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Smashwords book reviews by Cale Owens
- A Luminous Future
on June 25, 2012
"A Luminous Future” starts off in a small village named Lupoaia with the Securitate (police) coming to take Flonta Pavel away as his young son and wife watch helplessly. The mom unfortunately suffers a miscarriage, and it is noted that the phrase “you are coming with us” will become a recurring theme in this book. As it was, and the father is deemed a CHIABUR, an “enemy of the people”. No, he wasn’t killing people or even hurting them…under the communist regime he was considered an enemy because he was “rich” (rich being used very loosely here). He had 2 people that worked for him a few months of the year, therefore in the eyes of the communist government he was some sort of tycoon. Crazy! So many times while reading this book I found myself shaking my head in disbelief or lifting my jaw up off the floor because it was so incredible. But there were also times that I laughed and smiled and genuinely felt the emotions of the characters. I think the grandpa Toderea was my favorite, but they were all amazing and wonderfully drawn. I am very pleased that their story was told and I hope others read and find enjoyment in it like I have.
- Blood Skies (Book 1)
on Sep. 01, 2012
Just when I’ve thought I’d read it all, something comes along and totally blows my socks off! It isn’t often that I am genuinely impressed by an Indie author, as so many of them make the same mistakes over and over (too much ‘telling’, info dumps, poor editing…) but this was not the case with “Blood Skies” by Steven Montano. Right away I was pulled into this dark and twisted future/fantasy world he created (set in the time “AB”—“After the Black”) when the world is nothing like we know it to be, dark and evil creatures rule the lands, magic is everywhere, and humans are at the bottom of the food chain. It was absolute gripping storytelling and I am really excited to read the rest of the “Blood Skies” series!!
- Angels Gate
on Sep. 20, 2012
Apparently “Angel’s Gate” by Andrew J. Rafkin is based on a true story…well, I don’t know if that is true or not, but nevertheless it is a darn fine book! Of course having the element of it being “true” definitely adds some panache to the story. The plot, one of some ordinary Joes pulling off a HUGE financial heist is one we all can relate to. But what made this book really special in my mind was the various narration tracts the author used, showing different perspectives of the characters and what they were thinking, and occasionally pulling away to give an overview of the story at large, like detailing other crimes (the Luftansa Heist), or murders, or events of the day…almost docu-style, full of facts and informative, but not as dry. Very, very good.
- Sons of Heaven: The Haunted
on Oct. 31, 2012
I read this book in one night. It was easy to read, told in the first person perspective of Issac. He’s had to kill his wife because she turned into a zombie, and he also has the symptoms. Him and some people he meets find out what is causing the people to turn into zombies, and along the way there is lots of fighting, action and plot twists. I didn’t really like the ending, but it definitely makes me want to read the next one to see what happened. It just felt sort of anti-climactic. But the list of the dead at the end was inspired and creepy and seemed really authentic. I’d recommend this to horror fans, and there is some violence (of course), but nothing too terrible. A fun read.
- Silicon Succession
on Aug. 18, 2013
this was a great book that I didn’t want to put down. The world is going to end unless our everyman , Iain, can stop it. So the stakes are high. There were revelations that were revealed throughout that continued to cast the story in a whole new light and keep me glued to my kindle. I will say that I had a hard time picturing what characters looked like and that is something I like to be able to know when I read. The beginning is a bit confusing and you will have a lot of questions build before they are answered but rest assured they will be. Perhaps there could have been a bigger, explosive conflict at the end, but the resolution was still satisfying. Will look for more from Jason Hoult in the future.