Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Shortcake by Christopher Gorham Calvin

Deep in the Soul Wind Forest, outside the city of Eden, is a government facility where two young children of science were born or engineered as super human soldiers. A boy and a girl, both demonstrating remarkable abilities and each endowed with the ability to kill. When the girl, Amanda, escapes the facility things begin to change. Focus shifts to the boy, Evan, as a way to redeem the project and the substantial investment it represents. Things begin to spiral out of control when two later Evan escapes an island dedicated to top secret government training and makes his way back to Eden looking for revenge.

Meanwhile, a serial killer from nearby Jericho City makes his way back to his hometown of Eden. The police comb the forest searching for any sign of the killer or what he may be planning.

Chaos ensues as these two events near their conclusions. It becomes a race to not just catch the bad guys but to save the city.

I very much enjoyed this book and was drawn in from the beginning. Because the author did such a good job with character development, I found myself invested in the characters and their well being.

I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys thrillers, especially those that make you think.

Sunday, February 12, 2012

The Sea is Not Black and Other Stories by J. V. Love

This collection includes four short stories including the following:

1.) The Sea is Not Black:
Anatoly Ranakov is living to Kiev, only a few years after the collapse of the Soviet Union. He is able to make a fortune illegally, but he spends every day being haunted by his past. Of a split second decision made fifteen years earlier. He begins to fear for his sanity when he starts hearing a voice that curses and berates him. As this voice forces him to remember a past he tried so hard to not to think about, even he doesn’t know what to expect.

The word ‘’irony’’ took on a whole new meaning to me as this story kept me on the edge of my seat. It was very well written and an interesting read.

2.) Alice’s Sasquatch:
As a very unhappy graduate student in paleontology, Alice will do almost anything that will help her get finished and be able to graduate as soon as possible. While on a rather unsuccessful dig in Montana she makes the discovery of a lifetime. Now she finds herself faced with two options, either make a lot of money or graduate. As she struggles with her decision it really comes down to two things, will she forever change the life/existence of her find or will it change her?

Although I enjoyed this story, I feel like it was missing something. It seems to me as though the story was cut short. As if the conclusion wasn’t finished.

3.) Without Regret:
A historical fiction, based on a true story, about a German soldier who defects prior to the Nazi invasion of the USSR during WWII. Although he hopes to stop this deadly conflict, he instead finds himself in an endless series of interrogations. Will he be able to stop change the out of the German Blitzkrieg or will his efforts be lost?

An interesting perspective of the war that I have never before read.

4.) Hold the Line:
During WWII, at the start of the Nazi invasion the USSR, Felix Varilensky and his friend Dima volunteer to help defend Leningrad. With the Germans fast approaching they soon find themselves fighting the ineptitude of their regiment, all of them being under-equipped and under-trained. How will be able to hold the line and keep the Nazis from taking Leningrad?

I very much enjoyed reading this story. I found myself getting invested in the well being of the main characters.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Forget the Past: Book 1 - Fear of the Past Trilogy by Claude Nougat

Tony Bellomo, a 17 year old computer genius, awakes one day suffering from burnout and feeling like an old man. He decides to go to Sicily in search of his heritage. While wandering the streets of Sicily after a disappointing visit to the museum that was once his family’s palace the Circolo di Conversazione attracts his attention. His curiosity gets the best of him and upon entering the door slams shut and he finds himself locked in. Once inside Tony comes face-to-face with his ancestors, going back 900 years, who spend their time watching plays of their lives as they await Judgment Day. It is during one of these plays that Tony discovers that he has more in common with an Englishman than he does with his own father. He finds himself hopelessly infatuated with the Duchess of Floridia, as he bears an uncanny resemblance to her secret lover of long ago. Can he take her back into his world so that they can be together? Is love even possible with a woman who has been dead for 200 years?

The author’s ability to accurately describe the clothing worn by the society of the times was impressive.

I’ve never read anything quite like this before. I very much enjoyed it and look forward to finding out what happens next.