Book Reviews from Brusimm

Welcome to BOOK REVIEWS on BRUSIMM! For me, book reviews are the hardest experience to write up. I don’t have actors to talk about or directors to ponder. I have authors I read, stories I digest and my own imagination being whisked away by a good tale or slammed into the ground because of horrible writing. (Those, I try to avoid, but every now and then, I get a doozy!)

Book Review, Fluency, by Jennifer Foehner Wells

Fluency (Confluence Book 1) & Remanence (Confluence Book 2) are from Jennifer Foehner Wells, and to be honest, I found these first two books to be a refreshingly light read while not skipping on the science in the story, making them fun page turners to sink into.

The Confluence story starts out in Fluency when NASA discovers in the 60’s what looked like an alien ship holding station in the asteroid belt. They dubbed it “The Target,” and kept an eye on it. Over the years, while watching it, NASA led the public to believe they were exploring the universe with their exploratory satellites, but what was really happening was that they were keeping an eye on The Target until they could rally the technology to get out to the ship.

Fluency, on Amazon.

Through the years, the Target never moved, never transmitted any kind of signal, sitting like a dead derelict out there.

It’s the modern day present and we meet linguist Dr. Jane Holloway, as she’s approached by NASA to join and lead a small team of astronauts on an expedition to the Target. Reluctantly, she concurs.

After dozens of months of training and then being cooped up in a small capsule with several other characters, the time is near as they approach this mammoth space-faring vessel. But as they approach, docking lights turn on, bay doors open and a singular, lone voice rumbles inside Jane’s head, saying “You are home.”

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Book Review: TWICE DEAD Book 1, By George Magnum

April 16, 2017

–Twice Dead is the first book in The Zombie Crises series by George Magnum, a New York based author. In a nutshell, it’s hard to crank out a good story in a genre that is pretty full already, and populated with such excellent content as The Walking Dead and other top-notch offerings. This story does […]

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BABYLON’s ASHES by James S. A. Corey, Book Review

March 31, 2017

–Babylon’s Ashes, by the writing team of James S. A. Corey, hits it out of the park yet again in this latest chapter of the The Expanse series. – Babylon’s Ashes, by the writing team of authors Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck. picks up not long after Naomi got space ejected by her crazy ex, […]

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NEVER GO ALONE by Denison Hatch Book Review

February 24, 2017

 Denison Hatch‘s latest book is titled Never Go Alone…  A Jake Rivett Thriller. In Hatch’s last Jake Rivett novel, his first, we had a compelling bank heist with the bad guys being investigated by NYPD’s brash and daring detective, Jake Rivett.  What I liked about that book was that we followed the characters involved in […]

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Colin F. Barnes CODE BREAKERS Book Review

February 7, 2017

Colin F. Barnes has made a world out of place in time in the Code Breakers series where the future has fantastic technology layered in the dust of a post apocalyptic world ravaged by narcissistic avarice and nuclear weaponry. I mean, what could go wrong there? It’s not a pretty world but as we are […]

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BREAKERS by Edward W. Robertson, A Book Review

October 8, 2016

Breakers needs a special kind of suspense of logic, but overall, the story is a fantastically woven tale of the fall of man and what comes for man once he has fallen. – The opening description of the story reads, “In New York, Walt Lawson is about to lose his girlfriend Vanessa. In Los Angeles, […]

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BREEDS by Keith C Blackmore, A Book Review

September 8, 2016

“In a near deserted coastal village, odd things are happening.  Strangers are asking questions about the town’s recluse. A local hunter discovers naked footprints in the snow. The stray dog population has ceased to exist. And with winter’s most powerful weapon bearing down, things are about to become much, much worse. A werewolf book. Not […]

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NEMESIS GAMES (The Expanse) Book Review

August 15, 2016

A quick disclaimer: I NEVER pay full paperback book prices for Kindle versions. Except for this book series, The Expanse. – I just had the fun opportunity to read one of the latest chapters in the James S. A. Corey series, The Expanse, titled Nemesis Games. In this latest chapter, we’ve seen how in the […]

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FLASH CRASH by Denison Hatch, A Book Review

July 16, 2016

Flash Crash: A Jake Rivett Heist Thriller, is the debut novel for author Denison Hatch and to be honest, what a debut! Check out what I had to say

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VIGILANCE By Ray Kelly, A Book Review

June 7, 2016

If you want to see how a top-tier law enforcement boss tackled with, and defeated 13 different terrorist threats to the city of New York, and learn about the man behind it all, Ray Kelly, this is the book for you. – – – Ray Kelly was the commissioner of the NYPD for two different […]

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EXTINCTION END by Nicholas Sansbury, A Book Review

April 28, 2016

Extinction End is the fifth and final title in the Extinction Cycle series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith. – You’ve seen my take on the first four books in the series, as Sansbury doled out a tale of scientific horror stemming from the military’s desire to get the upper hand on our enemy by trying to […]

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THE LAST SURVIVORS, A Book Review

March 7, 2016

The Last Survivors, written by T.W. Piperbrook and Bobby Adair is yet another post-apocalyptic tale told in the time after a great infection takes humanity and converts people to hungry, stinking, rotting human eaters. But it’s been such a long time (300 years) since, that humanity has devolved beyond all technology as we live off […]

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Book Review, AFTER THE CURE, by Deirdre Gould

February 17, 2016

After The Cure is a post-apocalyptic story written by Deirdre Gould. In this particular story I finally found a new twist of sorts in how humanity failed while being told this tale in a seemingly different style than most writers practice. – Imagine if you will a deadly virus that removes your predatory filters, making […]

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Book Review, EXTINCTION CYCLE Series by Nicholas Sansbury Smith

January 18, 2016

The Extinction Cycle series, written by Nicholas Sansbury Smith chronicles the tale of when man tinkers a little too much with the nature of the beast and pays an ugly price for it. That price being a predatory plague set upon the world that threatens all of humanity. – The story starts in book one, […]

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‘Dracula’ by Bram Stoker; A Book Review

January 5, 2016

This is one of the least timely reviews I’ve ever written, but I have been reading some classic books on and off, and Bram Stoker’s Dracula is one of them. After seeing so many movies about a subject, I get curious about the source or original material.  And face it, Dracula has spawned one of […]

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Book Review, HANDRO, by Travis Mohrman

December 14, 2015

Reading the tale of Handro is a fairly smooth read, nothing too technical nor too simple, but just right, like a good mattress. It is like reading about the classic hero character who has a bit of a journey with mystery, intrigue and outright confrontation once he gets to it. As a child I loved […]

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MY SWEET SATAN Book Review

October 30, 2015

Don’t be fooled by the title. It has a meaning, just not what you think. But it keeps you thinking all throughout the read… why this title? When will the impact or meaning of it going to hit the reader? It has been a long time since I read a book that I call a […]

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Book Review: THE LAST VOLUNTEER, The Doomsayer Chronicles

May 4, 2015

I just finished up a book by Steve Wetherell called the The Last Volunteer, the first in a series titled The Doomsayer Chronicles. In it, we follow the happenstance iffy luck-filled life of Bip, who has been chosen for a great task at hand, that of saving the planet. But during Bip’s tale, we are […]

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