Freefight [Darkon Rising 3]

L.E. Horn ★★★ In the action-packed conclusion of the Darkon Rising trilogy, the stakes could not be higher. The Gryphons and their allies must destroy the Tlok’mk superweapon or lose everything; if the shield protecting Tarin from the hulking Fang motherships falls, all is lost. Leanndra has discovered a way to communicate with the diminutive…… Continue reading Freefight [Darkon Rising 3]

Freefire [Darkon Rising 2]

L.E. Horn ★★★ Following their abduction and enslavement by the savage reptilian Tlok’mk, Lianndra, Michael and their group of fellow rebels are on the run, aiming to seek shelter and support among those who they’ve been forced to fight, the Gryphons. Under the constant threat of re-capture by the Farr-led squads, and the new threat…… Continue reading Freefire [Darkon Rising 2]

Freeforce [Darkon Rising 1]

L.E. Horn ★★★★ After losing her twin sister, Leanndra came to Bodega Bay to escape the well-meaning attention of family and friends who’d been constantly hovering around her since the accident. She wanted solitude but, instead, she met Michael. Their growing relationship is interrupted when they are hunted down and captured by a group of…… Continue reading Freeforce [Darkon Rising 1]

The Other

Matthew Buscemi ★★★ The Other is an on-the-nose futuristic sci-fi cum political thriller. Set in the last remaining human enclave of what appears to be our planet, the novel explores the differences between and possible outcomes of liberalism and populism. It’s the dying days of the presidential campaign in the Reclamation, the group of cities…… Continue reading The Other

The Doors of Eden

Adrian Tchaikovsky ★★★★ The Doors of Eden isn’t so much genre spanning as genre destroying. It begins with a pair of cryptozoologists hunting for birdmen on Bodmin Moor, and ends with… well, that would be spoiling it. Along the way, it flits through virtually every fiction genre going, with so many twists and turns that…… Continue reading The Doors of Eden

Golden State

Ben H. Winters ★★★★ Set in a future dystopia where lies, no matter how small or well-intentioned they may be, are criminal acts, Golden State is a murder mystery with a twist.  Laszlo Ratesic is a citizen of the Golden State, and a detective of the Speculative Service; a man with a psychic gift (or…… Continue reading Golden State

Eden

Tim Lebbon ★★★ Decades ago, in a desperate international effort to reverse some of the damage we had inflicted on our planet, thirteen Virgin Zones were purged of humanity and left alone for the natural world to reclaim. Of these, Eden is the oldest, and the most dangerous. The Zones were fiercely protected by the…… Continue reading Eden

Bone Quarry

KD McNiven ★★ I adore creature features, and even more so if they’re marine creatures, so when I read the description for Bone Quarry I was immediately interested. Mystery marine fauna die-off? Check. Underwater graveyard of human bones? Check. Living dinosaurs which should have been dead for around 8 million years? Check. A cover showing…… Continue reading Bone Quarry

The Veil

Torstein Beck ★★★ In 2061, scientific improvements lead to the reclassification of a planet in the Tau Ceti system. New data reveals that not only is Orsus potentially habitable, it is one of the most Earth-like planets ever discovered, so much so that life may already exist on its surface. With cryogenics still unable to…… Continue reading The Veil