The God Gene by F. Paul Wilson (SF novel, 2018). Wilson’s new novel is a direct sequel to Panacea with the same two lead characters (Dr. Laura Fanning and former CIA agent Rick Hayden). There are frequent references to that work and before the main plot of The God Gene comes to fully dominate things, there’s a subplot tying […]Read more "REVIEWED: The God Gene"
The Night Trade by Barry Eisler (Crime Fiction, 2018). This violent and effective revenge book is the latest in a series centered on Livia Lone, a police detective specializing in sex-crime cases in Seattle. A victim of human trafficking and sex abuse herself from age 13, she has a lot of issues (to put it mildly). […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Night Trade"
The Midnight Line by Lee Child (Crime Novel, 2017). Lee Child’s ruthless yet compassionate, ex-military policeman returns yet again in this soldily exciting hard-crime novel. This time, Jack Reacher’s constant wanderings around the country bring him to a smalltown pawn shop. There he spots a female veteran’s West Point Class Ring. A fellow graduate of the […]Read more "REVIEWED: The Midnight Line"
Without Fear or Favor by Robert K. Tanenbaum (Crime/Courtroom Thriller, 2017). I found this, the 29th book in the series about New York City DA Butch Karp and his wife Marlene, to be a major disappointment. In fact, it makes something of a sour mockery of its own title. It’s a work of paranoid fear as […]Read more "REVIEWED: Without Fear Or Favor"
Running on the Edge Series by Lisette Kristensen (Explicit Crime Novel(s), 2018). The self-published e-book is composed of the first two (relatively short) novels in a projected series. To fully appreciate some references in the second you really should’ve read the first, so packaging them together is a wise move on the author’s part. Available from […]Read more "REVIEWED: Running on the Edge Series"
Children of the Fleet by Orson Scott Card (Science Fiction Novel, 2017). This, the latest novel set in the Ender’s Game universe, marks its acclaimed and veteran author’s first solo effort in the series since 2008. In the aftermath of Ender Wiggin’s crushing victory against the aliens in the Third Formic War, the International Fleet’s satellite-based […]Read more "REVIEWED: Children of the Fleet"
Serenity: No power in the ‘Verse written by Chris Robinson, art by Georges Jeanty, Karl Story, Wes Dzioba, Michael Heisler and Stephen Byrne (Graphic Novel, 2017). I don’t often read graphic novels, but I enjoyed this one a lot. The fifth in an ongoing series, No Power in the ‘Verse is colorful, beautifully produced and meaty. The title novel […]Read more "REVIEWED: Serenity: No Power In The ‘Verse"