SCI Fi/Fantasy Book of the Week – The The Trihedral of Chaos by Frank A. Ruffalo

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The Trihedral of Chaos Paperback – July 20, 2012

Featured Book of the Week – Ghost Soldiers (Star Crusades: Mercenaries Book 2) by Micheal Thomas

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Ghost Soldiers (Star Crusades: Mercenaries Book 2) [Kindle Edition]

Michael G. Thomas

Ghost Soldiers is the second novel in the epic new ‘Mercenaries’ series that chronicles the violent struggles of the sprawling Centauri Alliance.

The newly formed Interstellar Assault Brigade has been tested in secret, but their first official combat action will send a shockwave through the Alliance. A group of mercenaries and criminals have occupied part of Old Spascia City , the scene of some of the heaviest fighting in the Biomech War. They have heavily fortified the entire area, and beaten off numerous attempts by local forces to defeat them. With public attention focused on this impregnable fortress, the IAB arrives and assaults the position in broad daylight. Advanced dropships swoop in to release squads of robotic warriors known as ‘Grunts’. As they engage the defenders, smaller numbers of large ‘Maverick’ bipedal combat suits blast fortifications apart with high-power plasma weaponry. It is a stunning debut that puts the brigade on the lips of every citizen.

On the opposite side of Alliance space is a deadly new threat, a massive spacecraft that is heading directly for the colonies of T’Karan. A heavily armed destroyer is diverted to intercept, and apparently lost with all hands in a matter of minutes. There is only one unit capable of performing a rescue operation in the limited time remaining. With just hours to spare, Spartan assembles the newly christened IAB for their deadliest mission yet. A journey across the stars to face this ancient vessel that dwarfs even a fully assembled warfleet. Waiting deep inside this vast derelict lies an alien intelligence, one that can be traced back to a civilisation long forgotten. What starts as a rescue operation quickly turns into a bloodbath, where every members of the unit is hunted by this new terrible enemy, that seeks no less than their utter annihilation.

Ghost Soldiers is a futuristic military sci-fi adventure that continues to expand the vast universe of the Star Crusades series that includes Star Crusades: Uprising and Star Crusades: Nexus. Essential and unmissable reading for enthusiasts of the Military sci-fi genre.

 

Featured Book of the Week – I Was a Drummer and She Was a Dancer by Steven Thomas

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I was a drummer she was a dancer-a true love story [Kindle Edition]

Steven M. Thomas , Haans Peterson , Eric Svoboda

A fascinating journey through punk rock and new wave, love and loss, and finally joy and closure. From St. Louis to Martha’s Vineyard, and Germany to the Czech Republic. Drummer dancer reads like a diary of obsessive love and one man’s struggle to cope that finally led him to writing this brutally honest autobiography.
With 25 lyrics & 21 photographs as haunting and telling as the story itself.

SCI-FI/Fantasy Author of the Week – Gary Starta

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GaryStarta is a former journalist who studied English and Journalism at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst.His love for science fiction compelled him to write his first novel What Are You Made Of? published in 2006. Inspired by Isaac Asimov, the science fiction novel focuses on intelligent artificial life and whether sentient androids should possess the same rights as humans. The androids in Starta’s novel are created as hybrids – part machine, part human – further blurring the line between human and machine. Starta foresees a near future where humans will be forced to decide if intelligent machinery is indeed a life form. Possibly, in this near future, some humans will possess computer enhancements to overcome disabilities becoming hybrids themselves. The line between biological life form and mechanical life form continues to be examined in 2010’s Gods of the Machines.

Demon Inhibitions along with its preceding Caitlin Diggs (series) novels, Extreme Liquidation and Blood Web are reminiscent of the The X-files television/movie series. Contemporary authors Laurell K. Hamilton, Rachel Caine, Jim Butcher and Kelly Armstrong also fuel his aspiration to create paranormal suspense.

Starta’s crime novella ‘ Murder By Association’ blends mystery with forensic investigation. It is a departure from previous books because it contains no science fiction or paranormal elements. Its follow up is 2012’s Kindred Killers. Additionally, Starta foresees his 2008 novella ‘ Alzabreah’s Garden ‘ – a fantasy romance – as another out-of-the-box effort.

This Weeks Featured Book – Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1)

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Cupcakes, Trinkets, and Other Deadly Magic (Dowser Series Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Meghan Ciana Doidge

If you’d asked me a week ago, I would have told you that the best cupcakes were dark chocolate with chocolate cream cheese icing, that dancing in a crowd of magic wielders — the Adept — was better than sex, and that my life was peaceful and uneventful. Just the way I liked it. That’s what twenty-three years in the magical backwater of Vancouver will get you — a completely skewed sense of reality. Because when the dead werewolves started showing up, it all unraveled … except for the cupcake part. That’s a universal truth.
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This 68,000 word urban fantasy is the first book of the Dowser Series by author Meghan Ciana Doidge.

Featured Book of the Week – Vinland by Eddie Boggs

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The Chronicles of Vinland [Kindle Edition]

E. B. Boggs

Thorvald Ragnarsson, along with his kinsman, Asmund Grettirsson and a host of fellow Jomsvikings leave for the new world after a dispute with Jarl Sigvaldi. Once they establish a settlement, they come into conflict with the native peoples there, called Skraelings by the Norse. Relations with the Skraelings improve and Thorvald’s family grows. But trouble is brewing within the Norse society over religious matters and a larger Skraeling tribe, the Wyandot, threatens the community with more bloodshed. Thorvald?s sons are learning the fighting tactics of the Jomsvikings as the Norse ally themselves with the now peaceful tribes against the Wyandot threat. Once the Wyandot are dealt with, Thorvald breaks with the Christian church, reverting to the worship of the old gods. The settlement?s Abbot, Bolverk, is determined not let that happen and the rift grows even wider. Murder, revenge and brother against brother paint the picture of the struggles in the Chronicles of Vinland.

Featured Book of the Week – Sherdan’s Prophecy

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Sherdan’s Prophecy [Kindle Edition]

Jess Mountifield

The first book in the Sherdan series

Sherdan has spent many years planning for the future of the superhuman race he’s created. Now he’s in control of their land and he is expected to forge a fresh start and provide somewhere safe for them all to live, but Britain’s PM has other ideas. On top of this he has to face the one thing he never expected to; love.

Anya is on a mission from God; to find out why she has been sent to the heart of Bristol, and what she can do to stop the world being plunged into war. When she finds herself forced to choose between Sherdan with his enzyme fuelled followers and her own country, only her faith can see her through.

Sherdan’s Prophecy is a tale of high stakes and political intrigue. A science fiction novel where faith and technology come together to take the human race another step closer to the final showdown. A gritty account of power that shows both the best and the worst of humanity.

Books in the Sherdan series (in order):
Sherdan’s Prophecy
Sherdan’s Legacy
Sherdan’s Country