggerated faith. If, like me, you like the explanation of ‘science’ to come up with crazy fun it doesn’t seem should be possible or don’t want to be preached at when another’s belief is shown; this is a book worth checking out.

The story follows the early lifetimes of 5 children who were produced as part of an experiment in a secret genetic lab in Chicago. There were actually several of these labs, yet wanting to keep the project a secret, the company funding the project has taken to destroying the labs and killing their non-central workers in the unwanted facilities at any time when they looked to be in danger of falling under public scrutiny. As one of these laboratories is being covered up, two nurses are able to load a car with newborns and escape before they are all killed.

It also focuses on the investigation led by two FBI agents who are trying to figure out what is happening to cause the sudden seemingly-unprovoked killing of these workers. At least in Chicago it doesn’t look like infants were killed, yet investigators are simply baffled as to what the purpose of these deaths could be.

Of course, let’s not forget the great Dr. Tibon Agha here; his wonderful psychotic mind is responsible for a good bit of the fun. A large part of this story is the recounting of past events in his life. While these  may not actually  give him the right to act as he does, they certainly develop him into an interesting character.

Overall, I’d say this is an enjoyable story. While in a couple of places I was worried it my be ready to go ‘fantasy-religious’ on me, it never did. If we can just ignore the super-human science for a moment, the characters handled situations  the same as real people may do.

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Leonard’s Last Day by D.A. Conn

August 6, 2012 at 11:40 am (unsolicited reviews) (, , )

 Leonard’s Last Day by D.A. Conn is the quick account of a dramatic event based upon an actual happening. Because of this,all the characters have easily adapted the mannerisms  of people you could meet in real life. The story is interesting in that it explores how several people caught in the same event may perceive it differently, based on what they had expected to happen beforehand.

The story is about Leonard, a man who is living with his wife, Sandra, anticipating starting a family in the suburbs; when out of nowhere an unexpected attack  leaves him hospitalized. He does make enough of a recovery to return to his normal life,yet suddenly, it seems that safety has been striped from what he sees and he finds that he now needs to arm himself ‘just in case‘. People may try to explain to him how he should look more carefully into what he thinks is wrong, how the crash might have left him slightly brain damaged, but he’s not about to buy that!

I am nearly certain this is the first work of fiction by Ms. Conn. I would truly be interested in reading something longer; that’s, I guess my only complaint, the story ends before I’m able to latch onto characters I like.

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The Surrogate by C. J. Evans

May 11, 2012 at 3:09 am (unsolicited reviews) (, , )

Should the joy of a family to raise be as easy to obtain as a common unwanted pet? Why are there not more single parents who are fathers instead of mothers? After a collection of failed romantic relationships, Tristan in The Surrogate begins to fear that he will never find a woman to settle down with. As a man who finds himself comfortable in his bachelor life, this is no problem! At least it isn’t one until he finds himself becoming attracted to the idea of becoming a father.

Tristan’s friends all find the notion of their carefree single friend suddenly wanting a family to be something of a joke. Either some form of cynical self amusement or nothing more than fabrications designed to lure in unsuspecting women for a one or two night stand. When he actually goes so far as to hire a woman to get pregnant and have a child for him, nobody will believe it. Well almost no one. Marie McDonald, the hired surrogate  mother insists that he respect her and treat their relations  as nothing more than standard business.

Now at first, when reading this, I found the whole idea as somewhat ludicrous. The initial descriptions of Tristan, and the opinions  that he states, almost make him seem to be nothing more than a shallow, self-centered, waste of a man. But as the story goes on,  as we see how he reacts to others (and they to him); we start to gain a clearer understanding of how this deep thoughtful individual is reacting in the only way he can, to try escaping ways the whole world seems to be out to get him.

The characters within this book are gently brought to life until I wasn’t even aware of the exact moment when they stopped seeming to be something like cardboard caricatures. By the end of the book they had all come to be real people. I caught myself surprised by my own relief when a character I hadn’t even realized I was I was attached to was able to escape a bad situation.

This unusual relationship between expectant father Tristan and surrogate mother Marie  develops on more levels than seems likely or possible while remaining just about platonic. So close the two of them are pushed together, it’s almost painful how far they hold themselves apart.  As Tristan struggles to remain respected in his professional world, he can’t escape the need he finds to do what he sees as the right thing for Marie and her other young child.

