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Smashwords book reviews by smckown

  • Commonwealth Universe: Modern Era: Sunsinger Chronicles Book 1: Sunsinger on Feb. 03, 2011

    Fun little book. Well-written, easy read. The author portrays great visualizations with a minimum of text. I've hesitated getting the second book because they are each a bit short (or a bit pricey). But the setups here in this first volume could make for some interesting reading down the line, so I'll probably go read the rest of them eventually.
  • The Cyber Chronicles Book II: Death Zone on Feb. 03, 2011

    Death Zone was a fun read and a good value at $3.99. The ending is a cliff-hanger, but it's more a setup for the next story in the overall arc and didn't detract from the conclusion of this book. I wasn't able to really connect well with the characters in the story, nor their plights. I don't feel compelled to start reading the next book in the series, but I probably will at some point.
  • Public Enemy Zero on Jan. 14, 2012

    Fun read. Novel plot kept me engaged, but not much in the way of character development. I liked it but didn't love it.
  • Gabriel's Redemption on Jan. 17, 2012

    I enjoyed Gabriel's Revenge very much. Steve Umstead did a great job with imagery, both to paint a picture of each scene as well as to shed insight into the story's characters. The characters had a depth and realism that encourages the reader's emotional investment. The socio-political and technological background upon which the story was crafted was believably realistic. The plot itself had some nice twists, including my favorite plot device -- a coming full circle. Gabriel's Revenge is one of the better books I've read from smashwords, and I definitely plan to check out the sequels.