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!)

Matthew Mather’s DARKNET, A Review

February 12, 2015

Darknet is written by Matthew Mather, who also authored Cyberstorm. Darknet is a tale of financial trading automation taken to an entirely new level, akin to Skynet, but just not so nice. (Speaking of Cyberstorm, now THAT is an exciting read!) – The story opens with a man named Sean running for his life, knowing […]

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January 16, 2015

The Atlantis Gene (The Origin Mystery, book 1) clocks in at 144 chapters and is an easy read with a fascinating premise underneath it all. And for an author’s first book, it has some flaws, but overall it’s not bad. – The story within The Atlantis Gene starts out introducing the reader to an evolutionary […]

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CIBOLA BURN (The Expanse) Review

November 24, 2014

–Cibola Burn is the fourth book in “The Expanse” series by James S.A. Corey. (A pen name for a pair of writers, Daniel Abraham and Ty Franck.) In this fourth chapter of The Expanse, we find that humanity has rushed through the gates (If you have read the book series, you already know that the […]

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Review of Peter Cawdron’s ‘Xenophobia’

January 27, 2014

Xenophobia, by Peter Cawdron, is the tale of first contact and just how well or poorly humanity handles the situation. And to be honest, I see this tale from Peter Cawdron as a pretty insightful prediction of just how first contact could go down, if it were to happen. In Xenophobia, Earth is visited by […]

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Review of Eric Tozzi’s ‘The Scout’

January 23, 2014

The Scout is a fascinating story that combines the intricacies of family, the end of life, human nature to succeed at all cost, and it is all woven around the added complexity of an alien incursion or the potential of one, here on earth. The story starts out with some overlapping elements introduced to the […]

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James S.A. Corey’s ‘Abaddon’s Gate’ Review

January 15, 2014

Abaddon’s Gate by “James S.A. Corey” is the third book in The Expanse series, (Leviathon Wakes, Caliban’s War) which seems to end the story of the alien entity or artifact first discovered in Leviathon Wakes, then ripped its way through Caliban’s War by living under the clouds of Venus doing, god knows what, and then, […]

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Peter Cawdron’s SHADOWS

January 11, 2014

Hugh Howey has started something, and something big. Hugh is successfully self-published, writes content everyone loves (I’m happy to say I was a very early adopter of his work), he’s readily available to chat with media folk, and he’s hit the golden dream of having his indie work sold for movie rights (Wool movie rights […]

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Book Review of ‘Atopia Chronicles’

December 22, 2013

Atopia Chronicles is a compilation of stories by author Matthew Mather, of a future that seems wonderful and evil, all at once. Atopia Chronicles takes place many years after the events in Cyberstorm, and the collective of short stories presented in Chronicles are great little stand-alone shorts, but put together, tells a curious and compelling […]

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Review – Peter Cawdron’s ‘Little Green Men’

September 2, 2013

I don’t know about you, but I seriously hate it when I pick up a book and after I’m a chapter or even a paragraph or two in it, I just can’t put it down. Well, the science fiction tale titled Little Green Men, by Peter Cawdron is just that kind of book. Sneaking extra […]

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‘Children of Fire’ Book Review

August 4, 2013

The synopsis for Children of Fire reads “An entire race no one has seen in hundreds of years. Born to a people reduced to legend and superstition, Ankenar was ready to live out his life as the overlooked middle child, but when his family and race are threatened he must reach out to a world […]

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Book Review of ‘The Road to Hell’ by Peter Cawdron

July 26, 2013

–Peter Cawdron is the man behind Anomaly, Monsters and other great books. This time around, he’s left the outer cosmos of space behind (Or out in orbit) and tackled a futuristic Earth and a classic suspense “who-done-it” thriller called The Road to Hell. And you will be surprised by who did “done” it! To be […]

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‘Ender’s Game’ Review

May 7, 2013

The 1985 science fiction novel, Ender’s Game, by Orson Scott Card, takes place in a time when humanity has encountered an enemy other than himself…

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‘Divergent’ Book Review & Movie News

April 10, 2013

Divergent, by Veronica Roth, is a fascinating story of one youth facing touch choices in a world where society is split into five different classes or factions of people. The different factions could be viewed as core character virtues and how they define each group. The factions are the Candor (honest), Abnegation (selfless), Dauntless (brave), […]

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“CyberStorm” by Matthew Mather, A Review of A Frightening Disaster Story

April 7, 2013

A Book Review from Bruce Simmons To take a simple event caused by internet hacktivists, and combining that with mother nature and a series of terrible winter storms, showed the depth of which author Matthew Mather understands the inextricable relationships of man, technology, and mother nature in CyberStorm. And with the worse possible timing, that […]

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Review: “The Awakened” Series by Jason Tesar

March 23, 2013

A book review of The Awakened series. I recently finished books one through three of The Awakened series, by Jason Tesar. The three books are Awaken His Eyes: The Awakened Book One, Paths of Destruction: The Awakened Book Two & Hands To Make War: The Awakened Book Three. I had picked up the “Combined Edition” […]

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Peter Cawdron’s “Anomaly [Book Review]” – An Eye Opener About First Contact

February 18, 2013

Any time you pick up a book that Peter Cawdron wrote, you will end up learning something fascinating about science, mathematics, politics or exposed to solid, pragmatic observations about the nature of humanity. In his prose, he manages to make the headier subjects easily digestible. And this talent of his continued in his engaging newest […]

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Monsters by Peter Cawdron – Where Science is Foul and Reading is Outlawed

December 27, 2012

This is a book review of Monsters, by Peter Cawdron, who paints an ugly and yet, believable portrait of how mankind can devolve into a barbaric species with no technology, and how humans grasp at the fantasy tales of men who could fly or how they used to talk to each other over great distances […]

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The Expanse Book Series Review

December 10, 2012

This is a book review of a sorts, about The Expanse book series. It’s an engaging science fiction story with just enough characters to make it interesting, but not convoluted. It’s an easy read and it’s hard to put down damnit. But don’t take my word for it. Leviathan Wakes was nominated for a 2012 […]

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