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Vengeance

Vengeance
(Jet #3)
by Russell Blake (2012)
 

Vengeance finds Jet settled down, trying to return to a somewhat normal life of stability and safety. But fate has other plans for her when she becomes embroiled in a terrifying terrorism plot involving figures from her past, whose thirst for revenge forces her back into the kill-or-be-killed world she’d hoped to put behind her forever.


The third book widens it’s scope to take in International conspiracies. Jet seems to have a steady partner in Alan and together they take on a Russian mobster. Just as good as the previous novels, but it does feel like a big setup for the next books.

Prime Love


Prime Time Love
(Abigail Love #1)
by David Blake (2017)
 

Can a girl fall for a guy if his name sounds like a mechanically operated sex toy?

Abigail Love and her new cameraman, Will, were in the same class at school. Ten years later they find themselves working for the same company, but at first, neither can remember who the other one is. As they start to date, what happens when they find out, especially when Will realises that it was Abigail who’d teased him into early therapy?


This takes place in the same universe as Detective Capstan & Sergeant Dewbush and occurs immediately after the Sergeant falls into a coma. He will awake hundreds of years later for the Space Police books.

The two protagonists, Abigail and Will each have secrets and are thrown together in a work place surrounded by a cast of crazy characters. As it does not have Science Fiction tropes and isn’t really a crime story I wasn’t sure if it would work. It does, largely due to the smooth prose and crazy plot.

This makes me think of a memory of reading Tom Sharpe almost 22 years ago. A very urban and funny read.

 

Jet #2


Betrayal
(Jet #2)
by Russell Blake (2012)

The second book follow s directly on from the first. Jet wants to find her daughter, and to get her she is going to have to make a deal with a very shady character.

More action, guns and violence. With and even bigger body count and a protagonist that is beginning to look indestructible.

It’s still an entertaining fast read. There was a plot twist in the middle that I didn’t buy and the girl wasn’t all that significant in the story.

 

Robinson’s 58

It took 979 days (2.7 years) from Project Nemesis to the Divide. The first book came from a StoryBundle and the last was purchased from Amazon.  Approx 4.7 million words, 58 books. I have FINALLY caught up with the works of Jeremy Robinson.

And here they are  (in the order I read them):

Kaiju 1: Project Nemesis
Kaiju 2: Project Maigo
Kaiju 3: Project 731
Origins: Raising the Past
Kaiju 4: Project Hyperion
Kaiju 0: Island 731
Beneath
The Didymus Contigency
Kronos
Unity
Chess Team 0.5 Prime
Chess Team 1 Pulse
Chess Team 2 Instinct
Chess Team 3 Threshold
Callsign: King
Callsign: King 2 – Underworld
Callsign: Queen
Callsign: Rook
Callsign: King 3 – Blackout
Callsign: Bishop
Callsign: Knight
Callsign: Deep Blue
Ragnarok
Omega
Savage
Cannibal
Empire
Guardian
Patriot
Centurion
SecondWorld
Nazi HunterAtlantis
XOM-B
MirrorWorld
Antarktos Saga 1 Descent
Antarktos Saga 2 Pursuit
Antarktos Saga 3 Ascent
Antarktos Saga 3.5 Antarktos Rising
Antarktos Saga 4 Lament
Antarktos Saga 5 Onslaught
Antarktos Saga 6 The Children of Antarktos
Antarktos Saga 7 The Last Valkjrie
Antarktos Saga 8 Project Legion
Infinite
Refuge
Torment
Apocalypse Machine
Flood Rising
Cerebus Group 1 Herculean
Cerebus Group 2 Helios
Forbidden Island
Jane Harper 1 The Sentinel
Jane Harper 2 The Raven
Hunger 1
Hunger 2 Feast
The Distance
Viking Tomorrow
The Divide

And now, just as I have caught up he has released a new one; ‘The Others’ on July 15. Oh well…

 

Collapsing Empire


The Collapsing Empire
(The Interdependency #1)
by John Scalzi (2017)
 

Humanity flows away from Earth, into space, and in time forgets earth and creates a new empire. The Inter-dependencies between worlds is joined by The Flow, a mechanism for faster than light travel. Something could go wrong…


Scalzi is best know for his military science fiction series  ‘Old Man’s War’.  This is not that, it’s ‘Space Opera’. The story of changes to humanity over a large area of space and time.

