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  • Deep Crossing on Oct. 30, 2012

    Thoroughly enjoyed this book More Adrian Tarn please.
  • New Bridge to Lyndesfarne on Feb. 28, 2013

    I really wanted to give this book four stars but the way that chapters on past and current events are interlaced really annoyed me. I can see why its constructed like this and even accepted it during the first half of the book. However as the (present time) action picked up I started to get more and more frustrated at been taken back into the past. On a more positive note, the major characters are believable and have a good back story. Also I can even sympathise with Kevin's frustration with some of the minor characters having meet similar people in real life. All in all I would recommend this book.
  • Spinward Fringe Broadcasts 1 and 2: Resurrection and Awakening on March 07, 2013

    All I can do is echo the other reviewers and say that this is a great story that I am thoroughly enjoying it. 21st Century space opera at its finest.
  • Paranormal Investigations on March 10, 2013

    I had previously read the first chapter when it was publish as a stand-alone book. So for some reason I have been reluctant to start the complete book and it has been on my to-read pile for nearly a year. Once i finally got around to reading it, i was surprised to find that things took an unexpected turn after the first chapter and I thoroughly enjoyed it. The book is well written, the plot whizzes along and the protagonist is refreshingly believable. I am now looking forward to the second book.
  • A Plain Jane Book One on March 24, 2013

    This book is written from the viewpoint of the two main characters. With the two viewpoints been interlaced. Now I am not usually a fan of this technique but somehow Odette Bell managed to pull it off as I thoroughly enjoyed this book. In fact I have already purchased book 2; which is amazing in its self, given the size of my to-read pile.
  • XIN: The Veiled Genocides on March 27, 2013

    I did enjoy this book and I am trying to give constructive criticism. So please take this in the spirit that it intended. First the good points: XIN has an interesting plot, which moves along nicely. I also like the idea of a sentinel AI as the main character. Now the bad: the fist paragraph is abysmal. In fact its so bad that I almost gave up on the book right there. Fortunately I keep going and things got better. As Frank Aaker mentioned in his review some of the writing is very stilted but it does seem to get better the further into the book one reads. As far as character go,I really liked XIN who seems more human that his human friend Dave; who is very one dimensional. Lastly, I really didn't like the ending.
  • The Emperor's Finest (The Emperor's Finest #1) on May 11, 2013

    I enjoyed this book. The marine action scenes were good, without being repetitive. As was the interaction between the two protagonists.
  • First Contact (In Her Name, Book 1) on May 12, 2013

    I would have given this book five stars, except for the way the viewpoint keep switching around. Something that I am personally not keen on, especially when it includes the antagonists. However this book managed to do this well enough not to spoil my enjoyment. As this is the first book I have read in the "In Her Name" series, I had no pre-conceived ideas about the universe and was able to enjoy the book for itself. I particularly like aliens who had their won motivation and are not just humans in costumes.
  • Betraying Nexus on May 30, 2013

    Intriguing and well written short story which I really enjoyed. For such a short story the plot took a surprising number of twists and turns, all logic. Although the end was predicable. That said the characters where well fleshed out and their actions plausible.
  • Cave-Trolls and Amazons on June 04, 2013

    A rag-tag colection of ordinary inhabitant, plus two Englishmen, try to stay alive in a fantasy world. At the same time a group of villains is trying to destroy the world. This is a well written book which is genuinely humourous. The only negative is that we end up with interleaved sections covering different characters. This is a technique that I am not keen on. However, in this case the author managers to pull it off.
  • Merlin Slept Here on June 04, 2013

    All I can say is wow. A well written and well edited book, which has an original theme and a plot that zips along without overwhelming the reader. For a young adult book it is very readable by, shall we say, more mature readers.
  • Alone: The Girl in the Box, Book 1 on June 21, 2013

    Only read this book if you like a novel that will keep you sitting on the edge of your seat all the way through. The tension starts on the first page and doesn't let up until the last. This book is well written and well edited.
  • Alliance for Antrim on June 24, 2013

    This is a different kind of, save the world, fantasy. As opposed to the sword and sorcery kind. Rather than spells of mass destruction, the magic is actually fairly innocuous. Rather that Conan'esque heros, the characters are normal people who are determined to stop a war that is leading their country into barbarism. Never-the-less, the story is interesting and the characters believable.
  • A Plain Jane Book Two on July 21, 2013

