Archive for category Fiction
Choices and Chances offers three distinct short stories that have everything to do with the pebble in the pond theory; the ripple-effect a single choice can have on the totality of our lives and those around us. The Streak’s main character plays a very active role in his situation, while the protagonist in The Traffickers chose an environment where others held the strings. In The Law of Unintended Consequences, you’re left having that internal debate to assign blame or determine cause and effect like some kind of prosecuting attorney. Read the rest of this entry »
Wool Omnibus by Hugh C. Howey
My rating: 5 of 5
Hugh Howey clearly dedicated tremendous time and passion in writing the Wool Omnibus, presenting a unique story with the flavor and depth you would expect to find in great works by authors like Orwell and Bradbury. He challenges the reader with timeless, gripping questions that stress our ethics and morals. Read the rest of this entry »
Assassin by Matthew Iden; an Amazon average rating of 4.0 stars.
Some Thoughts on Assassin:
Assassin has a common medieval back-story of a war between two nations that’s run its course with the people and needs to be reconciled politically. What isn’t so common is the intimate view of this process behind the scenes where the chess match between greed and desperation are played out. Lowan’s final act to save his people will leave you stunned. Read the rest of this entry »
The Sword of Kings by Matthew Iden; an Amazon average rating of 4.6 stars.
Some Thoughts on The Sword of Kings:
A great story illustrating the sacrifices we make for power and the costs of holding it. The Sword of Kings, though in the fantasy genre, offers lessons in the weight we place on symbols and their importance throughout history. The setting is classic medieval fantasy where kings rule and symbols play a vital role in maintaining the authority to rule. Magic in this world is an indigent partner who requires our devout observance to its needs. The people here lose their way in following old traditions and must make amends to set things right. Read the rest of this entry »
The Orphan Factory by James & Lance Morcan; an Amazon average rating of 4.8 stars.
A Little About The Orphan Factory:
Resuming where it all began -
The Morcan’s take us to Chicago, Ill., on a journey with 23 genetically altered children and the organization bent on creating the world’s most elite stable of espionage operatives. In this prequel, as with the first novel (The Ninth Orphan), you’ll focus on Nine as he shows early signs of walking to the beat of a slightly different drum than his Omega masters would prefer. You’ll witness the depths of the manipulation used to shape these children and clearly see how Omega’s choices in dealing with Nine ultimately plant the seeds of their demise in book one. Read the rest of this entry »