Fireman Saga by Ross Elder

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Fireman Saga is a four story series that I’ve recently had the pleasure of reading.

I hear there are more stories coming as well. These are short stories or novellas and easily read in one or two sitting.

What I loved about the series was the voice. Fireman Saga is written in first person from the vigilante’s point of view and it’s a refreshing change. I’ve gotta say, Ross Elder writes like he’s there in the moment. This is a rare author’s talent and he’s got it. I’ll certainly keep up to date with his new releases.

I hate giving much away but I’ll say this…in the first short story you meet a man who’s done with society’s corruption. He takes matters into his own hands and does it in a way that makes you cheer him on.

If you like thriller action and vigilante justice…this series is for you. You’ll not be disappointed. I know many of my postapocalyptic fans will enjoy this series. The author’s creative exploits and humor really make the series enjoyable.

Here’s a description from Amazon from The Fireman which is priced at only .99

In a world where looking the other way is the norm, one man makes the life altering decision to make a stand.

This short story explores the events that created the character “The Fireman” who will be at the center of an adventure series titled The Fireman Saga. A common man, unable to reconcile the lawlessness around him, takes the path of the vigilante, disposing of society’s problems in his own, creative ways.

Scavenger Trilogy by Ross Elder

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Scavenger Trilogy by Ross Elder with Allyson Blake

Looking for something to read recently and realized I had not read Ross Elders’ addition to the Perseid Collapse…oh my!

I know Ross from The Edler Statesman. He’s also a great resource as a retired combat vet from the War in Afghanistan…and the man can write from the heart! He’s truly talented.

This is a story that tugged at my heartstrings for many reasons. Not only does it start with a child’s plight of abuse, the survival of such a life leads him to become a man with traits few are granted and equipt to deal with when confronted with the harsh world of the Perseid Collapse. I’ve not read a story like this…it’s unique.

I won’t say more and end up spoiling the story. I just encourage you to read Scavenger. You can buy the trilogy or purchase them one by one. You won’t be sorry. I was truly, blown away, and I’m certainly going to check out his other titles.

 

 

 

 

 

Traveler Series by Tom Abrahams

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Traveler Series by Tom Abrahams is reminiscent of the old classic western series.

You must know what I’m referring to… the ones my dad in Texas still watches in the afternoon while sitting in his armchair. They were quality then, not like the quick scotch tape versions now. They were the kind that were laced with subtle humor. The ones you’d catch a moment later. Genius works of art, really. The films were long then. You had to have patience in the old days but they were worth every minute. That’s what Author Tom Abrahams has done here with The Traveler Series.

His main character, Battle, is like that famous actor, he’s tough yet weak, he’s dangerous and he’s funny. He’s got that quirky sense of humor that only men of danger rely upon. I loved the series.

The first book in the series, Home, begins in Texas before the Scourge, which was a pandemic. It’s where the pain of the character sets in profoundly. Tom Abrahams has two elements that many authors do not. This is where you see that he can provide both the action and the emotion. That’s uncommon and a great combination.

Canyon is after the Scourge and in the upheaval of a power struggle. Though there’s also another element in Canyon; one I thought Abrahams pulled off very well. He implemented a secondary storyline, weaved through excellently. I’m a terrible guesser to plot lines. I tend to ruin anything I sit through with the family… it was the butler! But, I didn’t see this coming which tells me he’s good and when he revealed the ending I was satisfied that he’d entertained me. That’s what we all want isn’t it? To be entertained. To not guess the ending or to know who did it in the end?

And then Wall brings everything’s full circle. Forget succession. Texas, in this setting, is long past succession. The state itself is fractured. In Wall, we still see an emotional struggle that’s very personal to Battle. He struggles to overcome the worst battle he’s ever endured and it’s within himself. Of course, there’s an outward struggle as well. Abrahams again brings in his artistic talent. He combines these battles for one man and makes him deliver despite the pain. And just like in the old west movies you wonder if he’s going to get the girl in the end, survive his inner struggles and triumph over the bad guys. Well, I won’t ruin it for you. Read it for yourself!