    Finally got round to reading this and it was every bit as good as the first. As it was a while since I read the first, I had sort of forgotten the details but the author did a good job of bring me back up to speed without being obvious about it. The second book ends on a cliff hanger, so I have already bought book 3.
  • A Plain Jane Book Three on July 25, 2013

    I don't think this book is as good as the first two in the series but it is still an excellent read. That said the tension really builds up during the climax and it had me on the edge of my seat.
  • First Contact (Rebirth #1) on July 26, 2013

    This is one of those books that I wish would finish but don't want to abandon. The problem was that I wasn't sure why I felt that way. The English flowed and the plot ticked along nicely. OK the characters were a little two dimensional but the author did work at giving the major characters back-stories. As I got towards the end of the book I realise that the problem I was having was the English seemed to be aimed at Young Adults rather than Adults (This was confirmed by running readability tests on it and getting between 6th and 8th Grade). Therefore, while I would recommend this book as a Young Adults story, it just didn't quite gel for me.
  • The Key on July 26, 2013

    I have mixed thoughts on this book and although I enjoyed it, I was glad when I finished it. On the plus side, it was well written and the the author has a lot of good ideas. The characters were well flashed out and believable. On the other hand it was to busy. There are six different character Point-of-Views and shortly after the start each on of these was in continuous, different, action. Which never stopped to allow the readers to catch their breath. Things calmed down later and some of the characters even managed to meet up but we still ended up switching viewpoints every chapter. The result of all this was that by the end of the book I was left feeling like I had just run a marathon.
  • Witch's Bell Book Two on Aug. 25, 2013

    I don't think this is quite as good as book 1 but its still an excellent read. Although I feel that there are one or two places where the story-telling gets bogged down in meta-magical theory.
  • Witch's Bell Book Three on Sep. 23, 2013

    For the first half of the book I didn't think that this was as good as the previous two. Then things started to take off and things started to get better and better. In the end this book is at least as good as the previous two. I especially liked that you can't always tell reality from dreams and a couple of times I guest wrong.
  • The Betwixt Book One on Nov. 04, 2013

    The more books I read by Odette C. Bell the harder it is to write a review. So far, all her books that I have read are excellent and this one is no exception. As is typical, it is the 1st person narrative of the main protagonist. In this case the book charts her path from a fast-food waitress to being the reluctant heroine, who has to save the galaxy. The only niggle I have is that the book finishes in the middle. Still the author has to eat and as this book is free, one can't really complain.
  • Cruel Justice on Nov. 09, 2013
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    I wasn't keen on this book. It was well written and featured a mystery that was moderately originally and kept me turning the pages. Unfortunately the mystery was interspersed with the main protagonist's marital difficulties. This is not my thing, so it spoilt the whole books as far as I was concerned. There again YMMV and if you enjoy stories like this then you will probably enjoy this book.
  • A Dream of Death (Detective Lincoln Munroe, Book 1) on Feb. 12, 2014
    (no rating)
    This book started off as a good, but not exceptional, police procedure mystery. However, about a third of the way through it started to morph into a psychological come tangled relationship novel. I don't really like the latter plus I didn't like the, first person, protagonist. This meant that I ended up forcing myself to finish this book. That said the book itself was well written and the characters believable so if you like this sort of book its well worth a read.
  • The Deception Engine - Part Two on April 15, 2014

    I am having great difficulty writing a review of this "book". It been the middle part of a multi-part book and the only part I have read. The problem is I did not particularly like the book. However, I am not sure if this is because I haven't read the complete book, I didn't read the 1st part or because I just found the story plodded. What I did like were the characters and the steampunk world. The characters are well fleshed out and their actions are believable. Likewise the world is consistent within itself and makes me want to know more about it.
  • A Study in Conjecture on April 15, 2014

    I give this book 3 stars not because its a bad book, which its not, but because I didn't particularly like it. The concept is original; humans children start to morph into various animals at puberty, taking on some of the animals characteristics which give them "super-powers". The main characters are likeable and their actions believable. Personally, I found the writing was a bit stilted but it either got better as the book progressed or I got used to it, as I didn't notice it at the end.