ARC Review: Wish Upon a Star

Wish Upon a Star

Author: Michelle McLean
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Ever After
Date of Publication: September 30, 2013
Description:

WishCeri McKinley never stopped wishing that her ex-fiancé Jason Crickett would come back into her life. But when he finally does, he comes with a request that puts them both—and all of humanity—into jeopardy.

Jason only wants two things: to bury his brother properly and to convince Ceri to trust him again after he jilted her. But when Ceri agrees to help him get his brother back, they end up fighting for their lives as the second zombie uprising threatens them all.

My Thoughts:

Definitely in a zombie-loving mood (without actually loving the zombies, if you get my drift). This book took on a surprising slant for me, but I can’t really go into why without some spoilers in it. I have to say, Ceri’s ex-husband (as opposed to the ex-fiance/hero Jason) took the cake for being an asshole, and definitely got what he deserved.

I really liked the zombie aspect of things, and felt Ms. McLean fairly portrayed what the military would likely do if they’d gotten the zombie threat to the world under control and someone tried to release it again. They would bomb the hell out of anything to keep people safe.

Ceri was absolutely true to who she was. Her past with Jason, the hurt and the love, made perfect sense. I loved her devotion to her daughter, and how determined she was to get to her to protect her from the zombie menace even though it meant risking her own life. Jason was right there with her, step by step, and a warrior in his own right.

The zombies definitely made this one heck of a creepy read. Especially Jason’s brother-turned-zombie and how Ceri’s ex-husband played into making that happen. I don’t see how there could be too many books set in this world, but I absolutely would love to read more books by Ms. McLean.

Thank you Entangled for publishing this and Ms. McLean for writing it!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: One Thousand and One Nights

One Thousand and One Nights

Author: Ruth Browne
Publisher: Entangled Publishing/Ever After
Date of Publication: September 30, 2013
Description:

ThousandSheri spends her days fighting zombies and her nights chained to a wall, earning her every breath by telling stories to her captor Aleksy—stories that make them both forget the ruined world. Sheri could put up with the conditions—at least she knows her sister is safe in the community Aleksy leads—until she realizes she’s falling for him…even though he wants her dead.

When Aleksy allowed Sheri and her sister into his compound, he didn’t know about the zombie bite on her back. It’s only a matter of time before she turns into one of the rising dead and threatens their existence, but Aleksy has a secret need for Sheri and her stories. For everyone’s safety, he chains her to his bedroom wall, hoping for just one more day. But how long will the community allow Aleksy to ignore his own rule: always kill the infected. Always.

My Thoughts:

I really did like this quick little read. I liked the inclusion of the Scherezade-type story-telling and how Sheri keeps herself and her little sister alive throughout the course of the book. I get the paranoia that surrounds the compound, given the whole zombie thing. What I never fully understand, and maybe it’s not really explained anywhere, is just why Sheri never is consumed by the zombie infection despite the bites she has taken.

Aleksy is a bit of an ass, keeping Sheri chained up the way he does, but it makes sense if he’s afraid she could go zombie at any moment. And, ultimately, they find their way to a resolution and they find themselves romantically involved, but I’m not sure I could call this a happily ever after. More of a happily for now sort, because in a world like the one they exist in, can love be forever?

So, I don’t really have too much to say about this other than I enjoyed it. Hopefully we’ll have more books set in this world. I’m apparently on a bit of a zombie kick, given I have another zombie book from Entangled to review. Heh.

Thank you Entangled and Ms. Browne for letting me read this.

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: The Quest

The Quest (Rystani Warriors #4)

Author: Susan Kearney
Publisher: Belle Books
Date of Publication: September 18, 2013
Description:

QuestIn THE ULTIMATUM, he was a sex slave.

Now Kirek’s a full-grown Rystani warrior with the most powerful mind in the galaxy. During his previous mission, Kirek learned the Zin, an ancient enemy, are about to decimate the Federation. To stop them, he must sneak into enemy territory—and he’s targeted just the right woman to help him.

When Captain Angel Taylor “finds” the ultra sexy psi-warrior stowed away on her space salvage—and he claims he needs her help—she’s cautious. Angel’s a self-made captain and barely scraping by with her antiquated ship. But after Kirek promises her sole access to the galaxy’s richest salvage haul, she’s drawn into his reckless mission.

