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Smashwords book reviews by Trudy Steele
- The Converted
on May 21, 2011
The Converted is a story about a doctor who is trying to run from his past and in the end realizes that he has to face the consequences of his actions. The book uses a scientific ability to mutate humans into exotic creatures to address the issue of subclasses in today's society. A few times I felt like I was being lectured to about the importance of not treating other races like second class citizens; but most of the time I enjoyed the book and the message that the author was trying to give the reader.
Like one of the other reviewers, I agree that not everyone will enjoy this book. But if you like Science Fiction that is set in a place that has both advance and old fashion technology mixed together, you will enjoy this book. There is also a little bit of romance for those who like it with their SciFi.
It is a quick read and has a steady pace though out the book. You won't find yourself getting board. I would recommend the book to other SciFi fans.
- The Eyes that See - A Prelude to the Balancer Chronicles
on Aug. 17, 2011
The Eyes that see is a short story that introduces you to a secret society that tracks supernatural beings. It was a quick read, but smacked a little of Anne Rices novels that have a similar society. If you enjoy books about vampires, werewolves, and other supernatural beings; then this is a enjoyable quick read to get you ready for his full length novel.
- Seer of Mars (The Vallar Series 1)
on Aug. 17, 2011
This book centers on waring factions on the planet Mars. One faction, Marscorp, uses psychic to gain the upper hand in the war. One of the psychics is a sixteen year old who realizes that they are using his gift to cause people to die. He struggles with the internal struggle of what to do in order to stop the killing. The book drew me into the story and I read it in one setting.
I agree with one reader that it needs to have a good editing as I found numerous typos. I would have liked to see a little more development of the characters, but I can't wait to read the sequel and find out what happens. I would recommend this book to anyone that ever dreamed of colonizing Mars.
- Vampire Assassin (Jane #1)
on Sep. 07, 2011
I got this book free from www.librarything.com in exchange for a review.
The book starts off with the vampire assassin telling you about one of her kills. She then starts to tell you the story about how she became an assassin. The story was interesting, but I would have liked to see more detail. The book was realitively short so could have been expanded by giving more back story about "Steven" her love and the one that made her a vampire. I would also have liked to hear why the tragic past turned her into an assassin. I felt that the book stopped in the middle of the story.
The love story is very two dimensional and could be more fleshed out, but with that being said I would still recommend the book for a vacation book. It is a good read for both teens and adults that like that kind of Fiction.