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Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Book Review: Atlantis by David Gibbons


Atlantis by David Gibbons is a fascinating and in-depth story that explores the archaeological discovery of Atlantis with just enough action thrown in for suspense. The story is very detailed when it comes to the archaeological aspect of the discovery of Atlantis and I like this refreshing perspective from a novel. Although there are parts that are hard to work through due to the detail, I applaud Gibbins for working through the story with a more academic viewpoint than the usual shoot 'em up scenario where those finding the treasures are not true archaeologists but more bodyguards or guides. There is also quite a bit of action throughout the story and it helps to break up the monotony that can make this a long read at times.

Jack Howard is a marine archaeologist on expedition with his friend Costas and crew when they find a wreckage that delivers to them a unique gold disc with strange markings on it. They discover the wreckage is Minoan and, unbeknownst to them, holds a secret to let them explore a lost civilization in the very near future. This is also the time when a startling discovery is made regarding the lost civilization of Atlantis and a group of the best minds meet together to begin discussing the implications of what has been discovered in the wrappings of a ancient mummy. Howard meets Katya Svetlanova as well during this meeting and she travels with Howard and Costas as they travel and search for the lost city. They begin plotting on ancient maps and travel times to discover the general area where Atlantis will be found and set out to begin the search. As they begin their excavations of the sea they locate structures and land that fit with what they are looking for and begin exploring the area with excitement until they make a frightful discovery. Not only have they discovered the lost civilization of Atlantis but they have also stumbled on a lost Russian nuclear submarine that nations and terrorists will do anything to get their hands on. Time is of the essence as Jack Howard and crew race against the clock to stock a nuclear holocaust and save a lost civilization.

I have to admit that there were quite a few times when Atlantis was very tedious to read through. I had to put the book down for a day or two several times and then start again. I love details in a story so that it helps give you a better view on what the characters are experiencing and the details Gibbins shares helps give the story a more archaeological and scientific feel to it. I do feel that Gibbins went into a bit too much detail on a few things throughout the story though. Overall, this is a excellent book and well worth the read. It's slightly different than the Tyler Locke or Payne and Jones series but still a great read and recommended.

Friday, August 23, 2013

Book Review: The Vault by Boyd Morrison

The Vault

The Vault by Boyd Morrison is the second book in the Tyler Locke series and it doesn't disappoint at all. The Vault continues the fast-paced action and memorable characters that The Ark: A Novel introduced us to. We even get to meet some new characters (The General, anyone?) and go on a new adventure with Locke and Grant Westfield! Who's ready to find King Midas and his golden touch?

Although Locke doesn't go looking for trouble, it seems to find him on a regular basis lately. He is told that there is a bomb on the ferry he is riding and he only has twenty-eight minutes to diffuse it or everyone will be killed along with him on the ferry. This scenario brings Locke together with a new face, Stacy Benedict, and sends them on a wild adventure to rescue their loved ones and stop a thief from stealing a mythical treasure and changing the financial status of the world. Jordan Orr, the stories bad guy, uses Locke's engineering genius and Benedict's PhD in the Classics to solve a ancient puzzle in the Archimedes Codex and find King Midas's final resting place.

The adventure takes the team from Seattle to a deadly race on the autobahn to the underground canals of Naples. This adventure is just as good as The Ark: A Novel and Boyd Morrison does a great job at bringing this story to life. Morrison does a great job at mixing history and science together to bring about a believable story that makes you wonder just how much of this is actually possible. I am sad that Dilara Kenner didn't make it back in the picture but Stacy Benedict did bring a nice touch to the story. Also, just as Indiana Jones has a whip and John Rambo has a knife, Tyler Locke carries his Leatherman everywhere he goes and it helps to get him out of a lot of trouble along the way.

I highly recommend this book and know fans of this genre will not be disappointed. I haven't had this much fun reading a series in quite a while and it is refreshing to see such new perspectives on these histories and legends. Keep up the great work Boyd!!

Thursday, August 8, 2013

The Ark: A Novel by Boyd Morrison [Book Review]



The Ark: A Novel by Boyd Morrison is a fascinating adventure with intriguing characters and a epic quest that will have you turning the pages faster than ever before. I picked this up after getting the The Roswell Conspiracy off of Amazon on a Daily Deal and since I like to begin a series in order, I decided to give The Ark: A Novel a shot. I have to admit I was really surprised with how well this book was written and I couldn't put it down. There is a lot of fast-paced action, twists and turns, a completely new view (for me, anyways) on Noah's Ark, and the characters are great.

Archaeologist Dilara Kenner is contacted by an old family friend with information regarding her father who has been missing for several years. This meeting is the beginning of a wild ride that spans from Seattle, WA to Turkey and everywhere in between. Although the story starts with Kenner, the main focus is on Tyler Locke, former Army combat engineer and current engineer at Gordian, and his best friend Grant Westfield who served with Locke and is currently an electrical engineer at Gordian as well. The purpose of these characters coming together and flying all over the world? To stop the destruction of the world's population and find Noah's Ark of course!

The ideas, places, events, and characters are so real that you feel like you are a part of the adventure too. Reading the Afterword, Morrison explains a lot about the ideas used in the book and how they are real or used in the story. Morrison's blend of reality versus imaginary is extremely well done and helps to make the story move in a very believable direction that a reader can immerse in. It would make for a great movie too!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (The Fifth Avenue Series) [Kindle Edition]



Amazon offers Daily Deals on eBooks and the discounts can range anywhere from 50% to 100% off. These offers are typically set for 24 hours but can be extended to several days. As always, the deal is subject to end or change at any moment so be sure to check the pricing before completing the purchase.

