Some reading recommendations

I’ve been remiss on blogging lately and I apologize. I’m going to try to get back into the swing of regular posts next week. To kick things off, here are some books I highly recommend as well as a few of my own which, of course, I think are pretty good too.  😉

First up is Murder World: Kaiju Dawn by Jason Cordova and Eric S. Brown.Captain Vincente Huerta and the crew of the Fancy have been hired to retrieve a valuable item from a downed research vessel at the edge of the enemy’s space. It was going to be an easy payday. 

But what Captain Huerta and the men, women and alien under his command didn’t know was that they were being sent to the most dangerous planet in the galaxy. Something large, ancient and most assuredly evil resides on the planet of Gorgon IV. Something so terrifying that man could barely fathom it with his puny mind. Captain Huerta must use every trick in the book, and possibly write an entirely new one, if he wants to escape Murder World. 

This is the second Kaiju book by Cordova and Brown that I’ve read. The first was Kaiju Apocalypse. Apocalypse was good. Murder World is great. The characters were folks I’d like to go to a bar, buy drinks for and spend the evening listening to their stories. They are the type of folks I’d trust at my back and want at my side in a fight.

There was a realism to the story that struck home. How many of us have agreed to do something, usually against our better judgment, only to find out when it’s too late that some pertinent information has been withheld? That is exactly the situation Huerta and his crew find themselves in. Add in a kick-ass second in command, a rather pissed off (and rightfully so) ex-wife, mercenaries and Kaijus, and you have a very fun read. I highly recommend Murder World.

Next up is War to the Knife by Peter Grant. This is the first book in a new series by Grant but, from what I can tell, this series very well may tie in with his Maxwell Series, something else I highly recommend.

Laredo’s defenders were ground down and its people ruthlessly slaughtered when the Bactrians invaded the planet. Overwhelmed, its Army switched to guerrilla warfare and went underground. For three years they’ve fought like demons to resist the occupiers. They’ve bled the enemy, but at fearful cost. The survivors are running out of weapons, supplies, and places to hide. 

Then a young officer, Dave Carson, uncovers news that may change everything. An opportunity is coming to smash the foe harder than they’ve ever done before, both on and off the planet. Success may bring the interplanetary community to their aid – but it’ll take everything they’ve got. Win or lose, many of them will die. Failure will mean that Bactria will at last rule unopposed. 

That risk won’t stop them. When you’re fighting a war to the knife, in the end you bet on the blade.

I have yet to read anything by Grant that I haven’t enjoyed. This book, in a lot of ways, reminded me of reading Louis L’Amour. This is a good thing. There is a gritty realism to Grant’s characters and settings that L’Amour was the master of. L’Amour was also the consummate storyteller, something else Grant is proving himself to be.

This book celebrates the human spirit. So, cutting to the chase, if you enjoy stories of determination and individual action, of fighting for what you believe is right, this is the book for you.

Other books I’ve talked about before but still highly recommend:

Stardogs by Dave Freer
Revolution rises! 

The Interstellar Empire of Man was built on the enslavement of the gentle Stardogs, companions and Theta-space transporters of the vanished Denaari Dominion. But the Stardogs that humans found can’t go home to breed, and are slowly dying out. 

As the ruthless Empire collapses from its rotten core outward, an Imperial barge is trapped on top of a dying Stardog when an attempted hijacking and assassination go horribly wrong. Trying to save its human cargo, the Stardog flees to the last place anyone expected – the long-lost Denaari motherworld. 

Crawling from the crash are the Leaguesmen who control the Stardogs’ pilots by fear and force, and plan to assassinate Princess Shari, the criminal Yak gang, who want to kill everyone and take control of a rare Stardog for their own, and an entourage riddled with plots, poisons, and treason. But Shari and her assassin-bodyguard have plans of their own… 

Stranded on the Denaari Motherworld, the castaway survivors will have to cooperate to survive. Some will have to die. 

And some, if they make it to the Stardogs breeding ground, will have to learn what it means to love. 

Pixie Noir by Cedar Sanderson
You can’t keep a tough Pixie down…

Lom is a bounty hunter, paid to bring magical creatures of all descriptions back Underhill, to prevent war with humans should they discover the strangers amongst them. Bella is about to find out she’s a real life fairy princess, but all she wants to do is live peacefully in Alaska, where the biggest problems are hungry grizzly bears. He has to bring her in. It’s nothing personal, it’s his job… 

“They had almost had me, that once. I’d been young and foolish, trying to do something heroic, of course. I wouldn’t do that again anytime soon. Now, I work for duty, but nothing more than is necessary to fulfill the family debt. I get paid, which makes me a bounty hunter, but she’s about to teach me about honor. Like all lessons, this one was going to hurt. Fortunately, I have a good gun to fill my hand, and if I have to go, she has been good to look at.” 

While you’re looking at the books above, I’d appreciate it if you took a moment and considered buying my books as well.


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