Saturday, 28 May 2016

The Year of the Zombie Begins

Infected Books is celebrating 15 years in the business with a great Novella series called Year of the Zombie. Each month one of their authors will be delivering a short story and to start the ball rolling here is the first two.



A great short read that kicks of a series of Novellas from some great Zombiesque authors from Infected Books. One book a month to celebrate the "Year of the Zombie." It kicks off with Adam Baker of the Output series.

While only a short read it is certainly hits hard. The story takes place in Mogadishu and combines a CIA hit and a mysterious Zombie outbreak. The two story arcs are on a collision course from the outset and provide for a tense and exciting narrative.

A great start from a very promising serious. The Year of the Zombie is looking good and I for one am going along for the ride.

4 Stars





Book two of The Year of the Zombie bring Rich Hawkins to the fore. He delivers a stellar performance packed into a small space.

He paints a picture a survival and despair in a book I can best describe as grey. It is a story of a Grandfather doing the best he can for his only remaining kin. He is doing this while all the time dealing with a chronic alcoholic problem. Be warned the end of this book will not be for everyone's taste.

Infected Books is on to a killer concept and I look forward to reading more offerings. It is fair to say after being in the business for 15 years they now what the reader wants
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4.5 Stars

Burglar's Guide to the City



A Burglar's Guide to the City takes an Architects view into breaking into building. In doing this it also touches on City planning and the part it plays in assisting the criminals.

I found this book absolutely fascinating and the research the author put into was evident throughout the entire book. I like the flow of the narrative and the chapters flowed seamlessly into each other. Geoff Manaugh takes great care to not glorify the subject matter and reminds readers of the devastation such crime can cause people.
After reading this book my eyes are open to city design and my spatial awareness is at a new high. The lengths some master burglars go to is truly outstanding and their creativity is equally amazing. A great read that I highly recommend to all.

4.5 Stars

Saturday, 21 May 2016

Tail Gunner



Tail Gunner is a World War II memoir that was written as it happened. Unfortunately the author died at the end of the war but his story lives on.

I found this a very light and breezy read despite the subject matter. The tone of the narrative is that of a young brash and brave man that has not been tempered by retrospection. This is a very much puts you right there in his mindset and in the thinking of the era.

I did find the book lacking a bit in the emotions that one would expect that comes along with war. I put this down to his young age and the bravado that brings. It did however for me detract from the overall enjoyment of this book. It lacked the overall fullness that can be found in similar memoirs.


3 Stars

Monday, 16 May 2016

The Scene Is Set


Silicon Dawn is a top notch Sci-Fi read that grabs you in the first couple of pages. This book is a prequel to the authors other book Silicon Man and can be read before or after said book. For me I thought I would start with the prequel and test the waters.

The author paints a world on a crossroad. One way leads to a world where humans and androids live happily together. The other path leads to a world where androids rule the roost. In telling this story the author touches on a lot of modern day concerns.

The story throws together a cutting edge android detective and a human detective that has massive personal trust issues with.....you guessed it androids. The interplay between these characters is a highlight of the book along with the first rate thriller that throws them together.

William Massa has set some very solid foundations and concepts for this tale. I look forward to delving into Silicon Man soon and see if he capitalises on all this great groundwork.
4 Stars

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

In The Shadow Of The Moon



 
In the Shadow of the Moon delivers an extremely well researched look at the race to put man on the moon. This is done by following the Gemini program through to Apollo 11. The authors also take a look at the Soviet Union’s efforts to beat the US to the moon.

 
What really stood out for me was the effort the authors took in not just telling the story of those astronaut’s we all know well but also shining the light on all the astronauts that went into space before them. They step the reader through the Gemini and early Apollo flights weaving together the story from the astronauts themselves with good ole fashion facts.

As an audiobook I found that the narrator did a great job in delivering what was a very entertaining book. The production value was spot on and this with the subject matter led to a very nice listen indeed.
 
I walked away from this book with a lot more knowledge on the early space program of both Superpowers as well as a unique personal view of what it was like to reach for the stars. In the Shadow of the Moon is an example of history writing at its best.
 
5 Headphones
 

Saturday, 7 May 2016

Pirates Anyone?

 
Republic of Pirates is an interesting look into the golden age of piracy and is a well-researched read. The author takes the time to put in context the politics and practices of the day and this helps paint the pirates in a different light.

I was not quite sure what I was going to get out of this book, I mean my two year old loves pirates and my images of them where a bit askew at the time of reading. Whilst the book was a solid read I found my interest fading in and out at times.
 
3 Stars

Saturday, 30 April 2016

Pamellia Is Back


WOW!! The Final Winter is an excellent study of the power of the milk of human kindness and a few other things. The story is a well written creative tale with believable characters you will love, hate and in some cases learn to love again. (If by chance you are a Biblical scholar, you will find a few liberties taken.) I did find a few words missing here and there, perhaps even the wrong name used on occasion. But the overall action, character development, story and creativity is what makes this book one that was difficult for me to set aside and do my every day duties.

One interesting effect this book had on me. It is obviously about a cold, snowy, windy and deadly winter. I read the book during a bit of a heat wave...90 degree F temps, 70 degree F dew point, thunder storms throughout the day...get the idea? It's been HOT here. Yet while reading this book, I kept feeling cold and thinking it was snowing outside. Weird, eh? That's what good writing can do.

5 Stars