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Gray Justice by Alan McDermott

January 22, 2012 at 6:56 pm (unsolicited reviews) (, )

Ever believe the law to  be just a little too lenient on criminals after they are caught? Why are people even able to go free when they just break laws time and time again? In Gray Justice by Alan McDermott, a man who has had his child die through a collision caused by the reckless motorist who had already been imprisoned multiple times, asks exactly this. After his wife sinks into depression and kills herself, this man(Tom Greay) feels it is his duty to capture the public’s attention and force the reform of what he sees as failed laws.

As Tom and the members of his former military group kidnap several repeat criminals to make a show of brutally punishing them over the internet, criminals from the Middle-East see this as their chance to take advantage of the distraction he is causing and to score a big hit on the ‘Infidels of England.’ They assume that the police will be too busy trying to end the commotion Gray is causing to stand effectively against their glorious jihad.

The real reason the police are giving Gray’s stunt so much attention is that Tom and his friends are a military teem highly experienced in real combat. When a veteran soldier with explosives know-how claims to have a bomb positioned for the killing of thousands of innocents, authorities are naturally hesitant to anger or kill the only person who knows exactly where it is and might be able to stop the destruction it could cause. Yet, an unrelated terrorist cell that hears of the threat, quickly find the situation to be a gift direct from Allah.

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A Cold Day in Hell by Denise M. Main

January 15, 2012 at 6:53 pm (unsolicited reviews) (, , )

A Cold Day in Hell by Denise M. Main is an entertaining story with a cast of angels, demons, and the like. If you are simply looking for some light reading, don’t worry; the title is one of the only few religious references that appear. Instead of right and wrong, we are drawn into the grand multi-verse of the of the universe’s structure, to follow the demon Azarial as she tries to live her normal life, despite the trouble friends bring to her door.

Now I must point out, that just because ‘Rial is a demon, that fact does not make her evil. Such a notion appears to be nothing more than a foolish human lie. And despite Azarial’s general disgust with feathers, angels don’t tend to be in the wrong, or too much against demons either. In fact, the characters most against good here seem to be a human sorcerer  and a witch.

If you can enjoy a story without taking certain names or titles too literally, you might find this one to be an enjoyable read. I like such a simple kind of explanation for magical powers. It also lends quite well to quick stereotype supporting characters like a big red devil-demon, or a little crafty  sculptor imp. All in all, it leaves you with a fun view of the world.

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Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl

December 23, 2011 at 5:18 pm (unsolicited reviews) (, , )

Golden Blood by Melissa Pearl is the first book of the Time Spirit Trilogy. We learn in the book that the knowledge of time traveling abilities is not a topic allowed to be shared among normal humans. Apparently, the ability to travel through time is genetic. Because it is a rare thing, some of the individuals that can do so feel they must use it in order to fix what they deem as ‘mistakes’ in the past. Unfortunately, because it is so rare, there are few adults who are able to work with time as colleagues. School aged children are often forced into dangerous situations of the past to help their parents accomplish what they feel they must. Because they all fear being captured and used by those who can’t time travel, they have adopted rules to keep such abilities a secret.

When Gemma, a girl who can jump through time, accidentally makes contact with Harrison, the normal human boy she loves, at the wrong time; she finds she has unintentionally thrown him a few centuries into the past. Now the problem becomes getting him back to the present, even though that requires help from the rest of her family who don’t want anything to do with him, and are stuck wondering if it would not be easier to simply leave this new problem where he is.

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Malaika by Van Heerling

December 19, 2011 at 5:29 pm (unsolicited reviews) (, )

Malaika by Van Heerling is a story about an American man trying to run away from the problems in his life by immersing himself in the so called ‘simpler’ life of tribal wilderness in the Serengeti of Africa. Unexpectedly he finds himself befriended by a wild lioness who seems to be running away from her pride for unknown reasons. As the two grow closer until it almost seems they can communicate, the man an the beast find that their problems are eerily similar. As the narrator tries to help the feline overcome her rejection by the other lions, he cannot help but think about his family whom he feels he cannot face.

Now of course, the man is not entirely alone. He lives near a group of people who do not appreciate his laid-back acceptance of a dangerous carnivore. His human companionship becomes limited to Absko, the young man he has agreed to teach English; Absko’s girlfriend, Sanura; and Absko’s father, Abasi. As the story unfolds, the narrator becomes involved in finding ways to help the young couple who learn they are expecting a child get set on a start to a good life.

It is a story about healing, of people learning to face their own reality. The more the narrator tries to help everybody else, the more he is forced to look back at everything he is running away from. Abasi tries to jolt the storyteller past his perceived problems with his wife in America by explaining how she still lives so she’s not lost, unlike Absko’s mother who has been taken by death.

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