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  • Claws on Jan. 07, 2011
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    Not only is this story different from Ricky Side's other works, I think this one is his best novel so far. Some of the story had the feel of Alfred Hitchcock's "The Birds", only with cats. Big cats. Ferocious cats. Come at you in bunches. Some people are offed in different gory ways, but it's not too bad. There are also a couple of S&M murders, so this book is more for mature audiences. For me, the best scene of the book is the one where one young lady is trapped in the bathroom trying everything she finds at hand to fend off some particularly large and persistent felines, while her boyfriend is outside battling a few others who haven't made it into the house yet. Will he get there in time to save her? You'll have to read the book to find out.
  • The Peacekeepers. Descent into Madness. Book 5. on Jan. 29, 2011
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    The Peacekeeper series takes an eerie turn with this latest installment. It begins with a detachment of over 30 peacekeepers being assaulted by their deadliest opponents to date, who seem to have supernatural powers! Are they vampires? Are their animal assistants werewolves? The answers to these lead the peacekeepers to discover a huge cult that have been secretly stealing and killing citizens, for their blood, naturally. The action is great, and the plot moves steadily forward with constant challenges. It was nice to see the heroes in real danger, and the story takes some unusual twists. It culminates in one of the best action hand-to-hand fight sequences yet. This is definitely the best novel in the series, and is the type of book that would make a terrific movie.
  • The Peacekeepers. The Citadel. Book 6. on March 16, 2011
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    This was another solid book in the Peacekeeper series. It starts with slavers kidnapping a child and a chase through the woods with some good action that consumes the first third of the book. The peacekeepers also discover a new hidden cave, called "The Citadel" as per the title, and discover there a new giant ship to add to their growing arsenal. The middle part of the book is a bit melancholy as it deals with the death of a beloved character and the messages that character has left behind for the others. It is very well written and poignant, with some good retrospective on the previous novels in the series. The last third of the book gets back to the action and introduces us to a rogue U.N. group trying to take over the United States. This group has tanks and attack helicopters, as well as a nuclear missile that is faster than anything the peacekeepers can put up to stop it. The method they attempt is ingenious and well grounded in flight dynamics. The only reason I rated this as only 4 stars instead of 5 stars was that I thought the middle part, though well done, went on a bit too long, especially for a slow reader like myself who likes lots of action. It is still well worth reading and a great addition to the series.
  • The Peacekeepers. Book 7. Oh Say Can You Seeā€¦ on May 03, 2011
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    Argh! Pirates! This time with something like 5,000 ships and a secret weapon -- EMP guns that can knock out all of the systems on the peacekeepers' ships. But not to be outdone, the peacekeepers come up with a new attack method of their own, allowing them to sink naval vessels without shot! In this 7th installment of the Peacekeeper saga, pirates launch a two-prong attack on the U.S. with military ships they have hijacked. One prong is aimed at the Gulf of Mexico and our oil supplies, and the other at Washington D.C. with the intent of looting all of our national treasures. We get lots of good action and suspense as the peacekeepers mount a last ditch stand at the U.S. capital. I rate this installment as about a 4.5 stars, but bumped it up to a 5 for a few reasons. The writing is even better than previous novels and the author is brave enough to kill off another major character. In addition, the suspense is even better as this enemy has enough serious firepower to possibly deliver a knockout blow to the peacekeepers. You'll definitely enjoy this lastest novel by Ricky Sides.