Dawn of Chrysalis is the exciting second installment of the Origin
of F.O.R.C.E. Series created by Sam B. Miller II.
After the failed invasion of planet Earth
by the Chrysallaman Empire, another possible threat is detected. This time, it
comes from a race with even more advanced technology and weaponry than the
fearsome and extremely arrogant Chrysallamans.
While Whatsit and other members of
F.O.R.C.E. go on a mission to gather information about the invaders that
threaten to wipe-out the entire Chrysallaman race, Dr. John Heinbaum and his
team are busy modifying weapons and developing technology in the ultra-secret
laboratory hidden in the dessert. With very little information on what they are
up against, however, humans must work with the Chrysallaman colonists for a
better chance at success against their common enemy.
If I like the first book in the series, Origin of
F.O.R.C.E, I like this second installment even more. With space
travel and space fighting, the book is a real-deal suspenseful science fiction
novel featuring laser beams, bubble shields and artificial black holes.
Moreover, the author features not only the
friendly, accommodating and compassionate side of the humans but also the
vindictive, duplicitous, and treacherous attributes, that, along with a tad of
romance, effectively thickens the plot. My favorite part of the book is the
complicated friendship between the eccentric and egotistical Astro-Physicist
Dr. John Heinbaum and the red-haired hellion and weapons specialist Capt.
Jerome McPherson. Reading about them is so much fun.
However, in addition to the several
noticeable errors within the entire book, I find the physics part too technical
for me. Though I believe the physics cannot be helped, another round of editing
should be considered.
Congratulations to Sam B. Miller II (@SamBMillerII)
on another enjoyable book. For more books by the author, click HERE.
Kitty’s flight-around-the world adventures
continue in Iceland, the land of Vikings, volcanoes and ice. As she arrives in
the capital city of Reykjavík, Kitty is greeted by Konrad Cooper and his
beautiful family. Konrad is a resident of Iceland and is a friend of Charlie,
Kitty’s friend and benefactor.
Just when Kitty is enjoying the pristine
beauty of the Icelandic landscape, strange but delicious food and Icelandic
hospitality, she is caught in the middle of an intrigue that throws her on the
path of an environmental activist, a psychic, a paper plane
enthusiast/researcher, dangerous criminals, corrupt government official,
mystical beings and forces of nature.
More than the exciting and suspenseful
scenes: the running, the shooting, the chasing, etc. I enjoyed not only the
physical description of Iceland but also the information about the culture of
this beautiful country. I am particularly amazed with Mannanafnanefnd or
The Icelandic Naming Committee, the governmental body that regulates which
names are allowed in Iceland. I would never know about that if not for this
book. Another surprising information is the belief of the Icelanders in
mystical beings like elves, trolls and hidden people. I’m from a superstitious
country myself so I appreciate the respect that the Icelanders bestow on
Moreover, if I like Kitty Hawk in the
first two books, I love her in this third installment. She is portrayed not
only as a young but skilled pilot but also as a smart teenager with genuine
interest in everything around her, dauntless and willing to try something new,
and most importantly kind and self-sacrificing that she is willing to put her
life at risk for the safety of others. She is undoubtedly a present-day teenage
heroine that young people may look up to.
Aside from the difficult pronunciation of
a few Icelandic vocabularies, which I believe can't be helped, and a few typo
errors, I like everything about this book. I recommend it to young and adult
The book starts with a druid on the run
to finish a ritual to save his wife from a terrible curse. It, then, flashes
back to his fifteen-year old wife, Niena, who wants so badly to be a bard,
which is against her grandfather’s wishes.
Attacks of a dreadful fire-breathing
dragon throw the Empire into chaos and propel Niena through the fey realm.
Guided by the lord of the fairies, Niena discovers things about herself she
never knew before, first of which is the secret of the lyre she has in her
Meanwhile, Niena’s grandfather, an army
veteran, is on her trail with a few hunters leading a group of refugees. More
than the safety of the people he is leading, he wants to be reunited with her
This is an exciting and action-filled
fantasy novel with a very promising premise. Told in the third person and in
alternating perspective between the druid Calem, Niena and Niena’s grandfather
Marny, the book boasts of vividly described settings and moving and exciting
action scenes. Unexpected revelations await the readers and the book culminates
in a satisfactory ending.
