Most of Morgan’s books are based on her real life adventures. Predominantly political, investigative, financial, or recklessly unplanned, her adventures have taken her to numerous locations around the world.
To name a few: Russia, Siberia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Turkey, Egypt, the Middle East, Latin America, tropical islands, jungles, rainforests, the high Arctic, the high alpine, the high seas… and home again with the seemingly civilized America, Europe, Asia and Australia thrown in.
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- Zero Point Energy
on Sep. 27, 2013
I found Zero Point Energy refreshingly unique and surprisingly compelling. It's bold disregard for the tired science fiction formula, at first somewhat confusing, became a relief as I read on. As promised in the book description, Hashkes has very effectively woven well researched and clearly presented ideas concepts, and theories throughout the story. I never felt as though I was being lectured to or spoken down to, but on the contrary, that I was a part of story. Energy, true to its form, is hard science fiction; it cuts no corners with implausible and unexplained magic or cheap devolution into fantasy.
Why only three stars? Energy, compared to the indie fare on offer, would be worth every star one could give it, and then some. But it seems to me that Hashkes is thinking beyond that level, has a grasp of the professional marketplace and is aiming higher. At least I hope so. Energy will be an excellent novel when it is finished. Currently, it suffers from poor editing and proofreading. Simple language errors are distracting. The writing style is inconsistent; at times brilliant and flowing, at others difficult, blocky and forced.
Energy has some important points to make and says them without coming across high-handed. I would have liked characters to be more fully developed and illustrated. However, Hashkes provided enough to leave me thinking of them after I closed the book and turned off the light.
- The Krone Experiment
on March 24, 2014
Gave up before finishing, so not rating this work.
From the blurb, The Krone Experiment sounded great. I noticed it has a sequel that's a little expensive, but I love getting into a good book or even a series if it's plausible fiction and well written so that didn't stop me from giving this a try.
Unfortunately, it didn't grab me. E-reader says I got 10% in and this is a long book, so I think I've given it the good ole college try. It wasn't making sense to me until I realized it had been published in 1986. I was trying to figure out what was going on in the context of a contemporary work until mention of the Soviets clued me in. It has a great opening. Full of suspense and atmosphere then it slows down too much for my taste.
The author bio wowed me, big-time. The story idea is great. Personally, I think The Krone Experiment could sizzle if it shed some weight, got some updating and spent some time with a good and ruthless editor.
- The Kurchatov Penetration
on April 05, 2014
The Kurchatov Penetration is a non-stop adrenaline rush from page one right through to the finish. The main teenage hacker characters are wonderfully developed and brought to life so convincingly I feel like I know them. I definitely feel for the main character and this is no mean feat. What a treat this book was for me! Being free and being on Smashwords I was leery, but found myself soon trusting the writer to take me on a wild ride without second guessing him. Writer, Timothy Jacobson, knows his stuff and knows how to write. I look forward to more from Mr. Jacobson and thank him for this work and the several hours of delicious distraction he provided me.
- The Orlando File (Book One)
on April 10, 2014
This is not a free book!
This is only half a book. To read the other half I'd have to pay, (and I won't) therefore I don't feel qualified to provide a rating. My review of the free half of this book follows:
I got suckered - should have taken that "Book One" on the cover as a clue, but all of Irvine's stuff on Smashwords is free so I figured the next one would be too or that this was a complete book... it ain't. It's half a book and the second half isn't free and isn't on smashwords.
The blurb sounded intriguing (and I didn't know the book was bait) so I read it. Thinking it was a free amateur work I considered it had some merit. The writing isn't bad. It moves along at a good clip but editing is lacking. Cliches keep showing up. Once is clever, but over and over is too much. Irvine's depiction of women is boorish at best, his secondary characters are cardboard and undeveloped. Not the kind of things I would tolerate in a professional or commercial product.
- Rally! A President's Obsession: Chronicling the secret government takeover of equity markets: to win elections and disguise economic decline
on April 28, 2014
Agree with "Anonymous" or not, if you are trading stocks, or even if you are the buy and hold type, you should read this book!
Don't let the fact it comes across as a rant, turn you off at first. Keep reading and look at the charts presented then make up your own mind.
The book suffers from some editing and formatting issues which I overlook because it's free and because "anonymous" obviously felt it should be "out there" rather than pretty.
Thanks, Anonymous, you've done your research and you've put your findings "out there." Obviously, you'll have some enemies over this one.
I for one, am glad this writer has taken the risk and published this book.