Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Tech, Lies, and Wizardry

Rae Allen reviewed:

Tech, Lies, and Wizardry: a Space Opera Fantasy Short Story (Black Ocean Book 0) by J.S. Morin

4.0 out of 5 stars Imposing his will on the universe, July 17, 2016
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It is hard to review any of the Black Ocean series on their own as the fit so neatly together. It is certainly easy to read them as stand-alone novels but the body of work J.S Morin is putting together hear is as interesting as the characters which make up the series

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Rae Allen gave 5 stars to: Ceres (Universe Eventual Book 3)

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Ceres (Universe Eventual Book 3) by N.J. Tanger

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5.0 out of 5 stars Escape from Hel, July 17, 2016
Ceres (Universe Eventual Book 3)
I was sent a review copy of the third book in the Universe Eternal series, which reminded me I hadn’t read the second book. Since I’d enjoyed Chimera, the first book so much I decided to binge, buying Helios, and then diving into Ceres.

One of the fascinating parts of this series I’m finding is that we are talking youthful characters stepping up to take on big roles in their worlds. This continues as the Chimera travels to find an older colony ship, Ceres. The first book laid out the generational reasons for the ships crews to be so young, and in a way this latest episode develops the characters as the young people would be developing in their own right.

Add in another world, a lost society, another psychopath, and a couple of new young characters and Ceres is a gift to sci-fi. I can’t wait until the next in the series.

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Helios (Universe Eventual Book 2)

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Helios (Universe Eventual Book 2) by N.J. Tanger

4.0 out of 5 stars Hard sci-fi combined with psycho thriller, July 17, 2016
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Following Chimera, this second book in the series follows most of the same characters and has a similar set of features including the rites of passage. That said, we shouldn’t expect this to be just an update on book one as some of the characters gain significant depth, and some just die.

In Marcus you have a complete psychopath, comfortable at manipulating others to get to his goals, and killing them if they threaten him. Of all the characters Selena’s and Theo’s develops the most, though in very different ways.

Being only the second book in a series don’t be looking for ‘happily ever after’ but do expect gripping hard sci-fi.Helios (Universe Eventual) (Volume 2)

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Rae Allen gave 5 stars to: The Chronicles of Benjamin Jamison

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The Chronicles of Benjamin Jamison: Call Sign Reaper (Book 1) by Thomas Wright

5.0 out of 5 stars the Benjamin Jamison series is a great addition to your library, February 11, 2016
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For fans of military sci-fi, the Benjamin Jamison series is a great addition to your library. A well presented character as the centre piece but with a supporting cast which are strong in their own right.

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Rae Allen gave 5 stars to: Pirate Rage (The Federation Reborn Book 2)

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Pirate Rage (The Federation Reborn Book 2) by Chris Hechtl

5.0 out of 5 stars A step forward, January 24, 2016
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Less engineer and more military sci-fi, the ongoing story of rebuilding the Federation under pressure from a pirate empire continues to impress.

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Agent Hill Omnibus

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Agent Hill Omnibus by James Hunt

4.0 out of 5 stars Good premise, well executed, November 22, 2015
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While there is something familiar about the Agent Hill storyline this is not necessarily a bad thing. As female super agents go, Agent Hill is human enough to balance the high tech gadgetry and the enhanced biology

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Teardrops In The Night Sky (Steven Gordon Series Book 1)

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Teardrops In The Night Sky (Steven Gordon Series Book 1) by J W Murison

4.0 out of 5 stars Just give me more!, October 9, 2015
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This looks like turning into a terrific space opera – so much so that on finishing this I went looking for the next in the series

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: After the Winter (The Silent Earth, Book 1)

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After the Winter (The Silent Earth, Book 1) by Mark R. Healy

4.0 out of 5 stars A very human story, September 8, 2015
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This is a very strong debut novel from Australian author Mark Healy. The introduction of the ‘synthetic human’ plotline is subtle, you need to double back and read about the wounds to make sure you comprehend them correctly.

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Rae Allen gave 4 stars to: Rebel (Rebel Stars Book 0)

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Rebel (Rebel Stars Book 0) by Edward W. Robertson

4.0 out of 5 stars Good start to series, June 16, 2015
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Good start to the Rebel Stars series (I couldn’t quite work out why it was book zero ), and sets up the main character very well. I have a soft spot for the some what decayed view in space drama and this neatly combines high tech with needing to make a living.

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