November 13, 2017 Marie Hayes

https://youtu.be/cLwEAFCCWOc Intertwined by Gena Showalter Publisher: Harlequin Teen Released: September 2009 Pages: 440 Intertwined is a fast-paced story that kept me turning pages until I could no longer keep my eyes open. It was really difficult to put down! There was just enough action and suspense to keep me hooked until I turned the last page. That’s why I need to write my essay to attract more readers. A cool thing about Intertwined was that there was no love triangle. Though both Aden and Mary Ann had their respective love interests, the book didn’t center around the romance too much—it was…

March 1, 2017 Marie Hayes

  What happens when everyone wants the same thing, and if they can’t have it for themselves, perhaps no one should have it. Appraisal Overall, the storyline flowed smoothly and in most cases, the transitions between different locations and characters was fairly smooth. The subtle romance blossoming between the two leading characters did not overpower the main theme at all and seemed to enhance the feel of the novel. Finding a saucer buried and encased in stone, in the Sahara, from 140,000 years ago, was a unique entry into Science Fiction, and meshed well with current-day scientific knowledge of Earth’s…

February 22, 2017 Marie Hayes

  Title: Saucer Author: Stephen Coonts Publish Date: 2002 Publisher: St. Martin’s Press Type: Novel Genre: Science Fiction Sub-Genre: Space Travel, UFO’s, Kidnapping, Romance, Advanced Technology, Anti-Gravity, Computers, Holography Plot Summary: In the Sahara, near the Chad, Libya, and Sudan borders, Rip Cantrell saw a light reflecting from a sandstone cliff wall. He and the seismic survey team he is with investigate and find metal buried in the sandstone, dating 140,000 years old! After excavating the metal, they find it was the outer edge of a flying saucer, long since abandoned by its creators. While thinking of how it will…

February 3, 2017 Marie Hayes

  Title: Endgame Enigma Author: James P. Hogan Publish Date: 1987 Publisher: Baen Books Type: Novel Genre: Science Fiction Sub-Genre: Space Travel, Spaceships, Advanced Technology Advanced Medicine, Space Station, Spies, CIA, KGB, Kidnapping, Prisoners, Escape, Lasers, Cold War, Computers, Encryption, Defection, Surveillance, Espionage, Brainwashing, Drugs, Engineering, Gravity, Centrifugal Force Plot Summary: It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to understand the consequences of letting your cold war enemy have the upper-hand in space. When that threat is a space station more than a mile in diameter and houses significant firepower according to defectors that claim to have intimate knowledge of its…

January 17, 2017 Marie Hayes

  And finally, what will happen to them all if the sky mines are all destroyed and no more Stardrive fuel can be made? Appraisal There were a lot of different things going on at the same time during the course of this book, and it clearly was not meant to stand alone as several major plotlines were left unresolved at the end of the last chapter. Where each plotline was told and read, there was a new chapter, a new character to read about. For an experienced Sci-Fi reader, it was not too bad to follow as the characters…

January 10, 2017 Marie Hayes

  Title: Hidden Empire – The Saga of Seven Suns Author: Kevin J. Anderson Publish Date: 2002 Publisher: Warner Books Type: Novel Genre: Science Fiction Sub-Genre: Space Travel, Space Empires, Fantasy Armed Conflicts, Spacecraft, Romance, Alien Encounters, Alien World, Artifacts, Adv. Weapons, Adv. Technology, Transporters, Religion, Lore, Alt. Societies, Robots, Asteroids, Comets, Gas Giants   Plot Summary: Humans have spread out from Earth and when their first ships left orbit in search of new colony worlds, the ships were found and guided to suitable worlds by the Ildiran Empire. A splinter group which had gotten off one of the colony ships…

January 3, 2017 Marie Hayes

  The one thing that stuck out was no sense of time passing during Part I of this novel, especially during the space conflict where references to the passage of days or weeks do not present themselves to make events seem like they are taking place. The biggest problem was the sudden appearance of a reinforcement of the fleet from the Empire even though there was no reference that it could happen and we were assured previously in the novel that none would be forthcoming.   Then, without it seeming like more than a day or so, the fleet…