It doesn’t hurt that she finds Kirek devastatingly attractive. Charming. A man who knows how to play every sexual game. He’s the perfect candidate for a fling. Too bad he keeps insisting that fate has brought them together, that they are destined to be life-mates, and that her psi is as all-powerful as his own.

However sexy Angel finds the Rystani warrior, she isn’t about to give up her skepticism, her independence, or her heart. So while they make an unlikely team, their battle of wills quickly escalates into a game of seduction.

But once they’re deep in enemy territory, Kirek risks everything—to save the Federation and to win Angel’s everlasting love.

My Thoughts:

I remember the first book in this series so well, when the hero of this book, Kirek, was born in hyperspace. It’s awesome to get to see him all grown up. I haven’t gotten to read The Ultimatum, unfortunately, so I don’t know about the whole incident of him being a sex slave, but I’m sure it was a great book. Strangely, I remember checking this book out from the library (different publisher, different cover, everything, but it was the same book). I couldn’t get into it then, and now I understand why: I didn’t know the series set up, nor the importance of Kirek. I’m definitely glad I decided to give it a go when I saw it on NetGalley, having now read 2 of the 3 books that lead to this one.

Angel was a fabulous heroine. Strong, determined, and definitely with a past. I liked that she was neither a shy, retiring virginesque character or a slut. She was comfortable with her own sexuality, saw no problem in taking an occasional lover, with no intention of finding a permanent man. She was devoted to her crew and the ship she’d made her home since leaving earth.

Kirek is, well, Kirek. Strong Rystani male, though with a surprising core toward non-violence/non-killing that I could truly understand. Given all he’s gone through in his life (I remember him as a child in Dora’s story), he is who he is and tries to balance that with what he sees as his ultimate mission: saving the galaxy from the dreaded Zin.

This book I believe concludes the Zin arc, but I have no doubt there are other stories possible in this universe. It’s certainly large enough. Unfortunately, the reason I couldn’t give this book 5 stars is simply how the Zin threat was eliminated. While there was certainly a lot of tension and nerves leading up to the very end when Kirek and Angel find their way to the Zin core to stop their menace, the way they solved it just totally fell flat for me. I’m quite disappointed, though with Kirek as he was put together, given the options in front of him, his choice makes sense. I just don’t like it personally and freely admit this is a subjective point of view.

However, everything else in this book was absolutely fabulous and without a doubt Susan Kearney is one of my favorite authors (I love love LOVE her Pendragon series, especially Rion, heh). Totally recommend it to anyone who wants some space drama without an over emphasis on technology, yet no doubt that it is a futuristic-set book.

Thank you NetGalley, BelleBooks, and Ms. Kearney for letting me share in this experience!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Tory’s Friday Ramblings (9/27/13)

Happy Friday, everyone!  The weather’s finally shifting here in Florida and it’s actually cooled down outside. It would have been a great morning to go for a walk (which I’m trying to do more of to return to my weight loss regime), but instead I told myself I needed to work on Locked.  Yeah, I got some done on it, but not as much as I should have thus far.

On Writing

I gotta gotta gotta focus on writing so much so I can finish it this weekend. As you can see from my progress widget to your right, I definitely jumped forward this week. I’m coming to the climactic series of scenes to bring it to an end at last. In fact, I’ve finally brought the heroine’s mother back, which has been the driving force behind the character of Rose since the get-go. Unfortunately, it is not going to be a happy reunion. I’m looking forward to the big battle between Cal (the hero) and one of the many villains of the book. That’s only in part for the battle itself. I also get to bring in a full angel to the fight and finally resolve some of Cal’s haunting fears and regrets. Yay!

On Work

Ummm, it’s work. Not much to share, though I have to say even though I might grumble (a lot) about my boss and her quirks (like swearing she game me something and getting pissed when I argue that she hadn’t), but she’s also quick to acknowledge when she’s wrong and apologizes (as long as I point out her error when she’s had a chance to stop being pissed). Yes, that happened this week. We work together well, for the most part.

On Family

Oh, wow. The shrimpettes are just very quickly adding to their vocabulary. I’m so happy to hear them actually getting words out in English instead of toddlerese. Granted, Jackie will still go off in long babbling sentences where literally one or two words is decipherable, the rest just gibber jabber (Example: blah blah blah Mommy blah blah blah bite!) You know she’s telling you something she finds important, because she staring right at you with a very serious expression on her face and I can’t understand her! ARGH!

