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Showing posts with label Origin Story. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Origin Story. Show all posts

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Book Review: Liberty by David Wood and Edward G. Talbot


 Liberty by David Wood and Edward G. Talbot is a Dane and Bones Origins story that gives us another great adventure from Dane Maddock and Uriah "Bones" Bonebreak. This time they are thrust into adventure by old rivals and start on a journey of discovering secret deals that were made right before the signing of the Constitution. They also discover that there may be more than one group ready to take advantage of what they discover.

The story begins with a trip back to 1787 where a small group of founding fathers meet secretly to debate a few issues that have risen with the Constitution. Debate follows and a deal is eventually struck that could alter the future of America forever. Benjamin Franklin and Edmund Randolph hide information of that meeting for future generations to find which remains that way until 1863 in Gettysburg, PA. Josiah Hawthorne travels with a document that could assist with the outcome of the Civil War. Disguised as a Confederate soldier, he sneaks into their camp to meet with General Robert E. Lee. After the meeting, Hawthorne is captured by the Union and the document goes missing along with him. When his companion, Bunyan, reports this information to his superior, he is told that there is another document and all is not lost.

Present day, Dane and Bones are getting some R&R in Philadelphia when they realize that they are being followed. A chase through town begins their adventure and puts them on the spot of uncovering a secret that has been guarded since the signing of the Constitution. Dane and Bones begin putting together the pieces of the puzzle to discover who is after them when they realize that they are tangled in another web of the Sons of the Republic. As Dane and Bones begin to uncover the clues to locating the original Library of Congress, the hidden clues of Benjamin Franklin, and the final document that everyone is after, they find out just how fragile things were when the country was just coming together. They also find out that another group may be looking to do more with the information found than anyone could ever imagine.

The Dane and Bones series has really become a favorite of mine and Liberty doesn't disappoint. The characters are great and I'm really enjoying Bones more and more. The story was fast paced and enjoyable, too. It's similar to Indiana Jones and National Treasure but it stands on its own with the special elements of both characters being Navy SEALs and getting along so well despite of, or because of, their differences in personalities. I have to admit that I haven't read the first book of the series (Freedom) yet and it seems that if I had it would help clear some things up, such as the Sons of the Republic and their main characters but this book can be read as a standalone. I would recommend picking up Freedom as well, which is what I'm doing next. This is a great addition to the Dan and Bones collection and I know you'll love it.

This was a complimentary copy of Liberty in eBook format for the Kindle from David Wood for preview and review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Book Review: Splashdown by David Wood and Rick Chesler


Splashdown by David Wood and Rick Chesler is a Dane and Bones Origins Story that gives us another look at the early adventures that these two Navy SEALs had together. This also helps to give some background into how they learned many of their skills used in marine archaeology after their "retirement" from the Navy. This is a fast paced ride that I couldn't put down and includes a lot of interesting characters and..... creatures. I won't explain much on those since i think they are an awesome part of this story that you will just have to read to find out about.

This is the first Origins Story I have read and it gives just as much excitement as the Dane Maddock Adventure series but with more military background since both Dane and Bones are Navy SEALs. We join Dane and Bones while they are finishing up submersible pilot training in the Pacific and get to see how the two learn to work together and forge their close bond. The training comes in handy and is one reason they are picked for a special assignment to retrieve a Cold War-era nuclear bomb a few hundred miles off the coast of Florida. Excitement and mayhem are running right at the start of this adventure and it doesn't let up. From dealing with a television crew, to underwater submersible fights, to escaping from a crazed Russian submariner, Dane and Bones take us on a non-stop adventure where the fate of Washington D.C. will be decided and they will face off against some pretty deadly creatures you might find hanging out with Godzilla. You'll see. :-)

Splashdown is definitely worth a read and kept me on the edge of my seat the whole way through. I even read it a second time right away and was still captivated by it. I can't wait to go back and read the rest of the Origins Stories. I did receive a complimentary copy of Splashdown in eBook format for the Kindle from David Wood for preview and review. The opinions in this review are mine alone and from my own personal viewpoint.