Today, The Fifth Avenue Series Boxed Set (The Fifth Avenue Series) is listed for $0.99. Take a look below for more details on this title!
FIFTH AVENUE

Look beneath all the power and all the wealth that represents New York City's Fifth Avenue, and you'll find greed, blood, revenge. In the international best-selling thriller "Fifth Avenue," each intermingles within a revered society that is unprepared for what's in store for it when one man finally strikes in an effort to destroy another man for murdering his wife thirty-one years ago.

Louis Ryan is that man. George Redman, his wife, two daughters and their close friends are his targets. Both men are self-made billionaires who came from nothing to stake their claim to Fifth Avenue. But when Louis Ryan hires an international assassin to literally rip the Redman family apart, a series of events that can't be stopped catapults them all through a fast-paced, hard-edged thriller in which nobody is safe.

Secrets are revealed. Sex lives are exposed. The Mafia get involved. And George's two daughters, Celina and Leana Redman, come to the forefront. More than anyone, it's they who are caught in the throes of their father's past as Louis Ryan's blind desire to kill them all takes surprising turns in his all-out effort to see them dead.

RUNNING OF THE BULLS:

In the second book in the international best-selling "Fifth Avenue Series," a former Wall Street titan who robbed the world of billions is now out of prison. Good for him, but not for those who put him there. Now, they are dying grisly deaths by the hands of two hired assassins.

Investigating is private investigator Marty Spellman, who soon learns that all isn't what it seems as the twists pile up along with sheer number of the dead. 

Spellman's life is put on the line. His family is threatened. No one is who they appear to be. Who can he trust as the bulls of Wall Street start to run as the two assassins--Vincent Spocatti and Carmen Gragera--fully ignite their killing spree?
FROM MANHATTAN WITH LOVE:

An outcast billionaire's daughter is caught at the wrong place at the wrong time.

An international assassin questions her sanity when she falls in love with the very assassin she's charged to assassinate.

What happens when each collide? Chaos. Murder. Love. Revenge.

And redemption.

In this taut, 35,000-word novella, which is a prequel to the upcoming third novel in the Fifth Avenue series, "Park Avenue," both women come together for the first time in an explosive story that threatens each of their lives, particularly when one woman breaks her own rules and dares to fall in love.

In "From Manhattan with Love," she soon learns what she always feared. When it comes to real danger, there's nothing more dangerous than love itself.
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Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1) [Kindle Edition]



Amazon offers Daily Deals on eBooks and the discounts can range anywhere from 50% to 100% off. These offers are typically set for 24 hours but can be extended to several days. As always, the deal is subject to end or change at any moment so be sure to check the pricing before completing the purchase.

Today, Infinite Sacrifice (Infinite Series, Book 1) is listed for FREE! Take a look below for more details on this title!
Maya’s shocked to discover it’s not the heaven she imagined; in fact, a life of adventure begins the moment you die.

Zachariah, her faithful spirit guide, explains the rules of the dead: in order to regain complete awareness and reunite with loved ones all souls must review their previous lives.

Maya plunges warily into her turbulent pasts as a sociopathic High Priest in ancient Egypt; an independent mother protecting a dangerous secret in glorious Sparta; an Irish boy kidnapped and enslaved by Vikings; and a doctor’s wife forced to make an ethical stand in plague-ridden England.

All the while, Maya yearns to be with those she cares about most and worries that she hasn’t learned all of heaven’s most vital lessons. Will she be forced to leave the tranquility of heaven to survive yet another painful and tumultuous life? Or worse, accept the bitter reality of having to go back alone?
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Monday, July 29, 2013

Fossil River [Kindle Edition]



Amazon offers Daily Deals on eBooks and the discounts can range anywhere from 50% to 100% off. These offers are typically set for 24 hours but can be extended to several days. As always, the deal is subject to end or change at any moment so be sure to check the pricing before completing the purchase.

Today, Fossil River is listed for FREE. Take a look below for more details on this title!
Fossil fuel has an ageless affinity with dinosaurs. To create oil, dinosaurs died. Now, in this riveting action thriller, the tables are turning!

The perfect energy storm is sweeping over the United States: Japan’s Fukushima nuclear plant meltdown has paralyzed nuclear expansion globally, BP’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill has stalled deep water drilling, Arab countries are in turmoil causing doubt about access to future oil, hurricanes hitting the Gulf’s oil rigs and refineries have increased due to global warming, and the nation’s Strategic Oil Supply is riding on empty.

As the energy storm intensifies, the nation’s access to Arab oil, once supplying over sixty percent of our fossil fuel, is being threatened causing citizens to panic for lack of gas at the pumps, stranding cars across the country and inciting riots.

The United States must find new sources of domestic fossil fuel urgently or face an energy crisis that will plunge the nation into a deep depression, much worse than that of 1929.

At the last moment of desperation, the U.S. discovers the world’s largest fossil fuel deposit, in a remote mountain range revealed by glacier thaw within Alaska’s Noatak National Preserve surrounding six and a half million acres.

Preventing access to the oil is a colony of living fossil dinosaurs that will protect its territory to the death.

In preliminary civilian and military scouts, nobody gets out alive; nobody can identify the predator--until Dr. Kimberly Fulton, Curator of Paleontology at New York’s Museum of Natural History, is flown into the nearly-inaccessible area by Scott Chandler, the Marine veteran helicopter pilot who’s the Park’s Manager of Wildlife. After page after compelling page of non-stop action, all hell breaks loose when Fulton’s teenage son and his girlfriend vanish into the Park.

Will the nation’s military be jeopardized for lack of mobility fuel, and will Americans nationwide run out of gas and be stranded, or will the U.S. Marines succeed in penetrating this remote mountain range in northwestern Alaska to restore fossil fuel supplies in time to save the nation from the worst energy catastrophe in recorded history?
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