However, I find the initial chapters too
confusing making the story difficult to follow. Moreover, I find the pacing
inconsistent that while some parts are exciting and suspenseful, other parts
are dragging because of some details which I find either irrelevant or
scrupulously described and that other readers may find too verbose.
Furthermore, though the ending is very much to my liking, it leaves some
questions unanswered. In addition, I find the use of figurative language,
particularly that of personification, a little overdone. Finally, it feels
strange to find the words ‘college and taxi services’ in the
period described in this story.
Still, I find this book very enjoyable
especially the action scenes, which make reading feels like watching a movie,
and of course the unexpected revelations.
Congratulations to S.D. Reeves (@SD_Reeves) on such an enjoyable book! For
more works by the author, click HERE.
Maggie Elizabeth is a sweet, loving and
responsible thirteen year old girl who lives in two worlds, the real world and
the dream world. She lives in the real world where her mother is dead and her
father hardly talks to her. She lives in her dream world where everything is
exactly how she wants it to be.
In an era when children are seen not
heard; when girls learn to cook, sew and do household chores; and when wives
wait for their husbands at home, Maggie Elizabeth questions the norm and
struggles to break free by saving a pack of wolf cubs from a bounty hunter,
with the help of Tommie Stetter, the love of her young life.
Told in the point of view of a thirteen
year old girl in the 1890s, this is a poignant and memorable story of a
motherless girl with only her grandmother to mentor her in womanly skills. The
author successfully depicts the longing and confusion of a girl whose father
prefers talking to God over talking to his daughter. Moreover, the story shows
how Maggie Elizabeth, deprived of her father’s love but with her own heart full
of love for others turns to a pack of wolf cubs, cares for them and does
everything in her power to save them. Finally, the author realistically
portrays the candor, audacity and intensity of young love. Anybody who has
fallen in love at a young age could relate to Maggie Elizabeth: the power of a
glimpse with unspoken promises, the weight of a smile that conveys everything
the heart feels, the potency of first kiss and the prick of jealousy.
For such a relatively short book, the
characters are remarkably well-developed that they almost seem real and living
Congratulations to D. J. Swykert (@djswykert)
on such an enjoyable book. To learn more abot Maggie Elizabeth and Tommie
Stetter, check out Alpha Wolves.
Srepska is an international political and financial thriller written
by Lucas Sterling.
After a cyber-attack that paralyzes the
payment system in Kenya, Fredric Ulrich of Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND),
the German intelligence agency, is sent to Budapest to investigate. Besides
getting nearly killed, Fredric discovers a plot of Srepska, a criminal cabal,
to launch a massive cyber-attack to destabilize the economy of the United
Not knowing whom to trust, Ulrich acts
warily but chooses to stay in the US to watch everything unfold.
Meanwhile, Lars Christopherson receives an
offer too lucrative to refuse. As he works on the job, he comes across with
Ulrich and they, themselves, become targets of a powerful cabal wreaking havoc
in the mightiest country in the world.
Told in the third person perspective, this
is an exciting political and financial thriller with a great and timely plot.
Subjects include cybercrime, blackmail, kidnapping and unexpected partnership
and friendship. The book is, all in all, an easy read and given the realistic
description of the panic caused by payment system failure a very interesting
What I like most about the book is the
likelihood that something like this would happen anytime in any country. It
displays how dependent we have become to online transactions and the paralyzing
effect it would have on our daily lives. It sends various messages for readers
to contemplate on.
However, though it is for the most part
fast-paced and thrilling, some parts are somehow dragging. Moreover, I find the
characters less developed than I hoped. It seems like the author focused more
on the protagonists’ professional skills and abilities, military training and
law degree but less on personal life. That makes it somehow difficult to
connect with the characters. Finally, given the action-filled and suspenseful
chapters, I find the ending less climactic than I expected.
Still, I enjoyed this book immensely. I
find it a little scary which I think is part of the author’s objective in
writing the novel. I recommend it to fans of political thrillers and cybercrime
Congratulations to Lucas Sterling on such
an exciting book!
