Saturday, February 11, 2012
Kindle Edition 2011
Some people are gifted and success can come easily to them. Others like to leech off these people and others waste their gifts away. In a drug haze at University, Daniel and his friends are introduced to Death Metal, Black Metal, and the rest. They all dig it as they pop acid and roll joints.
One night, Daniel starts scribbling lyrics and decides to firm a band of only one person: him. He is a musical genius and can play all the parts and can splice them together. With his best friend acting as his agent, they hock their goods for recording time in a studio. Things are not looking good with their first album and Daniel has ideas for 10. He completes 7.
During the wait for a contract, Daniel takes up writing and his stories start to sell instantly.
Years later, Daniel has left all that behind him. He is now a successful novelist and off the drugs, totally clean. Then his daughter is kidnapped. The kidnappers only want one thing.
This is a well written book and a dead fast read. I really enjoyed it. Armand tells a great story with a fantastic ending and the action in the book jumps from past to present. These characters are people you might know, heard of or were part of in your youth.
The writing is tight and there is no filler. The pages are crammed with needed words tot ell an awesome tale. The ending will leave your mouth hanging open. I didn't see that coming.
Tuesday, February 7, 2012
Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 403 KB
- Publisher: Cerebral Books (October 13, 2011)
Leigh M. Lane has created a world that is all too real a possibility (in fact it is starting to happen already). We are introduced to a normal family, husband--working in a job he doesn't really like, wife--doing the same; two kids, son and daughter at prestigious schools.
They live in a world where everything is controlled by corporate and energy sources are low. No lights after 8pm, the only heat comes from a small flame in the middle of a snow filled winter.
As a family they are doing okay until the mother touches a virus tainted business card and the virus takes hold quickly. She is taken to hospital where she dies and the family are given a small box of ashes. They are naturally grief stricken and the husband is given 2 days off work, compliments of the corporation.
But the mother is not dead. She is being held against her will as a Deviant. Deviants are the other humans who did not join the corporation. Corp has reprogrammed Humans (corp controlled people) to be weary of Deviants (non-corp controlled people) because they have smaller brains and blue eyes and are not human.
Mother escapes with the help of deviants and joins their battle against the corporation.
This is a great book that shows the destruction of a family unit. The downward spiral is amazing to witness. The differences between the classes is profound, there is no blurring of the lines. And behind all this is a massive secret that Corp is desperate to keep hidden.
I really did not want this book to end.
The writing is tight and crisp and to the point.
A great find.
Friday, February 3, 2012
Deadlocked by A. J. Wise
Publishing House: Unknown
Dave is your everyday guy, working in a large office as a salesman. He is married with kids, two little girls. A slice of bio terror starts the zombie outbreak but (and realistically) no one is aware at first. People are going nuts on the street. All Dave wants to do is get home to protect his wife and children.
That is his only goal throughout this tale and the hell he goes through will—at times—surprise you. There was a lot in this tale that I didn’t see coming. And that can only be a good thing.
A. J. gives us a story where the main character is weakened, he has a problem and that gives him a real three dimensional feel that has you rooting for him as he makes his way home.
There’s not a lot I can say about Deadlocked as it is a short story, but it is a ripping yarn. I liked the end where the author explains his reasons for a vicious scene involving a bus load of kids and then he tells us his plans to make the short story a serial using other people’s point of view, like the wife, Laura.
That’s a good idea but as I've already read the ending, I wonder how he can make it something more. I would like to see if A. J. can pull it off, keeping it fresh, even though the ending is known.
I must not say anymore for fear of giving anything away.