Category Archives: Review

“Patriarch Run” by Benjamin Dancer

Authors are often too passionate about the ideas they discuss. It is refreshing to find a writer who does not fall into the trap of first telling us all about the issues, and then putting characters in to show what they mean. This story ties together a great number of crucial issues: population expansion, the […]

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“As Wings Unfurl” by Arthur M. Doweyko

This is a modern paranormal story of the “Guardian Angel Becomes Mortal for the Sake of Love” variety. But the promised love story rather fades as the action progresses: a lost opportunity for more depth to the humanity of the characters. The plot involves the common people involved in the unraveling of a millennia-old conspiracy: […]

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The X-Cure by Bruce Forciea

This international thriller/conspiracy theory/novel starts with a great action sequence, full of assailants in ski masks, early-hours careening through the streets of Beijing in an enclosed van, and a great deal of disorientation, pain, and unpleasant surprise. However, we then drop back to the real beginning, which contains a great deal of backstory and information […]

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Inevitable Ascension by V.K. McAllister

Here we go again. Another novel in the new genre, “Video Game Plot.” This one in spades. This story is set in a dystopian steam-punk world where all the rules are broken, including most of the rules of novel writing. Violina and her sidekick, Lux, roar through the ruins of a destroyed planet, finding, using, […]

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Wizard’s Heir by Devri Walls

The Wizard’s Heir is, as the title suggests, the story of a young man (Tybolt) who discovers that his heritage is quite different from what he thought it was. As he learns more about his background he begins to question the wizard-hating tenets of the regime he has been enthusiastically supporting, and the story takes off […]

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“The Seventh Sentinel” by Yolanda Ramos

Somewhere hidden in “The Seventh Sentinel” there is a great story. A story about good and evil, about youngsters growing up to accept life, death and faith, and learning to find their place in the world. The plotline is too complicated to give here, but it involves heaven, earth, hell, humanity’s place in that mix, […]

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