Shrimp is doing okay for the most part in school. His progress report was good, except for the B in behavior. ::sigh:: Unfortunately, little incidents like letting his drool dribble out onto the carpet do get him in trouble. ::facedesk:: Oy. But he’s a lot of fun when he plays with the girls like they’ve been doing lately. He wants to be their big brother so much. He gave them horsie rides this week and man, oh man, Sam was lovin’ it. See for yourself:

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Jackie got rides too, but she couldn’t stay on as well as Sammie did. Sorry the picture’s a bit blurry, but that was the best I could do.

Anyway, that’s enough for me for the week. Hope you have a fabulous weekend and keep your fingers crossed on my finishing the book from hell (aka Locked in Stone, my nemesis for six months now).

In closing, check out my beautiful children:

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ARC Review: Stolen Chances

Stolen Chances (Stolen #4)

Author: Elisabeth Naughton
Publisher: Season Publishing
Date of Publication: September 12, 2013
Description:

StolenNine years ago, Archaeologist Maren Hudson lost everything when a member of her team was killed during a routine dive. Now she’s been drawn back to Mexico and the career she walked away from in order to protect the most precious thing in the world: her daughter.

One desperate phone call brings salvage expert Thad Leighton back to Mexico. For his murdered brother, he’s ready to settle the score, but one look at Maren and everything changes. Years may have passed, but she’s still as mesmerizing as she once was, and a few days on site together have him questioning his priorities and why the hell he walked away from her so long ago.

Sparks between them reignite, but Thad knows Maren is holding something back. Thrust together in the middle of the sweltering Yucatan, Thad is more than willing to strip away her layers. But while the truth might offer the second chance he’s been searching for, forgiveness may be as elusive as the relic they’re both hunting. Because when Thad unearths Maren’s biggest secret and discovers who she’s really working for, suddenly it’s not just about a life that was stolen from both of them, it’s about staying alive and outwitting a madman who will stop at nothing to get what he wants.

My Thoughts:

When I requested this, for some reason I thought I’d read at least one of the prior books in their entirety, though I knew I hadn’t read all of them. But now, I seriously question that belief. I remember checking them out from the library, but actually reading them…not so much, it seems. However, for the most part, that lack of reading the rest of the series, didn’t impair my enjoyment of this book. Since reading it, I’ve read one and a half of the other books and while the characters are connected, the plots aren’t entirely.

Now, for my thoughts on this book. I loved Maren, and her daughter, while constantly in her thoughts had very little screen time. One of my favorite scenes in the entire book came near the beginning when Maren gets a call from one of the hotel’s groundskeepers (she’s running a hotel for her mother when the story opens) about an excavation being done on one of the sand traps. Maren’s daughter loves archaeology like her mother, and had recruited some hotel guest kids into helping her dig for artifacts in a sand trap. Hilarious because I could so see a kid doing that.

Thad was strong in his own right and not an arse even when he discovers Maren has a child…his child. Oh, he’s pissed, but can you blame him? He works through that issue and comes right back in supporting Maren as they struggle to protect her and everything around her from Evan Declan, a sinister man who wants the statue that Maren, her father and the others throughout the book are searching for.

There was a secret society in this book, focused around protecting the statue and descendants of the one who originally cursed the thing, which I found a nice little subplot.

Overall, this was a great book and got me way interested in reading the rest of the series. As usual with Elisabeth Naughton’s works, I couldn’t put it down once I seriously started reading it. Five-star rating from me!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Entry-Level Mistress

Entry-Level Mistress

Author: Sabrina Darby
Publisher: Sabrina Darby
Date of Publication: February 10, 2013
Description:

MistressDaniel Hartmann and Emily Anderson have every reason to hate each other. Her father destroyed the lives of his parents and he in turn sent her father to jail. Now Daniel’s a successful billionaire and artsy Emily is his newest employee. Both of them intend to make the other pay for the sins of the past, but revenge has never been so sweet.

My Thoughts:

I had fairly high hopes for this book. The blurb made it sound interesting, and who doesn’t like a good revenge story, after all? There was some good and no actual bad to this story. It just didn’t have quite the oomph I expected, given the blurb.

Emily starts out as a relatively strong (albeit somewhat unbelievable – more on that in a minute) character. She gets an internship at Daniel Hartmann’s company with the intention of making him pay for sending her dad to jail many years earlier, and pretty much destroying her family’s fortune. I can get into that. However, as even Emily admits, the plan wasn’t a particularly strong one. After all, how’s she going to destroy his company from within…as a new hire…in the marketing department.

