Tag: Action & Adventure

First Year (The Black Mage Book 1)


First Year (The Black Mage Book 1)Magic. Romance. Rivals. Perfect for fans of Throne of Glass, Falling Kingdoms, and Tamora Pierce.

Before the age of seventeen, the young men and women of Jerar are given a choice –pursue a trade or enroll in a trial year in one of the realm’s three war schools to study as a soldier, knight, or mage…

For fifteen-year-old Ryiah, the choice has always been easy. Become a mage and train in Combat, the most prestigious faction of magic.

Yet when she arrives, Ry finds herself competing against friend and foe for one of the exalted apprenticeships. Everyone is rooting for her to fail–first and foremost among them is Prince Darren, the school prodigy who has done nothing but make life miserable since she arrived.

Will Ry survive, or will her dream go down in flames?

*** The first book in the The Black Mage series by USA Today bestselling author Rachel E. Carter. ***

First Year (The Black Mage Book 1)

Book Review: “Titanborn” by Rhett C. Bruno


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‘Titanborn by Rhett C. Bruno follows Malcolm Graves, a Collector that catches fugitives all over the galaxy. When his latest mission goes south, he takes a bombing case to prove himself to his employer.He’s assigned a new partner, a young Cogent (basically a super soldier) to make sure he doesn’t screw up again, and the duo is on the case. They travel all over the galaxy, searching for a new terrorist group that Malcolm’s employers want in custody.

I think the strongest aspect of this novel was the world building. The author shows us a futuristic world that, after a meteorite crashes into Earth, those left have started inhabiting other planets just to make sure the human race survives.Humans on other planets have evolved as a result, some of them becoming something not quite human. Rhett Bruno captures the little details from how it feels to walk on different planets to the feel of space suits. The author definitely put a lot of thought into his world.

On the flip side, there was a lot of info dumping, giving us long passages of a planet’s history that probably could have been condensed a little more. Malcolm also has a lot of flashbacks that were enjoyable, but I think unnecessary to the plot.

This book also followed a lot of tropes: old bounty hunter trying to prove himself after a colossal screw up is paired with a rookie which he assumes is his partner (I did like how their relationship evolved though), he drinks a lot, and is cynical (though with his job, who wouldn’t be?).

The ending for me was disappointing, and I found the plot to be predictable. This story just didn’t have any big twists I didn’t see coming.

Rating: 3.5/5

Plot: 3/5

Dialog: 3/5

Entertainment: 4/5

Writing: 3.5/5

Characters: 4/5

This book, it’s available on Amazon for only $2.99

Featured Book: A Game of Thrones (A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1)


NOW THE ACCLAIMED HBO SERIES GAME OF THRONES

From a master of contemporary fantasy comes the first novel of a landmark series unlike any you’ve ever read before. With A Game of Thrones, George R. R. Martin has launched a genuine masterpiece, bringing together the best the genre has to offer. Mystery, intrigue, romance, and adventure fill the pages of this magnificent saga, the first volume in an epic series sure to delight fantasy fans everywhere.
 
A GAME OF THRONES
A SONG OF ICE AND FIRE: BOOK ONE

Long ago, in a time forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons out of balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. The cold is returning, and in the frozen wastes to the north of Winterfell, sinister forces are massing beyond the kingdom’s protective Wall. To the south, the king’s powers are failing—his most trusted adviser dead under mysterious circumstances and his enemies emerging from the shadows of the throne. At the center of the conflict lie the Starks of Winterfell, a family as harsh and unyielding as the frozen land they were born to. Now Lord Eddard Stark is reluctantly summoned to serve as the king’s new Hand, an appointment that threatens to sunder not only his family but the kingdom itself.

Sweeping from a harsh land of cold to a summertime kingdom of epicurean plenty, A Game of Thronestells a tale of lords and ladies, soldiers and sorcerers, assassins and bastards, who come together in a time of grim omens. Here an enigmatic band of warriors bear swords of no human metal; a tribe of fierce wildlings carry men off into madness; a cruel young dragon prince barters his sister to win back his throne; a child is lost in the twilight between life and death; and a determined woman undertakes a treacherous journey to protect all she holds dear. Amid plots and counter-plots, tragedy and betrayal, victory and terror, allies and enemies, the fate of the Starks hangs perilously in the balance, as each side endeavors to win that deadliest of conflicts: the game of thrones.

