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Jayden Hunter – Undressed To The Nines Review

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Brad Novak had spent the past two years trying to uncover the real reason for the research going on at Genaplat. Genaplat Technology Labs does microbiological research, Brad thought it was more likely they were weaponizing biological agents. Unfortunately for him, digging into the wrong story got him killed. Congressman Boyd starts to notice a few stories making their way into the papers. He needs to know how much the press thinks they know about the work done being done at Genaplat. After having Novak dealt with he hoped the lid was back in place. If anyone found out he was funneling money into illegal bioweapons research it would be the end of his career. Boyd calls on his most trusted man to retrieve all the info on a thumb drive from the reporter.

This is the start of what I thought would have been a pretty solid thriller but I it left me unsatisfied. The characters have many awkward interactions, the dialog at times is very disjointed and there is little chemistry between the characters. The main character, Drew, has a short sexual relationship with Brad. Ok, fine, no problem he is a powerful guy, I get it, but when she decides to expose his secrets without a second thought it didn’t sit right. The congressman and her father are close friends and this fact is thrown to the side. Jayden Hunter states several times that Drew is a smart character and she wants to go to college for a hard science, ie. Engineering. But her actions and thought processes make her out to be far from that smart. The chapters that cover the possible political fallout are pretty well done. The presentation of a typical dirty government congressman and cohorts is believable and the research project is well concieved. The actions of Drew and her friend Marc are uncomfortable and at times hard to understand. For a debut novel it is a respectable effort but didn’t have me wanting to turn the page to find out what happened next.

Book Info

Length:  290 Pages

Publisher:  Uprising Publishing

Release date:  November 15, 2015

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A missing reporter believes that a congressman is involved in illegal military research.

A fundraiser for a conservative politician leads to a late night encounter with the daughter of a major donor.

Drew Stirling finds herself caught in an intrigue that pushes her to test the limits of her own character as she must decide who to trust, who to run from, and whether or not to break through her own self-imposed boundaries in the world of centerfolds, friendship, love, and sex.

Ty Arthur – Empty Review

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Hansen is a junior level engineer working alone on the lower decks of the salvage vessel Penrose. He’s not bothered by his solitude as he works to keep the ship in working order, but his routine has become mundane. On one of his daily inspections he finds a strange red orb in the ventilation system. Before he can retrieve the object for further inspection is disappears and Hansen returns to his duties. His boss chief technical officer Planck has requested him in his office. Suspicious and worried about the request, due to his sometimes lack luster work, Hansen makes his way quickly to the upper decks. Planck has informed Hansen that the research vessel Thorne has been found in orbit and apparently void of its crew.

Hansen has been reassigned to explore and take inventory on board Thorne. This being a salvage mission Hansen is as excited as he is apprehensive. The chief technical officer has deemed him the last man capable of this task which leaves him feeling a bit suspicious but Hansen is happy to have a work order with some excitement but wonders what his boss is up to. Exploring a vessel as ancient and rare as the Thorne is an opportunity not to be missed. This ship is a relic compared to the Penrose. Hansen finds himself aboard the Thorne and all seems in order until he catches a glimpse of another strange red object. That isn’t all that is strange as Hansen feels the Thorne detaching from the Penrose. Now his earlier suspicion has returned full force as he wonders if his latest work order was meant to be his last.

Ty Arthur has an excellent way of writing and filling our heads with all the sci-fi elements of a classic space adventure. From the technology to the dangers of space travel and exploration. You feel the desperate feelings quickly as Hansen scrambles for safety. As he learns what the mystery organism is his desperation rises. When he figures out the organisms plans for the crew of the Penrose it’s game over. While Empty is very short and a quick read it has a great beginning, build up and ending that left me wanting more.

Book Info

Length:  80 Pages

Publisher:  Mirror Matter Press

Release date:  January 12, 2016

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There are terrors still waiting to be discovered in the vast emptiness of space. After millennia of travel through the void, man has convinced himself he is master of the stars. Down-on-his-luck, stuck performing punishment duty in the lower levels of the Penrose, Junior Engineer 3rd Class Hansen wants nothing more than to see the wreckage of a newly discovered ship dating back to man’s earliest deep space explorations. The engineer is about to get his wish, and in the process come face-to-face with a long-dormant horror waiting patiently for the perfect vessel. What he’ll uncover in the darkness will threaten to consume him, body and soul.

J.R. Hamantaschen – With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clearer Review

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Dying early to escape the pain of death, a pain that will last the eternity of life. A stranger that tells you that you have a choice, go now and escape pain or live long and fell it all. This is the first story in the collection. A series of stories that explore the strange voice in your head, the thoughts that swirl just below the surface. The thoughts that are thought but not talked about. Ideas presented in a way that cannot be ignored, topics that are present but left unsaid. A Related Corollary is about the existence of each of us separate from everyone we are in contact with. The way our surroundings should have a positive effect on us, but for some people there is no impact. The way we all swim in the same fishbowl and are alone on our journey through life.

The Gulf of Responsibility tells us a story about Alex, a social worker, who has by all accounts a pretty good life. A job, place to live and a girlfriend who loves him. What else could he want? The story tackles the need to do more, be more and accomplish more. Alex tries to go beyond what is required in his job and discovers that the responsibility cost more than he can pay. He is all of us trying to do the best and the world just wants us to play by other rules.

With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clear contains stories that teeter on the edge of the void. Death hiding in the shadows and writing that stretches the confines of your brain’s ability to understand. The characters are so deeply explored and fleshed out they felt as if I’d met them before. The stories are told with a voice I haven’t heard yet found fascinating. Soon Enough this will essentially be a true story was truly frightening. Karen is a book reviewer and wins a book on Goodreads. After a reading a chapter she decides she doesn’t like the book and decides to skip writing her review. At this point all hell breaks loose when the author learns of her quick disregard for his work. The author is unstable to say the least and wreaks havoc on her life. As I write this review I find this story creeping back to life in my mind.

With a Voice that is Often Still Confused But is Becoming Ever Louder and Clearer further explores themes of death, our small and uncertain place in the universe and how close we all are to no longer existing under the right circumstances. The pain of everyday life just waiting to crush us. J.R. Hamantaschen writes in a way that feels free-flowing with his thoughts falling onto the page. The thoughts a person has but does not discuss, being alone in a room full of people or wondering how something can be disappointing when should be joyful. This book is filled with many horrors and some pretty deep and disturbing stories. It may not be for everyone, as any book may or may not, but I found it intriguing and enjoyable.

Book Info

Length:  288 Pages

Publisher:  West Pigeon Press

Release date:  October 1, 2015

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The follow-up to his critically acclaimed collection, You Shall Never Know Security, J.R. Hamantaschen returns with another collection of his inimitable brand of weird, dark fiction. At turns despairing, resonant, macabre and insightful, these nine stories intend to stay with you.


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