The Origin of F.O.R.C.E. is the first book in the science
fiction series of the same title and the first novel written by Sam
B. Miller II.
In 1947, a scout ship of the Chrysallaman
Empire was unexpectedly brought down in the desert in New Mexico. It was
carrying a crew of lizard-like aliens from the planet Chrysalis looking out for
a planet to colonize. Apparently, the Chrysallaman race had more advanced
technology, as evident by their ship and weapons, in addition to superior
strength and psychic ability.
When the scout ship went down, the mother
ship was forced to return to their home planet leaving behind their downed
scout ship and a young alien boy. With their planet 30 light years away, it
would take at least 60 years for the Chrysallamans to come back and colonize
An elite group of military personnel and
brilliant scientists was brought together to come up with the best defense
against the more advanced technology and mind control ability of the
Chrysallamans. In order to accomplish this, they have to employ the aid
of the scared, lonely and lost lizard boy who was far away from home.
This is an exciting, suspenseful and
fast-paced science fiction novel. Written in casual manner, the story is easy
to read and understand. The main point of the story is the preparation of the
best defense against the alien race which could possibly be accomplished by
first replicating the alien’s weaponry and second creating a generation of
humans with unique abilities to stand up against the stronger and
mind-manipulating alien race. Since it is told chronologically, the suspense
builds up as the story goes and nears the estimated time.
The author created a group of admirable
characters who dedicated their lives to the mission of saving the planet: a
Xenobiologist, a Biogeneticist, an Astro-physicist, a weapons expert, an
electronics whiz, a military tactician and a brave and intelligent military
However, in addition to a few typo errors,
I found some of the physics and biology involved too technical for me.
Moreover, some scenes, especially violent ones may be not be suitable for young
Congratulations to Sam B. Miller II (@SamBMillerII ) on such an awesome novel!
Dr. Gabrielle Durand and Capt. Ryan Evans
met in Afghanistan. Not only was Gabrielle Ryan’s doctor, she was also the love
of his life. Gabrielle, in turn, loved Ryan with all her heart and promised
never to stop loving him. So, when she left him without any explanation, he was
Three years had passed after that painful
event and Ryan is now working as an agent for the CIA. When he is summoned in
his immediate superior’s office, he receives two mind-blowing revelations.
First, that Gabrielle has kept a secret from him and second, she is kidnapped
by a Colombian drug cartel and he is the most qualified person to rescue her
from her captors.
This is a beautiful love story told in
alternating chapters between the present and the past. The author was able to
depict the bitter-sweet reunion of Gabrielle and Ryan while simultaneously
recounting the romance of three years ago. This proves to be a brilliant
strategy as the reader is kept in suspense and not only anxious over the escape
of the reunited former lovers but also eager for more details on how they broke
The settings are vividly described and the
dialogues are realistically worded. In addition, the pacing is steady and the
narrative concise and cohesive thus easy to read because of the absence of
unnecessary details and scenes. The characters are admirable and endearing
especially the main protagonists. Gabrielle is smart, brave, with high moral
values and passion for work while Ryan is heroic, resolute and loyal, to his
country and to his heart.
Though I think some scenes are a little
predictable, I found it acceptable and would not want it any other way.
Congratulations to J Theron (@junet_theron) on such a great and
absolutely romantic book.
A tragic news confronts newly engaged
couple Ash Harper and Olivia Petersen as soon as they get back from a romantic
vacation abroad. Hayden, one of Ash’s children, gets in a terrible accident in
Seattle harbor. The accident leads to the discovery of a deep dark secret Ash
has been keeping away from his children.
Just when Ash needs her most, Olivia has
to be somewhere else. When the couple is finally reunited, a decision hastily
made by Ash upsets Olivia and makes her feel betrayed. Olivia is suddenly
haunted by her painful past and feels the need to get away.
This is not just a romantic fiction but a
great story of true love. It features realistic and relatable characters who
suffer from ‘demons from their past’ but still hold on to the
love they have for each other. The most prominent theme of the story is
familial love as Ash’s and Olivia’s children blend into one big happy family.
