Category: Reviews of Books

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Star Trek: Seekers: 3 Long Shot

A PLANET IN PERIL…As disasters and miracles multiply globally at an ever-increasing rate, it’s up to Captain Clark Terrell and his crew to shut down the experiment-gone-wrong before its storm of chaos causes the planet’s destruction. But the odds against their success—and their survival—might be too A stand alone adventure (so far at least?) that really works for me, with a bonkers story that includes some really out of the norm adventures that would actually have fit pretty perfectly as a TOS episode. I loved everything about this story! Buy On Amazon!

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Star Trek: Seekers: 2 Point of Divergence

The Taurus Reach. Once the conquered realm of a powerful alien species, this region remains largely shrouded in mystery even as it brims with potential for exploration and colonization. The Federation has sent in two of its finest starships on a quest to uncover the secrets it may yet hold…The A continuation of the first Seekers book, but with some minor changes in the power levels and temperaments of nearly all the characters. That’s my only complaint though, as the story and its resolution is satisfying and enjoyable. Buy On Amazon!

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Star Trek / X-Men : Planet X

“Based on Star Trek: the Next Generation created by Gene Roddenberry. X-Men based on the Marvel comic book.” There’s a pretty good comic book that precedes this book and I had a pretty good time reading that, so I figured I’d give this book a try, as it was only $0.99 at the time. This is not a good book though. I’m not going to lay that at Michael Jan Friedman’s feet though, because this feels like there was a definitive decision to aim the book at a much younger audience, something in the 10-12 year old range, which is...

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William Shatner Presents The Tek War Chronicles. Volume 2

Jake Cardigan’s quest to piece together his fractured life is interrupted when it’s discovered that a new, deadlier strain of Tek called ‘grease’ is infecting r This is a much different adaptation than the Marvel Comics version that came out a long while before this one. This has more violence, more sexual content, and more post apocalyptic feel to it than the more hopeful and sanitized Marvel version. It’s not necessarily done for the better, as the plot gets buried under the weight of trying to be edgy, but it works for the most part. I picked up all but...

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Star Trek: Seekers: 1 Second Nature

A new mission: The late twenty-third century—Starfleet’s golden age of exploration. Desperate to stay one step ahead of its rivals, the Federation sends two starships, the scout Sagittarius and the cruiser Endeavour, to plumb the secrets of the vast region known as the Taurus Reach.A doomed race A great start of a sorta sequel to Star Trek: Vanguard series, this one features a couple of the ships that were around for most of the Vanguard shenanigans. I’ve heard tale that the series was based off concept art that spoke to one of the authors, and it shows that this is...

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Star Trek: Picard: Rogue Elements

Starfleet was everything for Cristóbal Rios — until one horrible, inexplicable day when it all went wrong. Aimless and adrift, he grasps at a chance for a future as an independent freighter captain in an area betrayed by the Federation, the border region with the former Romulan Empire.His greate I really wanted to like this book, but while it has some amazing spaceship inclusions, it also includes in no certain order: The Iotians, which IMHO are truly the bottom of the barrel of TOS species, they’re the ones that emulate 1930’s American gangsters because a printed book was left behind...

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The Other History of the DC Universe

Academy Award-winning screenwriter John Ridley (12 Years a Slave, Let It Fall) examines the mythology of the DC Universe in this compelling new graphic novel! Reframing iconic moments of DC history and charting a previously unexplored sociopolitical thread as seen through the… I had expected this to be a comic, but it ended up being a short novel that took on the task of reframing minority characters from DC Comics from their admittedly problematic origins to origins that are just as problematic. I wasn’t a fan of the end result, as neither the writing nor the art really captured me,...

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Star Trek: Vanguard: In Tempest’s Wake

An all-new eBook exclusive adventure in the Taurus Reach with the starship crews, undercover agents, civilian colonists, and alien power players of the Vanguard saga, based on Star Trek: The Original Series.Following the dramatic events as chronicled in Vanguard: Storming Heaven, the U.S.S. Ente Ah ha! I knew there was another book in the series after the “final book” and it’s more of an after action report involving the TOS crew than an actual story progression of Vanguard, but boy howdy is it a great look back at the entire situation that wound up costing lives and a significant amount...

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Centers of Gravity – (Frontlines) by Marko Kloos (Paperback)

Stranded light-years from home, Major Andrew Grayson and his crew are on a desperate mission to discover the Lankies’ secrets. They can’t let what they’ve found die with them. Nine hundred light-years from home, Major Andrew Grayson and the crew of NACS Washington are marooned in a sunless system with limited water, reactor fuel, and food. The last hope for survival is to go where nothing human has gone before. Kloos has been absolutely killing it with this series, and while this feels like an ending of sorts, it also feels like the beginning of something. I may need to...

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The Kaiju Preservation Society – by John Scalzi

“When COVID-19 sweeps through New York City, Jamie Gray is stuck as a dead-end driver for food delivery apps. That is, until Jamie makes a delivery to an old acquaintance, Tom, who works at what he calls ‘an animal rights organization.’ Tom’s team needs a last-minute grunt to handle things on their next field visit. Jamie, eager to do anything, immediately signs on. What Tom doesn’t tell Jamie is that the animals his team cares for are not here on Earth. Not our Earth, at least. In an alternate dimension, massive dinosaur-like creatures named kaiju roam a warm and human-free...

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