One issue I had with Emily herself that I had were her wishy-washy attitude toward Daniel himself. She’d admittedly been fascinated/a little obsessed with him since childhood (he’s 13 years older than her, which almost puts him in squicky old territory for me). Then as soon as she meets him, she gets lust for him and almost immediately starts sleeping with him (there are a couple of dates before then). I could see if she were trying to lure him to his doom, a-la-Siren fashion, but that didn’t seem to be the reason. I also don’t get where she got all her money to spend. She’s an entry-level marketing assistant. Yet she drops money at every opportunity buying high fashion, etc. I thought her family was broke. She’s 21. I don’t get it.

did like the fact that she’d put a time limit, more or less, on her revenge plans since she had an art fellowship come autumn that she intended to go to. And she did go as planned, though things (naturally) didn’t go quite as she intended on that end. Clearly this revenge wasn’t the be all and end all of her existence, and given what she believed on Daniel, it easily could have been. Kudos to Ms. Darby for not making Emily solely revenge-oriented. That can often be overdone and it wasn’t in this case.

It was much harder to get a read on Daniel, given the book was first-person POV with Emily. So much of the book was just … meh. Daniel, other than being quite bossy and arrogant about her coming when called/texted (and she did), wasn’t a big alphahole, which was nice. But I never really got a feeling for him as a person, just a (given Emily’s profession) lump of clay moved around as necessary.

So, overall, the book was okay, but not spectacular for me. I wish there’d been more drama and actual revenge-getting moments than what we got, along with avoiding the oh-so-typical cliche moment (not going to spoil it, but there was an eye-roll moment after Daniel and Emily broke up at one point where she makes a particular discovery).

I liked Ms. Darby’s writing and I’m sure I’ll pick up another book by her in the future. This one just gets a 3-star rating from me, unfortunately.

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

 

ARC Review: Countdown

Countdown

Author: Michelle Rowen
Publisher: Harlequin TEEN
Date of Publication: September 24, 2013
Description:

Countdown3 seconds left to live.

Once the countdown starts, it cannot be stopped.

2 pawns thrown into a brutal underground reality game.

Kira Jordan survived her family’s murder and months on plague-devastated city streets with hard-won savvy and a low-level psi ability. She figures she can handle anything. Until she wakes up in a barren room, chained next to the notorious Rogan Ellis.

1 reason Kira will never, ever trust Rogan. Even though both their lives depend on it.

Their every move is controlled and televised for a vicious exclusive audience. And as Kira’s psi skill unexpectedly grows and Rogan’s secrets prove ever more deadly, Kira’s only chance of survival is to risk trusting him as much as her instincts. Even if that means running head-on into the one trap she can’t escape.

My Thoughts:

I really don’t give YA enough credit sometimes. I went into this, not sure what to expect, and after a few pages, was totally sucked in and couldn’t put it down. This is a fabulous book.

Kira is a strong young woman who after being arrested for a minor crime wakes up to find herself thrust into a very dangerous game, played for high stakes – a chance to leave the hellish world she belongs to and go to the Utopian settlement that only the lucky few end up in (versus the dirty streets filled with the poor who survived the plagues). Unfortunately, to get there she has to get through several levels of a deadly game, with only the convicted killer Rogan Ellis to help her. The game is being run for the benefit of those with too much money, and clearly too few scruples, to watch (think Hunger Games, except there are no annual Hunger Games, simply pay-per-view for the rich).

Rogan isn’t an innocent, but he’s also not the monster Kira thinks he is initially. He’s got some pretty dark secrets and a lot of guilt he’s harboring for his part in the PPV setting of the games.

There are twists and turns a plenty. Romance does begin to blossom as Kira comes to trust Rogan more. There are multiple layers to the villains of this book, and I love the twist on AI (artificial intelligence) that Ms. Rowen puts in. Pretty darned sneaky sometimes.

Absolutely no trouble giving this a 5-star rating and I hope to see more books in this world and by Ms. Rowen. She certainly leaves the door wide open for the possibility in the future!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

Friday Ramblings a Day Early. Post 400!

Okay, so it’s not Friday, but I have a post set to post tomorrow and I wanted to be sure to acknowledge my 400th blog post!  Woohoo! I never expected I’d actually keep blogging, and it’s definitely been a growing/learning experience as I figured out what worked for me. Tragically, given I moved from Blogger to WordPress, I have almost no official audience any more. It’s very sad. 😦 But hopefully I’ll get more followers as time goes by.

