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Max Damage

Max Damage
(Hal Spacejock #9)
by Simon Haynes (2018)
 

Hal and Clunk answer a distress call, and they discover a fellow pilot stranded deep inside an asteroid field. Clunk is busy at the controls, dodging incoming rocks, so Hal dons a spacesuit, takes the jetbike and sets off on a heroic rescue mission.


You can expect the usual comedic science fiction. But in the final act it almost changes to Military Science Fiction. !

Ascendance

Ascendance
(The Second DemonWars Saga #1)
by R.A. Salvatore (2002)
 

Jilseponie Wyndon (Pony) becomes Queen. However unknown to her, the child she thought lost never died. Aydrian was stolen away by the queen of the elves. He is raised by the Elves, then joins with his mother’s enemy to overthrow the Monarchy and install himself as King.


The first of the second trilogy, this is more human centred politics that wouldn’t be out of place in a George RR Martin novel. Not much action, but with a surprising ending.

Space Force

Space Force
by Jeremy Robinson (2018)
 

Five years ago, the United States Space Force became a reality. And while those writing the checks took things very seriously, the other military branches did not. As a result, Space Force was populated by undesirables: men and women who made too many mistakes, didn’t follow the rules, or…slept with the wrong general’s daughter. Three times. On camera. It was a mistake, okay?

My name is Captain Ethan Stone, a decorated member of SEAL Team 6 turned Space Force ‘recruit.’ While the powers-that-be attempted to make Space Force an embarrassment, they also sent some of the very best minds, fighters, and pilots to the program, because sometimes the best of us decide to take a stand against those same powers. Yeah, yeah. Not me. Though I seem to recall I was standing when…

Sadly, this is the least successful of all the Jeremy Robinson novels. His take on humour is not successful, trying to come out of the situations and characters. The prose style is the same, so the narrators do not add to the humour. This is the first problem, the story is told in first person, from two protagonists, a man and a woman. I often forgot who the POV character was, and by the middle of the story got a bit lost in what was happening. It didn’t help that the story is apparently bases in ‘Battle Royale’ a film I have not seen.

Things do pick up in second half of the story, and there are amusing interviews after the main plot ends. But overall, it comes off as a rather average adventure alien invasion novel.

Nutty Pair

A Pair of Nuts on the Throne
Robot vs Dragons #3
by Simon Haynes (2018)
 

The third and concluding novel.

With Hal in the picture, you can be sure that him and Clunk will meet up. And they do, but fairly late in the story and not as expected.

There are plenty of visual jokes and you can just image the author thinking how they would look in the screen.

It’s a satisfying conclusion to the series, however it does suffer from a few too many plot lines. I do miss when it was just Hal and Clunk vs the universe.

 

Sanctuary

Sanctuary
(Jet #7)
by Russell Blake (2014)
 

The story picks up where the last left off, with Jet, Matt and Hannah on the run in South America, trying to evade enemies from their past who are determined to exterminate them.

This is definitely a better story than the last, and one of the best in the series. There are more plot threads, more mystery and most of the time it is not clear where the story is going.

It’s all drawn together to a satisfying ending and unexpectedly ties up all the loose ends. The 14’th was just released, so this is only half way through the series !

Mine Sting

Sting of the Mustard Mines
(Space Team #10)
by Barry J. Hutchison (2018)
Captured by an unfamiliar alien species, the crew is banished to a life of slavery in the Mustard Mines of Moktar, where they come face to face with the sinister Manacle – a terrying new enemy whose diabolical agenda is worse than any they have encountered before.

Cal Carver is yet again plunged into inescapable situations he escapes from. Faces terrifying enemies and  odds to come out on top.

This episode slows down in the middle and diverges into the slasher/horror genre. Fortunately things get better in the final act.

Not the best of the series, but still a good read.

 

Jet 6

Justice
(Jet #6)
by Russell Blake (2013)
 

More action as Jet takes on all the intelligence agencies of the world to survive and take down the baddies. This one ends with a girl on girl showdown.

 

Butt Head

A Butt of Heads
(Robot vs Dragons Book 2)
by Simon Haynes (2018)
 

The author is really getting into the swing, slash and slaughter of the fantasy genre with this novel. It’s better than the first and moves everyone (and the plot) along at a good speed.

The only issue I had was that with the multiple plot-lines, sometimes I wanted to stay with a character and not switch to another.

Can’t wait for the third in the series.

 

Others

The Others
by Jeremy Robinson (2018)

UFOs and alien abductions remain one of the most hotly debated and mysterious subjects of the twenty-first century. In the decades since 1960, with reports of strange encounters on the rise, thirteen million people have gone missing worldwide and never been found.


This stand alone novel covers alien abduction (or does it). The first half was what I would expect from Robinson, but around half-way through, the plot starts to slow and there is less action. As a result, this is not his best book. And I had the suspicion throughout the book that I had came across the plot before.

 

 

Drakonia

Galaxy Squad: Danger from Drackonia
by David Blake (2018)
 

It’s the 26th Century and the President of Earth has started a bunfight with every single planet in the solar system.

Meanwhile… battling it out on the frontline is Galaxy Squad, the bravest, toughest and most highly decorated team of officers in the whole of Earth’s Space Fleet. Sadly though, they’ve just been accidentally poisoned by a group of interns and are now dead.


A change of characters and setting has given David Blake more comic inspiration, While most of the plot has been “acquired” from other Movies and TV shows (notably Star Wars and Star Trek).

It’s  still a fun adventure. This time most of the characters are stupid and do dumb things, which drives the story forward. If you liked any of his previous books, you will enjoy this one.