Srepska was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of the Day
on January 2nd . You may check it out at Online Book Club.
Robby Ribbon is a nice and fine lad in
Passdale and the pride of his equally fine parents. When his cousin, Kingsman
Ullin Saheed Tallin, asks him to perform a most unusual errand, Robby is eager
to oblige. However, a few wrong turns along the road and an unfortunate
encounter places him in an old fortress where he finds the Great Bell of Tulith
Attis. Completely unaware of the significance of his actions and even of his
mere presence at the old fortress, Robby inadvertently rings the bell and
starts a series of events that will change not only his life but the fate of
the entire Seven Realms.
Told in the third person perspective and
with a consistently steady pacing, this book is an epitome of a great epic
novel with no dull part or scene right from the first page down to the last. It
features multiple themes including love, friendship, honor and courage among
others. Settings and scenes are vividly described in minute details giving the
book a movielike feeling.
Moreover, the author creates endearing,
admirable and unforgettable characters first of which, of course, is Robby
Ribbon, the kind albeit naïve bell ringer, a responsible son, a loyal friend, a
faithful lover, and someone who always tries to do the right thing, a quality
he got from his honorable parents.
What I enjoyed most about the book,
besides the interesting plot and the delightful characters, is the concept of
living with honor, credibility and high morals, as is the case of the entire
Ribbon family. Mr. and Mrs. Ribbon are probably the best parents a child could
have, the perfect neighbors and natural leaders. From these two characters
alone a reader will learn a lot about how life is supposed to live.
It is, indeed, one great book. It is
interesting, intense, exciting, unpredictable and undoubtedly well written. I
recommend it to fans of fantasy novels especially those of The Lord of the
Enjoyable as the book is, however, it is
not an easy read. It requires full attention to details, vast vocabulary and a
healthy imagination to enjoy it to the fullest. Furthermore, reference to abuse
and some violent scenes may not be suitable for very young readers.
The Bellringer was an OnlineBookClub.org Book of
the Day on December 29th, 2017. You may check it out at Online Book Club.
I have read 135 books in
2017. As a book reviewer, most of those books are by independent authors while
a few are mainstream books which I read for fun an amusement. This year, I made
a short list of only 10 books to give space for other and most likely books by
indie authors. If you are a book author, you may want to add your book on this
1. Crown of Midnight by
Sarah J. Maas
2. Library of Souls by
4. The Girl on the Train
by Tate Taylor
5. The Timekeeper by
6. Attachments by
7. The 9th Life of Louis
8. The Lost Lullaby by
Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
9. Vanity Fair by
William Makepeace Thackeray
10. David Copperfield by
Yes. There are two
classic novels on my list and yes I seriously want to read them.
Anyways, here is the
list of books I read in 2017. You may click the title for the review of a
particular book. Mainstream books, however, are not reviewed, basically because
I do believe they don't need it.
1. The Key by Marianne
10. Winter by Marissa
26. Indeath by Cornelia
38. The Shadows of
41. Nightlord Sunset by
48 Throne of Glass by
Sarah J. Maas
50. The Apostates Book
Three: Lake of Fire by Lars Teeney
51. Artemis Fowl and the
Time Paradox by Eoin Colfer
55. Fantastic Beasts and
Where to Find Them by J.K. Rowling
56. The Necromancer by
59. The Dramen Lore by
61. Hollow City by
69. Domestic Violence in
Lebanon: A Depth Psychological Perspective by Maysar Sarieddine
71. The Sleepwalker
Tonic by Jason Segel and Kirsten Miller
75. God Without
Religion: An Alternative View of Life, the Universe and Everything by Dr.
77. Thirteen Reasons Why
by Jay Asher
80. Furthermore by
84. Living in Light,
Love and Truth by Kaye Iliopoulos
86. Harry the Happy
Mouse by ngk
93. We Are the Ants by
Shawn David Hutchinson
103. Shit My Dad Says by
112. My Not So Perfect
Life by Sophie Kinsella
120. The Timekeeper by
126. Fifty Shames of
Earl Grey by Fanny Merkin
129. Superhighway by
132. Holding up the
Universe by Jennifer Niven