Thee are some annoying aspects to the story. First, spaceships have song titles for names, like Yes, Sir, That’s My Baby and ‘No, Sir, I Don’t Mean Maybe’. Just weird.

Second the character names are sometimes long and it’s not clear how they should be pronounced.

And third, there is a lot of swearing. So much that it undermines the characters and became annoying.

There are no battles or major conflicts. Everything is very political and underhand. Scalzi does a good job of building the world, although sometimes it is not clear where we are when scenes change.

So not what I was expecting, a bit slower than his previous works and as it if the first of a series, incomplete. So just average.

 

Demon Apostle


The Demon Apostle
(The DemonWars Saga #3)
by R.A. Salvatore
(Audiobook)
With the demon dactyl and its foul minions defeated, the war-weary citizens of the kingdom of Honce-the-Bear wish only to bury their dead and begin rebuilding their broken lives. Yet the fragile balance between church and state lies shattered.

The specter of civil war haunts the ravaged land–and a specter more fearsome still. For the demon, though defeated, was not destroyed. And now its vengeful spirit has found an unholy sanctuary at the very heart of the Abellican Church.


With the third book, the story focuses on the Church and it’s battle to gain dominance over the monarchy. This makes the story more political, with allegiances changing. It does resolve to a satisfying resolution in the end.

I did find that listening made the story darker and more intense that a reading would. While there are four more books to go, I’m taking a break to catch up on some old Bugle episodes.

 

Jet #1


Jet
(Jet #1)

by Russell Blake (2012)
 

Twenty-eight-year-old Jet was once the Mossad’s most lethal operative before faking her own death and burying that identity forever.

But the past doesn’t give up on its secrets easily.


It’s a mix of Jason Bourne, James Bond and previous reads:
Zoe Sharp’s Charlie Fox
K. W. Jeter’s Kim Oh

It’s sexy ex-military kick-ass girl takes on all the baddies of the world. Very similar to Charlie Fox in style, pacing and themes.

Russell Blake is a great writer, the action scenes are clear and exciting. The story is fast moving and keeping the reader guessing. Will be reading them all !!

There are currently 13 books in the series.

 

 

 

 

Supervillian


Supervillainous!: Confessions of a Costumed Evil-doer
by Mike Leon (2011)
 

Super-villain. The very word immediately conjures up images of cackling madmen waving death rays as they rant and rave about their maniacal plot for world domination.

But there is more to professional evil – so many questions left unanswered by movies and comic books.
What kind of salary do henchmen get?
Where do all these super gadgets come from?
How come good guys never use the door?

One man has the answers.


Mike Leon puts himself as a journalist in his own story. The journalist seeks to interview villains in a super-hero world. They give interviews, explain their past and participate in random acts of violence.

At first it is very episodic and no with plot to follow. This is rectified in the second half where a big fight emerges between the ‘evil’ and ‘good’ superheroes. Not really funny, more witty and satirical. A short but entertaining read.

 

Earth Moving


The Day The Earth Moved A Bit
(Space Police #6)
by David Blake (2018)
 

A massive planet-sized blob reaches Earth’s outer atmosphere and demands to speak to a dolphin, threatening to end life as we know it if it can’t. But there’s only one left in the whole of the universe, and it’s not on Earth where it’s supposed to be.


The final in the series (so far) is a mixture of ‘The Blob‘ and Star Trek ‘The Voyage Home’.

There may be an animal that can save earth from extinction. But it’s Capstan & Dewbush that have the sole responsibility of saving earth. Can they do it ?

Cocaine Claire

The Herbaceous Affair of Cocaine Claire
(Inspector Capstan #4)
by David Blake (2016)
The fourth case for Inspector Capstan where he comes up against the former Chief Inspector of the Solent Police, Morose, who’s just started a forty-two year back-to-back life sentence for multiple murder. Meanwhile, in the aftermath of the Brexit Referendum, the British Prime Minister’s looking for ways to increase his ever-declining popularity and turns to his niece, Claire Bridlestock, for help.


The final case breaks the mold of the first three stories. This time the young lady is smarter and has power, being associated with the Prime Minister.  More funny stuff.