Darrell Candis

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Smashwords book reviews by Darrell Candis

  • The Phoenix Crisis on June 04, 2013

    A real page turner. I literally could not put it down. The protagonist was really well done, with significant flaws but strong character.
  • The Phoenix Rising on June 04, 2013

    I must echo all of the other reviews. This is a must read. I literally couldn't stop reading it.
  • The Survivor Chronicles: Book 1, The Upheaval (Serial story #1) on June 08, 2013

    A real page turner! I really like the way that the stars of the story were developed as well as the supporting cast, which prevents the story from becoming bogged down. The desperation of their situations is expertly told. Only the presence of a couple of grammatical errors prevent this from being 5 stars. So, it gets a 4.95.
  • Peace Warrior on June 12, 2013

    I could not read anymore of this story due to the loss of my suspension of disbelief. The main character's incident at the beginning of the story was completely unbelievable, causing me to totally lose interest.
  • After: First Light on June 16, 2013

    An original premise and reasonably well told. My main problem with the story is the lack an emotional impact. I understand what is going on but I never really feel the desperation of the characters. It almost seems as though they just accept that this is the world is now and just move on. For this to become a great series, some sort of emotion has to be added. Don't tell me about their relationships, show me. Make me feel and experience their loss and their struggle. Right now, I say take a pass as there several better stories in this category.
  • Glory - Book One on June 16, 2013

    An original as and well done story. Each main character is quite flawed which makes the story quite believable. What I don't like, however, is all of the dirt bags. It would seem that they are the only survivors left. They all are rapist too. I understand wanting to add show how low humanity can go. However, it's only been a day. Not good. Finally, I would like to see someone who is strong, but flawed. So, a solid, if flawed, read. There is potential here, so I hope that the author can make some improvements in later efforts.
  • Poor Man's Fight on July 25, 2013

    Excellent concept, average execution. I thought that it was brilliant with the corporate control of so much of everything. I also liked how the protagonist was established. However, there were several problems: The boot camp narrative went on far too long. The very well established political setting was wasted with little real attention and no significant plot development. Several of the pirates were reasonably developed; however, they were woefully underused. The potential to really have them as a real part of the political discussion was missed. The protagonist had no further development passed the middle of the book. He ultimately became a cheap Rambo ripoff, which was totally unnecessary. Not only that, he never even received a promotion despite his accomplishments. Finally, Annapolis is the home of the Navy Academy, not West Point. There were also a few grammatical errors. This could have been a great book. I kept reading expecting it to reach its potential, which it never did.
  • Freefall on Aug. 09, 2013

    Promising, but flawed. The plot was interesting and well developed. This is obviously meant to be the first in a series, though the book does reach a satisfactory end. However, The protagonist was poorly developed. We learn almost nothing about him for the entire book. It is so bad that he could be completely replaced and not impact the story. The planet descriptions were far too detailed and slowed down the story. I won't be buying any other books in this series.
  • The Starhawk Chronicles on Aug. 10, 2013

    Here is yet another story with an incompetent protagonist. How is anyone supposed to believe that he such a great bounty hunter when he walks right into 2 very obvious ambushes back to back, learning nothing from the experience. A really good story until this happened. I'm done.
  • The Cagliostro Chronicles on Aug. 18, 2013

    Severely lacking plausibility. I was unable to finish this story. The main problems were. US centric story complete with all anglo characters. A FTL ship that worked perfectly the first time. A civilian ship and crew seemingly far more capable than the military. A crew being selected for a first contact situation without a diplomatic presence onboard. These problems, and several others, were present in just the first 3 chapters. Overall, a waste of time and money.
  • Space Crazy on Aug. 29, 2013

    Finally a low cost book written to a professional level. A great read. No ridiculous plot devices and a likeable, well developed main character. Highly recommended.