Tuesday, 29 March 2016

Top Notch Techno Thriller

This is a book that has definitely divided the readers with rating ranging from 1 star to the full 5. For me Daemon by Daniel Suarez was a home run and a very entertaining and innovative read.

From the get go it is very obvious that this is not going to be your typical run of the mill Hi-Tech Thriller. The plot is superb and kept me ducking and weaving as I tired to see through the web weaved by the author and guess what was coming next. 

The driving force behind the plot maybe as old as the hills, a new society order trying to overthrow the incumbent one, but it is how this tale is told that is truly fresh and hard hitting. As debut novels go this is up with the best and I highly recommend this book to one and all.

4.5 Stars

Thursday, 17 March 2016

Meet Me In Atlantis

How many of you have heard the legend of the Lost City of Atlantis? I think I can safely say all of us. But how may can tell you the origins of this legend and the historical events linked to it? Not as many hands go up this time. Mark Adams dives into the story of Atlantis and tries to break it down to the bare facts. 

Along the way he also discusses the people and culture that has grown around the legend. From the serious scholars to the slightly unbalanced people. He looks at the origins of the legend and examines it's validity as well as the glaring problems such as the many different translations of Plato's work. This is done whilst all the while taking us on his journey around the Mediterranean and Europe to try and discover the truth.

Whilst this book was interesting I did find myself skimming along parts of it. I do though have a greater appreciation and understanding of the pull of the Lost City of Atlantis. I have learned a great deal from this book and this is why I love to read.

3 Stars

Saturday, 12 March 2016

Scalzi Rules

I am pretty sure I have said this before but I am happy to say it again. I am a massive fan of John Scalzi!!!! The question I am asking myself is why oh why did it take me so long to pick up and read Old Man's War.

Scalzi has hit the mark again with an engaging and original plot the rockets through the pages. His mastery of balancing humor with action is once again spot on. This book tells the tale of Senior Citizens nearing the end of their lives signing up to the Colonial Defense Force. This involves them leaving their homes never to see earth or loved ones again. Why would they do this I hear you cry? For a chance to reborn young again and live out new lives....if they can survive their time in the forces that is.

If that has not got you excited I don't know what will. The master of Sci-Fi has once again has shown why he is one of the best. This is a book that will make you laugh all whilst having you sitting on the edge of your seat. This is one series I intend to dive head first into and you should do the same.

5 BIG Stars

Monday, 7 March 2016

Humble Heroes

An interesting concept that follows the USS Nashville and its crew through its shake down voyage until its decommissioning. I found myself though wanting the author to go into more details of the some of historic battles this ship was involved in.

For a short read though there is enough to keep the reader engaged. This is a book for those with an interest in World War II especially the Pacific theatre. Overall not the best book I have read on the naval side of the war but a far way off being the worst.
3 Stars