Day After Never by Russell Blake

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Day After Never by Russell Blake is a non-stop modern day western in a post-apocalyptic world.

Blood Honor is the first installment in The Day After Never series. The main character, quiet and rugged, Lucas, gives up his day job of chasing horses for trade to rescue a woman in need; a strange but beautiful women he knows nothing about. Which is something this torn and broken widower just doesn’t do in this post-humanity world, and can’t begin to explain why he needs her to survive.

There are quite a lot of thrilling moments and though I’ve read more than one Russell Blake books, I found this one written in a style I quite admire. He adds the details a lot of authors miss. He shows humanity and he’s in the moment which not something all authors can claim in their works. I very much enjoyed reading this first installment in The Day After Never and I know you will too.

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Fractured State by Steven Konkoly

 

I just finished reading Fractured State by my friend, Author Steven Konkoly. I’ve looked forward to this one for a while.

I can never get enough of the survival genre and Fractured State is one heck of a survival story. This one is set in the near future, a future set up as bleak of freedoms any American would shutter; the rules no man could truly live by, willingly, for long. And yet, it’s a reality so close to the truth and only a step away in time.

This is the first installment in the series, one that I’ll keep up on. I hope you too will consider reading Fractured State. And imagine a place where personal water reclamation is as common as recycling and succession is a topic outside of Texas

 

Absolute Anarchy by Johnny Jacks

 

Absolute Anarchy by Johnny Jacks is a new must-read resource worthy of your home library.

I BETA read this guide and can’t recommend it to my readers enough. I met the author in Tennessee last spring and he’s a quiet unassuming fellow. You’d never know what lurked beneath the surface by his quiet demeanor. Author Johnny Jacks is a valuable resource himself. He’s a former Green Beret and with his Special Forces experience from Vietnam and other venues, he’s got more experience on how to survive a catastrophe than anyone I’ve ever met. His advice goes a long way on teaching you how to survive any given situation.

Author Johnny Jacks is a valuable resource himself. He’s a former Green Beret and with his Special Forces experience from Vietnam and other venues, he’s got more experience on how to survive a catastrophe than anyone I’ve ever met…ever. His advice goes a long way on teaching you how to survive any given situation.

This book covers everything and what’s more? Absolute Anarchy also has a website resources guide as well. AbsoluteAnarchyBook.com Preppers Guide to Surviving the Coming Collapse is the tagline that says it all.

I often recommend fictional books heralding the end of the world. Seldom do I recommend a read that will help you survive the end of the world, in whatever form it may come to greet us or come at all. Do yourself a favor, read Absolute Anarchy from the first pixel to the last. You’ll be thankful you did and if, or when, the end comes you’ll be prepared or at the very least in the right frame of mind while everyone else is doomed.

I seriously hope that if the end comes to dawn, Johnny Jacks is nearby. My chances of survival will be almost guaranteed. 🙂

 

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitsimmons a Review

 

The Short Drop by Matthew Fitzsimmons is not only engaging, meaning you can’t put it down to freshen your coffee that you’re at risk of sipping it cold, the story is also complex.

What do I mean by that? You ask…It’s one of those books you read and then days later you thing, yeah, but what about this… 

Again, what do I mean by that? It’s a great book, don’t get me wrong and I hate to list spoilers (so spoiler alert.) And, I wouldn’t review it if I didn’t recommend it. So with that said, I think there might be a plot hole or two. Or, I’m just being picky. I really liked the story and completely recommend it for a good read, however, one issue is the early mention in the story when two investigators compare pictures of the main character and the missing girl. One guys says something like, “you see that,” pointing to the something in the appearance of one of them in a photograph and the other guy say, “yeah, I wonder if he knows.” Though they never explain what the physical comparison was. You’re left to assume a connection later.

