I have been a long time reader of science fiction, military fiction, the occasional mystery and historical novels. I began reading amateur stories and was amazed at what could pass for an articulate and cohesive tale. So, I decided to give it a shot. I have been writing for years, but never published any of it. The first book, in my Broken Soldier series, had been rolling around in my mind for a few years. Once I began to put it together I realized I had an interesting tale; just the kind that I enjoy reading. I hope you enjoy the series, as much as I enjoy writing it.
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on June 01, 2016 :
Quite amusing and entertaining. Oh yeah, the american way of solving problems is the best (in this novel). It's a bit of trapper and injuns. The good aliens do have two arms and two legs and a head, they smile amused and laugh about jokes, the bad ones are similar to walking crocodiles. Not that original, and why do I remember "last flight for Craggy" when reading about the old general Max (no, it' s not copied from there, just a similar person) ;) . Hmm, yes, it's real Science Fiction, extrapolating what would happen if you could enhance human beings for becoming better warriors, or some idea of the evolution of computers in the future. So I will give it three stars, which is very high in my system (two = worth reading, four = buy all of the author).
Remark: In my system, five stars is reserved for the most important SF of world literature, e.g. "1984" from George Orwell, and four stars for those I consider all-time best, for example Michael Crichton or some novels from Larry Niven.
This leaves three stars for most of really good Indie SF, but as everybody else at Smashworts does rate a SF novel at five stars if he liked it, I was detoriating the average rating of Smashwords authors I like best! So I decided to change my previous reviews, one by one, and repost them without the smashwords rating. Watch out for my rating in the review text instead!
(review of free book)
on Dec. 24, 2015 :
See my review of both stories over on Book2 ('Starting from Scratch').
As for lengthy explanations of the science behind how everything works, a basic idea of how they function is all I need. I'm an action type of reader and don't want to wade into long drawn-out reasons of how and why the science behind their ships drive or weapons work, only that they do. Both stories are 5 star for me.
(review of free book)
on Nov. 09, 2015 :
Decent attempt for a new author. I liked the concept of upgrading a human to give him more strength and mental speed. Could have used more action, but I'm hoping to see that in the next book. Five stars because it held my interest and didn't skimp on character development, which should open up possibilities for book two.
(reviewed 4 days after purchase)
on Oct. 09, 2015 :
The ideas and story line are not really new (Weber's Mutineer Moon comes to mind), but well written. 5 stars because it did keep me reading until the end at 2 A.M.
It's a little short on the science side (no mention whatsoever of the energy supply for the spaceships or how the heightened demand of the improved bodies is satisfied), but still a nice read. Relatively low body count, too. I'm looking forward to the sequel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)