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Last Valkyrie

The Last Valkyrie
by Jeremy Robinson & Tori Paquette (2017)

What used to be Antarctica is no more. Shifted to the equator, the continent, now known as Antarktos, has thawed and bloomed. Endless ice has given way to lush tropical jungles, and all the people now living here are protected and led by Solomon Ull Vincent, the Last Hunter and King of Antarktos. My father.


From what I can find, this was written by Tori with help from Jeremy. At a novella length (just under 50,000 words) it is similar to the Jack Sigler stories. It’s a straight forward adventure story; save the sister, destroy the bad guy and return. This gives it the feel of an olf fashioned pulp era novel, not a bad thing. Characters develop as they move through the plot and the story has sufficient unexpected turns to keep it interesting. A good addition to the Antarktos series.

Antarktos

Antarktos Rising
(Origins, #4)
(Antarktos Saga #3.5)
by Jeremy Robinson (2007)

A phenomenon known as crustal displacement shifts the Earth’s crust, re-positioning continents and causing countless deaths. In the wake of the global catastrophe, the world struggles to take care of its displaced billions. But Antarctica, freshly thawed and blooming, has emerged as a new hope. Rather than wage a world war no nation can endure, the leading nations devise a competition, a race to the center of Antarctica, with the three victors dividing the continent.


The Last Hunter: Ascent parallels the events in Antarktos Rising.

Here Robinson mines just about all of the Bible’s Genesis myths to creates monsters to overcome in a race to claim new ground. The mythology gets a bit over the top, but the action and the story drives things on to a familiar ending.

 

 

Descent

The Last Hunter: Descent
(Antarktos Saga #1)
by Jeremy Robinson (2010)

I’ve been told that the entire continent of Antarctica groaned at the moment of my birth. The howl tore across glaciers, over mountains and deep into the ice. Everyone says so. Except for my father; all he heard was Mother’s sobs. Not of pain, but of joy, so he says. Other than that, the only verifiable fact about the day I was born is that an iceberg the size of Los Angeles broke free from the ice shelf a few miles off the coast.

Again, some would have me believe the fracture took place as I entered the world. But all that really matters, according to my parents, is that I, Solomon Ull Vincent, am the first child born on Antarctica; the first and only Antarctican. I was born on September 2nd, 1974.


This is an eight book series, and the author appears to have anticipated the long journey ahead and chosen a slower pace this time. Thee is still the adventure and action of other Robinson novels, just a bit slower and more deliberate.

 

Denon Spire

The Spires of Denon
by Kristine Kathryn Rusch (2009)

Set in the same universe as ‘Diving Into The Wreck’. The Spires of Denon doesn’t involve Boss or her crew. Instead, this novella follows Meklos Verr, hired to guard an archeological dig near the mysterious Spires of Denon.


This starts slowly and feels like it could be a bit boring. However things become more interesting as characters motivations and opportunities change. In retrospect, you can see how Rusch has carefully mapped out an intriguing story.

Mirrors

MirrorWorld
by Jeremy Robinson (2015)

Crazy has no memory and feels no fear. Dangerous and unpredictable, he’s locked away in SafeHaven, a psychiatric hospital, where he spends the long days watching Wheel of Fortune and wondering what the outside world smells like. When a mysterious visitor arrives and offers him a way out Crazy doesn’t hesitate to accept.

But outside the hospital Crazy is faced with a world on the brink of nuclear annihilation, and find himself relocated to Neuro Inc., a secretive corporation with strange government ties. When he discovers evidence of human experimentation he escapes with a syringe, the contents of which are unknown to him but precious to Neuro. Cornered and with a complete disregard for the results, Crazy makes himself indispensable by injecting the substance into his leg….


 

At about 120,000 words, this is one of the longest of Jeremy Robinson’s books. Where other author pad out with characters standing around and talking, Robinson just adds action, and there is a lot. There is so much it feels like a sprint.

Also, the tone of this book is more like a horror novel than any of the others I have read (so far). There are a few times when it’s easy to get lost in the combat, so the only criticism I would have is that there were times when he could have slowed down to establish the place and situation of all the characters. But if you like Robinson because of the thrills, this is one you won’t want to miss.

Space Siren

Space Team: Song of the Space Siren
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)

 

Cal Carver and his Space Team may have lost their ship, but they haven’t lost their knack for attracting trouble.

Just hours after setting foot on a new planet, Cal and the crew find themselves caught up in an interplanetary kidnapping plot. Reuniting the suspiciously-silent young victim with her parents on their far-off home world will make Cal rich beyond his wildest dreams. Unfortunately, half the pirates and bounty hunters in the galaxy have the same idea, and they’re more than happy to take the girl by force.


The fun continues. Things go awry and the series just keeps getting better.

 

Splurt Search

Space Team: The Search for Splurt
by Barry J. Hutchison (2017)

The third in the series (so far).

Cal Carver, petty-criminal turned space adventurer, is on a suicide mission – and he really hates suicide missions. But this time its to save his best buddy, Splurt, who has been taken prisoner by the evil Zertex corporation.

Vajazzled

Space Team: The Wrath of Vajazzle
by Barry J. Hutchison (2016)

After saving an alien race and its god from a sentient zombie virus, Cal Carver and the crew of the Dread Ship Shatner are feeling pretty pleased with themselves.

Unfortunately, the creator of the zombie virus is out for revenge, and has recruited the galaxy’s deadliest – and oldest – assassin, Lady Vajazzle, to hunt Space Team down. But when Vajazzle discovers the crew is under the protection of a species known as the Greyx, she is forced to implement a Plan B so diabolical it threatens to plunge the entire star system into chaos.

With time running out, Cal must find a way to outmaneuver and outgun the galaxy’s greatest killer before she murders his friends, butchers the Greyx, and buys the whole galaxy a one-way ticket to total annihilation.


This is much better than the first in the series. Firstly, there is more plot. The humour is better balanced between the narration and the character interactions. And it’s a fun read. Recommended.

I am Cowboy

I Am Cowboy (SecondWorld #1.5)
alt.title = Nazi Hunter Atlantis
by Jeremy Robinson (2013)

Milos Vesely, aka Cowboy, kills Nazis. After the events of SecondWorld-a failed attempt by modern Nazi forces to carry out a worldwide genocide and claim the planet for the Aryan nation-he now hunts down the enemy, most of whom are running for cover. But others, as Cowboy discovers beneath the sands of Tanis, Egypt, are searching for a way to strike again.

Hidden beneath the “lost city” is a network of tunnels and traps protecting an ancient power that predates Egypt’s mighty empires. Vesely, along with archeologist, Dr. Sarah Pasha, traverses the underground realm, heading deep into dangerous territory.


Yet another fast paced fun action story with lots of Nazi deaths. And it brings together (in a rather contrived way) most of  Robinson’s other stories. Recommended.

2nd World

SecondWorld (SecondWorld #1)
by Jeremy Robinson (2012)

Lincoln Miller, an ex-Navy SEAL turned NCIS Special Agent is sent to Aquarius, the world’s only sub-oceanic research facility located off the Florida Keys, to investigate reports of ocean dumping. A week into his stay, strange red flakes descend from the surface. Scores of fish are dead and dying, poisoned by the debris that turns to powder in Miller’s fingers and tastes like blood.

Miller heads for the surface, ready to fight whoever is polluting on his watch. But he finds nothing. No ships. No polluters.


Another cracking fast paced thriller. This time it’s Nazi’s – not on the moon but in a vast city beneath the ice. While the physics diverts substantially from reality, it’s a big save-the-world fun ride.