The “The Guardener's Tale” by Bruce Boston is set in a future where any deviation from what is considered the norm for a citizen, is punishable by ‘reprogramming’ or even death! Well written and with some very memorable characters. I enjoyed this book.
Take one no nonsense General, an army of youngsters lead by an eight year old military genius, an alien race on the verge of destruction and you have what turned out to be a great story! "No Rules of Engagement" by Thomas Wilson had me hooked from the start. I'm looking forward to reading the next book in the series!
This is a fascinating anthology of short stories from some of today’s best known writers of Black Science Fiction. Whilst I had my favourite stories amongst the collection all were enjoyable to read. The book is also available free so there can be no excuse for not taking a look.
"The Dreamer Genome" by Steve S. Grant is a Science Fiction tale set in the near future. An illegal and clandestine genetic experiment with babies as test subjects is suddenly terminated with the death of all but five of the infants. As the survivors grow older, they demonstrate enhanced physical and mental abilities and become involved, in various ways, with pushing the boundaries of space exploration within the solar system.
Whilst a little slow at first, it turned into a very entertaining story with some unique concepts. As the reason for the experiments don't become apparent until later in the book and you learn it's about much more than genetic research and this adds an element of suspense. I found that the various characters, both good and bad, were fairly well developed. "The Dreamer Genome" is certainly worth a read and I look forward to the sequel.
"Peaches and the Gambler" was a great read and a very enjoyable murder mystery story.
Finding herself without a job, Peaches Donnelly decides to turn Detective and solve the murder of her childhood friend. Not having done anything like it before is no barrier to Peaches and she enters into the investigation with some hilarious results. As her investigation progresses she goes undercover as a stripper and has to deal with a host of characters who not only make her life interesting but keep her on her toes.
"Peaches and the Gambler" is a very nice mix of drama and comedy which has you guessing who committed the crime right up to the very end. A page turner I found difficult to put down once I started! This is the first book I've read by A. T. Hicks and it certainly will not be the last - I already have the next Peaches novel on my reading list.
The author describes the growth of European and US nations from the fifteenth century, explaining how they became the leading economics in the world. Then he goes on to show why today they are in decline with large disparities between rich and poor, increasing poverty, failing financial institutions, rising unemployment, the movement of skilled jobs to developing economies and more.
Unfortunately he sees political leaders of the developed countries in a cycle of continually trying and re-trying the same old failing policies to ‘fix’ the problem, whilst wealthy multi-national corporations continue become richer and more powerful. Bhaskar Sarkar has done some very good analysis and even makes suggestions as to how these nations might break the decline.