Unparalleled in scope and execution, A Game of Thrones is one of those rare reading experiences that catch you up from the opening pages, won’t let you go until the end, and leave you yearning for more.

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Featured Novel (8/92016): Thriller


The Fallen: A Derek Stillwater Thriller

Twenty world leaders meet for the G8 Summit at the beautiful Cheyenne Resort in Colorado Springs. But an ugly plot lurks beneath the surface: a terrorist group, The Fallen Angels, plans to wreak havoc on the Summit.With the Secret Service, the FBI, Homeland Security, the military, and security from twenty different governments on-hand, shouldn’t the resort be the safest place in the world?It seems impossible that a terrorist group could infiltrate the Summit. And yet they do. Within minutes, twenty world leaders are taken hostage, and Richard Coffee, the group’s leader, makes his first demand: release twenty detainees from Guantanamo Bay, or he’ll execute one leader each hour until his demands are met.Only one man can disrupt this plot. Derek Stillwater is that man.Working undercover as a maintenance man at the resort, Stillwater will wage war on the world’s deadliest, most sophisticated terrorist organization, picking off the terrorists one by one-until he comes face-to-face with an evil force from his past, Richard Coffee, The Fallen Angel himself.

Featured Novel (8/9/2016): Paranormal


Knocked Up by Monsters

NINE stories of hot, hot horror!
And big monsters need a lot of love. They need to spread their seed, produce their heirs, and continue bloodlines. Human women have the best bodies for such tasks.

Inside this collection you’ll find sexy monsters, hung myths, HUGE legends, and hot creatures of lore ready to conquer young innocents to fulfill their most sinful desires! For a limited time get three bonus stories!

Featured Novel (8/7/2016): Action & Adventure


Watch Me DieWatch Me Die

“As dark and twisted as anything Hammett or Chandler ever dreamed up….” Kirkus, Starred Review

“Approaching the level of Lawrence Block is no mean feat, but Goldberg succeeds with this engaging PI novel.” Publishers Weekly

Harvey Mapes is a 26-year-old security guard who spends his nights in a guard shack outside a gated community in Southern California, reading detective novels, watching reruns, and waiting for his life to finally start… which happens when Cyril Parkus, one of the wealthy residents, asks Harvey to follow his beautiful wife Lauren.

The lowly security guard jumps at the opportunity to fulfill his private eye fantasies and use everything he’s learned from Spenser, Magnum, and Mannix. But things don’t exactly go according to the books…or the reruns. As Harvey fumbles and stumbles through his first investigation, he discovers that the differences between fiction and reality can be deadly.

With the help of his mortgage broker neighbor and occasional lover Carol, Harvey uncovers a blackmail plot that takes a sudden and unexpectedly tragic turn…plunging him into a world of violence, deception and murder… and forcing him to discover what it really takes to be a private eye.

(This book was previously released under the title “The Man With the Iron-On Badge” and nominated for Best Novel by the Private Eye Writers of America)

CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR “WATCH ME DIE”

“A wonderfully fresh voice in the mystery genre, Goldberg will delight fans of Janet Evanovich and Robert Crais,” – Rick Riordan, author of “Percy Jackson & the Olympians”

“Lee Goldberg bravely marches into territory already staked out by some fierce competition–Donald Westlake, Lawrence Block, the early Harlan Coben–and comes out virtually unscathed.” The Chicago Tribune

“Goldberg has a knack for combining just the right amount of humor and realism with his obvious love for the PI genre and his own smart ass sensibilities. […]A terrific read. Goldberg is the real deal and should be on everyone’s must read list.” Crimespree Magazine

“A quick, fun read with a satisfying and unexpected ending. Harvey Mapes is a hero I hope we see in a sequel.” — Phillip Margolin, author of “Gone But Not Forgotten”

Featured Novel (8/7/2016): Thriller


The Emperor’s Revenge (The Oregon Files)

The new Oregon Files adventure from the #1 New York Times–bestselling grand master of adventure.
 