On Writing

I swear, Locked in Stone, my current WIP, simply just doesn’t want to be finished. On a good note, I’m at 58k or so (see the side-bar for current word count). I also have a distinct idea of where I’m going. Unfortunately, I’m in the middle of a battle scene and I hate writing those. Almost as much as I dislike writing sex scenes. Happily, Locked doesn’t have any sex. The main two characters do fall for each other, but it’s a mutual respect/love thing, not physical for the most part. I couldn’t/wouldn’t justify having sex when they pretty much just meet and the story takes place over approximately 4 days (so only 6 days after the heroine’s mother was killed).

I wanted to finish this by next Monday, and was on track to do that (averaging close to 6k/day), but I’ve taken 2 days off, so yeah, not gonna happen. Still have hopes of getting this done and possibly submitted by my birthday (October 2). We shall see. Silly to be racing like this, but I’m feeling good about what I have written and have a clear path to the end. It just may not be at 90k like I thought (ahhh, what a silly dream, to think I’d write shorter than 95-100k, hehe).

On Parenting

Oy. That’s pretty much what I have to say on that matter. Sammie has been particularly trying of late. Yes, I know, she frequently is, but last weekend into Monday was REALLY bad. She’d been dropped into the “Demon Spawn Who Will Not Be Named” category, which happens when I’m absolutely fed up with her.  She has temper tantrums that are super bad and so frustrating because I can’t figure out why she’s upset. Oh, I can usually identify the sparking point, but why I can’t get her to calm down, I still don’t know.

Jackie, on the other hand, for the most part, is amenable and quiet. Really quiet.

At least both of them are definitely stringing words into sentences AT LAST! I was getting really worried about that, since they’re almost two and a half now (Sunday marks 2.5 years).

Garrett is happy to be back in Cub Scouts for the year. It’s his only external activity, so I’m happy for him. I just hate going to the meetings. But this year is definitely better than last. He’s a wolf cub now, and they seem to expect/need very little interaction at the meetings. I’m not feeling guilty for holing up with a book while they’re doing scouting stuff like I did last year.

On Housing

We signed a contract back in May to get a house built in the subdivision we live in. The only change in the lot since that time has been the placement of a “sold” sign. Nothing else. Turned out we needed to finish our credit repair course (done through the builder’s home-buyer club) before they’d move on and start building. Well, we are FINALLY moving forward. Our credit (read here my credit) is finally to the point where they’ll accept us. The loan officer is actually mailing us the loan application and list of documentation needed. So, hopefully I’ll be able to start posting pictures soon to show the building progression.

All right. As always, I’ll finish off with a picture or three of uber-cute twins (I don’t get non-posed shots of Garrett very often). Have a great day every one!

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ARC Review: Warrior of the Nile

Warrior of the Nile (Gods of Egypt #2)

Author: Veronica Scott
Publisher: Carina Press
Date of Publication: September 16, 2013
Description:

cover35065-mediumEgypt, 1500 BC

Lady Tiya is bound to the service of the goddess Nephthys, who plans to sacrifice Tiya’s body to protect Egypt from an ancient terror. She embarks to meet her grim fate alone but for the hardened warrior Khenet, who is fated to die at her side. Tiya’s dreams of love and family now seem impossible, and Khenet, who is the last of his line, knows his culture will die with him. Struggling with the high cost of Nephthys’s demands, both resolve to remain loyal.

Neither expects the passion that flowers when Tiya’s quiet courage and ethereal beauty meet Khenet’s firm strength and resolve. On a boat down the Nile, their two lonely souls find in each other a reason to live. But time is short and trust elusive.

Without the willing sacrifice of Tiya and Khenet, a great evil will return to Egypt. How could the gods demand their deaths when they’ve only just begun to live?

My Thoughts:

Having had a major thing for Ancient Egypt, I leaped at the chance to read a book set in there. There haven’t been that many that focused on such an old period – Cleopatra-related novels abound, but not so many set before Ramses II.  I’m very satisfied that I did, even if reading the book took me longer than it should have.

Tiya is definitely a good, strong woman without needing to be a kick-butt heroine. She’s not trained to fight nor does she insist that she be allowed to wade into combat when she’s not remotely qualified to do so. That doesn’t mean she sits back and waits for the man to rescue her though. She’s trapped by her heritage into serving Nephthys, an Egyptian goddess with a major attitude, and is expected to give her life in service to the goddess, who has plans to murder a rather nasty provincial leader who’s trying to bring a demon to earth to conquer Egypt.