With a steady pace, the story is full of
twists and turns as well as shocking surprises. It is an easy read with
realistic dialogues and vivid descriptions with love scenes carefully depicted.
However, I had difficulty keeping track of
the characters, whose child is who, who is married to whom, who is what and who
lives where. It, probably, would have been better if I had read the first two
books in the series. Moreover, I felt kind of uneasy reading about not very
young people making out. Nevertheless, this is one great book of love and I
enjoyed it a lot.
Congratulations to Jennifer Theriot (@JenTheRiot )
on such a great book. Click HERE for more books by the
Lost Coast Rocket is the first book in the Mare Tranquillitatis
Series written by Joel Horn.
Ken O’Brien has always found it difficult
to be around kids his age. For one, he is way smarter than they are and second,
his interest, astronautics, is different from theirs. So, when he
meets Akira, he finally finds someone who shares his passion.
Unlike Akira, however, Ken displays
nonconformity when it comes to formal education despite his brilliant mind, and
he would rather spend more time in his grandfather’s shop. Together with Akira,
Ken forms a group of rocket enthusiasts.
Unbeknownst to everyone except for Akira,
however, a tragic event in Ken’s young life leaves him with feelings of guilt
and inadequacy. When the girl from the past shows up in the shop and joins his
rocket club, she stirs up not only painful memories but also new and unfamiliar
emotions from Ken.
This is a fast-paced and very exciting YA
fiction that keeps the reader hooked. A group of teenagers working together on
their common passion is unusual in this age when young people are wasting their
time on Facebook and video games. Their sense of adventure is contagious and
their determination to see their mission through is laudable. The romance
aspect of the story is sweet and just appropriate for the target audience.
The writing is casual and easy to read
while the descriptions are minutely detailed. The dialogues, especially among
the members of the group, are for the most part funny, while those between
parents and children are realistic.
The characters are well-developed that it
is easy to determine who is talking, from Ken, the silent leader whom the group
looks up to and Akira, the quiet brainiac who knows what he wants, down to the
other members of the group.
However, I found some of the explanations
too technical and the few noticeable misplaced modifiers distracting. I may not
like the ending very much but I know it is necessary in preparation for the
to Joel Horn on such an amazing book! Looking forward to reading the next one
in the series. For more of his books, visit JOEL
Annie’s 1st Break is the first book in The
Annie Mc Cauley Romantic Comedy Mysteries written by Willee
Rayanne ‘Annie’ Mc Cauley, from Mesa View
Mobile Home Park in Texas, dreams to make it big in the fashion world and comes
to New York City. Standing 5 feet and 9 inches tall and weighing 108 pounds,
she could be on the cover of Women’s Wear Daily.
However, on her way to a very important
interview with the sexy CEO of Di Ponti Cosmetics and Fashions, Tomi Di Ponti,
she comes face to face with Brittany Carstairs, her arch-enemy all the way from
Mesa View and ends up in an extremely embarrassing situation that might cost
her her dream job.
This is one hilarious work of fiction that
will make the reader laugh out loud at almost every page. The scenes are
vividly described in all its chaotic glory while the dialogues between
characters are so natural the reader can join in. Each character is fascinating
in his or her own way. We have hot tempered Annie, the female protagonist who
has the rare talent of getting herself in trouble. Luis is Annie’s Latino and
loyal best friend and make-up artist. Brittany is Annie’s gorgeous and super
sexy but devious arch nemesis who goes to all the trouble to make Annie pay for
what she thinks Annie owes her. Tomi is Annie’s sexy and seductive boss and
Luther is Annie’s handsome and stealthy body guard. Even the secondary characters
are given their moments, like Uncle Joe, Florio, Vito, Tony and Paulie, Nonnie,
Annie’s Mama and Daddy, Ida Grolsch and even Evie Carstairs.
However, I prefer smarter female
protagonists than Annie. I want my heroine to be always one step ahead of
anybody. Considering, though, that this is a comedy series, then, Annie is
perfect for the part.
Congratulations to Willee Amsden (@WilleeAmsden)
on such a great book. Click HERE for more books on this