Juan Cabrillo and the crew of the Oregon face their toughest challenge yet when a violent bank heist during the Monaco Grand Prix decimates the Corporation’s accounts. To get the money back, Juan joins forces with an old friend from his days in the CIA so they can track down a rogue hacker and a ruthless former Ukrainian naval officer. It is only after the hunt begins that the enormity of the plan comes into focus: the bank theft is just the first step in a plot that will result in the deaths of millions and bring the world’s economies to a standstill. The catalyst for the scheme? A stunning document stolen during Napoleon’s disastrous invasion of Russia. But two hundred years later, it may be the thing that brings Europe to its knees.

Featured Novel (8/6/2016): Action & Adventure


Blood Codex: A Jake Crowley Adventure

An ancient order.
A deadly conspiracy.
A race against time.

When Jake Crowley rescues Rose Black from assailants on the streets of London, the two find themselves embroiled in a mystery that could cost them their lives. People are dying, and all the victims have one thing in common with Rose: a birthmark in the shape of an eagle.

From beneath the streets of London, to castle dungeons, to the heart of Christendom and beyond, Jake and Rose must race to stay alive as they seek to unlock the secrets of the Blood Codex.

Praise for David Wood and Alan Baxter

“Blood Codex is a genuine up all night got to see what happens next thriller that grabs you from the first page and doesn’t let go until the last.” Steven Savile

“Rip roaring action from start to finish. Wit and humor throughout. Just one question – how soon until the next one? Because I can’t wait.” Graham Brown

“A page-turning yarn. Indiana Jones better watch his back!”Jeremy Robinson

“A a story that thrills and makes one think beyond the boundaries of mere fiction and enter the world of ‘why not’?” David Lynn Golemon,

“A twisty tale of adventure and intrigue that never lets up and never lets go!” Robert Masello

“A fast-paced storyline that holds the reader right from the start,. and a no-nonsense story-telling approach that lets the unfolding action speak for itself.” Van Ikin

“With mysterious rituals, macabre rites and superb supernatural action scenes, Wood and Baxter deliver a fast-paced horror thriller.” J.F.Penn

“Wood and Baxter have taken on the classic black magic/cult conspiracy subgenre, chucked in a toxic mix of weirdness, creepshow chills and action, and created a tale that reads like a latter-day Hammer Horror thriller. Nice, dark fun.” Robert Hood

Featured Novel (8/4/2016): Romance


Blacklisted: Blacklist Operations Book #1

A Deadly Virus

When a rival agent kills the only man who could cure an unstoppable virus, Aidan gives up a blood vendetta to follow, interrogate and kill the spy. He walks away from the fight that would have finally given him access to the man who destroyed his family—just to find her.

Mistaken Identity

Sophie just wanted to spend a few weeks relaxing at an upscale hotel. Instead her room is invaded by a fighter who was trained by Delta Force to kill without mercy. He insists that she’s someone she isn’t—and that innocent people will die if she keeps up her charade. She’s not who he thinks—but she does have a secret she’ll die to protect.

Blacklisted

Ordered to bring Sophie back to his boss, Aidan is forced to take his prisoner from Dubai to London while the virus grows closer to being perfected and released, igniting a global catastrophe. He just never expected to fall for such a delicate woman. Even though Aidan knows he can’t keep her safe in his world, he doesn’t know if he can let her go either—even if keeping her means going rogue.

Featured Novel (8/3/2016): Historical


FISHER OF SOULS

Called to investigate an ancient secret long kept buried by the church, the Bishop of Bamberg is found brutally murdered, tortured to death by medieval means. His nephew, Lukas—a young Jesuit priest living in Rome—is summoned by the superior general of his order for a special mission: retrieve a cache of long-hidden documents that could rock Christianity to its core.

When the superior general is murdered, Lukas becomes the prime suspect as well as the killer’s next target. Pursued by the police and the sadistic murderer, Lukas sets out across Italy with his onetime lover, the fiery journalist Rabea, to retrieve the mysterious documents. As the stakes get higher and the smoldering tension between Lukas and Rabea builds, the two begin to uncover a secret war that has been waged in the shadows of the church for centuries—and if they can’t expose it, they may become its next casualties.