(Big spoiler coming,) The missing girl has a baby and sadly this child is the result of incest. Or so the story would have you think because the earlier mention of the similarities is never tied into the fact that perhaps it wasn’t incest at all. The missing girl is possibly the half-sister of the main character though you wouldn’t know that because they never made the connection in the end. And, I hate to think that this fictional baby is living a life thinking she’s the product of incest when she’s not. It’s all terrible and but an interesting story all the same.

This is just one small point in this otherwise excellent mystery that you will enjoy reading in spite of what I’ve said here. Please enjoy the book. 🙂

Oh, and on a side note, I finished the first draft of  Durham Departure. More soon.

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker a Review

Wreckage by Emily Bleeker is a refreshing departure from my normal genre.

Yet, it’s still survival fiction and I’m beginning to think I have a problem. It doesn’t matter the genre I read, there is always some element of survival within those pages. Wreckage is as much about surviving life on a deserted island as it’s about surviving the ‘normal’ life once they’re freed from paradise.

Bleeker’s book is well written and completely different than anything I’ve ever read. The characters are well thought out and the premise is wonderful and heartbreaking at the same time. She did a great job. I totally recommend this book for both male and female readers. There’s something for both sexes in this book though I think female readers would enjoy it more. The emotion exuded by the main characters is strong and believable. And, she wrote the novel in an uncommon first person per character which is also refreshing and a nice change of pace from most third person novels.

Here is the description from Amazon:

Lillian Linden is a liar. On the surface, she looks like a brave survivor of a plane crash. But she’s been lying to her family, her friends, and the whole world since rescue helicopters scooped her and her fellow survivor, Dave Hall, off a deserted island in the South Pacific. Missing for almost two years, the castaways are thrust into the spotlight after their rescue, becoming media darlings overnight. But they can’t tell the real story—so they lie.

The public is fascinated by the castaways’ saga, but Lillian and Dave must return to their lives and their spouses. Genevieve Randall—a hard-nosed journalist and host of a news program—isn’t buying it. She suspects Lillian’s and Dave’s explanations about the other crash survivors aren’t true. And now, Genevieve’s determined to get the real story, no matter how many lives it destroys.

In this intriguing tale of survival, secrets, and redemption, two everyday people thrown together by tragedy must finally face the truth…even if it tears them apart.

What She Left Behind by Ellen Marie Wiseman a Review

  
I just finished What She Left Behind By Ellen Marie Wiseman and wanted to write the review before I moved on to the next book on my TBR table. I think it’s a compelling novel retelling wrongs of society’s past. 

We now gasp at treatments inflicted by those given power in the past and it makes me wonder what we’re doing wrong now that those in our future will shake their heads at our ignorance looking back at us.

Perhaps power over another is all too entising for humans. Whatever the case, I hope our science continues to progress and instead of cruelty we see behind us, we’ll see no fault in caring instead.

What She Left Behind is a wonderful novel and I recommend it’s reading. It’s a story of lifelong wrongs for the most selfish of reasons. 

Right now it is only $2.99 for holiday pricing so pick it quickly since Amazon’s prices change without notice.

Borrowed World by Franklin Horton a Review

If you like books by A. American, Steven Bird and Steven Konkoly you’ll love The Borrowed World by Franklin Horton. I can’t think of a better recommendation than that but what if you haven’t read books by those writers? Then, if you love survival fiction with a prepper mindset, you’ll enjoy The Borrowed World. There, I think that covers it.

Truly, Franklin Horton’s new series is a fast-paced, super-charged journey that will not only make you think like a prepper but will also scare the bejeezus out of you as well. I read it in two nights and stayed up way too late the second night because I only had 11 percent left to go…according to my Kindle.

What I really enjoyed about this book might surprise you. He wrote most of the book in third person except for the protagonist; that, he wrote in first person. The result was a more personal experience than you would have otherwise. Not many authors write in first person because of the limitations but he did and he did it well.

The Borrowed World also has that kind of humor I enjoy; you know what I mean…that sarcastic, high brow type that not many people get. He does that and it works great.

After the Borrowed World you can also delve into the second in the series, Ashes of the Unspeakable. I expect great things from this one as well.