Khenet is a loyal Egyptian, adopted brother to Pharaoh, and devoted to his duty. He’s agreed to escort Tiya to her fate and ends up with growing feelings for her along the course of their journey.

There was a lot to absorb in this book. Ms. Scott did a generally great job of conveying the beliefs of the Egyptians and bringing those gods and goddesses to life for me. I loved when the deities actually put in appearances. The problem I had with some of this was how much it felt like (if you took out the gods/goddesses), this could be just translated into modern times. There was a particular bar/restaurant scene which read exactly like a modern-day one. Periodically throughout the book, I felt like we were watching a modern-day costume party with everyone dressed up as Egyptians. But, ultimately, that issue didn’t keep me from enjoying the book.

The end was fantastic and I loved how Khenet’s loyalties to two different pantheons (he was an adopted Egyptian, but was the last of his own people, so worshiped both sets of gods) played out and ultimately helped save the day.

I can’t wait to read more by Ms. Scott and hopefully there will be more in the Gods of Egypt series. 4-stars and yay!

Book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

ARC Review: Orbital Decay

Orbital Decay

Author: Allen Steele
Publisher: Open Road Integrated Media
Description:

OrbitalWinner of the Locus Award for Best First Novel: At work aboard a battered space station, a team of blue-collar laborers stumbles upon a surveillance plot of unprecedented scope

Popeye Hooker knows that space isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. A former fisherman who takes a job building low orbital stations to escape a failed relationship, he finds that in space, construction work is still a grind. And when they aren’t building the space stations that will usher humanity into the stars, Sam Sloane and the rest of the beamjacks get high, blast the Grateful Dead, and stare through telescopes at the world they left behind. But life in orbit is about to get much more interesting.

Nestled among the life support equipment that keeps them alive and the entertainment systems that keep them happy, the beamjacks find something astonishing. Turns out, their home isn’t just a space station—it’s a giant antenna designed to spy on every inhabitant of Earth. It’s the greatest privacy invasion ever perpetrated, and the beamjacks won’t stand for it. They may not be pioneers, but these roughnecks are about to become revolutionaries.

My Thoughts:

Wowee. Those are my thoughts. Let me add two disclaimers before I go into a discussion of why this book was great for me. First – I did not finish it (more on that below). Second – This was originally published in like 1989, so this is a reprint.

Now, as to my “not finished” status. I’m still reviewing it and still giving it a 4-star rating even though I haven’t as-yet finished it. This is a very dense book, and it definitely doesn’t read like a book written in today’s publishing market which demands fast-pace, remaining in only a couple of points-of-view, and/or ever-ratcheting tension. It’s utterly worth it because of the primary topic involved, and because the story was just that good. Unfortunately, I read very quickly and this book won’t let me do that because it’s so detailed and so many things are thrown in the mix.

As it indicates, the beamjacks are about to discover that the NSA has launched a super-secret spying program. Sound familiar anyone? Yup, you got it. As far as the topic, it absolutely could have been written today, but unlike the modern NSA scandal which involved using the internet to spy, the NSA uses a satelitte and space station to perform its spying.

Having been writting when it was, the Cold War was still a very real issue and there are tensions with Russia/the Soviet Union mentioned. Mr. Steele indicated that we occupied space by 2016 (when the book is set), and while we technically do, it’s not anywhere near the extent imagined in Orbital Decay. Still, it’s very eerie that he hit on the spying issue, given what came out earlier this year when Snowden released the NSA records.

I like so much of this book, I just wish I had time to finish it. I’m definitely keeping it on my Kindle because it deserves to be finished. Unfortunately, my schedule just got ramped up, so I just can’t devote enough time to properly finish this book.

But don’t let my failure scare you off. Absolutely get this book, read it, love it. Just don’t expect it to be a fast read. I don’t think it can, or should, be. (And, as to why it’s a four-star instead of a 5, given how much I liked what I did read, there’s simply too many POV switches. I honestly am marking it down because there are simply too many instances, and too many telegraphing of what’s going to happen – you know, he’ll say something like…Popeye had no clue that doing X would literally save his life only a few minutes later.)

So, thanks to the publisher and NetGalley!

This book provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.