My first review on this site was a review of a short story by K.M. Weiland in anticipation of the release of her latest fiction novel. I was privileged to have the opportunity to receive an advanced reader copy of this novel, titled Storming, for review.
Storming is an interesting and exciting story. We meet Robert “Hitch” Hitchcock, a cash-strapped barnstorming pilot who seeks to impress the owner of a flying circus enough so that he might be offered a job. Hitch’s world is turned upside down, however, when his plane, quite literally collides with a woman in the air.
The story was very good. I like the limited point-of-view approach as it really lets the reader get to know the main character well. It’s an adventure story, with all the excitement that comes with that, but Storming also presents a great character arc in the protagonist.
I liked the cast of characters, including a couple of very bad villains I loved to hate.
Great story overall.
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Who doesn’t love a good apocalyptic thriller? I know I do and a while ago I read this interesting take on it by Franklin Horton. To summarize the plot, a terrorist attack causes a major collapse in the United States and our characters are stranded away from home and have to find a way back.
I call this an interesting take, as usually the genre is filled with things like zombies, aliens or nuclear disaster. Mr Horton opted rather to take a more realistic approach and I enjoyed it.
The book is well researched on a technical level. Lots of firearms are featured (which I liked, being a gun enthusiast) as well as a lot of survivalist-type gear and mindsets with some characters. At some points, however, the technical information felt a bit excessive and unnecessary, but it beats a book filled with lots of technical errors (for all other thriller authors reading this, a magazine is NOT a clip).
Overall I would recommend this book to people who like reading thrillers and apocalyptic type books. I also know that preppers will love it.
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Western, it seems, is a rather polarizing genre in terms of popularity. Many people are avid fans and others simply don’t like it. The once popular genre in both literature and film has also declined in popularity. Fans of the genre tend to be nostalgic, yearning for the golden era of John Wayne and Clint Eastwood. But alas, those days are gone and few Western films cause audiences to flock to the cinema these days. That is a pity, because I kind of like the genre.
Enter K.M. Weiland’s novel, “A Man Called Outlaw.”
In this novel, two stories are told in two respective time periods. Miss Weiland manages to get the reader really invested in the characters and draws the reader into their world. The protagonist is easy to root for and the villain is very evil indeed, but all the characters are realistic and distinct – three dimensional. The story is also very well researched and this helps to immerse the reader into the 19th century American West – from the clothing worn to the colloquialisms used. (Also a hat tip to the author, coming from a gun enthusiast like myself, for the specific mentioning of loading five rounds into a single-action revolver that can hold six. Check this video to see why.)
I highly recommend this book to anyone. Fans of the Western genre will certainly like it, but there’s more to this story than gunfights and riding off into the sunset. It has lots of depth with great conflict between even greater characters.
I Loved it.
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In a world full of morbid plots and dark clouds, Joseph Lallo delivers this little silver lining of a story. Let me say this book was a fun read.
In a fictional steampunk world, plagued by a terrible environmental disaster known as the fug, the land of Caldera has isolated itself from the rest of the world to keep the pollution at bay whilst pursuing more aesthetic ideals. The protagonist, Amanita Graus, is a more unconventional and practical Calderan, who chooses a more practical profession, trading the canvas for a spanner to work with steam-powered machinery. In order to attain a cure for her mother’s terrible illness, she embarks on an adventure by boarding the “Wind Breaker” (yes, I snickered a bit), an airship, commandeered by a group of trader/smugglers from the outside who illegally sell their wares in Caldera…
Did I mention this was a fun book? Joseph Lallo tells a lighthearted steampunk story with interesting, funny characters and even an interesting little creature too. Lallo also incorporates generous helpings of humour, a well crafted setting and a great sense of adventure which all makes this a very likeable story and one I’ll gladly recommend.
I really enjoyed it.
(Click here for the amazon review, and here to buy it on amazon Kindle if you are interested)