Religion and Sci-Fi mixing

Avanaux Book Cover Avanaux
A Hickory Lace Adventure: Book 1 of the Prosperine Trilogy
PJ McDermott
science fiction, adventure, religion, metaphysical, visionary
Patrick McDermott Publishing
June 1, 2015
306

For sixty years, the Alien Corps has searched for the Second Son of God.

When a native on the planet Prosperine is reported to be exorcising demons, curing blindness, and healing the sick, Hickory and her team are sent to investigate. If this “Teacher” proves to be the one in the prophecy, it will signal the beginning of the apocalypse.

But Hickory and her superiors aren’t the only ones interested in Prosperine. A sinister galactic force is planning to seize the planet’s reserves of crynidium, the key to faster than light travel. If they succeed, their next stop will be Earth and its colonies.

Hickory needs to stop the insurgents, discover what the Teacher is up to, and decide whether he is a fraud—or perhaps the very person the Alien Corps has been searching for.

Something new here in terms of theme – the mix of religion and sci-fi giving adventure a twist.

I thought it an interesting take on the ‘first contact’ theme and what you can and cannot do when you meet one of the many humanoid species out there in deep space.

So there is a new saint discovered in the 22nd century who has foretold another messiah with a new set of gospels demonstrating what s/he would be like and it is the mission of the Council to check all such reportings for veracity under the rules concerning first contact.

A reasonable story but didn’t inspire me to want to read more.

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A bar that is sentient? Oh my…

Through the Badger Hole Book Cover Through the Badger Hole
Badger Hole Bar
Taki Drake, TS Paul
science fiction, adventure
All Chaos Press
(4 Jan. 2018)
Kindle

Desolation and grief can leave you floating, unable to find a new shape to your existence.

Who knew that it was possible to be shocked out of the morass of sorrow by a well-timed push?!

Madrik was reeling from the loss of his family and unable to find his way into the new reality. Then something happened that sent him further than he ever thought to travel. A new life, in a new dimension!

This is a place where problems are solved, and life is continually changing. Come in, put your feet up, and join the crew that Madrik is collecting in this shared universe.

Be amused and challenged, touched and enthralled.

Welcome to the Badger Hole Bar!

This a review of all 3 books so far in this series:

  1. Through the Badger Hole
  2. Grand Opening
  3. Fashion forward

There is also a cookbook which I have not looked at.

This is about a pocket universe that is also sentient and grows as energy is poured into it from those who visit. The more energetic they are – rowdy, noisy, dancing, happy etc – the bigger it gets and new things appear.

The visitors come through portals from other universes and are many and varied races and cultures. The universe /bar is clever in that there is an automatic translation scheme so you speak and understand everyone regardless of their language.

There are permanent inhabitants also who come through the chaos fog that surrounds the universe which is currently configured as a bar with some of the necessary suppliers eg a brewery. Some of the supplies though come through a portal, and there is one, of course, through in the Federal Witch’s garden as this is a spin-off book from that series.

I really liked this concept and enjoyed learning how the universe operated in book 1. Book 2 went over some of the same concepts from the views of different inhabitants and thus lost some of the edge of the new. It provided the reader with the backgrounds which was useful but..

Book 3 was far too short, but I enjoyed the Clothier and how her sentient shop and house and tools worked. Good tip on the pin cushion!

 

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When you’re trying not to kill….

Leine Basso the Assassin Book Cover Leine Basso the Assassin
Leine Basso #3 books
DV Berkom
adventure, action, thriller
Duct Tape Press
July 31, 2015
272

When a former assassin's daughter is abducted, she's drawn into the twisted game of a serial killer who may be a grisly remnant from her past. What happens when a reality show turns deadly? Determined to leave her old life behind, retired assassin Leine Basso accepts a job working security at one of television's most popular reality shows, Serial Date. When a contestant is found dead in the prop closet, it appears the killer is one of the 'bachelors' on the show- an ex-con billed as a serial killer- but the detective in charge of the case isn't so sure. When Leine's estranged daughter is abducted by a man claiming to be the real killer, she's forced to rely on old skills to find her, and must come to terms with who she really is. She soon realizes the murderer may be a grisly remnant from her past and she'll need to use all of her cunning to stop him... ...and rescue her daughter. "If you like fast-paced action, great lead characters, and don't mind a few F-bombs and the occasional gore, DV Berkom is the author for you." BloodWrites "Serial Date has everything a mystery/thriller needs to be successful, fast-paced and action packed, strong and memorable characters and a story that will grab you from beginning to end..." Confessions of a Reader "Why should you read it? In a nutshell it's a fast-paced, non-linear story with some creepy elements mashed together with a splash of romance and dark humour. What's not to like?" Indie eBooks

 
I like DV Berkom’s writing and bought this set having read her previous series about Kate Jones – a PI.

Now Leine is trying very hard to leave her previous life behind – and not to kill people – but is constantly being thwarted. By  her ex-boss. By Russian gangsters. By psychopaths. And so it goes. She is a little rusty and her skills are not quite what they were, but she remembers her Krav Magma and can even teach it. She remembers how to shoot cleanly. But she does seem to forget one thing – author note this – she might clean her gun but she forgets to clean off any cartridges/bullets left in the gun and she doesn’t wear nitrile gloves – when loading.  Big oops these days.

That aside.

I enjoyed the book set but do feel that she has really run her course of stories and won’t purchase any more.

  1. Serial Date

2. Bad Traffick

3. The Body Market

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No Dragons Involved

Dragon Bones Book Cover Dragon Bones
Nia Rivers #1
Jasmin Walt, Ines Johnson
urban fantasy, mythology, romance
CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; 1 edition
(9 May 2017)

omb Raider meets urban fantasy in this new, spine-tingling adventure series... Meet Nia Rivers: archaeologist, fashionista, and an ancient immortal with a serious memory problem. For the last couple of centuries, Nia has been trying to fill in the blanks of her past by shedding light on history's darkest stories. Her motto: the ugliest stories are the ones that deserve to be told the most. But when a mysterious woman comes forth with a two-thousand year old relic from Nia's past, Nia isn't sure if the story connected to it is one she wants told to the world. Unfortunately, Nia has no choice but to uncover the truth--fast--before a greedy land developer buries the site forever. The fact that he's also an immortal, with a millennia-old grudge against her, doesn't help. Neither do the dark assassins who have been stalking her for centuries, and who've suddenly decided to up their game to end her life. Letting her enemies have their way might be best for Nia, especially when the truth might expose a horrific crime from Nia's past. But all stories deserve to be told. Even the ugliest ones. Even if they say you might be a mass murderer.

Absolutely no Dragons  involved in this story but plenty of mythology come to life.

A Dragon Bone is, according to this novel, an ancient artefact with writing on it, usually fund in China. Often a shell and ground up for medecine.

it seems that there are – or were – 12 immortals ‘birthed’, possibly in the Garden of Eden but they are not quite sure. What they are certain of, is that they were born at different times and the oldest is 1 – as numbered on his back in Aramaic/Hebrew script.  Nia is number 9.

Nine, aka Nia, Nueve or other variants, is an archaeologist who is several thousand years old, but she is not sure as she forgets. She tells this story in the 1st person as she goes to China to find a Dragon Bone which seems to say something about her ancient history  and which she has forgotten. In fact she doesn’t remember ever visiting China in all her years on Earth.

I liked this fantasy story as it starts with a very different premise. The immortals are not Angels, fallen or otherwise. I will be following this series through.

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